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Say hello to Australia’s first ever meal kit, designed specifically for dog owners, and their beloved four paws

Today, Australian born meal kit company Atlas Weekly appears to be barking mad. Revealing it has teamed up with new pet health company ilume, to launch the Australia’s first ever “hybrid” meal kit. Made specifically for dog owners and their much loved fur babies.

Designed for International Dog Day (Friday 26 August), the delivered-to-your-door “Dine with your dog” box, will include all the ingredients and instructions necessary, to create a 3-course dinner experience at home.

Atlas Weekly will have the human meals covered. With a seared beef salad for entree, a succulent chicken parmigiana for main, and a decadent chocolate dessert (made by dessert queen, Christy Tania of GLACE Dessert).




Unsurprisingly, ilume will take care of the pups. By delivering an impressive spin-off of each Atlas Weekly meal: a beef jerky salad with homemade beef broth (entree), a puppy parmigiana (main) and a carob-based (equally as decadent) dessert.

Award winning chef and founder of Atlas Weekly, Charlie Carrington, says:

“Over the past three years I have unintentionally joined the 'over the top, dog parent’ club. I treat my two Cavoodles like I would my (future) children. Which is why I genuinely became an ilume customer after seeing their human-like dog food, and recognising the similarities in values we share.

“Our premium offerings have a natural synergy and clear love for real, wholesome food. Which has made the “Dine with your dog” box a dream to bring to life.”


Melbourne entrepreneur and co-founder of ilume, Craig Silbery says:

“It’s no secret our pets are an essential member of our families, and are deserving of a place at our tables.

“We’re excited to partner with Charlie and the wider Atlas Weekly team. And encourage everyone to treat themselves, and their dogs this International Dog Day.”

$10 of every purchase will go towards animal welfare charity The Lost Dogs’ Home.

Price & Where to Buy:

The Atlas Weekly x ilume “Dinner with your dog” is on sale from Tuesday 9 August until Friday 19 August at www.atlasweekly.com.au/products/dine-with-your-dog

Price: The meal kits start from under $50 + delivery and are a
vailable across VIC, ACT, NSW and QLD.


About Atlas Weekly

Travel the world from the comfort of your home, with Australia’s first globally-inspired recipe boxes. Love cooking good food but don't have time to plan or shop? Take the hassle out of midweek meals with our weekly recipe boxes: beautifully fresh boxes and easy to follow recipe cards, delivered right to your door.

For more information, head to: www.atlasweekly.com.au

About ilume

At ilume, we believe mindful food choices will help our dogs stay healthier for longer. That’s why we use clean, fresh, human-quality ingredients, cook slow-and-low for maximum nutrition, and serve breakfasts and dinners differently to address the unique health needs of dogs living modern lifestyles.

For more information, head to: www.ilumefreshmeals.com.au

About The Lost Dogs’ Home

The Lost Dogs’ Home relies on the generosity of the public to be able to care for around 14,000 lost, abandoned, and mistreated animals every year. Funds are vital to give our animals the very best care possible. We heal them physically and mentally and find new, loving, forever homes for them. Our purpose is to nurture the powerful emotional bond people share with their pets.

For more information and to find out how you can help, head to: www.dogshome.com  

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The University of Adelaide’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical is coming to the Scott Theatre in September and two furry friends are needed to complete the cast. Does your dog have what it takes to be a star?

“We’re so excited to be opening auditions for these dogs, who will certainly steal the show,” says April Beak, who will be stepping into the fabulous shoes of lead character Elle Woods.

“Omigod you guys! No woman should be denied her dog. But, Bruiser isn’t just a dog – he’s family! And who can forget Paulette’s reunion with her lovable Rufus!”

The dogs will be in great company as Nikki Snelson, who will be directing and choreographing the musical, played Brooke Wyndham in the original Broadway production of Legally Blonde: The Musical in 2007.

But the successful canine will have to be more than just a mutt as there are some important criteria they must meet:


✔️ Bruiser is played by a Chihuahua and Rufus is a Bulldog;

✔️ The bright lights, music and audience can be overwhelming, so the successful dogs must have laid-back, relaxed dispositions;

✔️ The dogs should be very friendly with people, especially people they’ve only just met, and be extremely comfortable with being picked up and carried: Bruiser will be carried in Elle’s handbag frequently throughout the show;

✔️ The dogs should be aware and responsive to commands, such as ‘come’ and ‘sit’. And Bruiser is required to bark on command;

✔️ While previous stage experience isn’t a requirement, it is ideal; and

✔️ The dogs’ owners must be able to look after their dogs backstage throughout all rehearsals and performances outlined below.

