October is officially “DogTober” month, and we want to celebrate and acknowledge just how wonderful dogs can be!
Waterfront Holiday Houses are dedicating this month to raising money for dogs that do good!
Assistance Dogs Australia train and place unique dogs with Australians in unique situations. They currently train dogs that specialise in support for people with a physical disability, autism or PTSD.
Meet Banjo, who is the “L” plate stage of the 2 year training program. It takes a full 2 years, and cost $35,00 to train one of these amazing dogs. Assistance dogs provide independence, improved self-esteem, health and relationships – resulting in stronger and more successful communities.
Assistance Dogs Australia are another fabulous organisation who are extraordinary, and that’s why Karen, our Chief here at Waterfront Holiday Houses, has been a keen supporter of theirs for over 5 years.
Waterfront Holiday Houses’ head office may have an office cat (Mayo), but we’ve made sure we have some great holiday houses so you can bring along your fur baby*.
We have 10 holiday rentals available for families with dogs*.
They have plenty of room for your dog, a secure back yard and are always in areas to which parkland isn’t too far away so you dog can have some “dog” time running around, be taken on an adventurous walk or just have some time in the sun with you lazing on the grass.
Many of our cafes in Yarrawonga and Mulwala put out bowls of water for our furry friends and invite you to sit a while and enjoy a cuppa (and maybe some cake or lunch) whilst enjoying our wonderful shopping strips.
If you’ve wanted to holiday with your dog, but just not quite sure, then give us a buzz, we are only too happy to help, of course.
Listed below are the houses we have available that are pet friendly and allow for dogs.
The Golfers Retreat
The Clubhouse on Robinson
For the month of October, WHH will be donating $10 from every booking, plus have donation tin on the counter for Assistance Dogs Australia.
If you’d like to learn more about this incredible organisation, simply go to https://www.assistancedogs.org.au/, otherwise, if you’ve booked in in October, we’ll see you soon and we’ll make a donation for you as well!
If you’re thinking of holiday with your dog, here’s some things to consider before you take on the adventure:
Plan your trip well – There is nothing worse than getting out the door and realising that you’ve forgotten something, it’s even worse when you have your best mate to take care of. Don’t let this be you! Make sure you’ve planned every part of your trip, from where you’re going, how you’re getting there and what you’ll need to take along.
Always book ahead – Booking your accommodation ahead of time is always essential, but when you have a pet with you it’s even more important. It’s always a good idea to give them a call or send them an email to let them know that your dog will be joining you. You want to avoid all surprises, just in case.
Preparing your dog – Taking your pet to puppy training is always a good idea, but it’s an absolute essential if you plan to holiday with them. Before taking your pet away, make sure they are obedient, listen to your commands and know some simple commands, such as “sit” and “stop”.
Vaccinations – We all want to keep our dog healthy and the best way to minimise the risk of severe diseases is vaccination. Chances are, that if you are traveling with your pet and staying in dog-friendly accommodation, other people are too. You can never be sure what vaccinations other pet owners have given to their dogs, or what a dog has been exposed to in the past. An important vaccination is C5, which protects against ‘Bordetella bronchiectasis’. This horrible bacterium can lead to severe kennel cough that can last for longer periods of time. Although chances are low, it’s always better to be safe than very sorry.
Identification – Even if you are confident that your pet won’t wonder, or get lost, it’s still important to make sure your dog has sufficient identification before traveling. Your mobile phone number should be on your dog’s collar and having a small note about where you are currently staying is also a good idea. Different types of accommodation will have different policies on wandering dogs. It’s always a good idea to check with the staff before your visit and ask them how free the dog is allowed to be.
What to bring? – What you bring on your dog-friendly holiday depends on what you’re going to be doing. If you’re going camping, make sure you take plenty of food and water, enough for you and your pet. If you’re going to a caravan park, where the shops are close by, you can be a little bit more relaxed about supplies. Make sure you always have:
A collar with identification
An appropriate lead
Enough toys to keep them entertained
Treats to reinforce good behaviour
Some emergency food – A tin of food and some dog biscuits
First aid kit
So, October is the time to celebrate every dog, not only ours because incredible things happen when you bring people and dogs together, but you know that!
To find out more about DogTober, go to https://www.dogsforgood.org/get-involved/fundraise/dogtober/ or Assistance Dogs Australia https://www.assistancedogs.org.au/
Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you Yarrawonga, Mulwala and surrounds for your next holiday!
Remember, more sunshine than the Gold Coast!
Upcoming local events
From markets to our annual agricultural show to sunset dinners to fishing – it’s all happening here in Yarrawonga/Mulwala and surrounds. To discover what’s on – go to Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism & Business’ website. Click here.