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The Poochette is a new lightweight, neoprene dog walking pouch which discreetly stores used dog poo bags in its insulated compartment until a bin can be found.


We first came upon this innovation by Wag and Me at the 2016 Melbourne Dog Lovers Show where we had a quick chat with founders Danni and Ian Swinton. Like so many new pet entrepreneurs, this is a small family-owned business which came about to solve a problem they shared with many dog owners…

How do you keep enjoying your walk after Fido’s done his smelly business and left you dangling a bag of smelly dog waste until you either get back home or find a conveniently positioned bin where you can drop the unsightly bag?

Wag and Me conducted extensive research with dog owners which confirmed that there was both a need and want in the market for such a convenient and multi-purpose accessory as the Poochette. Fast forward to Spring 2017 and after many prototypes and improvements to their original concept, the unique Poochette is now ready to hit the Australian market.


The Poochette is a multi-purpose squarish dog walking pouch rather than a dog walking bag because of its compact dimensions (17 cm high x 17cm wide x 5cm deep).

It provides lots of storage compartments though its primary function is to both dispense dog waste bags (easily accessed from the front) and dispose of your dog waste by hiding it within the insulated compartment (reducing smells) so that you can resume your walk and enjoy it!

The main advantage compared to other dog walking bags  is that the Poochette doubles as a long lead (128cm long) or lead extension. This allows you to tether your dog to a pole or fence if necessary – e.g. when you need to pick up your dog’s waste or you may want to sit down at the local park or beach to relax for a while but your dog may not have the perfect recall! 
This will also give you peace of mind… The exclusively designed carabiners (at both ends) allow you to attach the Poochette to most leads.

Even if you’re not using it as a dog walking leash, it’s always good to have as a back-up. One good example is if an off-leash dog comes towards you with their owner nowhere in sight, this is a good option to temporarily tether that dog so that both him and yours remain safe and out of trouble.

That same lead easily converts to a sporty shoulder strap and the pouch is so nicely designed that no one would ever suspect what’s hiding inside. They’ll just think it’s a cute casual walking bag…


We love the Poochette’s design, its light weight, the bright and cheerful cherry red colour and the
 compact size  - we found that dog walking bags are a lot like handbags, the bigger they are the more you will try to fit in! 

The expandable mesh pocket at the back is a good place to store your mobile phone: this allows easy access if you're into taking happy snaps during your walks or you could fit a tennis ball if you’re heading to the dog park. There's another zippable pocket behind it which a good place for a (small) purse/wallet.

Another option is to use the other large pocket at the front which sits underneath the flap ensuring your phone or wallet are fully protected from prying eyes and the elements.


We were slightly disappointed that the Poochette did not come pre-loaded with its own dog waste bags, ready-for-use in the front pocket (it is zippable so this is the safest place for keys). 

However there are many brands of biodegradable dog waste bags so buy in bulk to save time and money and keep your pouch filled!

If you’re in the habit of carrying a small bottle of water and a collapsible bowl on your walks, the compact size makes these harder to fit as the main insulated compartment is really designed to only carry your dog waste and we wouldn’t put anything else in there! Again you could use the expandable mesh pocket at the back but it's not ideal.


We would use the Poochette for a short walk or popping to our local shop, when we only take the basics with us like keys, a mobile phone and some loose change. 
If you're heading for a longer hike where you need to take your wallet, a bottle of water/bowl, maybe a bag of treats for rewards etc. it is hard to fit it all in!

The Poochette is currently available in 3 colours: Red, Blue and Black.


RRP: $49.95 from selected retailers and at   

Disclaimer: product supplied by Wag and Me for editorial consideration
Dogapalooza is Melbourne's popular dog-friendly music festival which will return for its third year at Richmond's Burnley Park on Sunday 12th November 2017.

Listen to some of Melbourne's finest artists while helping raise funds for fabulous charities. All the proceeds raised from Dogapalooza will go to Oscar's Law (helping to abolish the factory farming of companion animals and promoting adoption through rescue groups, pounds and shelters) and Melbourne's dog rescue groups including Stafford Rescue Victoria, Greyhound Rescue Victoria, Melbourne Animal Rescue and Puppy Tails Rescue.

