The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-27T12:08:33Z PetCloud StartUp secures two largest Pet and Vet Organisations in Asia Pacific 2017-07-27T12:08:33Z petcloud-startup-secures-two-largest-pet-and-vet-organisations-in-asia-pacific PetCloud is an all Australian company that has just partnered with Greencross Limited, which include Greencross Vets, Pet Barn and City Farmers. Greencross Limited is Australasia’s largest integrated consumer facing pet care company with over 300 veterinary clinics, pet specialty retail stores and vet related entities in Australia and New Zealand. This new partnership means PetCloud has received investment from and is partnered with the two largest Pet and Vet Organisations in Asia Pacific which is great for PetCloud customers. “Our Greencross Partnership means we will be able to reach and service more Australians and their pets with a full pet care experience from care products right through to Vet Services,” said CEO and founder of PetCloud, Deb Morrison. PetCloud is an Australian start up business in the sharing economy, much like AirBnB but for pets, connecting a national network of trusted pet sitters and services with pet owners in an easy, accessible and safe online platform.  Animal Medicines Australia’s 2016 national survey, Pet Ownership in Australia, found Australians pet expenditure has increased by 31% to $12.2 billion last year with the rise of the ‘fur baby’. With there being 24 million pets in Australia and the market for premium products, services and insurance growing PetCloud is meeting the emerging market demand to connect pet owners with services. Unlike our two main competitors who are foreign owned, PetCloud is an all Australian company. PetCloud's high performing team last year were finalists in the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards for Digital Strategy and High Growth Business Start Up. Pet Cloud is free for Pet Sitters and Pet Owners to create a profile.  It is also free for Pet Owners to search for Pet Sitters across the website and in their local area.  Pet Owners then arrange a free ‘Meet & Greet’ with a potential Pet Sitter. PetCloud charges a small surcharge to help cover costs. Ends. For interviews or photos contact; Deb Morrison CEO & Founder P: 0466 898 071 E: deb@petcloud.com.au     Website: www.petcloud.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/petcloudwebsite Google: google.com/+PetcloudAustralia Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pet_cloud Instagram: https://instagram.com/pet_cloud Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/Pet_Cloud/   ______________________________________________________________________________     Appendix: What makes PetCloud different? In order to reach and maintain our high animal welfare and human safety standards, we conducted workshops with highly skilled and experienced staff from the RSPCA (Inspectors, Foster Carers, Dog Trainers, and Senior Veterinary Staff) to develop processes, procedures, and information for our Sitters to reduce the risk of loss or harm to pets in care and the humans that care for them. There are many things that set us apart such as: Mandatory Police Background Checks of all Sitters who have access to Pet Owners homes. Animal Cruelty History checks of all RSPCA Qld Accredited Sitters We provide a Property Checklist to support Pet Owners & Sitters in decreasing the risk of escape or harm to pets - which has been developed & approved RSPCA Qld Vets We support our Sitters by offering an online Accredited Pet Sitter Course which covers emergency procedures & animal care standards We also support Sitters & Pet Owners with a knowledge portal filled with Answers to FAQs & contact details for RSPCA Support Services, Animal Emergency Service Network & Vet Chat Video Consultations We remain compliant with each State's Boarding Code of Practice We support local council laws & provide relevant information to Pet Owners & Sitters in relation to caring for Domestic Animals at home and in public areas. We promote responsible pet ownership and understand that pet owners can be time poor - so most of our sitters provide pet taxi services to help take pets to vet & grooming appointments. We pay for liability insurance cover for all bookings. We enable Pet Owners to post ratings and reviews on Sitter listings after a booking so other Owners can read about their experience. We display Pet Sitter badges so Pet Owners can understand what verifications and checks have been done. We save Pet Owners time by offering the ability to post a job and have available sitters apply to them - instead of spending time searching through sitter listings and making enquiries. We're a 100% Australian company, with Australian founders. 