The Extraordinary Life of Pikelet paw-signing book tour

Jetpets are excited to announce that we are the major sponsors for the Life of Pikelets National book tour. Pikelet is one of Australia’s most famous living pooches, with over 188 thousand followers on Instagram and 142 thousand on Facebook. Pikelets story is an amazing journey from council pound to superstardom and his followers can’t get enough of his daily antics.

While Pikelet is a talent on his own he is helped along by his mumma and pappa Calley & Brad Stoll who rescued him from death row in 2013 at the age of eight weeks. Pikelet was suffering from deformed legs and a curved spine and was unlikely to be adopted but when Calley saw him she instantly became besotted with the handsome staffy.

Calley herself, is a trained photographer and it’s easy to see why people are drawn to her amazing photographs of Pikelet and his extended rescue family. Her photographs have a way of bringing out her pet’s personalities and the page brings so much joy to Pikelets thousands of adoring fans.

In addition to taking amazing photographs Calley is also a prominent spokesperson for the rescue animal movement and regularly provides advice and assistance to Pikelets fans who are interested in adoption. While not all Pikelet’s fans have the ability to adopt or own pets they are able to contribute to the rescue movement by following Pikelet and supporting the page.

In the past four years, more than 50 foster animals have passed through Pikelet’s Sydney home, all of which have become characters in the Life of Pikelet world. You may remember Calley’s rescue pig Pillow whom Jetpets transported to her forever farm back in July earlier this year.

Jetpets will be working closely with Calley and Pikelet during the month of November to celebrate the tour so stay tuned for further news and content.

If you are interested in purchasing Pikelets book you can do so here and if you plan to get along to meet Pikelet the details of his appearances are below.

PERTH

Friday 3rd of November 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Planet Books

Saturday 4th of November 12pm – 1pm at Saga Bookshop

MELBOURNE

Friday 10th of November 12pm – 1pm at The Leaf Bookshop

Saturday 11th of November 12pm – 1pm at Dymocks Melbourne

ADELAIDE

Friday 17th of November 12pm – 1pm at Dymocks Adelaide

Saturday 18th of November 11am – 12pm at Booked at North Adelaide

BRISBANE

Friday 24th of November 12pm- 1pm at Dymocks Brisbane

Saturday 25th of November 1pm – 2pm at The Mad Hatters Bookshop

 

Finding the Best Puppychino in Melbourne

Melbourne is Australia’s home of sport, fashion and most importantly, coffee! Blessed with some of the best cafes in the world, it can be hard to know where to head to grab your smashed avo and morning latte. Never fear, we’ve narrowed it down for you! And we’ve not forgotten your furbaby – here’s some of Melbourne’s best dog-friendly cafes, because what dog doesn’t love a puppychino!

Doghouse 

195 Johnston Street, Collingwood 3066

Doghouse is the place to go if you really want to treat your pup. This Collingwood café is designed to be your dog’s favourite weekend brunch spot. Take a seat outside while your pup socialises with other trendy café-going dogs and waits for their dogachino or turkey and cranberry muffin. They can even grab a scoop of ice cream for dessert!

Doghouse offer coffee and nibbles for humans too, but let’s admit it, it really is all about the dogs!

The Farm Café

18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford 3067

Located at Collingwood Children’s Farm, The Farm Café is a pleasant change from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s famous café scene. The Farm Café is used to having four-legged friends around, so your furry-best friend is more than welcome. A country escape in the city, relax over brunch while listening to the birds in the trees and the gentle mooing of the cows, while your pup rolls in the grass!

Leroys

5 Mason Street, Newport 3015

We all know that Melbourne’s weather is notoriously unreliable, which is why Leroys indoor-outdoor dining options are perfect for those of us who like to dine with their pets! Leroys welcome furry friends in their undercover outdoor seating areas. With food to die for, delicious coffee, and space for your pup to roam, Leroys is the perfect weekend coffee spot.

Crowded House

8 Ferguson Street, Williamstown 3016

With Insta-worthy food, Crowded House in Williamstown is a café that you and your pup are sure to love. Located a short walk from the bay, Crowded House is a great place to stop and relax after a sunny beach walk.

What’s your pup’s favourite Sunday coffee spot? Share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us in your snaps @jetpets.

An Amazing Tale of Survival

Butch1We love happy endings and this month we have another amazing tale of survival!

Butch the ‘wonder dog’ was recently found in Melbourne after going missing from his Western Sydney home nine months ago!

Greg McDougall, Butch’s owner, said his dog went missing after a robbery and was suspected stolen. Can you imagine his surprise when the Moreland Council in Melbourne called him in late May to tell him Butch had been found?

“I got such a shock when they (Moreland Council) told me they’d found Butch, I started crying,” Greg said.