So far, two great acts have been confirmed for the festival. Lanks will be taking to the stage to deliver some synth pop alongside Hayden Calnin, bridging the gap between folk and electronic music.

Last year's event was a sell-out and this year promises to be bigger and better with stacks of food and drink options, including Dogapalooza's own in-house pie stall, Rice & Dice, Waffle and Shake, and a pop-up Moon Dog Brewery. The Canine Wellness Kitchen food truck will also be there providing healthy and yummy snacks for your pooch.

Blue Wheelers will be on hand providing dog-washing stations that will have your best four-legged bud smelling and looking better than you do. There will be a variety of dog loving stalls from the beneficiary rescue groups and vendors including Pet Haus, Dogsbody Massage, Found & Hound and Hunter & Hound.

Don't miss the Dogapalooza Awards, with categories including 'Best Inner City Hipster' and 'Quiet Achiever'!

There are fewer than a thousand tickets remaining for this dog-friendly music festival so be quick! Please note that dogs do not require tickets - they get special VIP free entry.

When: Sunday 12th November 2017, from 11:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Burnley Park, Richmond, VIC, 3121

Burnley Park (Yarra Boulevard) in Richmond, covers more than 6 hectares, overlooks the Yarra River and is close to Bridge Rd and Swan St. The park's spacious grounds include a large off-lead area for dogs.

For more details, please visit the Dogapalooza Melbourne Facebook page ...
NUTRO™ Australia (Mars Petcare) relaunches in October 2017 with a new range of nutritionally complete and balanced dry dog food. 

Ninety years ago, NUTRO™ pioneered natural pet food and the brand is now setting a new standard 'Nutro - Feed Clean™'.

All the “life” in your pet’s life is dependent upon how you feed them. Your dog's food will energise them from the inside out, and these new NUTRO™ dry dog food recipes promise to be  simple, purposeful, and trustworthy as they're made of real, recognisable ingredients.


#1. Wholesome Essentials™ 

  • Chicken, lamb and fish
  • No artificial flavours colours or preservatives
  • No wheat or soy protein
  • Rich in nutrients, full of flavour
  • Some varieties available in Puppy & Puppy large breed, Adult small breed, Adult, Adult large breed & Weight management
  • Australian Made in Bathurst, NSW. 
  • Pack size: 2.5kg, 3kg, 13.5kg and 15kg

RRP: $36.99 - $129.99

#2. Grain-Free

  • Farm-Raised Chicken or Pasture-Fed Lamb is the #1 Ingredient, with an added taste of sweet potato and a unique blend of vegetables and fruit.
  • No artificial flavours, colours or preservatives
  • No corn, wheat or soy protein
  • Made with Non-GMO Ingredients*
  • Some varieties available in Adult & Adult large breed
  • Made in Victorville, U.S.A
  • Pack size: 10.89kg 

RRP: $129.99

#3. Limited Ingredient Diet

  • Fish and Lamb
  • No artificial flavours, colours or preservatives
  • No beef, wheat, soy or dairy proteins
  • 10 key ingredients or less plus natural flavours, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients
  • Supports sensitive skin and helps maintain a healthy coat
  • Australian Made in Bathurst Australia
  • Pack size: 2.6kg & 12.5kg

RRP: $36.99 - $129.99

#4. Wild Frontier™ 

  • Salmon or Lamb as the No.1  ingredient
  • No artificial flavours, colours or preservatives
  • No corn, wheat or soy protein
  • Made with non-GMO Ingredients*
  • High protein, Grain free
  • Provides steady energy
  • Made in Victorville, U.S.A
  • Pack sizes: 1.81kg & 10.89kg 

RRP: $29.99 - $139.99

* Please note that trace amounts of genetically modified ingredients may be present due to cross contact during manufacturing.

NUTRO™ dry dog food is available from leading pet specialty stores and online retailers. 