All canine applicants and their human carers must be available for:

  •  Auditions that will take place on Sunday 21st August at the University’s North Terrace Campus.
  • Daytime rehearsals between 1 and 16 September at North Terrace Campus (schedule to be negotiated)
  • Rehearsals in the Scott Theatre from 20 September (schedule to be confirmed)
  • Afternoon and evening performances from 29 September to 2 October.

The two successful hounds will receive free tickets for family and friends, a professional photoshoot, and the actor who plays Bruiser will be gifted their costumes.

If your pooch fits the criteria, bend and snap, and book your audition today at LegallyBlondeDogAuditions.eventbrite.com

Performances will take place from September 29 – October 2, including both day and night performances. Buy tickets online.

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Safe Pets Safe Families receives 50 tonne pet food donation for Homelessness Week 2022 

With the increased rate of pet ownership in Australia [1] and an increase of those who are facing disadvantage or crisis, there is growing concern about how pet owners will provide their pet with essential care and supplies.

In recognition of Homelessness Week (1-8 August), the Petspiration Foundation and Ivory Coat will be donating 50 tonnes of bagged pet food to Safe Pets Safe Families (SPSF) as part of their Fill Their Bowl Project to support vulnerable people and pets in South Australia.

Through this generous donation, SPSF will be able to continue supporting vulnerable owners and their pets and ultimately reduce the occurrence of surrender, animal abuse, neglect, and euthanasia.


SPSF founder, Jennifer Howard, says that the Fill Their Bowl Project is an integral part of their organisation and allows them to make a real difference to the people and pets within the community.


“The rising cost of living and an increase in pet ownership has really impacted many who are experiencing crisis or are at a disadvantage, and through my own personal experience I can appreciate what it feels like to be in a position when you’re unable to care for a pet, and I don’t want anyone else within the community to have to experience this,’ says Jennifer.

“With regular help from volunteers and generous partners - such as Ivory Coat and the Petspiration Foundation - we can maximise our impact and continue our mission to help keep vulnerable people and their pets together by alleviating the burden of providing essential pet care during times of hardship.”

“Since our inception in 2013, we have distributed hundreds of paw packs through Paws and Pals outreach service, supporting several families and pets in need. This donation is key in helping us to make an immediate impact on pets and people experiencing difficulty in the state.”


Ivory Coat’s National Account Manager, Sam McLoughlin, says that they value the opportunity to help ease the burden on South Australian pets and their owners.

“We’re proud to partner with Safe Pets Safe Families and support the ongoing and incredible work that they carry out to help relieve the burden on pet owners across the state,” says Sam.

“Pets are such an important part of our lives and struggling to provide them with essential care can be extremely stressful for owners. By donating pet food, we hope to play a part in SPSF’s journey towards making a change to the lives of hundreds of pets across the state.”

Petspiration Foundation CEO, Shane Young, says that they’re proud to partner with Ivory Coat and SPSF to assist in easing the financial strain on pet owners and help reduce the number of healthy pets being surrendered to shelters.

“The bond between pets and their people is important, and we want to continue supporting this integral bond through SPSF,” says Shane.

In conjunction with the Fill Their Bowl Project, Ivory Coat will be providing additional donations to SPSF’s Paws and Pals program, partnering with homeless organisations and facilities to provide pop up veterinary clinics every few months to remove barriers for the homeless and their pets.

Safe Pets Safe Families encourages those who are able to donate pet food, providing a meal and peace of mind for a struggling family and their pet.

Drop off locations are available at safepetssafefamilies.org.au/fill-their-bowl-project





About Safe Pets Safe Families

Safe Pets Safe Families was founded in 2013 by Jennifer Howard, working with people and pets in crises to improve outcomes and reduce the occurrence of surrender, animal abuse, neglect, and euthanasia. 

We actively assist our clients in finding safe housing and provide strategies to reduce the incidence of intergenerational poverty.

Since inception, the not-for-profit organisation has donated hundreds of meals to pets in need and has seen exponential growth over recent years. The organisation services South Australia.



About the Petspiration Foundation

The Petspiration Foundation (formally PETstock Assist) is a registered charity committed to helping pets and people to live better. Through its partnerships and programs, the Foundation raises awareness and changes perceptions to make a positive impact today and leading change for a better future.

Since its inception in 2007, the Petspiration Foundation has raised more than $6.6 million, found homes for more than 13,000 rescue pets and donated more than $80,000 to support flood affected areas in 2022.