Because here at Jetpets we love reuniting owners with their beloved furry friends, we were very excited to transport Butch back to his home in Sydney today! And as you can see, Butch and Greg have a lot of catching up to do!

You can read more about Butch’s story by clicking here or watch the amazing reunion story filmed by Channel Seven here.

Wild Dogs to Melbourne Zoo

Iafrican-wild-dogs-animal-web620n November, we were lucky enough to transport 4 African Wild Dogs from Perth Zoo to Melbourne Zoo! The 4 dogs, Samawhati, Saba, Duara and Maana, travelled in style in their own custom, airline approved dog crates and have now settled into the new ‘Lion Gorge’ at Melbourne Zoo, where they sit alongside the kings of

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the jungle, the lions!

We visited them recently, to see how they were settling in, and we felt like we’d just stepped onto the set of the Lion King! It’s a fantastic new exhibit and we encourage you to check it out if you’re in Melbourne. Click here to check out some more info on Lion Gorge.

Did you know that African Wild Dogs used to live throughout sub-Saharan Africa but now are mostly limited to southern Africa and the southern part of East Africa. Populations have diminished in the face of human activity and habitat loss as well as infectious disease. There may be no more than 5,500 African Wild Dogs remaining in the wild. They are classed as ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (on the IUCN ‘red list’).

The zoo has plans to breed from the largely female group, to assist in slowing the worrying loss of these animals in the wild. For more info, click here.

Exciting News From The Zoo

The Gorilla’s Are Expecting!

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In 2013, we helped transport Otana the gorilla from Howlett’s Wild Animal Park in the U.K to Melbourne Zoo, after he was selected to be the new breeding male following the sad passing of longtime Zoo resident Rigo. Well, we have an exciting update – Otana is going to be a father!

Mother-to-be Kimya is the first expectant gorilla in 14 years at Melbourne Zoo and we are very happy to hear of Otana’s exciting news!

Find out more about Otana and Melbourne Zoo’s gorilla breeding program by clicking here.

Are Your Pets Travelling With Us From Australia To Europe (Including The United Kingdom)?

At Jetpets, our dedicated team of Pet Travel Consultants are on top of the very latest industry information and are constantly working with government bodies and organisations across the globe to ensure that we can move your pets as smoothly as we can to their new homes.

 

With this in mind, we would like to fill you in on some proposed regulatory changes for pets entering the European Union (EU,) including those travelling to the United Kingdom, coming into effect from December 29th, 2014.

Changes to the EU Pet Protocol include:

You, the pet owner, must now ensure that you enter the port of entry of your pet within 10 days (5 days either side) of your pet’s arrival.

WomanandDogFailure to comply with this specific entry window will now see pet owners incur VAT tax of 20% based on the cost of the airfreight as well as a nominal fee for your pet, (which is approximately $100.)

Not sure what this means for you and your pet?

Don’t worry! Your Jetpets Pet Travel Consultant will talk you through these changes and will work closely with you to ensure a smooth journey for your furry friend into Europe or the United Kingdom.

As we mentioned above, these changes are currently in their draft stages and we will keep you up to date with any further changes as they come to light.

If you have any questions in the meantime, or if you are planning an international trip in the future and just want to have a chat, please do not hesitate to contact a Jetpets Pet Travel Consultant on 1300 668 309.

Are Your Pets Travelling With Us From Australia To New Zealand?

Furrever-6633-cropAs you know, our dedicated team of Pet Travel Consultants are always working with government bodies and organisations across the globe to ensure that we can move your pets as smoothly as we can to their new homes.

With this in mind, we would like to fill you in on some proposed regulatory changes made by The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) that are proposed to come into effect on December 1st, 2014.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s changing:

1. Veterinary animal inspections at international airport locations in New Zealand, (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch,) will now take place during the following defined periods:

  • Auckland: 7:00 – 19:00
  • Wellington: 15:30 – 17:00
  • Christchurch: 13:00 – 17:00

Please note that the above times are now written as inspection times, not flight times, and will apply Monday to Friday (with the exception of public holidays and a period of time between and around Christmas and New Year.)

2. It is also proposed that arrival inspection fees will increase by approximately $150 for your first pet and $75 for each additional pet that you may have travelling with you.

Not sure what this means for you and your pet?

Don’t worry! Your Jetpets Pet Travel Consultant will talk you through these changes and will work closely with you to ensure a smooth journey for your furry friend into New Zealand.

As we mentioned above, these changes are currently in their draft stages and we will keep you up to date with any further changes as they come to light.

If you have any questions in the meantime, or if you are planning a trip to New Zealand in the future and just want to have a chat, please do not hesitate to contact a Jetpets Pet Travel Consultant on 1300 668 309.