20% of all our profits goes back to support the rescue work of our RSPCA Partners   How does PetCloud work? 1. Search (Find Loving Pet Sitters in Your Neighbourhood) Thanks to PetCloud, you can now find verified Pet Sitters in your community to take care of your animal when you can't. A simple search allows you to find a host family that will board your pet, or a Pet Sitter who will come take care of your pet with visits or stays in your house. Just enter your city name or postal code to find trusted Pet Sitters in your neighbourhood. 2. Review (Pet Sitters Profiles and Availability) Find the best fitting pet sitters and check availability directly on their profile page. Beyond making sure your pet is well fed and exercised, some pet sitters offer additional services such as grooming or training – even skype calls! 3. Request a free Meet & Greet with the Pet Sitter Once you've read the pet sitter's profile and everything looks great. Now reach out by clicking "Schedule a Meet & Greet" button. When you meet up, ask the pet sitter questions and explain the unique needs of your furry friend and inspect their backyard. 4. Book and Pay Online When you've found the right Pet Sitter, the next step is to confirm your reservation online. Choose the services you want, the length of stay, and include any special instructions. You can pay with with most credit cards or Paypal using our secure platform. PetCloud then pays the Pet Sitter 24 hours after the last day of Pet Minding and deducts a small surcharge to help cover costs We have recently launched Afterpay 2017-07-18T13:53:56Z we-have-recently-launched-afterpay We are so pleased to announce we have Afterpay available After speaking to many of our clients, they suggested we apply to be an Afterpay provider.  Initially we were apprehensive, but after taking with many people, we decided to try it. What can I say, it has been greatly appreciated by our clients.  Its very simple to use, and its just a simple option of selecting Afterpay at the checkout of of store.  We have had many clients utilising this service, which is great that it allows them the flexibility in payment options. Initially I had not heard of this service, but after talking to many of my friends and family, they said they love the flexibility of paying their goods off.  For this reason we thought it was a good alternative to offer our clients. So you now have the flexibility of buying the goods, receiving the goods and then paying them off in fortnightly instalments.  We also offer a layby service, which is available by contacting us on 0415278817.  This service has been in operation since we began the business just over 4 years ago.  Many people do take up this option also.  We had one client who purchased our Sterling Silver locket via layby.  She simply started the layby in February and paid it off by December, so she purchased it for herself for christmas. To find out more www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Say I Do to Having Pets At Your Wedding: Local Story from Byron Bay Bride 2017-07-18T01:05:59Z say-i-do-to-having-pets-at-your-wedding-local-story-from-byron-bay-bride Weddings are a very special day with family, love and special moments, so naturally you may wish to have your precious fur baby join you on the day. And it’s not just for celebs, everyday people are involving our pets in wedding celebrations more and more. However it may be difficult to plan your dream day with venues, transport, hotels and everything else that will accommodate your four legged family member. Don’t turn into a bridezilla, just turn to PetCloud’s wedding pet concierge services and they can help your day be as smooth as possible. You will be connected with someone like Amy, a Byron bay dog lover and qualified trainer, who helped a beauty young bride in her hour of need! Beatrice from Surfers Paradise thought she had everything planned until the day before the wedding arrangement with her beloved puppy Bear fell apart. Beatrice who got married at the Fig Tree Restaurant shares her experience with how Amy “saved the day”, “Amy you're absolutely amazing! We wanted our puppy to join in on our wedding day. We were staying in a holiday house in Byron and pets weren't allowed. So we made arrangements for bear to stay somewhere else. However day before our arrangements fell apart. I was slowly turning into bridezilla. I called PetCloud (who sorted everything out with Amy) Amy came and picked up bear. She dropped him off at the wedding venue and picked him up again later that day. She went above and beyond, next time we are in Byron we will definitely be using Amy. Thank you Amy for saving our day!!!” If you are planning your big day and want you your fur baby to be there or simply to make sure they are well cared for while you are partying