Milo, Otis, Max and Charlie. They’re the four-legged friends you can’t live without, but who will look after your pets when you no longer can?

This International Cat Day (8 August) and International Dog Day (26 August) is a reminder to all pet owners to make sure their pets are taken care of in a Will.

As the number one Will-maker in NSW, NSW Trustee & Guardian has seen a rising trend among pet owners making provisions for their pawed-pals in their Wills.

“A decade ago, NSW Trustee & Guardian only wrote a handful of Wills that included clauses for pets. Now we’re writing roughly 600 Wills a year that include pets,” said NSW Trustee & Guardian Senior Solicitor, Natalie Darcy.
“Pets have really become part of the family, so it makes sense that people want to include them in their Wills.”
While pets are regarded as property under NSW law, they cannot inherit property or money in a Will, so Ms Darcy highly recommends pet owners seek guidance from a professional will-maker.

Rusty's owners have made sure he'll be looked
after if they no longer can
“Pets can be provided for in a number of ways in a Will, including gifting the pet to a trusted family member or friend along with a sum of money to help cover their expenses, a pet legacy program with an animal charity, or setting up a trust fund”, said Ms Darcy.

Ms Darcy advises that it’s important to have a good idea of your pet’s life expectancy, and up-keep costs like food, insurance, and vet bills.

“You also need to make sure that if you’re leaving your pet to someone that they are willing and able to fulfil their duties. 

After all, an animal cannot apply to a court if their carer fails to fulfil their duties,” said Ms Darcy.

The state government agency also provides free pet emergency cards for pet owners to carry in their wallet.

“The card holds information about you, your emergency contacts and your pet. If you can’t return home, this card can alert those around you that your pet needs care ,” said Ms Darcy.

If you have a furry, feathered, or scaly member of the family you wish to include in your Will, NSW Trustee & Guardian can help.

The number one Will-maker in NSW, NSW Trustee & Guardian has professional, accredited Will-makers located across the state. 

They also offer video conferencing appointments to help with busy schedules.

To book an appointment or to order your free pet emergency, visit tag.nsw.gov.au/iwill.

MEDIA RELEASE, 4th August 2022


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Whether the dog dad in your life is sporty, a tech nerd, a traveller, loves fashion or you're after something personalised, here are some of our favourite gift ideas to celebrate Father's Day or as we prefer to call it, Fur Dad's Day on Sunday 4th September.



Bring peace of mind to mealtime with the PetSafe® Smart Feed Automatic Pet Feeder

Designed by pet parents, you can schedule, monitor and adjust your pet’s feeding schedule remotely with the user-friendly smartphone app. Download the free app to your phone or mobile device, connect the feeder to your home’s Wi-Fi and enjoy convenient meal scheduling from anywhere. The feeder holds 24 cups of dry or semi-moist food.


The unique design of the Smart Feed’s food conveyor dispenses most shapes and sizes of dry and semi-moist food while helping to prevent jams. Meals can be scheduled for up to 12 times daily. 

For pets who tend to eat too quickly, the optional Slow Feed setting dispenses meals in small amounts over 15 minutes.
The Feed Now option lets you serve a meal on demand any time from the app or with the push of a pet-proof button on the feeder. One feeder can be controlled from multiple family members’ smartphones. Multiple feeders also can be controlled from one smartphone.

RRP: $343.99 available from www.petsafe.com/AU






For the dog dad who
 can't bear leaving their sad pup behind at home, the latest Furbo 360° Dog Camera is for you!

With an all-new 360° rotating view camera h
igh-quality 4x zoom and colour night vision, this is the most dog parent-friendly model yet! 

You can easily toss treats or speak to your pet via Realtime 2-way audio, and gain peace of mind with AI-powered alerts to keep you updated on activity in your home 24/7.

Furbo Dog NannyFurbo’s exclusive suite of subscription smart features also got major upgrades. 
The sound-activated Barking Alerts can now detect between a garden variety bark, crying, or more severe howling: a crucial difference for any pet parent!

Price: $319.00 from furbo.com/au or www.amazon.com.au




With its quilted design and stylish finish, the Pawmanity Car Transit Liner transforms your vehicle into a luxurious lounge area taking your dogs' travel comfort to new heights.





Made from durable yet soft fabric, the scratch-resistant top layer provides excellent protection against your dog's claws while keeping dirt, sand and mud off your vehicle's interior.

Rubber mesh on the underside provides exceptional anti-slip protection. The sling section keeps your dog from falling into the footwell in the event of a sudden stop or a desire to join you in the front seat.

