What’s more Aussie than enjoying a cold one in the pool with your best mate by your side? And by ‘best mate’, we mean the dog (or dogs) in your life! Plan your Australia day festivities with your furry friend in mind, because, let’s face it, the Australian dream wouldn’t be alive and well without their friendly, drooling faces. We’ve put together a list of activities perfect for you and your pooch!
A good old fashioned Aussie BBQ
You can’t go past a traditional Aussie BBQ and pool party in the backyard. Call your mates and tell them to BYO beers and meat; you’ll provide the obligatory 3-ingredient salad and tomato sauce. Your furry friend won’t pass up a stray sanga off the BBQ either! If your pooch is an avid swimmer, get them in the pool for a cool down (just make sure your guests don’t mind!). Tell your friends to bring their own dogs for yours to socialise with, if you know that they’re already mates. Just make sure everyone locks the gate on the way in and out – you don’t want your party interrupted by a dog Houdini moment!
A true blue picnic
Australia isn’t short of gorgeous stretches of parklands perfect for an Australian Day picnic. Gather the family and head to your local park with a packed picnic basket and blanket. If you want to really get into the Aussie spirit, choose a spot close to a BBQ and cook up a sausage sizzle. If it’s a particularly hot day, take an esky with some icy treats for the kids and a few frozen chicken bites for the pups. Take your furry friend for a run or give them a go on the agility equipment if you go to the dog park. Just make sure you check if its an on or off leash park before unclipping the lead.
Slip Slop Slap at the beach
What excitable pooch doesn’t love a splash in the waves? Grab your togs and thongs and hit the beach to soak up the sunshine! Make sure you take a nice long stick for endless games of fetch and remember to apply the sunscreen (for both you AND your dog if his or her coat is looking a little sparse. You can buy pet-friendly sunscreen from most pet stores). Bribie Island is putting on an Aussie beach party at Apex and Brennan Parks, complete with live music, markets, food stalls and competitions. Keep your pup on the leash for the festivities and then let them run wild on the dog beach just a ten-minute drive across the island!
Sink a few coldies at the pub
Did you know that there’s an increasing amount of pubs and bars that have turned pet-friendly? Chill in the beer garden with your human and furry mates alike! The Hope and Anchor in Paddington, Fitz + Potts in Nundah and The Scratch Bar in Milton are a few top contenders for pints and pups. The Brightside in Fortitude Valley are having a barks and brews session for the hottest 100 party on January 28, too!
Remember to keep your pup safe and closeby during the various fireworks displays scheduled around your neighbourhood. For tips on how to keep your dog safe and calm during fireworks read our article here.