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Published August 5th 2017
Support Local; Shop Local; Now, Always, and Forever
2017 has been an amazing year for both spoilt Brissie pups and their humans thus far, with the launch of multiple new businesses that cater specifically to our beloved furbabies. After all, is there anything better than giving your pooch only the best of the best, while at the same time supporting your local small businesses? From healthy and delicious treats, to beautiful custom-made accessories (and more), you'll never run out of new ways to spoil your pup so that they feel like the royalty they all think they are!
NomNom Pets was established in March, and officially debuted at the launch of Pets at the Gabba Markets, Brisbane's first ever "pets only" market - what a fitting start for a business that is quickly becoming a household name in the local Brisbane dog community! Created, owned and managed by an avid dog lover, Kelly established NomNom with the principle of giving our pets only the best, because they deserve nothing less than that - or in her words, to "Treat Them Right"! Being a "pawrent" herself, Kelly understands best the needs of fellow dog owners who are health advocates for their pups.
Eddy balancing NomNom Pets' business card on his flat nose.
NomNom has a range of human-grade homemade delights, made "from our kitchen to yours" - this guarantees that you know exactly what ingredients your beloved furbaby is consuming. All products are made with love and care, which not only are preservative free, but also contain no added sugar, salt, artificial colours or flavours! In addition, products are low in fat and are gluten free. Kelly has put in hours and hours of research into the best possible ingredients to use in her products, in order to maximise both taste and health benefits for your pooch. With all the hard work already done for you, why not take advantage and reap the benefits?
Eddy and Sam pictured at NomNom Pets' stall at Pets at the Gabba with their new bags of yummy goodies.
NomNom Pets' official taste testers are Donut (Kelpie cross Labrador) and Ragnar (Kelpie cross Chihuahua). Join them on their fun adventures by following them on Instagram, under the name of donut.ragnar.starboys.
Eddy and Sam pictured with Donut and Ragnar, all decked out in matching green camo gear. Follow @donut.ragnar.starboys on their fun adventures!
Prices start from $7 for a 30g packet of treats, with discounts if you purchase two or more in the same transaction. Treats can last for at least 4 weeks from baking date (found at the back of each packet), but, as they are dehydrated, they can stay fresh for much longer if stored in the fridge or freezer. If you've tried treats from NomNom Pets and can't wait to get your paws on more, remember to leave them a review on Facebook to get 10% off your next order!
Mila & Co. was officially launched in April by Reni, a Graphic Designer / Digital Artist / Illustrator, fulfilling a lifelong dream to combine her immense love of animals and design into the one outlet. Reni grew up in a family and household which had so many pets, and so many different types of pets, that "one would think we live in a zoo"! She started her journey in graphic design over a decade ago, and has been designing every day since then.
Beautiful photo of Reni and her dog Kiba. Photo taken from Kiba's official Facebook page.
Mila & Co. create beautiful digital pet pawtraits that are the perfect gifts and decorative pieces for the animal lovers out there. What's even better is that they are open for commission, worldwide! Designs can be tailored to match the individual pet's personality and looks, to help make your piece that extra bit more special. Despite having only been operating for 4 short months, Mila & Co. has already accepted commissions from multiple famous local canine celebrities - if this isn't a testament to Reni's talent, then I don't know what is! Canine celebrities who have had their paw trait created by Mila & Co. include:
One of the sources of inspiration behind Mila & Co. is Reni's dog Kiba, a super cute English Staffy cross Kelpie. Kiba was adopted on the 17th of September 2016, and has been living the good life since then. She's also become a proud 'Furbassador' for RSPCA! It is worth noting that Mila & Co. also create pawtraits pro-bono for dogs in rescue organisations, to aid them in finding their forever home. Follow Kiba on her social media accounts to check out all the fun adventures she goes on, under @ourdogkiba (Instagram) and Kiba (Facebook).
Eddy and Sam pictured with Kiba. Follow @ourdogkiba to check out all the fun things she gets up to!
Message Reni on Facebook or Instagram to find out more information, including pricing. Prices differ depending on the number of pets included within the same portrait. Customers will receive a 20cm x 20cm square digital portrait in a high-resolution JPEG file, ready for them to print, frame, and proudly display in their home or office.
The Pawty Barkery officially launches tomorrow, on the 7th of August 2017 - on behalf of WeekendNotes, Eddy, Sam and I would like to extend a big congratulations to The Pawty Barkery and the masterminds behind the business! The Pawty Barkery is your newest go-to doggie bakery when it comes to special occasions like birthdays, 'gotcha days', welcome home days... or even just-because-I-love-you-and-felt-like-spoiling-you days, because we all need some of that unconditional love in our lives.
Owner Chantelle, a self-proclaimed "Crazy Dog Lady", has concocted her own unique recipe of pupcakes; trial-and-error-ing her way to perfection, in the form of two yummy flavours of pupcakes that are delicious in their own right. All ingredients used in these pupcakes are human-grade, meaning that you could technically share these pupcakes with your pooch! Plus, there are no additives, preservatives, or nasties of any kind, meaning that even the biggest doggie health nuts will approve of these sweet treats. The current flavours of pupcakes that The Pawty Barkery has available are:
Banana & Peanut Butter Pupcake
Apple & Bacon Pupcake
Banana and Peanut Butter Pupcakes from The Pawty Barkery. Photo taken from The Pawty Barkery's official Facebook page.
