By Kate Cooper
Doggy Tea Breaks is a not-for-profit venture that organizes social events for dogs and their humans. For many dog lovers, their dog is not just a pet but a valued family member. But despite being man's best friend, our beloved dogs are often excluded from socializing with their humans in public areas, especially in indoor areas, due to public health concerns, hence the creation of Doggy Tea Breaks. They are all about promoting dog friendly activities where you can hang out with your four-legged best friend. We talk to the founder Belinda Chong about the events and find out more about her little dog Elmo!
TELL US WHAT DOGGY TEA BREAKS IS ALL ABOUT?
Doggy Tea Breaks was founded in 2015, with a mission to create fun and interesting events for dog owners to enjoy in the company of their dogs. We support local and upcoming small pet businesses, as well as promoting dog-friendly activities and environments.
WHAT BENEFITS HAVE YOU AND YOUR GUESTS EXPERIENCED FROM HOLDING DOG-FRIENDLY EVENTS?
Nothing can compare to the joy you see on people's faces when they find out they can bring their dogs to our events! For many dog owners, their dogs are their family, so being able to strengthen that bond between humans and dogs through our events is the greatest benefit we offer for dog lovers.
WHAT HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF YOUR MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE WITH YOUR BUSINESS?
Having one of our events mentioned on air on the Brig and Lehmo Gold 104 radio breakfast show was a lovely surprise. But the biggest thrill is seeing the happy faces of the dogs and their owners being able to spend time together, doing something that they both enjoy.
2016 IS ON THE HORIZON, WHERE DO YOU SEE DOGGY TEA BREAKS HEADING OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS?
We'll be looking to continue and develop our innovative program of dog-friendly events through collaborations with pet rescue organisations, Councils and pet businesses. We will also be working with local community groups, to highlight and promote dog-friendly activities and locations.
HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING EVENTS?
We have an active social media following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Periscope, plus we have a MeetUp Group that is growing fast! We also have a blog on our website www.doggyteabreaks.com.
A COUPLE OF QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:
HOW MANY DOGS TO YOU OWN?
I have one dog, a 5 year old Bichon Frise cross who I adopted from the RSPCA
FAVOURITE DOG PARK?
Elmo is a real lap dog and couch potato so the couch is his favorite spot!
FAVOURITE DOGGY SNACK FOR YOUR DOGS?
Elmo loves all kinds of seafood, especially fish - sometimes I think he is more like a cat than a dog!
Top image credit belongs to Erin King Photographer. All other images belong to Doggy Tea Breaks.