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12 Winter Little Helpers for Dogs & Pawrents

In winter, we’re not the only ones guilty of wanting to lie in bed forever - our best friends often get less motivated to exercise too! So as we're all starting to suffer from the winter blues, here are some ideas to help you and your pets survive the season...

One of our best recent finds are the Ilume chef-prepared meals, designed and cooked in Melbourne. You can now select from a wide range of exciting restaurant-style fresh recipes, tailored to your dogs' needs and delivered to your front door!

The Ilume recipes for dogs - such as Chicken or Beef Meatballs, Beef or Chicken Meatloaf or one their Chef's Signature Parmigiana Chicken, Mexican Beef Dinner, Turkey & Spinach Dinner etc.) are not only hearty on their own or with a side of Slaw but they can be elevated with a warming Chicken or Beef Broth for a delicious dinner! 

Why not spoil your dog for a special birthday week or hold a Christmas in July dinner (for a limited time only, you can get 50% off selected recipes using the promo code XMASINJULY).

There are many trial options from just a single recipe to a mix for 7, 14 or 28 days. Save more when you sign up to a regular meal plan, you can still make changes any time! 

RRP: from $16.95 (Trial Boxes for small dogs); $119.95 for Chef's Signature Special Turkey Dinner (14 days for a 10kg dog) at

Just as we love tucking into our hearty casseroles, stews and soups in winter, your dog will appreciate that special touch on a cold day!

Perfect for fussy pets, the new Earthz Pet Dog Vitality Gravy range is available in 2 flavours: Free Range Chicken and Lamb

Made with premium New Zealand ingredients including: Hoki Fish Oil for healthy skin and coat, Kiwi fruit extract for dog digestive health, Manuka Honey for dog immune health and NZ Green-Lipped Mussels for dog joint health.

This delicious gravy can be used as a topper on top of kibble or any food and it will make your dogs' meals taste even better!

Each pack comes with 5 x 55ml bottles in recyclable packaging. Also available in 35ml sizes for Toy/Small dogs.

RRP: $15.99 (5 x 55ml) from

Ever been curled up on the couch on a cold evening or morning, snuggling your pooch whilst sipping on a nice warm cuppa and wondered … can my bestie enjoy a cup too?

The answer is yes! Pet Botanica has created an exciting small range of herbal Pooch Brews. Designed alongside an animal naturopath, these yummy Beef and Lamb flavoured brews offer a healthy, safe, flavoursome drink with wonderful nutritional benefits.

Our top pick is the Tummy Support Pooch Brew, this brew was formulated to help support upset tummies, digestion and even constipation. 

Whilst offering support for tummies and stress, all these brews can certainly be given as a fun, flavoursome treat drink with nutritional benefits that can be enjoyed on a winter’s night, helping your dogs feel cosy, content and a part of the family!

RRP: $20.99 from

Giving your dog a bath in winter is not much fun and then comes the long drying process...

However you can make it a bit easier for yourself with a Dog Poncho from DOG by Dr Lisa, the ultimate wet-dog accessory! 
It also looks terribly cute even on a supersized doggo.

The soft cotton bamboo fabric will help dry your dogs quickly and they can shake off all the excess water, without soaking you, your furnishings or the back of your car! Use it after a trip to the beach, swim, puddle jump in the yard or bath.

Available in 3 colours: Grey, Blush & Mint and 5 sizes (XS to XL).

RRP: from $50.00 at

Melbourne-based Wolfe creates a range of natural, non-toxic products for your dogs, including The Balm, a natural balm for soft supple paws, skin and a kissable nose!

Proudly made in Australia, with a nourishing blend of premium natural plant-based ingredients, it does wonders in helping to repair and heal sore or damaged skin.

Especially beneficial during the cooler months, ingredients such as Chamomile, Calendula & Rosemary work to reduce itching and inflammation while Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E help soothe and repair the skin.

An added bonus is that it’s completely safe for licks! 
The Balm is packaged in a recyclable and reusable glass jar.
RRP: $24.00 from

Have you been struggling with muddy pawprints all over the house despite keeping all your towels on high rotation to wipe off your dog's paws? Maybe it's time for a fresh approach...

The Dog Gone Smart's Dirty Doormat is a high absorbency microfibre mat to help protect your floors, furnishings from mud, dirt, slobber, pet hair and more!

Not only does it soak up to seven times its weight in water and mud, it also dries five times faster than an ordinary mat. Its Super Gripper Backing will keep it in place precisely where you want it to be.

Your dog will appreciate the plush and velvety soft feel and it comes in a variety of colours and sizes. 

RRP: $28.50-$50.50 from

Anyone with a permanently muddy yard or taking regular trips to the beach or dog park will love the convenience of 
Kurgo's Mud Dog Travel Shower.

You'll be able to grab a shower wherever and whenever your dog needs one by turning almost any plastic bottle into a handy shower with this Mud Dog Travel Shower.

Simply screw the Travel Shower on and voilà, it’s like that romp in the mud or roll in a cow pat never happened and it's safe to let your dog back in the car!

Using a 2-litre bottle gives you a shower lasting 2 minutes. Made from food-grade silicone, it is safe to put it in your dishwasher's top rack.