the night away, contact petcloud.com.au today! To make sure you doggo or precious pet are ready for the day here are some tips: ·         Book your pet concierge and services well in advance to avoid last minute stress your four legged family member and any bridezilla moments. ·         Professional cut and bath as close to the wedding date as possible. Need to find a groomer in your area or at short notice, click here. ·         Assign a pet concierge for your pet throughout the day and enjoy piece of mind they will be well cared for. ·         Dress to impress with a cute tuxedo, bow tie, flower crown or even coordinate their outfit with the bridal party. ·         Safe transportation can be arranged with your pet concierge or perhaps you require a pet taxi service. ·         Your pet concierge will be equipped with a lead, water bowl, large bottle of water, wipes to clean paws and of course treats. ·         Maintain your pet’s routine to keep them happy and relaxed. Normal meal times, adequate walks and regular toilets breaks are a must. ·         Wedding Florals Health & Safety is important. There is a whole variety of flowers that are toxic to dog, cats and other pet, so do your research and find out if your blooms are ‘pet safe’, plus let your florist and ceremony decorator know.   For interviews with our CEO and Founder contact; Deb Morrison P: 0466 898 071 E: deb@petcloud.com.au     Website: www.petcloud.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/petcloud Google: google.com/+PetcloudAustralia Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pet_cloud Instagram: https://instagram.com/petcloud Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/Pet_Cloud/   ______________________________________________________________________________     Appendix: How does PetCloud work? 1. Search (Find Loving Pet Sitters in Your Neighbourhood) Thanks to PetCloud, you can now find verified Pet Sitters in your community to take care of your animal when you can't. A simple search allows you to find a host family that will board your pet, or a Pet Sitter who will come take care of your pet with visits or stays in your house. Just enter your city name or postal code to find trusted Pet Sitters in your neighbourhood. 2. Review (Pet Sitters Profiles and Availability) Find the best fitting pet sitters and check availability directly on their profile page. Beyond making sure your pet is well fed and exercised, some pet sitters offer additional services such as grooming or training – even skype calls! 3. Request a free Meet & Greet with the Pet Sitter Once you've read the pet sitter's profile and everything looks great. Now reach out by clicking "Schedule a Meet & Greet" button. When you meet up, ask the pet sitter questions and explain the unique needs of your furry friend and inspect their backyard. 4. Book and Pay Online When you've found the right Pet Sitter, the next step is to confirm your reservation online. Choose the services you want, the length of stay, and include any special instructions. You can pay with with most credit cards or Paypal using our secure platform. PetCloud then pays the Pet Sitter 24 hours after the last day of Pet Minding and deducts a small surcharge to help cover costs     Photo Engraving Brisbane 2017-07-10T13:55:42Z photo-engraving-brisbane PHOTO ENGRAVING BRISBANE We did our first market at the picturesque Southbank market in Brisbane. Photo engraving Brisbane is now open for business. What a great thriving atmosphere.  It was amazing how many people have never seen photo engraving before.  It was amazing to sit behind the display and here the WOW’s come over and have a look at this.  We kept having to fill the brochures up, which is always a great sign. Sandra Ryan is our exclusive agent looking after Brisbane, and she is truly amazing.  Memory Keepsakes are so fortunate to have amazing Agents that truly care about capturing peoples special moments in life. People share their special stories with us, for which we are so grateful for. So now our display is available to be viewed in Brisbane at the Southbank Market.  Sandra can also be contacted on sandrar@memorykeepsakes.com.au or 0409288763.  She can help you with all your enquiries. We also have Tee Sheridan in the Tamworth area who regularly attends the Peel Street Market and Tee can be contacted on tees@memorykeepsakes.com.au or 0403184784. Both of our Agents are happy to in home parties in their local areas. The sun was shining and I was totally enjoying the thrive and sunshine and chatting to our clients.  We were kept very busy which was great.  Our clients loved that they could create their own personalised jewellery.  