A few years ago, I spent Christmas in the US and noticed the number of dogs that were out and about playing in the snow. This instantly made me want to take Keiko, my dog, to the snow in Australia, so I researched and found the ideal location.
That’s how I, my husband, and our two dogs, Summer and Keiko, wound up in the Victorian Alpine region six months later. And we had the most amazing experience.
As a pet photographer, I’m always looking for exciting locations, incredible opportunities, and ways of highlighting the different aspects of dog personalities that new environments bring out. We visit the snow regularly to enjoy some time with our dogs and to let them enjoy exploring the landscape in the snow and to get some amazing photography while we’re there.
I now hold Aussie Snow Dog Retreats where owners can bring their dogs to the snow for a unique photography session.
We had (and still have) loads of fun in the region. How could we not with activities like hiking, sledding, and even snow ball fights on the menu? And of course, I love taking photos of the dogs jumping and playing in the snow.
Here are just a few travelling pet owner’s tips for the snow:
- Ensure your dog is well groomed before visiting the snow – for warmth
- Obtain a permit for your dog to visit the area
- Make sure your dog has an ID tag or is microchipped
- Consider cold safety practices
- You may want to purchase travel gear for your dog to keep them safe and warm at the snow – eg. travel safety harness and reflective gear.
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