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Lifestyle : Pets
1HERSA1 W003 FANTASTIC SAVINGS on fine food. XAVIER PRO PLAN 2.72 3 DO OOD RAN 25% off the entire ro l n . o ood R n e. IAMS 18 DO OOD RAN S ve $1 5 off the entire IAMS 18 o ood R n e UKANUBA 3 DO OOD RAN ADVANC 3 DO OOD RAN SAV $15 SAV $10 20% O Open 7 Days w w w.petbarn.com.au 1300 655 896 Petbarn is a registered trademark of Petbarn Pty Ltd ABN 78 001 802 759. Offer starts Thursday 22nd July 2010 and ends Tuesday 24th August 2010. Illustrations, photos & packaging are only a representation of the products ad ertised. ariations may occur from store to store. etail sale only. Limits per customer may apply. hile stocks last. Offer is not in conjunction ith any other promotion. No hold, rain checks or special orders. Not redeemable for cash. Offer is not alid on petbarnonline.com.au. 25% O S ve $10 off the entire Eu nub do food r n e. 20% off the entire Adv nce o ood R n e. THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010 3 pets S All welcome, no bones about it Follow my lead . . . canine chums show off their table etiquette at Cafe Bones. Photo: Dean Sewell Being served a dog's dinner suits four-legged diners just fine, writes Keeli Cambourne. W here's the joy in life if you can't have a little fun? And that doesn't just apply to us. Our pets and faithful companions need variety and social interaction to spice up their lives just as much as their owners. On weekends, pet-friendly parks, cafes, hotels and shops do a roaring trade as pet owners bring out their charges to meet the neighbours. Finding a table on Saturday or Sunday at Cafe Bones in Leichhardt is nearly impossible as dog owners come in for their own hit of caffeine and give their pampered pooches a Pupaccino and a Bone Bix. Michael Lloyd-Jones bought the cafe about six years ago, when the idea of a dog-friendly coffee hang- out was still a novelty. ''It was quite a small thing when we took it over but we saw its potential as an asset for the community. It's such a tremendous social meeting place for dog owners . . . people don't care what you do, where you live or how much you earn -- they know you through your dog,'' Lloyd-Jones says. As more people demand pet- friendly services, businesses have been complying. According to NSW Tourism, there are more than 2 million cats and dogs in NSW and pet ownership in Australia is among the highest in the world, with about 53 per cent of households including acatoradog. ''Pet owners are less willing to leave their pets at home when they take holidays and are keen to find ways to take their companions with them,'' a spokeswoman from NSW Tourism says. According to its research, animal lovers are more likely to stay longer in pet-friendly accommodation or at destinations with outdoor spaces such as parks and beaches where pets are welcome. Pet-friendly accommodation is now offered at 150 properties in NSW. Kate Fisher, of accommodation website Wotif.com, says there has been close to a 14 per cent increase year-on- year in visits to Wotif.com from people using the word ''pet'' to search on Google. ''We're seeing a lot more people wanting to get away for a few days without having to worry about kennels for their pets, so these pet- friendly accommodation options are really popular,'' Fisher says. The Hughenden Hotel, in Woollahra, Sydney, has a number of pet-friendly rooms and front office manager Hugo Chaparro says they are some of the most sought- after among clients. ''There is a demand for pet- friendly accommodation, especially in the city; people are looking for it,'' Chaparro says. ''We have been pet- friendly for about 15 years, since the business first opened. The owner loves her pets and she likes to travel with them herself.'' Pets are given their own bed, water and food bowls as well as meals at the boutique hotel. Although pets are no longer allowed in the restaurant due to health regulations, owners can choose to sit with their pets in the foyer to have their meals. Doggy daycare centres are also a niche market in which business is booming, especially for city pets whose owners spend long hours in the office and don't like to leave their canine companions without company or exercise. Dog Wash Cafe in Caringbah is a pet-care facility, dog washing and daycare centre that can also arrange doggy birthday parties. The manager, Holly Crighton, says the centre can cater for 12-20 dogs a day for grooming, washing or for day care. ''Lots of people come in and ask about the day care because they have dogs who are too young to stay at home all day by themselves or their owners want them to have some socialisation,'' Crighton says.
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