We took many wedding anniversery gifts, birthday gifts and some people just brought for themselves to have their loved ones close to them at all times. To find out more  http://www.memorykeepsakes.com.au/photo-engraving-brisbane-market/ Insta-Famous Pets of Australia 2017-07-07T12:46:40Z insta-famous-pets-of-australia This weekend South-East Queenslanders get the chance to spot one of their favourite ‘Insta-famous’ Pets at the Gold Coast Pet & Animal Expo. With over 30,000 people expected to attend, and plenty of pets, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the local talent. One of the Gold Coast’s Insta-famous pets Sergeant the Bulldog has over 100,000+ followers on Instagram who love his wrinkles, big smile and barrel belly. Sergeant loves being out paddle boarding and enjoying the Gold Coast. Fella and Tidda, known to their fans as Doxies Down Under, are long-haired dachshunds. The Benowa dogs are owned by Karan White and these furry models have more than 90,000 social media fans.PetCloud will be scouting the expo for furry, feathery or scaly talent of all shapes and sizes.Make sure to bring pet to the PetCloud stall this weekend, July 8th and 9th, and treat your pet like a star with hollywood glam dressup fun, plus great prize draws and giveaways. And you never know they could be the next Insta Famous Pet! Dog Boading VS Dog Sitting 2017-07-05T03:47:08Z dog-boading-vs-dog-sitting You are heading out-of-town for business, holidays, wedding or family reunion and you’ve got your travel plans and accommodation sorted but what to do with your furbaby? How do you choose between dog kennels or dog sitters? You might be thinking - Do they like to socialise with other animals and have playtime or are they too fearful and socially unpredictable? Will they adapt to a new environment or are they better off at home? Will they be alone at night? In a national study of pet ownership, Animal Medicine Australia revealed finding affordable boarding is one of the key difficulties experienced by pet owners. Owner want your pet to be safe, cared for and comfortable while they are away but every four-legged family members is different so we explore how to find the best care your furbaby. Dog Sitter The RSPCA Queensland recommends there are advantages to pet sitting over other pet-care options, particular when the pet is cared for in its own home. “Pets are happier and experience less stress in a home environment,” the RSPCA Queensland explains. “Diet and exercise routines are continued, travel trauma for the pet is minimised and the pet’s exposure to illness is minimised.” Pet sitters is a more attentive form of care as sitter will generally have fewer pets to care and are able to provide one-on-one time with your pet. Your furry family member will also not be left alone in the evenings. Dr Ken Tudor, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, told PetMD.com pet sitting reduces stress to your dog, especially with live-in sitters, as it is as close to the pet’s normal environment as possible. “[Pets] show signs of stress when their owners are away but it tends to be less severe when they are in the familiar surroundings of their own homes,” Dr Tudor said. “In 30 years I have yet to treat stress induced bloody colitis in a pet that has been cared for by a sitter.” With PetCloud.com you can choose a sitter in your local area who is suited to your pets exercise, social and health needs with many have accreditations, checks and even qualifications.PetCloud's CEO and Founder Deb Morrison advises pet sitting can be beneficial for pets."Pet sitting in a home environment is often the perfect choice for small to medium-sized dogs, those who are used to sleeping indoors and prefer lots of one-on-one care and attention", said Deb Morrison. Whether at your place or there’s PetCloud sitters charge from $15 to $50 per pet, per day and will love your furbaby like their own. Dog Boarding The RSPCA recommends to visit the boarding facility site in person to check living conditions and housing areas to assess if you are comfortable with the space provided and general conditions. “Find out what sorts of daily procedures they have in place for providing food and water, exercising, cleaning and observation/care of the animals…and if the facility have contact with a veterinarian in the area in case of any medical problems arising,” the RSPCA advises. Dr Tudor advises stress is the biggest problem with boarding of any sort as pets are uncomfortable outside their normal environment. “Often stress results in vomiting and diarrhoea… fear and timidity may reduce appetites and often pets will loss weigh when boarded,” Dr Tudor said. Dog boarding facilities can lead to increased rise of diseases and distress caused by the volume of pets in the facility with varying levels of care requirements and anxiety level. Many kennels will not have a staff member staying at the facility overnight, meaning pets are left alone. Price range varies as much as the quality of dog boarding facility and pricing for boarding alternatives, like pet hotels with amenities, can quickly become expensive depending on the level of services and add-ons chosen.   