Two generously sized pockets are built into the sling section, providing ample storage for road trip necessities such as tennis balls, towels, leads, water bottles etc.

Quilted side panels extend protection to the sides of your folded rear seats if your dog enters or exits your vehicle via the passenger doors.

This Universal-Fit Transit Liner 
is 140cm (Width for door too door) x 260cm (L) and comes with a Storage Tote Bag.

RRP: $229.00 from pawmanity.com.au 




For the dog dad who loves spending time at the beach with their furry best friend!

The Doggy Anchor
is an Australian innovation designed to solve two problems in one easy, stylish beach bag. L
arge enough to hold your beach gear, but once you're there, it will transform into an anchor to secure your dog.

Simply fill the bag with wet or dry sand (more for larger dogs) then pull drawstrings closed to avoid spilling. Finally attach your Doggy Anchor double ended leash clip to the anchor point. ​

Of course it's not meant to be a long-time tether to leave your dog unsupervised but it keeps your fur baby safe, while you enjoy the beach without the added stress of keeping them on leash and compromising your fun day out!

RRP: $120.00 from doggyanchor.com



The perfect gift set does not... Wait, these colourful dog socks will brighten any dog dad's day!

This 3-Pack Mixed Dog Socks from Happy Socks is for the dog dad who sends you all these cute dog videos and memes hourly!

Made from breezy combed cotton with a softer and smoother feel and more durable than ordinary cotton. These come with both reinforced heel and toe because that's where you (ahem!) usually get those embarrassing holes.

This 3-pack includes 3 shades of happy puppies: one white, one black and one blue pair!

There's a similar set for cat lovers and both are available in men's and women's sizes. Happy feet!

RRP: $54.95 from www.peticular.com.au



An Australian icon, Baxter Boots
 are the oldest family-owned boot making company in Australia, having been handcrafted in Goulburn for five generations.

Any Aussie dog dad will be ready to face the elements equipped with these Baxter Snow Boots

Fully lined for warmth, these boots are made from a sports leather upper and durable thick rubber and feature a bellows tongue to keep moisture out. An added bonus is that the lining is fully removeable and washable.

No excuses not to go and walk the dog, even when it's freezing outside!


RRP: from $109.95 at baxterfootwear.com.au  




Don't you just wish the man in your life and your dog would colour co-ordinate before heading out the door?

Thanks to Doggieo's matching Dog and Owner Red Flanno Hoodie, now they can!

This microfleece Zip-Up Hoodie features soft and durable fabric. The microfleece lining for extra comfort and warmth will make this your most comfy zip-up hoodie ever! It also comes with a visible nylon zipper front closure. 

Each panel is individually printed, cut and sewn to ensure a flawless graphic with no imperfections.
Available in 7 sizes from XS all the way up to 4XL!

RRP: $89.00 from
 www.doggieo.com.au



Richard Skipworth
is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator, who happens to be crazy about Greyhounds! 

This bright and cheerful Teefs Apron by Rich Skipworth will help your favourite dog dad stay clean in style when doing dirty work in the kitchen, in the art studio, in the garden, or at the BBQ!

This 
100% polyester apron features durable neck band and extra long black ties that wrap around to tie in front.

It comes in one size that will fit most adults.

RRP: $33.38 at www.redbubble.com



For the dog dad whose motto is "Drink Coffee. Save Dogs".

The Underdog Co
 offers the perfect gift combo, including 
the Underdog Coffee Blend (premium Colombian & Ethiopian blend) and a Stand Up Mug.

Their coffee is roasted in Melbourne by partners with more than 20 years experience sourcing, roasting and delivering the highest quality coffee possible.

Every cup helps a pup with 25% of profits going to charity partner Pound PatrolPound Patrol is also a bit of an underdog with a focus on saving the misunderstood bull breeds from death row to give them a second chance at life.

RRP: from $19.95 (Underdog Blend); $12.95 (Capsules) at www.theunderdog.co



This Dog Guardian Crewneck T-shirt is a little cheeky and that little bit honest!

Perfect for the eco-conscious fur dad (or dog mum as it is a Unisex Regular Fit), this super comfy T-shirt is made of 100% certified organic ring-spun cotton and will look great on anyone.

It comes in Charcoal and White and is available in 5 sizes (from S to 2XL).

This product is made on demand so don't leave it to the last minute for this Father's Day 2022!

RRP: $50.00 from www.trailsniffers.com



Following the huge success of their Kickstarter campaign, Dog Park is the board game dog lovers everywhere have been waiting for! 
Dog Park
is a competitive set collection and point-to-point movement game about walking all your favourite dogs.