For more details, please visit 

About Mars Petcare
Mars Petcare is the world's largest petcare company, headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee. Mars Petcare produces some of the world's most well-known pet care brands, including PEDIGREE® Food and Treats for Dogs, CESAR® Canine Cuisine, IAMS™ Pet Food, SHEBA® Entrees for Cats, WHISKAS® Food for Cats, GREENIES™ Dental Treats NUTRO™ Pet Food, EUKANUBA™ Pet Food and TEMPTATIONS™ Treats for Cats

For more information, please visit

About the NUTRO™ Brand
The Nutro™ Brand is a leading brand of natural pet food products sold exclusively at pet specialty stores and online. In 2017 the NUTRO™ brand introduced its NUTRO - FEED CLEAN™ philosophy outlining the brand's journey and new approach to pet food.

For more information, please visit

Media Release - 13/10/2017

It's party time for Australian Dog Lover fans ... with our biggest Prize Giveaway yet ($2,250!) to spoil all your furry best friends!

Celebrate our second Birthday with us throughout October by participating to this epic Competition with 18 prize packs (with a total combined value of $2,250) to be won! We warned you "it's gotta be big"!

We teamed up with 9 pawsome brands and businesses to offer you the best products for your pooches right in time for Christmas! This competition is open to Australian residents from lucky Friday 13th October until Sunday 5th November (midnight).

To Enter, Like & Share our Post (13/10/17) and tell us in the Comments "which product you'd like and why your pooch deserves to win this fantastic prize?"   

Please note that you can only nominate one prize category (so choose wisely) and you'll need to be extremely creative to stand out! Just a reminder that you must Like our Facebook or Follow our Instagram account to be eligible for your prize at the end of this competition! So good luck every-pawdy! What would your dog really want for Christmas?

1. One (1) PetSafe Australia Automatic Ball Launcher valued at $199.99

Your dog will have a great time playing fetch with the  PetSafe® Automatic Ball Launcher

This launcher is great for both outdoor and indoor interactive play as you can choose from 9 distance and also 6 angle settings to protect your valuables! It comes with two standard-sized tennis balls and a universal power cord / AC adaptor. 

Find out how much fun it is in our Review...

2. Two (2) FitBark Dog Activity Monitor valued at $107 each, offered by our friends at PetSure. Total prize value is $214. 

FitBark is a colourful bone-shaped health and fitness tracker for your dog which attaches to his collar to monitor his daily activity. The monitor measures your dog's rest, active and play time and turns them into BarkPoints, so you can see your 4-legged friend's progress and it may help explain behavioural changes. 

FitBark is paired with a free app, which works in conjunction with most devices with Bluetooth 4.0 and iOS 8 or later. Find out more in our Review...
The 2 winners can choose from 4 colours: Blue, Red, Pink or Grey.

3. Two (2) Growl Towels -Circle of Love Towel, valued at $100 each

You can wrap yourself and your canine pal in one of these heavenly 100% cotton roundies with a 1500mm diameter! These are designed to be shared... Use it inside to protect your furniture from dog hair, as a blanket at the park or at the beach. 

The winners can choose their favourite design from either black/white or orange/blue
The total prize value is $200.

4. Four (4) Aussie Dog Products Tucker Balls
We have one of each size (Mini, Small, Medium, Large) to be won with a combined value of $132.30.

The Tucker Ball is the tough yellow ball that keeps on giving. You can place dry treats inside to provide hours of self entertainment for your best friend. 
As the ball rotates, it will randomly dispense the dry food. Even when empty, the rattle will continue to provide stimulation. 

The correct size should be based on your dog's weight and jaw size. Check sizes here...

5. Four (4) Waggly Club Dog Subscription Boxes, with a value of $60 each or a combined value of $240.

Each winner will receive one dog subscription box (these are available on a monthly subscription or as a one-off for a special occasion) filled with high-quality dog toys and treats and delivered to your door!

Dog toys included are selected from reputable, safe brands based on the size of your pooch and the treats are usually low fat, high-value treats (jerky, liver etc.). Find out more in our Review here...

6. Two (2) Petrek 3G GPS Pet Tracker valued at $279 each, with a combined value of $558. 

This is the world’s first and smallest 3G dedicated GPS tracker for dogs and cats and it simply attaches to their collar. 

