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Outfit of the Day at a dog festival!

November 17, 2014

Next month marks a whole year since Mr Frodo passed away. A whole year! It’s hard to believe. I miss him everyday. This is also the longest time I’ve ever gone without having a dog. It’s been a bit of a learning experience! I’ve finally at a place where I could accept another dog in my life, but sadly, it’s not really an option as I’m renting. I’m hoping a little down the track if we get on well with our landlords it may be something that will happen. In the meantime, I’m just finding love from any dog I find!


Top – c/o Hope & Harvest | Pants – Suzanne Grae | Cardi – Suzanne Grae | Sneakers – Florsheim c/o Westfield

On Saturday, I ventured off into unknown areas (to me) of Melbourne, to go to a dog show of my ‘dream dog breed’. First up though, the outfit. I knew it was going to be a bit of a trek, a bus, then train, and taxi to a Scout Camp in Harkaway. I wanted something comfy. I’m SUPER fussy when it comes to tees, I’m not a tees & jeans kind of girl, but I am LOVING this Hope & Harvest tee. It has a great neckline, it’s a good length and its comfy. Tick. Tick. Tick. Oh, it’s also a Melbourne brand! I paired it with pants, cardi and sneakers for maximum comfort.


This, my lovely readers, are some gorgeous examples of an Anatolian Shepherd! The dog on the top of my list of what I want. I know, I know, you may be thinking “WTF!? Mr Frodo was super tiny and now you want a miniture horse!?”. Uh, yep! I’ve ALWAYS loved big dogs, up until the last year my dream dogs were a Great Dane or Saint Bernard, but I also knew that they had their downfalls (breed standards mean a lot of health issues, and both dogs tend to be super slobber monsters)


This is Bear and I fell in love with him. He was a rescue and just the sweetest lovable giant. Though he likes to lean on you and wowza, he’s strong! ย Anatolians are still quite ‘new’ to Australia, they don’t have a HUGE population here. They are a livestock guardian dog, originating in Turkey.


They are a breed i’ve been researching for a year now, and getting the chance to attend a day that was just all about this breed was AMAZING. I was in love with the breed before even meeting them, just from reading about them and interacting with owners of the breed, but to meet and see them in person, well, I’m 100% certain that this is a breed I would love to share my life with (eventually!).


I had such a wonderful day, and it was totally worth the 3 hour public transport trip!! I took a few more photos on the day, if you want to check them out, you can see them HERE.


Do you have a favourite dog breed?

I also want to say, while I do love specific dog breeds, I love ALL dogs in general. I am a dog person. None of my previous dogs have ever been bought due to what breed they were, it was just the feeling they gave me. I fully believe in adopting rescue dogs, and given the chance, I would. My parents have rescue dogs, Tonka is a rescue cat. However, the chance of a rescue Anatolian is slim. I have done mega research on breeders here in Australia, and the breeder I’m hoping to go with is nothing short of amazing to her dogs.


  • Trust you to make “comfortable” look so ridiculously stylish! LOVE that plum shade. And how cute are those dogs?! Ugh! I could never visit a dog festival, I’d want to take them all home with me!

  • Awww, pups! They’re all so giant and cuddly-looking and adorable. I’m such a dog person too–my favorites are golden retrievers and labs (which I grew up with), Samoyeds, huskies, malamutes, and Bernese Mountain dogs. I like any dog that’s big and fluffy and can be used as a pillow! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • eeeeee!!! Handsome pups!! I love big dogs as well! I love the colours you’re wearing here!


  • Hey, I don’t know if this interests you or is practical but the Save A Dog no kill shelter in Melbourne is always looking for people to help out. Might be a way to get your dog fix before you can commit.

    Since we have a beagle now, we’d probably get another beagle if anything. Although she’s totally the most unaffectionate dog ever and I think she actually thinks she’s a cat! Actually, I’d love to get a non-shedding dog ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stefanie

    They are gorgeous! My top favourite breed is the Borzoi and mum’s is the Shetland Sheepdog so next year when we have the money (she’s expecting a pension from an old job) we’re hoping to get one of each. Admittedly we live in the middle flat of three levels but our landlord seems fine with dogs (the other block has or had a Labrador and my neighbour has 2 Staffordshire Bull Terriers) and the park is almost next door – it’s behind the car park and we can clearly see it from the kitchen and living room windows.

    Other favourites are Huskies, Dalmations, Salukis, Samoyeds, Collies, Corgis and Greyhounds.

