Our Story (So Far)
Paw Me Up was started in early 2017 from Kat's (the founder) constant problem of not being able to find compatible playmates for her beagle, Marley in her local area. At the time, there were no mobile app solutions easily connecting like-minded dog owners in their local community to find suitable playmates for their dogs on criteria such as breed, age, gender and personality. After conducting extensive research at local parks around Sydney, there was a resounding support for the idea.
While the mobile app was in development, to drive awareness of the brand, Kat started organising fun dog friendly events to allow like-minded dog owners to connect with one another, to give our beautiful furbabies a supportive and safe environment to play with one another and to promote dog friendly places around Sydney. Our story has been featured in The Daily Telegraph.
The last event was called Puppycino Dates which was a two part educational workshop partnering with a local vet educating dog parents on how to examine your dog from head to tail and treating your dog in emergencies before rushing to the vet. The feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive and highly valued the importance of education particularly to new dog parents. This was when Kat decided to change the direction of Paw Me Up to educating and empowering dog parents to make better informed decisions when looking after their furbabies.
We are excited by our new mission! We look forward to hearing your feedback about the next chapter of Paw Me Up and giving our furbabies the best support they deserve.
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NEED YOUR HELP
We are looking to partner with passionate vets, trainers, groomers, dog brands, dog business owners, charities and many more to come along the journey with us. We are also looking for vet uni students, designers, copywriters and videographers to help us create our content. Please head over to the 'Contact Us' page for further information.
Some of our events from 2017:
PAWFECT DAY OUT
Pawfect Day Out was a charity event held in April 2017 at The Vic on the Park in Marrickville where we raised nearly $1,900 for Maggie's Rescue. Over 200 people attended who enjoyed treats from Domuts, Grumpy Donuts, Dog Cupcakes and Over The Moo and went in the running to win fantastic prizes for a total prize pool of over $3,500 from PAW by Blackmores, Get Wag, My Dog's Territory, Golp, Dog Royalty, Vic on the Park, Rhubarb Bakes, Pawlicious Bites, Naked Brew Cafe and many more.
Photos were kindly taken by Pierre Madaga of My Dog's Territory.
The first Pawfect Playdate was held in June 2017 in Centennial Park where over 50 people attended. It was organised to provide an opportunity for dog owners and their furbabies to socialise and make new friends supervised by Ian, an experienced dog trainer from Bondi Behaviourist. It was also an opportunity for dog owners to connect and share the wonderful experience of being a dog owner, create a sense of community.
The second Pawfect Playdate was held in July 2017 at Joynton Park for a special 'Game of Bones' theme to mark the return of the new Game of Thrones season. Over 50 people attended to listen to a free workshop, participate in fun dog treat games and to win prizes for the best dressed sponsored by Ivory Coat, Dogue, Get Wag and Pet Circle.
It was a two part workshop attended by nearly 50 people where Dr Lee firstly walked the audience through how to perform a thorough examination of their dog using her dog as a real life model from how to detect ear infections to performing breast checks for female dogs. The second workshop covered how to deal with common emergencies such as cuts, seizures and car accidents to ensure the dog was comfortable as possible while being taken to the vet.
All attendees received a complementary puppycino and dog biscuits sponsored by Frank & Pop and an educational pack to take home.
SYDNEY DOG LOVER'S SHOW
Paw Me Up was excited to be an exhibitor at The Sydney Dog Lover's Show in August 2017 which was attended by over 25,000 dog lovers. Our booth was situated right next to the Kong Celebrity Vet Stage which saw Dr Chris Brown of Bondi Vet and Dr Katrina Warren and The Wonderdogs present on stage.