In Dog Park, you and your friends will take on the role of dog walkers recruiting, walking, and caring for your dogs over four rounds. In each round, you will journey through the Dog Park with your pups to collect resources, earn reputation, and interact with your fellow walkers.

Birdwood Games are offering two editions of Dog Park: Standard and Collector’s. 

Perfect for the whole family with 1-4 players (Age 10+), the expected release date of Dog Park is late August 2022.


Price: $81.45 on pre-order at www.gameology.com.au




Launched last year, The Wonderful World of Dogs Collection from Downies Collectables is the perfect gift for the numismatics enthusiast!

Celebrating ten of Australia’s beloved dog breeds in a charming commemorative collection that brings our best friends to life, with precisely struck details enhanced by full-colour portraits and a pure silver finish.

Featured in the collection are The Australian Cattle Dog, The Boxer, The Cavalier King CharlesThe Golden RetrieverThe Pug and more!

Each 40mm silver-plated medallion can be purchased on subscription. 
Each monthly release can then be placed within your free custom-designed black case, and each commemorative is accompanied by a photo-quality art print featuring that dog breed.

RRP: from $29.95 with monthly releases at the regular series price of $49.95 (+ postage) at downies.com





For the dog dad now begrudgingly back in the office but who is missing his dog every day, how about a miniature (silent) version to put on his desk?


Your Custom Pet Bobblehead (8cm tall) will be created from the photo supplied and an inscription (25 letters) can also be added to the base.

This item is made from polymer clay which is a non-toxic, multi-colour, and environmentally friendly convertible material and it makes your bobblehead very alive-looking.

Each Bobblehead is truly unique as you can add requests regarding the size, colours or accessories to be used to best reflect your furry best friend. Please allow 10-14 days for sculpting time.

RRP: from $89.00 from www.bobblegifts.com.au




For the dog dad for whom golf is life, here is the perfect novelty gift idea to
 have more fun on the fairways! 

All of Daphnes Animal Golf Headcovers are fully lined and elasticised to ensure a secure fit on clubs (they will fit most 460cc oversized clubs).

Made from quality materials these head covers are designed to give the ultimate protection to metal woods. 

Simply select dad's favourite from 22 dog breeds (or other animals) and he'll be the talk of the club soon after tee off!

Most specialist golf stores are sold out so the largest choice is via Amazon AU (prices start from around $58.00).


Super Feedy Launches Revolutionary 4-in-1 Slow Feeder Dog Bowl!

Super Feedy is pleased to announce the launch of the Marley Slowappy Feeder. This versatile, four-in-one slow feeder dog bowl offers canine owners and their dogs a healthier and happier mealtime experience.

This innovative Australian design combines a slow feeder bowl with a reversible lick mat that doubles as the lid for food prep and a travel dog bowl.



The versatile slow feeder promotes healthy eating habits in dogs by improving their digestion. 

Along with its generous 10-cup capacity, the bowl has a suction cup base that ensures it will not move, slide or tip over during mealtime. 

Designed from recycled plastic and food-grade silicone, the dog bowl is available in one size to suit most dogs.





The Marley Slowappy Feeder contains all the essentials to give dogs a healthier, happier mealtime experience and peace of mind for their owners.

Ryan O'Neill-Fong, Founder of Super Feedy, mentioned, "Pet parents like us have probably tried a variety of different slow feeders and dog lick mats. Some may have thought they had solved the problem for a while, but the results were short-lived. Many slow feeders on the market are frustrating for dogs and can lead to poor health outcomes.

We know what it's like to live with a dog in discomfort and pain after meals. Nothing is more frustrating. We're disrupting the category with a better alternative: no dog has to live in pain and discomfort, and no pet parent has to live with additional stress and frustration."




Price & Where to Buy:

Join the waitlist to get an exclusive 30% discount only available for early backers.

For more information, go to superfeedy.com

You can follow Super Feedy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuperFeedy and on Instagram @superfeedy

About Super Feedy

Super Feedy is an e-commerce business based in Melbourne with a mission to ensure dogs are well-fed, happy, and healthy during mealtimes. The brand was founded on love for their two dogs, Marley and Belle. This family-owned business offers an innovative slow feeder bowl to elevate mealtime for owners and their dogs.

Mealtime is important for dogs and their owners to bond. It's also an opportunity for them to enjoy a healthy meal—but sometimes this can be difficult. The brand-new slow feeder combines modern design with innovative functionality. It's more than just a slow-feeder dog bowl.

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