The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-11-22T22:33:23Z Pet Parlour – Australia’s First Cryptocurrency and AfterPay Pet Shop Launches 2020-11-22T22:33:23Z pet-parlour-australia-s-first-cryptocurrency-and-afterpay-pet-shop-launches November has seen the launch of online pet shop Pet Parlour into the Australian market. Pet Parlour aims to deliver high quality pet products fast to Australian consumers. Pet Parlour are the first Australian pet shop to accept cryptocurrency utilising a partnership with Coinbase. Customers can pay using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dai, Ethereum or Litecoin for no extra cost. Customers also have the option of paying via Visa, Mastercard, PayPal or Afterpay. Tom Sadler, Founder of Pet Parlour referred to the comprehensive nature of Pet Parlour’s payment offerings; “Our approach is unique in the Australian market. We wanted to offer our customers every possible payment solution. By offering multiple payment options we are aiming for a frictionless customer experience.” Products include dog food from Royal Canin, Ivory Coat, Purina and Hypro Premium. Pet Parlour have launched their own branded products under the name Fur King, currently looking to partner with a dog charity. For every Fur King product sold Pet Parlour will donate $1 to the selected charity. If you know a dog charity that is in need of a boost, please contact Pet Parlour. The Pet Parlour website can be viewed here: https://petparlour.com.au/ Notes to Editors Interviews and high-resolution imagery available upon request. For more information, please contact: Tom Sadler - Owner +61 420 498 792 tom@petparlour.com.au https://petparlour.com.au/ About Pet Parlour Pet Parlour is an online pet shop servicing Australian pet owners. Don't have a pig 2020-11-19T23:45:03Z dont-have-a-pig Dear Editor, It’s easy to forget (since we can’t go overseas) that we live in a different hemisphere and climate zone to many of the shows we watch on TV. While the northerners shiver in Arctic conditions for Christmas, we try to escape heatwaves. So why blindly follow foreign eating habits? Ham, the flesh of the pig, is still promoted as a Christmas food, despite the fact that it is apparently an ancient pagan ritual – a sacrifice to the Norse god Freyr, associated with harvest and phallic fertility. Too hot here for any of that in December! Pigs are friendly, loyal, and intelligent animals. But ninety percent of pigs in Australia are kept on factory farms, where they spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses suffering intensive confinement, the mothers in gestation and farrowing crates, where they can hardly move. Their babies are forced onto trucks at just six months of age and sent for slaughter. Video footage from the gas chambers used to stun them shows pigs screaming and writhing in pain as they suffocate. If that’s not bad enough, the majority of ham and bacon in this country is imported, from countries where the welfare and hygiene conditions are usually even worse. This is supposed to be the season of peace on earth, not torture in a cage. For a truly compassionate Christmas dinner, skip the pork aisle and check out “The Ultimate Vegan Christmas Cooking Guide” on the website peta.org.au. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Online Pet Supplies Business Celebrates 21 Years 2020-11-16T01:53:46Z online-pet-supplies-business-celebrates-21-years The year was 1999. The world was worried about Y2K, eBay had just launched in Australia and brothers Mark and Steven Perissinotto were preparing to launch Australia’s first online pet supplies business. Now twenty-one years and over 2.6 million orders later, VetShop Australia will celebrate almost 150 dog years of business on the 17th of November 2020. Like many great businesses, Steven says it all started over the table at a big family gathering. “We came up with the idea over lunch and were able to launch VetShop Australia three months later,” Mr.Perissinotto said. The brothers saw the huge opportunity the internet provided, and started the business part-time out of the back of veterinarian Mark’s Nambour clinic. “We were working fifty hours a week at our original jobs and then putting in another twenty hours with the new business to be receiving ten orders per day,” Mark Perissinotto said. “Success certainly didn’t come to us overnight and as I’m fond of saying, running your own business is ninety percent perspiration, ten percent inspiration” said Steven. The breakthrough came in 2001 when, recognising high levels of interest from US buyers, the international website changed its currency to US dollars and sales instantly grew around 10-12% month-on-month between 2001-2006. This success enabled Mark to leave his veterinary practice in 2005, and saw Steven leave law in 2007, allowing them to concentrate on the business full time. In 2009, the business moved from Image Flat to a larger site at Forest Glen where it remains today, shipping orders to over 1.1 million customers in over 70 countries. 