Why not treat your pet like a star with a trusted sitter you have hand selected from www.petcloud.com.au? Aussies spending up big on pampered pets 2017-06-30T03:45:06Z aussies-spending-up-big-on-pampered-pets If you are spoiling your pet with more than a few luxuries you are not the only one. Australian pet owners spent $12.2 billion on their fur babies last year.  In a national study of pet ownership, Animal Medicines Australia (AMA) found that nearly two in three Australian households own a pet. While total cat and dog ownership numbers show a small increase average household expenditure on pets increased by 31% per animal. Executive director Ben Stapley told ABC Radio Canberra pet owners are indulging their pets with premium pet services. “A number of the services that people are spending money on didn’t even exist three or four years ago when we last did this survey,” he said. “We found that people are spending their money on premium products and service,” “Things like doggy day spas, for example, rather than just the basic pet grooming.”The increase in pet owners seeking premium pet services has opened the door for companies like PetCloud who connect pet services with pet owners via an accessible online platform. PetCloud puts the power in pet owners hands to choose the service that suits their needs and location while providing piece of mind with all sitters covered by $10million insurance policy and listings displaying reviews, qualification, pet cruelty history checks and verifications. If your furbaby is a pooch you are one average spending almost twice as much on your pet than those who own a cat. The average dog-owning household spend an estimated $1,975 a year on their dogs, including $622 annually on pet food and $397 on veterinary services. And the average cat owning household is spending $1,480 on their furry friends a year. Mr Stapley said the cost increase was associated with people choosing to spend more. “Most pet owners want to provide their pets with the best possible life, and are now spending more across an increasing range of pet supplies and services to keep them healthy and happy,” he said.   Pet safety awareness during Territory Day fireworks display 2017-06-30T03:24:16Z pet-safety-awareness-during-territory-day-fireworks-display The Northern Territory has highest rate of pet ownership in Australia with 82% of households owning a pet and tomorrow’s Territory Day fireworks display could cause distress to many of these animals.  PetCloud is advising all their pet owners and sitters to take particular care tomorrow as many animals are terrified by firework displays which can indirectly pose risks to animal safety by causing them to take flight and try to escape the loud noises. Dogs and horses in particular may be afraid of fireworks and many try to run away, sometimes injuring themselves in the process. The RSPCA receive calls from distressed owners whose dogs have run away. Many of these dogs can end up several kilometres from home. Dogs have been known to jump through plate glass windows to escape loud noises, and easily jump over, or dig their way under fences that would normally contain them. PetCloud are partnered with RSPCA Darwin, and in most Australian states, and we are dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership. If pet owners are away for the school holidays they can book a pet carer’ online via www.petcloud.com.au who can ensure their pet is as calm and safe as possible during the celebrations. It is recommend you make sure your dog is registered and micro chipped as in the event your pet does escape and is picked up by the council they can be easily identified. Any unregistered dogs that are picked up can be retrieved from your Council Pound. Further preparation advice from the RSPCA can be found at: https://www.petcloud.com.au/blog/%20How-should-I-care-for-my-pets-during-fireworks-displays   Pet Cloud is free for Pet Sitters and Pet Owners to create a profile.  It is also free for Pet Owners to search for Pet Sitters across the website and in their local area.  Pet Owners then arrange a free ‘Meet & Greet’ with a potential Pet Sitter.  A percentage from every booking goes back to the RSPCA to help animals in need and PetCloud charges a small surcharge to help cover costs. For interviews or photos contact; Deb Morrison P: 0466 898 071 E: deb@petcloud.com.au   Website: www.petcloud.