The Petrek Tracker runs in conjunction with the free iPet App which is how you easily control the multiple functions like your pet’s location (and history), set an alert perimeter around your house/backyard etc. Read our Review here...
If your pet is an escape artist or you like to walk off leash in new areas, this device will give you peace of mind! 

7. One (1) TECHKEWL™ Cooling Dog Coatvalued at up to $240, offered by TechNiche ANZ.

This TECHKEWL™ Phase Change Cooling Dog Coat is ideal for working dogs but also those that work or play in high heat conditions. 

These dog coats are already being used by police services, detection dogs, assistance dogs etc.

Designed to keep your dog cool and avoid heat stress during our long hot summers, the CoolPax™ Phase Change Cooling Inserts maintain a comfortable 14°C (58°F) providing 2-3 hours of cooling relief which is great for all climates.

The winner will be able to select from 2 colours (Blue/Khaki) and 3 sizes (S/M/L).

8. One (1) Ruffwear Basecamp Bowl + Beacon Safety Light Pack, valued at $115offered by Frontier Equipment

The stainless steel Basecamp™ Bowl is designed to keep your canine adventure partner fuelled and hydrated on your camping trips or at home. This food and water bowl holds up to 5 cups of food and more than a litre of water. 

It’s easy to pick up and has a no-slip silicone base. The bottom of the bowl is shaped so that food or water collects in the middle and is easy to reach. The winner can choose from one of 3 models (featured), valued at $69.95.

The Beacon™ is a high-performance safety light to help keep dogs visible in low-light conditions or inclement weather. The Beacon (valued at $44.95) is durable and waterproof, with an easy-to-use Quick Clip™ that attaches to harnesses, collars etc. Cycle through three LED colour options and three light modes for maximum visibility.

9. One Bissell SpotClean portable deep cleaner ($239) AND one Bissell Bark Bath Tool ($129) with a total prize value of $368!

Bathing our dog(s) can be a chore that takes up valuable time, uses several towels and lots of patience! The BarkBath Tool is a faster, easier and less messy way to bathe your four-legged family member, which is used with a Bissell portable shampooer.

The specially designed nozzles get beneath the fur and down to the skin to allow water and shampoo to wash the skin clean while a soft suction pulls dirt and water away into a separate dirty water tank. Bathe your pet practically anywhere and anytime with virtually no mess! Click here to see it in action.

Please note that the SpotClean model being given away with the BarkBath Tool is this newer purple model (featured here).


1. This Competition is open from Friday 13th October (3pm) until Sunday 5th November (midnight). All our winners will be announced on this page on Monday 6th November 2017. Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your prizes directly from each company.
2. To enter, like and share our post and tell us "which product you'd like and why your pooch deserves to win this fantastic prize?". The entries judged most creative will win!
3. Please note you must Like our Facebook page or follow our Instagram page @australiandoglover to be eligible.
4. You can only enter once (choose one product category) or you will be disqualified from the draw.
5. Each extra person tagged in the Comments will earn the entrant an additional entry (max.3)
6. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
Bathing three Belgian Shepherds has always been a major hassle: not because it takes a bit of time, they leave our bathtub full of scratches and we end up with a pile of soggy towels… 

No, they’re simply very reluctant participants and see no redeeming features in being clean: one puts on the brakes and suddenly weighs a ton whilst the other escapes to the backyard as soon he hears the sound of the running tap!

Conner's first bath: not a fan then, not a fan now!
Drying is a cinch even in winter with our short-coated Malinois, as they quickly shake off the excess water and then pace the deck in the sun, eagerly waiting to be let back in!

However washing our double-coated Tervueren during the winter months is an ordeal. It takes him forever to dry and the look of pain on his face when water touches him has always been priceless!

Taking them to our local dog wash is not an option: the closest is a fair way away and our pack is likely to be just as uncooperative and embarrassing!

Thankfully we recently woke up to the fact that there are some dry shampoos which allow you to get your dogs clean and smelling fresh in no time whilst avoiding all the drama!


Joseph Lyddy is an Australian manufacturer of pet grooming products including shampoos, conditioners and detanglers but they also offer dog accessories (collars, leads and bowls) as well as dental treats and joint care chews.