2020 saw the successful launch of the #MoreThanPets campaign, showcasing the incredible bond between owners and pets, and the release of the results from the Ultimate State of Pet Care survey where over 50% of respondents said their pet was their best friend. VetShop Australia is also the major sponsor of the Surfing Dog Championships, held as part of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, which in 2021 will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Perfect Start Challenge: An interactive quiz to enhance pet parenting 2020-11-16T00:07:38Z perfect-start-challenge-an-interactive-quiz-to-enhance-pet-parenting This quiz was developed, by digital growth consultancy - alphawhale, who aimed to humanise the experience of educating Pet Parents on essential information in an engaging manner. Doing the best to care for our pets is more important than ever, with a significant influx of ownership during the COVID-19 pandemic. ROYAL CANIN® - Perfect Start Challenge, both puppy and kitten, involves a series of multiple-choice questions, informing participants on unique needs and developmental stages of a pet’s health. A Nielsen study found only 25% of all first purchased food for kittens is kitten food, and 40% of puppy food is for puppies. The quiz is available for a limited time, in conjunction with the offer of Double Brand Cash on selected ROYAL CANIN® premium food purchases, saving 30% on a future shop. Pet Parents can also book a free initial health check for their puppy or kitten at PETstock Vet where they can collect a 50% off voucher for their first purchase of ROYAL CANIN® Early Lifestage products, exclusive to PETstock Vet. Players can test their pet knowledge on PETstock’s website and selected social media channels. Their scores can also be shared with friends, allowing the option to compare results and learnings. Director of alphawhale, Nick Montagu, expressed the aim to “create an experience that invited people to learn and share this with others. We believed that overwhelmingly, pet owners want to do the right thing. If more people were aware of the problem, they would naturally make better choices. To work with two major brands who care deeply about animal health and welfare is an amazing opportunity”. Dion Collard, Head of Marketing Operations and Communications at PETstock, supported this statement mentioning that "feeding the incorrect diet can lead to debilitating health issues throughout their life. That’s why we’ve created the ROYAL CANIN® Perfect Start Challenge to educate new pet owners and prevent costly issues down the track". To find out more information and take the ROYAL CANIN® - Perfect Start Challenge, visit the PETstock website for both the puppy and kitten quizzes. Hitting horses is abhorrent 2020-10-26T19:58:02Z hitting-horses-is-abhorrent The Editor, Dear Editor, The scenes of Friday’s anti-lockdown protests with police on horseback in the middle of angry crowds, was upsetting to see. The people who hit horses in the face with flagpoles should unquestionably be prosecuted for animal cruelty, but horses have nothing to do with human conflicts and should never have been there in the first place. Watching horses flinch from a stick felt like a prescient reminder of Melbourne’s next public holiday: the Melbourne Cup Carnival. In this grotesque event, sensitive horses –who can feel a fly land on their skin—are repeatedly whipped to run faster. Juvenile horses are forced on the tracks, despite their skeletons not being developed for such exhausting work. Horses are fed a cocktail of drugs to run through their injuries and push their exhausted bodies to the finish line. As a result, many horses are injured—and die—on the track. In the last racing year, 116 horses died on Australian racetracks, as a result of injured limbs and broken bones. Horses forced to race can also suffer from stomach ulcers and bleed from the lungs. Unlike the scenes we witnessed at the Shrine, all of that abuse is entirely legal. Let’s show that we care for all horses—none of whom asked to be involved in human violence. We can say “Nup to the Cup” and instead choose peaceful pursuits on November 2’s public holiday. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 Risking kids' health to prop up a dying industry 2020-10-18T06:59:55Z risking-kids-health-to-prop-up-a-dying-industry Dear Editor, When I was at school, back in the sixties, we were given little bottles of cows’ milk every day. By the time recess came around, they were warm and probably swarming with bacterial infections, but we were told they were good for us. Good for the dairy industry, more likely. The program was ended in 1973, after the Coombs report stated that it could not be justified on nutritional grounds. Now Dairy Australia and their lobby group Dairy Connect want to bring the program back into schools. Studies have shown that the industry believes they can hook children on their product and make them lifelong consumers, despite being aware that large sections of the population are lactose intolerant, which may involve symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting. This proposition is the act of a desperate business. Sales of milk are plummeting and dairy farms closing down; of the 22,000 dairy farms in Australia in the 1980s, there are now fewer than 6,000 remaining. People are realising the cruelty involved in repeatedly forcibly impregnating cows, only to rip the calves away from their distraught mother within hours of birth, the boys slaughtered for veal and the girls conscripted to replace their mothers, who are ‘spent’ and butchered for hamburgers, while still barely grown. Do we want to risk our children’s health to prop up a dying industry? What’s next – free cigarettes to support the tobacco industry? Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Trixie Interactive Dog Toys and Puzzle Games Now Available in Australia 2020-10-18T05:23:50Z trixie-interactive-dog-toys-and-puzzle-games-now-available-in-australia A Dog's Best Life is pleased to announce the arrival of a new range of Trixie interactive dog toys and puzzle games to Australian shores. German pet brand Trixie sells over 6500 products to more than 80 countries worldwide and now their clever interactive dog activity toys have made their way to Australia. There are 15 different puzzle toys of varying difficulties, suitable for dogs of all breeds and sizes. These interactive toys are designed to provide a mentally stimulating, fun and rewarding activity for both dog and owner. The idea of the puzzle games is you hide treats or kibble in the various compartments of the toy, and then your dog must track them down and work out how to open the compartment and retrieve the treats. Click here to check out some of the puzzle toys on YouTube. Treat Dispensing Dog Toys Alongside the dog activity toys are a number of treat dispensing dog toys, ideal for keeping your dog occupied and their teeth away from your shoes! These treat toys include:  - Roly Poly Snack Egg: Egg shaped plastic container that your dog must roll around to get the treats to fall out, includes removable plates to change the difficulty level.  - Lick 'n' Snack Ball: Fill the grooves with snacks or a paste such as peanut butter, mount the ball to a surface using the suction cup and let your dog enjoy. Has the added benefit of keeping your dog in one place, especially handy for those not so keen on having a brush!   - Snack Snake: 2 styles of rubber snakes with a slit underneath to insert treats or pastes, also includes a squeaker in the head for added fun. Lick 'n' Snack Ball (above) A Dog's Best Life is an Australian owned, family run business based in Emerald, Victoria. Our mission is to help dog owners ensure their furry friends are living their best life with fun and rewarding toys as well as a healthy natural diet, and we are proud to bring this hugely popular range of interactive dog toys to Australian pet owners. The Trixie range of puzzle games and treat dispensing toys can be purchased online, or for wholesale enquiries please contact us. Download the Trixie Interactive Dog Toy Catalogue Visit A Dog's Best Life Website The race that endangers the nation 2020-10-13T11:13:00Z the-race-that-endangers-the-nation The Editor, Dear Editor, Melbourne residents have endured an interminable lockdown. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel, as we strive to avoid further lockdowns. So, why put this community sacrifice at risk, by allowing Melbourne Cup Carnival to go ahead? The Victoria Racing Club has declared that the Melbourne Cup will proceed this year, “as it has done” in previous years, and hopes to attract a crowd of up to 50,000 people. This will mean attendees ignoring social distancing as they crowd onto trains, cluster at bars, and marquees, crowd into selfies, hug friends, and scream at horses. Let’s not forget the other health risks—and deaths—connected to Melbourne Cup, even in a non-pandemic year. In the last racing year, 116 horses died after being forced to run and jump on hard-packed dirt, on ankles the size of a human’s. They suffered catastrophic injuries—including breaks and fractures of their forelegs—as well as cardiac issues, internal bleeding, and head trauma. This year, we craved our own liberties—while knowing there are good reasons for communal sacrifice. Let’s allow the horses their freedom, and avoid the cruelty and viral transmission risks that come with racing. Instead, we can boost the economy with entertainment featuring safe social distancing and consenting human performers, like outdoor theatre, musical concerts, dance, and comedy. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia 1a Henderson St Northcote VIC 3070 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Webinar Series Unite Producers in Quest for Improved Livestock Productivity 2020-10-13T02:12:40Z webinar-series-unite-producers-in-quest-for-improved-livestock-productivity The Multimin Performance Ready Challengers sharing their experiences will include Tim Reid “Melon Pastoral Company” Roslyn NSW and Emma Patterson, “Bonnydale” Kingaroy QLD. Also, in attendance will be Virbac Australia’s Livestock Category Marketing Manager for Nutrition, Jerry Liu and Technical Services Manager for nutrition, Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas. “In this webinar series, I’ll present and highlight the benefits producers can gain from integrating Multimin into their animal husbandry programs, Multimin can boost animal immunity, fertility, and performance, Multimin helps improve vaccine response, which is an aid to prevent disease. Multimin can also improve conception rates, and embryo survival which improves farm profitability,” Dr Paula said. With the first of the Webinar Series proving very successful, a following two dates have been set for the 14th October (Cattle Fertility) and 19th October (Weaner Health) Interested producers can register via au.virbac.com/webinars Multimin challenger Tim Reid will be presenting his results using Multimin and described the webinars as a great opportunity to share the positive gains that can be achieved with the product across