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Sydney dog holiday

Thursday, September 27, 2007

It's been happening in Europe for years, and now dog lovers in Sydney can take their best friends on special outings. Sydney's eastern suburbs are a hive of dog activities, and it's quite common to see them sitting at al fresco café tables with their owners.

Dov at Delectica, a café in Potts Point, allows customers to be joined by their four-legged friends at outdoor tables, provided they are leashed. They are rewarded with bowls of cool water as you sip your café latte.

Medusa is one of a few Sydney hotels where dogs are allowed to stay with their owners. It has been welcoming dogs since opening in 1998.

There are special rooms for guests with dogs, and they have access to the central courtyard. Dog bowl and bed are provided, and there is even a pet sitting service if the owners want to go out on the town.

The 17-room hotel has a special Dog Page listing local dog services, including dog taxis.

Humans luxuriate at Medusa with soft down pillows, superior linen, Aveda toiletries and Swiss chocolates.

Dogue was set up in 1998 when the then-owner had difficulty locating clothing and accessories for her dog. She set up in Bondi, so successfully, she opened a second Dogue in Fairlight.

The current owner's dogs are always in-store sporting the latest in canine fashion. Bon Scott and Coconut are seasoned models for shoppers and happily show off jewellery and accessories, carry bags, health and beauty products. There are the more mundane products such as beds, collars, leads, harnesses and toys, but it's all about fun and rewarding your dog for its unconditional love.

Anthony Nader, owner of Raw hairdressing salon, has a special dog waiting room, complete with beds and water bowls. A dog day spa is planned so owner and dog can be pampered at the same time.

The friendly salon is spacious and laid-back and luxurious 10-minute scalp massages in the Balinese-style shampoo room ensure you leave feeling fantastic.

If you fancy a new hairstyle, be prepared to wait if you want the master himself to wield the scissors. It can take up to three months to secure an appointment with Anthony.

Location

Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Cost

Virgin Blue has flights to Sydney.

From fare
Brisbane
$99
Melbourne
$115
Adelaide
$129
Perth
$235
Darwin
$235

Pets fly from $55.

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way online. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at September 27, 2007 and are subject to change.

For more information

Dov at Delectica
130 Victoria St
Potts Point 2011
Ph: (02) 9368 0600
Website: www.sydneycafes.com.au/dov.html

Medusa Hotel
267 Darlinghurst Road,
Darlinghurst 2010
Ph: (02) 9331 1000
Fax: (02) 9380 6901
Website: www.medusa.com.au

Dogue
242 Oxford Street
Bondi Junction 2022
Ph (02) 9388 9969
Website: www.dogue.com.au
Email: info@dogue.com.au

Dogue
241-243 Sydney Road
Fairlight 2094
Ph: (02) 9948 8806
Ph (02) 9388 9969
Website: www.dogue.com.au
Email: info@dogue.com.au

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789
Ph: (02) 9388 9969
Website: www.virginblue.com.au
For more information on your pet flying with Virgin Blue visit
Ph: (02) 9388 9969
Website: http://www.virginblue.com.au/helpInfo/travelInfo/makingBooking/index.php?section=Travelling+with+Dogs+and+Cats#pet_fees_and_charges

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