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/petcloudwebsite Google: google.com/+PetcloudAustralia Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pet_cloud Instagram: https://instagram.com/pet_cloud Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/Pet_Cloud/   ______________________________________________________________________________   Appendix: How does PetCloud work? 1. Search (Find Loving Pet Sitters in Your Neighbourhood) Thanks to PetCloud, you can now find verified Pet Sitters in your community to take care of your animal when you can't. A simple search allows you to find a host family that will board your pet, or a Pet Sitter who will come take care of your pet with visits or stays in your house. Just enter your city name or postal code to find trusted Pet Sitters in your neighbourhood. 2. Review (Pet Sitters Profiles and Availability) Find the best fitting pet sitters and check availability directly on their profile page. Beyond making sure your pet is well fed and exercised, some pet sitters offer additional services such as grooming or training – even skype calls! 3. Request a free Meet & Greet with the Pet Sitter Once you've read the pet sitter's profile and everything looks great. Now reach out by clicking "Schedule a Meet & Greet" button. When you meet up, ask the pet sitter questions and explain the unique needs of your furry friend and inspect their backyard. 4. Book and Pay Online When you've found the right Pet Sitter, the next step is to confirm your reservation online. Choose the services you want, the length of stay, and include any special instructions. You can pay with with most credit cards or Paypal using our secure platform. PetCloud then pays the Pet Sitter 24 hours after the last day of Pet Minding and deducts a small surcharge to help cover costs DOG OWNERS FORCED TO SURRENDER PETS OR LIE TO FIND PET FRIENDLY RENTAL HOMES 2017-06-30T00:37:14Z dog-owners-forced-to-surrender-pets-or-lie-to-find-pet-friendly-rental-homes As the shortage in pet friendly housing in Victoria continues, pet owners are being forced to surrender their animals, with possible euthanasia consequences. The AVA1 report thirty per cent of dogs and cats are surrendered by owners who are unable to locate adequate accommodation. This lack of pet-friendly rental properties continues to be a major issue for Victorian pet owners with a search on leading rental network revealing current listings in Victoria for pet friendly rentals equate to about two per cent of total listings. This low availability of pet friendly homes has found the search to be very stressful, with many pet owners left with feelings of housing insecurity2. Furthermore, the low availability forces pet owners, most who have strong emotional bonds to their pet, to choose between surrendering their pet or keeping their animal without landlord approval. A survey conducted by Dogs Victoria, the peak body representing ten thousand owners and breeders of purebred dogs, on renting with dogs identified over 40 per cent of respondents found it difficult to secure a rental home, with over 80 per cent citing it was due to owning a dog. The survey revealed that virtually everybody renting with a dog had special provisions put on their rental agreement, from pet bonds, extra cleaning fees, numerous inspections and higher rent. However, most respondents were prepared to pay more rent or have special provisions put onto their rental agreement to secure a pet-friendly property. Australian research1 has revealed that pet owners would likely pay up to 14 per cent more rent – which could see landlords receiving over three thousand extra dollars per annum, based on an average weekly rental of four hundred dollars. Dogs Victoria, Chief Executive, Dr Tim Adams says ‘We believe that renting with a dog should be widely accepted as normal and we are we are calling on landlords to change their perception on renting to a tenant with well-behaved dogs, and the government to consider legislation to facilitate this. Our survey has proven that dog owners often make excellent tenants with many stating they cared and tended more for the property as they recalled the difficulty in first securing it.’ The survey also showed that many pet owners included quirky elements to get noticed, including using a dog resume to secure their rental property, citing it helped to personalise and introduce their pet to the landlord. Many included in their dog resume achievements from advanced training, previous rental history references and the goals and responsibilities of living with fellow humans. Respondents stated they supported their rental application by providing details about their obligation as a Dogs Victoria member, which identifies the owner as a member of an organisation recognised by the government as a responsible authority on canine affairs, and included their duty in respect to health, welfare and upkeep. Dogs Victoria remains committed in representing canine interests and issues and will work with the Government, sector bodies, the community and Dogs Victoria members on building a fairer Victoria for all dog owners. For more information on Dogs Victoria visit www.dogsvictoria.org.au  -       ends    - References: 1 ACAC 2014, Renting with pets, Australian Companion Animals Council 2 Power E 2015 Renting with pets: a pathway to housing insecurity?, Western Sydney University   DOG OWNERS MAKE GREAT TENANTS Current research has found pet friendly rental homes can provide excellent economic benefit for landlords. So here are six great reasons why you should consider listing your home with a ‘pets considered’ option. - Get more rent: Dog owners will pay more rent to secure a good rental property. - Find tenants quickly: With so few homes available the demand is high therefore pet friendly rentals are often snapped up quickly by eager dog owners. - Home is valued: Dog owners have shown to care and look after the property more as they recall the difficulty in first securing a rental and don’t want to revisit the process. - High occupancy rates: Leases are often held for longer periods as most tenants do not want to go through the process of finding alternative pet friendly housing. - No undeclared pets: You’ll find better communication will result as tenants will be more open with landlords regarding their furry friends. - Locate trustworthy tenants: Prospective tenants are happy to disclose information about their pets, consider requesting a ‘pet resume’ along with rental applications.  Because dogs need trees! 2017-06-28T05:02:06Z because-dogs-need-trees Gourmet Pawprints and our Doggy Winery Tours takes climate change action with Green Fleet. At Gourmet Pawprints, we take to environmental responsibility seriously. This is why we’ve partnered with Greenfleet, an environment non-profit and Australia’s most trusted source of biodiverse carbon offsets, to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment. Gourmet Pawprints and Bella the dog welcoming bus is donating one tree for every tour/event conducted, because dogs need trees and so do we. By partnering with Greenfleet, we are confident that our climate action provides genuine and lasting environmental benefits. By offsetting our emissions with Greenfleet, not only do we take practical action against climate change, we also help to restore Australian landscapes by providing valuable habitat for native wildlife and transforming degraded land back to its natural state. Photo Engraving Melbourne 2017-06-18T06:00:19Z photo-engraving-melbourne-1 Photo Engraving - We post all over Australia and the world Today was a first for us as we received a beautiful present and christmas card in the mail from a very happy client.  She has purchased a few photo engraving pieces off us over the year , and to my surprise we received a beautiful calender and a lovely card in the mail today.  A first for us! Being a family based business and recently new, we have never had the pleasure of receiving something like this which was just amazing.  I love that our clients really appreciate and love our work, as we take so much care in preparing their photos to be engraved into their selected pieces.  We then engrave their photos into their piece, and it just amazes us how people are so appreciative of our work.  They also tell their friends and we receive many referrals from clients.  This particular present was very personal too, as it was a calender where her husband had taken all the beautiful pictures.  It will proudly be used and displayed in our kitchen to keep the family organises. Thank you to all our clients for your valued feedback and love of our business!!  It really keeps us going some days.... We often receive many text messages, emails and phone calls thanking us for our special gifts, but we have never received such a personal gift in the mail before.  It was very exciting for us, as we had met this particular lady on many occasions, as she normally collects her pieces.  We share similar interests and passions for animals, so always have a chat about o 4 legged friends.  All the photos taken in the calender had been taken by her husband and each photo had a story.  The photos were based in Victoria and each photo had a story.  We are very lucky to have such amazing clients. www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Competition Winner - Beau the much loved dog 2017-06-17T10:48:14Z competition-winner-beau-the-much-loved-dog Pet Memorial Jewellery We recently ran a competition on Facebook.  We had some amazing stories.  It shows that every photo has a story. The winner was Beck Martin and her story was about her pet memorial.  