Mark and Mya On the Adventure of a Lifetime

Dynamic adventure duo Mark and Mya are undertaking the adventure of a lifetime trekking through Canada and the United States.

What’s more amazing than travelling the world with your best friend? Travelling the world with your best friend, who also happens to be your dog! That’s exactly what adventure seekers Mark and his white Shepard Mya are doing with the help of Jetpets.

Mark’s love of the outdoors grew from a strong influence from his grandfather at an early age and when Mark received Mya at the age of 8 weeks old they immediately formed an inseparable bond.

Mya quickly became right at home joining Mark on his many outdoors adventures snowboarding, skiing and mountain biking; running alongside Mark as he traversed the unique landscapes of Australia.

As many adventure seekers do, Mark began to look for his next adventure but couldn’t stand the idea of leaving his best friend behind.

“I chose to get her, I chose to make her my family so I’m responsible for her and it wouldn’t be responsible of me to leave her behind”, said Mark.

 

Mark and Mya in the ski resort town of Whistler, in the province of British Columbia, Canada

Inspired by the likes of Kelly Lund and Loki the wolf dog, Mark wanted to undertake a lengthy trip travelling through Canada and America and share the experience on social media with those who dreamed of one day doing the same.

Mark contacted Jetpets in July with the hope of arranging pet travel for Mya, which we were only too happy to assist with. Mark was delighted to receive his pet travel crate months before he was due to depart, which gave Mya plenty of time to become familiar and comfortable with the crate for her long-distance pet transport.

Mark and Mya even came to visit us here at our Melbourne head office before they left to meet with our staff and finalise some details with his pet travel consultant.

Arriving safe and sound in Vancouver in mid-November, the pair have set off on the first leg of their journey where they will spend the first 3 months traversing some of Canada’s most beautiful snow-capped landscapes.

Mark and Mya visiting with Jetpets staff at our Tullamarine head office in Melbourne

With Mya travelling alongside Mark as he skis and boards his way across the snow, Mya had to be fitted for special doggy snow shoes to ensure she didn’t sink down too far in the heavy snow. While their adventure is only in it’s early stages the dynamic duo is already capturing the imagination of adventure seekers all over the globe, with well wishes pouring in to their social media pages on a daily basis.

Mark and Mya even attracted the attention of the local newspaper with their inspiring story last week, as they continue to inform the public on the benefits of pet travel.

Jetpets would like to wish Mark and Mya the very best as they share the adventure of a lifetime and we will continue to bring you exclusive updates as they continue their amazing journey across Canada’s most picturesque country side.

If you would like to keep up with Mark and Mya’s adventures on social media you can follow their accounts on Facebook here and Instagram here

 

Sahara in the City

As our Jetpets furry ambassador, sometimes Sahara has to do the jobs nobody wants to do… like go to Sydney for the weekend, relax in a five-star hotel and be pampered. (It’s a tough job isn’t it!)

As part of Rufus and Coco’s competition in conjunction with Jetpets, you too could win the chance to pamper yourselves and your pooch at the Langham Hotel like Sahara or escape to country Victoria for the ultimate relaxing weekend with your puppy. Simply follow this link and enter for your chance at a Jetpets Holiday.

The Best Pet Friendly Wineries to Visit in the Yarra Valley and Hunter Valley

Here in Australia, we’re lucky to have beautiful beaches, scenic parks, and amazing wineries! And now there’s no need to leave your furry friend behind when you’re out exploring, because we’ve put together a list of some of the best dog friendly wineries in the Yarra Valley and the Hunter Valley!

Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines
Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines

Victoria’s beautiful Yarra Valley is packed full with trendy wineries, restaurants, and cafes. Why not take a day trip, or even spend the night with your pup and soak in the relaxed vibes. Here are a few of our favourite Yarra Valley wineries.

Hanrahan Winery – Yarra Valley

3 Hexham Road, Gruyere, Victoria, 3770

Family owned and operated, Hanrahan Winery is a must see when visiting the Yarra Valley. Hosts Bev and her beloved dog Otis will walk you through their beautiful grounds and teach you everything there is to know about winemaking.

Hanrahan Winery welcome owners and their pets all year round. Dogs must be on a lead at all times, and under effective control by their owners. Hanrahan will offer a water bowl to owners who decide to bring their dog along.

Rochford Wines – Yarra Valley

878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream, Victoria 3770

As a regular fixture on the popular Day on the Green festival, Rochford Wines is a hot spot for most locals. Whether you want to visit for some lunch at their café, or book in for a tour, you’re sure to be spoilt with the views of the Great Dividing Ranges.

You’re more than welcome to bring along your dog and take a walk through the vines, then relax in their large outdoor seating area where you can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in the sun.


Only a 45 minute drive inland from Newcastle, the Hunter Valley is a must see when visiting the east coast. With world-renowned wineries, the Hunter Valley is the perfect place for a city escape.

Hungerford Hill – Hunter Valley

2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Open since 1967, Hungford Hill is one of the best renowned wineries in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley region. With a sculpture yard, espresso bar, and epic tasting experiences, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

While you’re wine tasting, your dog will be offered a bowl of water which they’re sure to enjoy after exploring the winery all day!

Capercaillie Wines – Hunter Valley

4 Londons Rd, Loveldale, NSW, 2325 

Capercaillie Wines is located in Loveldale, the centre of the Hunter Valley. This award winning winery boasts some of Australia’s best wine and is a great place to sit back and relax with friends and family. Capercaillie Wines welcome pet owners to bring their furry friend into the winery to the bar or they can sit outside and enjoy a tasting overlooking the dam, where there is plenty of room for dogs to run around.

Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines
Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines

What’s your favourite winery to visit with your dog? Let us know on Facebook.