"No water?" OMG, this is amazing!" says Porthos
When the company suggested we trial their Easy Wash dry shampoos (part of the Pet Indulgence line) we were eager to accept and try anything that would make our collective bath experience less painful!

We had a choice of three ‘fragrances’ which all sounded equally appealing:
  • Blood Orange & Cinnamon Bark
  • Vanilla, Honey & Coconut
  • Pomegranate, Lime & Lavender
All varieties contain only natural ingredients and are pH balanced and paraben free. They come in spray cans (200g) which should last you a long time. 


It is a convenient and quick way to give your dog a clean-up without water. This means you don’t need to drag them to the bathroom or organise a tub and hose outside, and best of all you don’t have to deal with a soaking wet dog, as we usually end up just as wet! Dry shampoos are a great solution for in-between regular baths or when your dog needs a quick freshen-up for visitors or a trip to the vet!

We are told that the Easy Wash range is also suitable for cats, who are possibly even less fond of water than our dogs!

We decided to allocate one fragrance per dog in an attempt to choose our favourite at the end of our grooming session.

I don’t know if Porthos understood this was his 'get out of jail card' and an alternative to being put in the bathtub but he could not shake the grin off his face! 

We gave him a couple of quick squirts on with the Blood Orange & Cinnamon Bark

Past the first moment of surprise, he settled in very well and thoroughly enjoyed the brushing process – we still use our old Kong Zoom Groom bought ten years ago, which always removes a huge amount of loose hair on all our dogs at bath time. 

Once our one-on-one grooming session was over, I could definitely smell the citrus on him but that cinnamon bark remained elusive… 

Next in line was his sister Aramis and we thought the Vanilla, Honey & Coconut would be a bit more girly and appropriate for her! Again the first sprays came as a surprise to her - though we made sure we were not too close - but she decided that being the centre of attention was fun after all and ended up rolling on her back! Not so practical for a thorough refresh but at least she was relaxed! Smelling her coat afterwards, this fragrance was definitely our favourite out of the three we tried.

All our dogs had a proper bath in the three weeks prior so they were not very dirty to start with. So i
f your dog decides to jump into mud puddles or to roll in something “unmentionable”, I’d still head for the bathroom for a thorough soak and scrub!


There is no need to dry off your dog as the spray does not leave any greasy residues. The shampoo sinks into your dog's coat beautifully so you could really use it anywhere even in the middle of your living room if it weren't for all the loose hair if you're brushing…

We were able to give our three dogs a quick refresh in under 15 minutes with no mess whilst keeping them happy throughout the process so this is one grooming session for the record books!

The only negative is that the Easy Wash dry shampoos come in pressurised dispensers. They are therefore extremely flammable and must be kept in a cool place and away from direct sunlight. Don’t leave them in your car or exposed to temperatures over 50°C.


RRP: $12.95 (200g spray) available from Coles, Big W, Best Friends Super Pet Centres and other independent pet retailers.

For more details, please visit

Disclaimer: products gifted by Joseph Lyddy Pet Indulgence for editorial consideration
Bring your pet and your family along to the Perth Pet Expo 2017 on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November at the Claremont Showground as it will be a great entertaining week-end for pet owners and animal lovers of all ages. 

The Perth Pet Expo was first held in 2014 with the intent of raising public awareness about responsible pet ownership, as well as showcasing new products and technologies for pet parents.

The Perth Pet Expo 2017 - brought to you by Meals for Mutts - is the only event of its kind in WA, so don't miss out! You will see the latest products, services, attractions and technologies which are now available in Perth. 


You will be able to watch presentations, enter your pet in the WA Cutest Pet Competition 2017 and your pet could be crowned at the event! 

The ambassadors of the 2017 Perth Pet Expo are Dr. Kate Lindsey, founder of the Kalmpets Animal Behaviour Centre and Dr Rick Fenny, founder/chairman of Pets and Vets group, and vet for the famous "Red Dog".

The 2017 programme includes presentations by animal behaviourists and animal experts, a wide range of exhibitors offering products and services, entertainment including dog demonstrations, an ANCATS cat show, mobile animal farm, pony rides, reptiles on display and more!