RRP: $21.99 from 

Australia’s Smiley Dog have just released their new specially formulated Organic Seaweed & Minerals range as they understand that dog skin becomes dehydrated in cooler weather the same way human skin does. 

Although human skin and canine skin differ in turnover rate and thickness, both experience moisture loss during winter that is exacerbated by cold wind and artificial heating. 

Working hard to not only provide added hydration but also prevent the loss of moisture, the Seaweed & Minerals range is pH balanced specifically for canine skin and rejuvenates, repairs and re-conditions. 

The new trio is suitable for all breeds, coats and skin types, including sensitive.

RRP: $44.95 (250ml Shampoo, 250ml Conditioner and 30ml matching Cologne)

Toilet training a puppy during a wet winter when living in an apartment is no fun! Thankfully, there are some smart solutions like the all natural, 100% eco-friendly Potty Plant Grass Dog Toilet.

With this miniature backyard at your dog's disposal any time of the day on your balcony or in your preferred space indoors so no more excuses for messy business!

Your Starter Kit includes the Potty Plant - a patented tray in White or Black, that holds and protects the grass, plus your first grass. 

Once this fresh grass needs replacing, you will need to sign on to a Grass Subscription that can be delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly to your door.

RRP: from $205 (one-off); $29.95 weekly grass delivery at

Suited to cats and dogs, the Extreme Weather Aluminium Pet Door from PetSafe is designed to be energy-efficient in any climate.

Its unique three-flap system is rated 3.5 times more energy efficient than single flap doors. With a magnetic seal at the bottom to keep the flaps securely in place and prevent draughts, this pet door will keep out the winter chill! 

Installing this new door for your dog or cat is a simple DIY project. And if you’re looking for a pet door to match your home décor, the white, plastic frame is paintable, so you can paint the frame to match the door it’s installed into.

Available in 3 sizes, to suit even your larger dogs right up to 45kg. To save 10%, use your code DOORS10 until July 31.

RRP: from $268.79 at

Improve your dog's visibility and safety during those night-time or early morning walks with the Nitedog Rechargeable LED Collar from Nite Ize.

With two powerful and fully rechargeable LEDs, this collar is illuminated end to end. Choose from two modes: constant glow or flashing. One full charge provides a run time of approximately 6.5 hours - so you need never lose sight of your dog at night! 

Using a micro USB cable (not included), it will recharge in 1.25 hours.

Available in Blue or Lime and 4 sizes from Small (e.g. Pug) all the way to X Large (e.g. German Shepherd).

RRP: from $43.38 at

SlingGuard Car Protector is the ultimate snuggly, warm, cosy way to have your dog travel with you on those wet cold days, while offering first class protection for your car.

Fully reversible, dense faux fur on one side ensures maximum snuggly comfort – and 100% waterproof heavy duty denier on the other looks after those wet, muddy days.

The dense middle layer ensures stability and helps reduce anxiety for nervous dogs. Sides zip up to make a cocooned bed in the back seat area, or it can be fitted into the back of a SUV or station wagon.
There's seat belt access for a dog harness, a passenger, or a child’s car seat. 

While it is machine washable, hair and dirt also wipe off easily by hand or brush. Use the promo code DOGLOVER to receive a 10% discount!

RRP: $199.99 (free shipping in Australia) at

There are many brands of Pet Strollers but if you’re looking for a waterproof option for a small pet (under 15kg), this i.Pet Folding Pet Stroller offers great value for money.

Using built-in powder-coated steel and 
600D Oxford water-resistant and UV-resistant fabric, it is both stable and durable with omni-directional front wheels and brake-fitted rear wheels for easy handling.

It features multiple entry points (front / back) and the top can also be opened. 

Below the dog cabin (55cm x 55cm), there’s a storage basket (3kg) for all your doggy essentials or in case you need to stop by the shops. 

The one-step folding mechanism makes setup and storage a breeze!

RRP: $153.90 from

The Underdog Co love their coffee and dogs! Their mission is to help bring awareness to animals in need through selling their premium coffee blends to like-minded pet lovers.

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

When you drink your daily coffee using the Underdog Coffee Blend (available as Ground or Capsules) or their Stand Up Mug, you'll help save dogs as 25% of profits go to support their charity partner Pound Patrol.

Pound Patrol is also a bit of an underdog as they focus their efforts 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

Since their launch in 2020, Sit Stay Society Wines have now raised more than $200,000 for animal welfare organisation Pet Rescue through their partnership
 - with 50c from the purchase of every bottle donated.

Did you know that dogs of bigger breeds can take 58% longer than small dogs to find a new home once they arrive in shelters or foster care. 

The new Big Dog range of wines was released to educate and encourage pet seekers to consider adopting a larger size dog. 

So if you're ready for a larger than life cuddle buddy this winter, why not give one of these big dogs a chance?

RRP: $15.99 (750ml) Big Dog range; $8.99 (375ml) at

So our advice for fellow Aussie dog lovers is to do more of what makes you and your dogs happy, strap in and let's make the most of this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad weather by spending more quality time with our pets!

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