a range of animal groups. “Taking part in the challenge has been a fantastic opportunity to learn from other producers but also share our experiences and results, being able to work with Virbac representatives such as Paula and Jerry plus seeing first-hand independent data backing up what we have been seeing visually in our treated animals,” Mr Reid said. “While competing in the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, we saw a big difference with the overall health of our weaners. Using health scoring, we recorded half as many cases of disease in the weaners given Mutimin, one month after treatment, and an even bigger difference at 2 months after treatment. Going forward we plan to administer Multimin 1 month prior to weaning to ensure the calves experience no set backs after weaning” he said. Multimin also paid off for Emma Patterson of Kingaroy QLD, “Overall, there has been a 6% increase in our conceptions to ET, a 10% increase in the AI conceptions, and a 15% decrease in the empties after our AI program. For us, this means more cattle conceived overall, within the period, therefore more calves on the ground, which equates to more money!” Emma said. Similar benefits can also be achieved in sheep flocks with fellow challenger James Burge commenting, “Using Multimin pre-joining this year versus not using any last year, we had less dry sheep, few singles, more twins and more foetuses scanned overall. As we are targeting more lambs from few ewes, these results are really positive for us”. Registrations for the webinars are now open and can be completed online via au.virbac.com/webinars ABOUT MULTIMIN Multimin is a 4 in 1 trace mineral injection which is scientifically proven to rapidly and accurately top up trace minerals. This can help with increasing fertility, improving immune function and health, and optimizing growth and development in your sheep or cattle. ABOUT THE MULTIMIN PERFORMANCE READY CHALLENGE The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge is a 12-month competition that sees producers Australia wide use Multimin in their animal health programs and share their story on a dedicated Facebook group that can be found here. All producers will go in the running to win a professional development study tour and a 12-month supply of Multimin. There are limited spots available to join the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, so apply now if you’re interested! IMAGE CAPTION Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas will be one of the presenters at the upcoming Virbac Nutrition Webinars on the 14th and 19th October. Interested producers can register via au.virbac.com/webinars Ends. Media Enquiries: Kyleen Partridge - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kyleen.partridge@c7even.com.au Are Australia’s Older Pets Getting What They Need? 2020-10-13T00:48:38Z are-australia-s-older-pets-getting-what-they-need PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release 12 October 2020 One thing that concerns many of us is whether we, as individuals and as a society, are properly addressing all the needs of our more mature dogs and cats. To help get a better understanding, the Older Pet Alliance has launched its first annual survey of the needs of Australia’s senior dogs and cats and the needs of the Australians who care for them. The survey takes less than 4 minutes and will help us better understand what is needed to keep our senior furry friends safe, comfortable and healthy, and will also help stakeholders such as governments, not-for-profits and pet product manufacturers make informed decisions in the best interests of older pets and their owners. The survey can be completed anonymously and results will only be published in aggregate. The results will be made available on the OlderPet.com.au website and to interested parties on request. Participants in the survey may provide their email address for a copy of the results of the survey and to go in the draw to win one of ten $100 gift cards or one of fifty $20 gift cards to spend on their pets at www.VetShopAustralia.com.au (Please note: This is optional. OlderPet.com.au will keep all details private and never share them or use them for any purpose other than sharing the results of this survey and notifying winners). The survey closes at midnight AEST Monday, 1 November 2020. To take the 4 minute survey, please Click Here. OlderPet.com.au is a resource full of useful, fact based information for those Australians who love and care for older dogs, cats and other pets. Its aim is to give Australian pet owners the information they need to keep their senior pet health and happy and an active, enjoyable part of  life as long as possible. The Older Pet Alliance is a group of vets, vet nurses and other animal health professionals, animal behaviorists, pet food and product manufacturers, pet product retailers and other experts who specialize in the care of older dogs, cats and other senior animals. --Press Release Ends---  Meat the next pandemic 2020-10-08T11:30:54Z meat-the-next-pandemic Dear Editor, As COVID-19 restrictions start to ease, part of our "new normal" involves admitting that human exploitation of animals caused the coronavirus pandemic. Global outbreaks of swine flu and bird flu and, more recently, the emergence of new zoonotic coronaviruses – including those that cause SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 – are hard lessons. However, we must acknowledge that even worse outbreaks could happen if we don't learn from our mistakes. Human demand for animal flesh means that animals on factory farms are routinely dosed with vast quantities of antibiotics in order to keep them alive in filthy, output-obsessed, intensive systems that would otherwise kill them. Because of this rampant use of antibiotics, certain bacteria have become resistant to even the most powerful ones, contributing to the emergence of "superbugs" – new, aggressive pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics. The director-general of the World Health Organization has warned that without effective antibiotics, even simple surgery and once-minor infections could be fatal. Other experts predict that by 2050, more people will die of diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria than of cancer – the current trajectory is 10 million deaths per year if no action is taken. We all need to follow health guidelines, but to save even more lives – human and other animal – and prevent future pandemics, we must also #GoVegan. Sincerely, Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au We’re ok in the “mane” 2020-10-08T02:59:48Z we-re-ok-in-the-mane Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. With more than 50 very large mouths to feed and no income since March, this small family business is looking at how they can best serve their community rather than themselves as Victoria looks down the barrel of ‘COVID-normal’. Iconic trail riding business, Gunnamatta Trail Rides on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, closed in March due to COVID-19 restrictions and hasn’t been able to reopen. They lost 20 staff and like many others, their livelihood simply dried up overnight. The difference for this family however is the team of 50 plus horses they must feed, vet and care for. “Unfortunately, we didn’t fit into any of the categories for government assistance – believe me we tried! - we’ve had to rely on friends, family, our savings and the community to feed and care for our beautiful horses,” according to Karen Alija, Gunnamatta owner, business women, amateur western Reiner and horse lover. “We could have shut the business down I suppose and walked away but that ‘just felt wrong’. I can’t imagine a world without Gunnamatta Trail Rides; it’s been around for decades and is a Victorian icon,” said Karen. “Instead of sinking into hopelessness and despair – although I have to admit there have been moments! – we’ve spent these last months looking at our business and preparing to pivot to provide something that is both close to our hearts but also critically important to Victorians and Australians alike - developing resilience. “We have been working on a new wellbeing program called Mane Insights that allows individuals and teams to work with our amazing horses to learn resilience, coping, communication and connection.” Ms Alija reinforces that the program is not about horses or therapy; it’s about working with horses - that boast more than 50 million years of experience in resilience, leadership and adaptability – to teach people about themselves and their impact on those around them. “We’re not looking to run a therapy centre; rather, we’re developing Mane Insights as a community hub for Victorians,” said Karen. “We want Mane Insights to be a sanctuary for its members; a place where people can come to unwind, recharge and learn about themselves with no pressure or expectations.” Mane Insights is currently seeking crowd funding to help build an eco-pod facility on the Gunnamatta Trail Rides site. https://www.pozible.com/profile/mane-insights ENDS. Ultimate Getaway Competition launched for Travel-Deprived Aussies 2020-10-06T19:52:30Z ultimate-getaway-competition-launched-for-travel-deprived-aussies It's no secret that months of Covid19 travel restrictions have built up anticipation to travel.   “The upside to the current international travel restrictions is that we are seeing a big shift towards domestic travel experiences. Australians are taking the opportunity to go local and discover much more of the stunning beaches, State Parks, and waterways in our own country.” PetCloud’s CEO, Deb Morrison, said.  To celebrate travel restrictions easing in parts of Australia, and some wider opening of the borders, the luxurious Rhapsody Resort, are giving away a 2 Night Stay in a 2 bedroom Ocean View apartment for up to 4 people.  If that wasn’t enough, travel destination photography website TravelShoot are gifting the lucky winner $200 to have an onsite photographer come to capture your holiday memories. PLUS Aussie travel experience company, Travello, are giving away $200 in credits to book an amazing experience activity. For those who have pets and need to book them to stay with a Pet Sitter for their own holiday, Australia’s most trusted Pet Care website, PetCloud, will provide the lucky winner with $200 in pet sitting with a carer in a loving home. For Parents who want a date night to head out to dinner, Kiddo App, is giving away $200 in babysitting credits!   How to enter Head to the Competition page and subscribe. Refer friends for extra entries. 