  • Aww, thank you!! It’s a colour I’ve been really drawn to lately! It was SO hard not to kidnap Bear, but I know I’d be heartbroken if any of my animals were taken away from me. Plus, I think it would be a bit hard to sneak off with one of them, I don’t think they’d have been allowed on the train or bus either! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • They are! So many big dogs are just gigantic snuggle babies!! Bernese Mountain Dogs are awesome! I think my Mums Cavi Aussie looks like a puppy Bernese, except Aussie is full grown! They have the same colour & markings though!

  • Thank you! I have had one big dog in my life, I grew up with a Newfoundland x Border Collie, and he was amazing. Since then, I’ve only had small dogs. I think when I see them, I get in this “OMG ITS SO TEENY AND CUTE AND IT FITS IN MY HAND” headspace. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • I am so in love. I have two dogs that big compared to the rest of the dogs in my neighborhood but their size pales in comparison to Bear. I love all kinds of big dogs but I think my favorite is probably a great dane. My pastor used to have one named Samson and he was spotted like a dalmatian. So so beautiful!

  • I love your outfit – all that burgundy is lovely. I’m also in love with the Anatolian’s eyes – so soulful! I love pugs and Staffies, although Staffies are way too much for me to handle with my health. James doesn’t like dogs (boooooo!) so we have cats in our future, but I’m gonna work on the dog situation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Bear is so adorable! They are so huge and soft looking.. need to pet! haha I love all dogs but prefer the tiny ones that can’t knock the short people over lol I LOVE corgi/dachshund the most.

  • Nessbow

    Oh that looks like so much fun! Now that you’re living closer, you should totally come and stay with me one weekend and visit with Brodie. He’s my Mum’s dog and he is so friendly and I just know that you and him would get along beautifully.

    I don’t really have a favourite breed of dog, but I do adore dachshunds. I will always have a soft spot for cocker spaniels, because I had one growing up who was just amazing. I also love golden retrievers with their sweet faces and slightly dopey disposition.

  • This is such a brilliant idea! THANK YOU! I think i’ll ring up and volunteer in the new year! It’s doesn’t seem too far to get to and I LOVE the fact it’s a no kill shelter!!
    I’ve always love Beagles, and I remember seeing a Beaglier once and was just AMAZED! I love Cavaliers cause my Mum rescues them, and the Beagle mix is adorable! Haha, you have a dog that thinks he’s a cat, and i’m pretty sure my cat is more dog like then cat!

  • Borzoi are GORGEOUS! After seeing them at the Easter Show I was just all lovey dovey eyes over them! It was one of the dog breeds I looked into, and while I love their looks, I didn’t think their personality would fit me. Shelties are cute! I hope you get your dogs! It would be amazing! My ex in-laws had a husky (named Inara) and she was the most beautiful, well trained dog! I also like Greyhounds (& Italian Greyhounds), but my worry with adopting one (which I would do as there are SO MANY here up for adoption) would be ‘are they cat friendly’.

  • Oh man! Harlequin danes are GORGEOUS! Its my 2nd fave coat colour on Danes (I’m a sucker for Blue danes) but harlequin in #2. I love Danes SO MUCH, but I just know I’m not in a financial position to give it the best life, due to a lot of health issues they can get later on in life. I do hope that one day I may be able to give one a home.

  • I’m loving any kind of ‘wine’ colour at the moment! Oh, I could get lost in some of their eyes (if they didn’t see it as a threat! ๐Ÿ˜› ) Pugs & staffies ARE gorgeous! My neighbour when I was growing up had the most gentle loving Staffy names Jess who loved nothing more then belly rubs! Cats can be awesome (I am so a dog person), i’ve been lucky with the cats I’ve had. Tonka is THE BEST, but I also think that’s because he’s quite dog like!

  • Haha, yes! I’ve personally only had small dogs. I’ve lived with big dogs, but they weren’t ‘mine’. I tend to get into this “OMG THE PUPPY IS SO TEENY IT CAN FIT IN MY HAND!” state of awww with small dogs, cause they are super tiny. Where as big dogs are the size of a full grown little dog in like a month! My Frodo, who will always be the ‘dog-love of my life’ was a dachshund x mini foxie & the best little man you could ever wish for. Your dogs are super adorable though!

  • YES! That would be wonderful! We shall have to organise that, probably sometime in the new year! Brodie looks adorable! I’d love to meet him!

    Dachshunds are super cute! Frodo was a dachshund x mini foxie. You could see the dachshund a lot more when he was younger. Ahaha, yes, golden retrievers are lovely, but as you mentioned, slightly dopey!

  • Stefanie

    The cat friendly thing is definitely a worry. We’re hoping getting them young enough they’ll adapt, the cat is probably either going to run away or ignore them, we can never be sure of her reaction to something XD I did look at a local Greyhound rescue but a lot of them are ex-racers so the prey drive and instinct to chase would be super high so I think they’re best on their own or with another dog rather than a cat or any other small animals.