Walking The Dog

Recently my friends Gillian and Bruce in Melbourne celebrated their wedding anniversary with a special outing to the city with Dusty, Gillian’s assistance dog. Dusty is a Lions Hearing Dog but also a loved member of the family so of course the outing had to include him.

Gillian found out about a company who specialised in group outings for owners and dogs around Melbourne and booked on one that took them from the Cenotaph to the Botanical Gardens.

I thought that it was an intriguing idea so I asked if Bruce could send me copies of any photos he took on the trip. He did and I am sharing them here.

The company that runs the tours is called Gourmet Pawprints and this is what their website says about the Urban Explorer Tour.

Discover your own backyard and take in the best Melbourne has to offer.  We meet at the Shrine of Remembrance and then wander over to the Botanical Gardens for morning tea. Then onto a 3km walk through the picturesque gardens down to the Yarra River for a cruise on a restored wooden boat. You will not believe what you learn from Skipper about the history of Melbourne. A picnic lunch on the banks of the Yarra is the pawfect way to relax with individual baskets filled with goodies. Then it is off to a private Venetian style boat ride on the Ornamental Lake in the gardens followed by a 2km walk sniffing all the scenery has to offer. No matter how long you have lived in Melbourne, this day will give you a new experience and with your fur-kid by your side.

Gillian and Dusty

Part of the trip included a boat trip on the Yarra. Apparently Dusty was very interested in trying to chase birds.

Melbourne skyline by Bruce Laughton

If you live in or near Melbourne and fancy taking your four legged friend on a group outing here is the link to the website.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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