The official taste testers of The Pawty Barkery go by the name of Zeus (German Shepherd) and P (Staffy cross). Or, if you go by their official title, Zeus and P are Chief Pupcake Tasters - what an impressive addition to their doggie resume! Follow their adventures on Instagram, under @theadventuresofzeusandp.
Zeus (left) and P (right), Chief Pupcake Tasters of The Pawty Barkery. Photo taken from Zeus and P's official Instagram page.
In addition to Zeus and P, The Pawty Barkery has also won the paw of approval from a sleuth of gourmet doggie treat connoisseurs, including Ragnar (Deputy Chief Tasting Officer of NomNom Pets), Murphy (Official Taste Tester of Paw Printery), Dog (spoilt rescue pup whose Mum personally makes his own bandanas), and Kiba (one of the sources of inspiration behind Mila & Co., and RSPCA Furbassador). Eddy and Sam have also personally taste tested these pupcakes (although no photos were taken as they were gobbled down too quickly), and also give their pug lick of approval!
Ragnar (@donut.ragnar.starboys), Murphy (@murphy.spaniel), Dog (@thisdognamedog), and Kiba (@ourdogkiba). Photos taken from the respective dog's official Instagram page and compiled into a collage.
Prices start at $4 per pupcake, with discounts for bulk purchases. Go the extra mile to spoil your pup with a box of 6 pupcakes for $20, or go all out and purchase a box of 12 pupcakes for $40! For more information regarding pricing and/or delivery, contact The Pawty Barkery directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Instagram, or Facebook.
In this section are two businesses that are gearing up to launch in the coming months, so follow them on their respective social media accounts and stay up to date on any exciting news leading up to the big day! Here you will get a sneak peak of some of the amazing products that you can expect to find later on in the year...
For the doggie fashion connoisseurs who are always on the lookout for new and trendy accessories, Monty Moo & Co. will no doubt be your newest local haunt. Eddy, Sam and I got to personally check out some of the fabric they have in stock, and let us tell you, they're not your stock standard, run-of-the-mill fabric patterns and designs that you see left, right and centre on the streets. It's time, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dogs and puppies - it's time to start setting aside money each week to fund next season's must-haves, proudly brought to you by Monty Moo & Co!
Here are a few sneak peeks into some of the many designs of bandanas that Monty Moo & Co will have available after officially launching, modelled by some of the best supawmodels that Brisvegas has to offer. We almost guarantee that you will fall in love!
Sneak peeks of some of Monty Moo & Co's designs. Photos taken from the respective dog's official Instagram page and compiled into a collage.
The muse behind the idea and the dog behind the logo of Monty Moo & Co. is none other than Monty, the Bull Terrier x German Shepherd x Greyhound x Whippet rescue dog, who was adopted from the RSPCA at 4 months of age. Follow Monty on his many fun adventures and marvel at his footy fetch skills under @mymatemontymoo (Instagram) and My Mate Monty Moo (Facebook).
Eddy and Sam pictured with Monty. Follow his adventures at @mymatemontymoo!
There are lots of different treats out there on the market, but how many different treat companies do you know that can and are willing to customise your dog's treats? Well, the answer is, unfortunately, not many - but that's okay, one company is more than enough! Thank dogness for Paw Printery - because where else would we get our fix of pawsonalised doggie treats? Paw Printery is a soon-to-come business that will stamp any words that you want on their cute bone-shaped treats. Just think of the endless pawssibilities!
Yummy Peanut Butter and Pumpkin biscuits from Paw Printery. Photo taken from Paw Printery's official Instagram page.
Dogs are our fur-children, so why should they be treated any differently to human kids? Parents are encouraged by schools to mark all their children's clothes with their name, because children are prone to losing their belongings, right? Well, the same can be said of dogs - it's up to us pawrents to make sure they have everything they need! Paw Printery is here to make sure your dog never "loses" their treats to another dog again - that other dog won't be able to pass the treats off as their own, because your dog's name will be on it! Who else can't wait for Paw Printery to launch so that they can get their creative side on?
Coming soon... but soon is not soon enough! Photo taken from Paw Printery's official Instagram page.
The official taste tester of Paw Printery treats goes by the name of Murphy, a 1 year old English Cocker Spaniel who was born exactly one day before Sam. Follow Murphy and his cute floppy ears on Instagram, under @murphy.spaniel.
Murphy in all his cute glory - follow this cutie on Instagram under murphy.spaniel! Photo taken from Murphy's official Instagram page.
Eddy and Sam were lucky enough to be able to taste test biscuits from Paw Printery - not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they're also delicious, judging by how hard the boys worked for them, and how quickly they were gobbled down!
Eddy and Sam were lucky enough to try some of Paw Printery's treats - they were a big SUCCESS!