97% of Australian pet owners are surviving 2020 thanks to their pets 2020-10-05T22:41:50Z 97-of-australian-pet-owners-are-surviving-2020-thanks-to-their-pets We all know Aussies love their pets, but how vital are they to coping with life’s ups and downs? According to a new study from Pawshake, pets are hugely beneficial to coping with tough times: especially reflecting on the coronavirus pandemic and other major events of 2020. Pets have been a source of strength during COVID-19 The coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed 2020 for most of us, with 60% of survey participants saying the pandemic has had a significant to moderate impact on their lives. It’s hardly surprising then that pets have been an essential source of strength for many Aussies. Many pet shelters have reported an increase in adoptions and fostering during 2020, likely due to more people being stuck at home and seeking comfort from a furry friend. Of the 97% of Australian pet owners who say their pet helped them through tough times in 2020, 69% also said their pet has helped them to deal with loneliness, 56% say their pet has helped them maintain a healthy routine and 52% say their pet has motivated them to exercise.  When asked what their pets meant to them, most frequent answers included ‘Everything!’, ‘My whole world’, ‘Part of the family’ and ‘My sanity’.  2020 has forever changed our relationship with our pets With coronavirus turning many of our lives upside down overnight, Aussie pets have had to see a lot more of their owners around the house than ever before. Indeed, 68% of survey participants confirmed that they had spent more time with their pet in 2020 than in previous years.  Being in lockdown for weeks (even months) has altered how many pet owners feel about their fur kid - with 37% confirming that events of 2020 have changed their relationship with their pet. Of those who have noticed a change in their relationship with their pet, 67% say they feel closer to their pet, 47% say they now take their pet more into account when making decisions and 45% say they now notice subtle details in their pet’s behaviour.  Some pet owners have taken to pampering their pets, with 32% of pet owners spending more money on pet products in 2020 than in previous years. Pet owner anxiety has risen too, with 37% now worrying even more about leaving their pet at home alone. This is a big shift from the days when most pet owners would head off to work and not think twice about leaving their pets home alone all day.  Pawshake CEO Tanguy Peers comments on the research, “Separation anxiety can be a problem, especially when pets are used to us being at home all day then experience a drastic change in routine when we go back to work. The change can be quite unsettling for them.” “At Pawshake, we hope our pet sitting and dog walking services will alleviate some of the stress. We are continuously educating and preparing our sitters to be ready to help when things open back up.” Pets have felt the events of 2020 too It seems the events of 2020 have been noticed by our pets, too. 43% of pet owners confirmed that they had spotted changes recently in their pet’s behaviour. Some of these changes are for the better, such as 44% of pets appearing to be happier and 24% of pets settling easily into their new routine.  Unfortunately, not all changes have been positive. 46% of pet owners admit their pet is more attached to them and frets when they’re home alone, and 18% admitting their pet had gained weight. At worst, destructive behaviours such as digging and chewing furniture were noticed by 9% of pet owners.  This begs the question of how pet owners can help their pet adapt to life’s ups and downs with minimal stress. Australian dog behaviourist, trainer and published author, Lara Shannon, says ‘It’s important to be attuned to changes in your pet’s behaviour - they are more sensitive than we give them credit for to events in the human world.  ‘You can help ease your pet into a new routine with time, patience and planning. Hiring a dog walking or pet sitter is a great way to make sure they have company and exercise during the day and ease them back into normal life.’ Pawshake has had a significant uptick in new pet registrations on the website in 2020. It looks forward to supporting Aussie pet owners with plenty of flexible care options for their precious pets. With more than 20,000 Pawshake sitters in Australia, many available at a moment’s notice, pet owners no longer need to worry about their pet feeling stressed when they aren’t at home. For more information, visit www.pawshake.com.au, Facebook www.facebook.com/pawshakeaustralia, Instagram www.instagram.com/pawshakeau. Pawshake surveyed over 1,500 Australian pet owners from it’s website database. About Pawshake Pawshake is a trusted community of pet lovers. Pet owners can find vetted pet sitters, dog walkers, doggy daycare or home boarding solutions through the Pawshake website or app. Rates start at $20/night and include veterinary coverage, customer support 7 days a week, and daily updates. Pawshake was co-founded in 2013 by Tanguy Peers, a former eBay executive who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of people and their pets. Since launching in Australia in 2014, Pawshake has built a reputation for connecting pet owners with trusted and vetted pet sitters and now, more than 20,000 Australians are offering their services as pet sitters on Pawshake. Pawshake is backed by AirTree Ventures, the leading Australian venture capital fund. 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