WA's Cutest Pet Competition

Do you think you have the cutest pet in Western Australia? Bring him or her along if so! 

The competition is open to pets of all shapes and sizes, and there will be three prize categories for cutest dog, cutest cat and cutest household companion.The winners will be picked by a general public vote.

ANCATS (Australian National Cat Inc.

The presenters of the regional and national Cat of the Year awards will be showcasing some delightful cats and kittens for a fun and social experience.

Animal Instincts Fashion Parade
This includes the Best Dressed Pet Competition.

City Farmers Dog Wash
Bring your canine friend down for a wash on the day and go home with a lovely smelling furbaby.

Critters Up Close
This year you can get up close and personal with some of Australia's fascinating critters. Critters Up Close will be providing an interactive and interesting wildlife display with the whole animal team, including birds, frogs, mammals, invertebrates and reptiles.

Discover Deadly

Discover Deadly will present an amazing reptile display! Visit their stand to learn about venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles and for an exciting reptile experience.

Dog Grooming Competitions
The Poodle and Salon Freestyle grooming contest will showcase the skills of some of the country's top dog groomers. Here these groomers will compete for cash prizes, sashes and trophies, and the title of Best in Show.

Humpy Camels
Have you ever wanted to ride a camel? Humpy Camels will be there with their trained and handsome camels. This is an activity for the whole family. Meet Peanut, Coffee and Pickles  and kids can ride the "camel train" around the expo!

Parrot Life Behaviour
Parrot Life Behaviour and Training demonstrations by Rachel Riley.

Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm
Here you can cuddle and feed some friendly farmyard animals. Don't miss out on seeing these little cuties!

Vets' Group Wellness Corner
Here you can discuss all your pets' health and wellness needs.

WA Birds of Prey
WA Birds of Prey are passionate about "rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing birds back into the wild". They are the home of the West Coast Eagles mascot - Auzzie, a wedge-tailed eagle. 

West Oz Wildlife
This is an amazing opportunity to interact with a range of wildlife animals and learn more about them.

Photo Credit: Diane Andersen - Animal Images Photography
Wazzat Xolointzcuintle
The Xoloitzcuintle was considered one of the rarest breeds in the world, and now you can see the the first breeding pair in Australia and learn more about them.

There will be food trucks and a coffee stand for humans and their pets, so take a break with your pet at the all new Pet-Working bar and bistro!
When: Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 November 2017, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Robertson Pavilion, Claremont Showgrounds, 1 Graylands Road, Claremont,WA

Tickets are available via Eventbrite here or you can get tickets at the gate.
Dachshunds in Paradise is hosting its biggest and spookiest event “Halloweiner” on Sunday 29th October 2017 in Mudgeeraba (Gold Coast).

This amazing fundraising event - supported by Gold Coast City Council – will commence at 9:00am and feature hundreds of Dachshunds in costume, raising money for sick and disabled animals. They will also attempt the Australian record of the most number of Dachshunds at a meet up (to our knowledge, the record stands at 154).

This event will include a huge raffle plus insta-famous pups, food trucks, market stalls, dog games, dog beauty services, and 'Best Dressed Dog and Human' competitions.

Whether you own a Dachshund or just love them, you are invited!

Dachshunds in Paradise is a Gold Coast and Tweed region based non-profit organization established in 2011. 
They organise regular meet-up events (4 to 6 times per year) not only to socialise their beloved Dachshunds but also to raise money and awareness for chosen charities.

The money raised at each of the events will be used to support their chosen charity: Storybook Farm – Sacred Animal Garden, both a sanctuary for disabled and special needs animals plus an educational farm.

The Dachshund community relies very heavily on Storybook Farm, as they offer an 8-week rehabilitation program designed especially for dogs recovering from Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) which affects 1 in 4 Dachshunds. This program is called “Paws & Recover”. They also offer holiday and emergency boarding. 

All funds raised from this event will go towards the care for the many permanently disabled Dachshunds and other special needs animals that live at the sanctuary.

When: Sunday 29th October 2017, from 9:00am

Where: Hinterland Regional Park, 32 Hardys Rd
Mudgeeraba, QLD, 4213, Australia 

For details, please visit the Event's Facebook page.