Beck won a piece of pet memorial jewellery for sharing her beautiful story.  Here is a copy of her post... This is my old faithful boy Beau.  You may think oh yes a dog boo hoo.  But here's my story... My dad got me to go and have a look at this dog when he was a pup 12 years ago, as I was carrying a heavy heart on loosing my first dog.  I said I would only get this pup if he came straight to me upon inspection.  Guess what, he did... He was destined to be my dog.  Beau helped me through a lot of tough times, death of my dad, diagnosis of my own chronic disease and deep depression, all the time just sitting beside me listening.  When I had my daughter he loved her so much and protected her immensely and I couldn't be more prouder than tat.  Even at the end he was the biggest sook and loved mummy cuddles and lounging on my bed. Then the time came to put him down after a strong battle with heart disease.  I had to say goodbye to him on Mothers day.... Life is always hard for me on  mothers day my i2t mothers day was my dads dealth anniversary.  Please choose my story as the saying goes "they  say diamonds are a girls best friend, well they never had a dog".  Rest easy under our old tree Beau you were a beaut dog... What an amazing story.   We are so lucky our clients share their beautiful story and a heart shaped keyring is on its way to Beck for her beautiful story.  Everyone who entered had beautiful stories, but fortunately we didn't have to pick the winner.  Our facebook followers did.  Your stories where all amazing and to us you are all winners! To see more  www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Turn your passion for pets into profit through the sharing economy 2017-06-09T03:23:15Z turn-your-passion-for-pets-into-profit-through-the-sharing-economy On Saturday and Sunday the 8th & 9th of July, Australia's BIGGEST Pet Expo will be held at the Gold Coast. The team from Australia's favourite national pet care website, PetCloud, will also be there to show attendees how thousands of Australians (old and young) have been earning extra money by cuddling pets from home. There is over 30,000 people expected to attend, & over 150 exhibitors, & live entertainment including including exciting animal shows like DockDogs – the world’s premier canine aquatics competition, flyball, high jumps, reptile and insect encounters, product giveaways and discounts, celebrities, hundreds of animals and much, much more! So come along to the Gold Coast Pet & Animal Expo, & make sure you stay in the know of all the latest pet care tips, news & funny pet videos via PetCloud's facebook page    We look forward to seeing you there! Memorial Plaques 2017-06-05T07:43:38Z memorial-plaques We have been asked quite a bit lately about Memorial Plaques Over the last couple of months we have been asked on many occasions if we do Memorial Plaques.  We do memorial plaques.  They are mainly made to be placed on urns or containers holding ashes.  I had a lady ask me yesterday as they were dividing the fathers ashes up and they all wanted a memorial plaque done. The beauty of our Memorial Plaques are that we can engrave the persons photo on one part of the plaque and then add wording on the side.  It  not only provides comfort in the beautiful wording selected but also has a photo of the person, which will always bring a smile to your face. These plaques come in gold and silver in both a rectangle shape or an oval shape. The size of the Memorial Plaque is : Rectangle 68mm x 38 mm Oval Piece 72mm x 45 mm To find out more contact us. www.memorykeepsakes.com.au Pet Memorials - Pets are like family 2017-06-05T05:55:30Z pet-memorials-pets-are-like-family Pet Memorials - Our pets are like family We meet so many people grieving over the loss of their beloved pet on a regular basis.  The see our display and immediately go through their phone to find a suitable photo of their beloved pet.  They are going through the grieving process and are looking for pet memorials, to remember their best friend. I recently had a lady come up to me and she wanted to order a piece for her daughter as she had lost her beloved dog only very recently.  She showed me the photo, and I explained it would be fine.  She then started to tear up herself as the dog had clearly left a paw print on this families heart.  She quickly took my brochure and said she would call me.  It was still very raw for her, and this clearly showed.  I see many other clients who order their piece and quickly come and collect it and leave quickly.  I am sure they too are feeling emotional at loosing their beloved pet and need to go away and have a bit of a cry.  They then call me and thank us for the lovely keepsake they have of their beautiful much loved pet. To find out more  www.memorykeepsakes.com.au