The Story behind Gourmet Pawprints

Dog Friendly Experiences on Bella the Dog Welcoming Bus & Silver Award Winner in the ‘Tours and Transport’ category of the 2019 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards! Take the lead and explore Victoria on our unique dog friendly experiences being chauffeured on Bella the dog welcoming bus. Each tour is carefully designed to bring you an effortless adventure with your dog. Some of the lovely walks we enjoy are only possible because Bella is waiting at the other end so weary paws can rest. Our talented and professional team are committed to ensuring a Happy, Healthy and Safe experience, because we get what it means to be a fur-parent. All pooches get the window seat – where licking the scenery is encouraged!

Who are the people behind your business

Our talented team – Kerry, Diesel and Bella – Human, Dog and Bus – the core elements! Michaela – heart and soul making everything Pawfect. Sharon – Dog Carer with the calming aura. Jane – Driver and Dog Carer who thrives on delivering exceptional guest service. Elouise – making Bella the Dog Welcoming Bus sparkle. Julie, Paulina and Greg – so many skills we need to make it all come together!

Tell us something quirky or memorable about you, your customers or your business

Dog Friendly Experiences on Bella the Dog Welcoming Bus is what we do! Doggy WInery Tours, Doggy Picnic Adventures, Paws and Pours High Teas, Doggy Treks, Truffle Hunts and Doggy Walking Tours. Bella is always ready for peeps and paws with doggy seat belts, snuggle blankets and the window seat ready for licking. Yes all the pooches do get along because we have some fun socialising with our professional team of Dog Carers before getting on board. The Doggy Winery Tours also include a pooch movie and massage while the Hoomans have lunch. No – you cannot swap places with your dog!

"Don't wait. tour with your best paw forward. We just went on our second gourmet Pawprints trip. Where can I start. Going on Bella the bus is absolutely the best experience you can have with your dog. This time we went to a truffle farm. The dogs have fun, we are well fed and had truly a great experience. The whole tour is very well organised. This is truly a real gem in Melbourne. Nothing is too much trouble for Kerry and her team. I cannot wait for the next one. I am so lucky to have tasted truffle from the truffle farm I love them."

What is a thing you love about your business?

Being able to share the day with peeps and paws while visiting all the fabulous places in Victoria. It is a real joy to hear the stories of a dog’s life and how much they are pampered as part of their family. Being part of team who genuinely want to provide the best possible experience is really an amazing ‘working environment’.

What is the company background?

Gourmet Pawprints has been offering Dog Friendly Experiences since 2013 when Kerry decided food, wine and dogs were a great combination. Now to just get a bus to chauffeur everyone around in. After hiring for 2 years, Gourmet Pawprints proudly welcomed Bella a 45 seat coach style bus into the team and the rest just fell into place.

What is your ultimate vision for your business?

Making Victoria a more dog friendly place where dogs are welcomed as part of the family. Providing not only dog friendly experiences but also education on how to integrate and keep all dogs safe in a range of situations. Education must be improved so that all dogs can live a well socialised life filled with joy and love.

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