Virtual Doggy Book and Wine Experience

Mr Diesel would like to invite you on a Bookstronomy Experience (our term for combining books, wine, chocolate and of course our beloved pooches - or call it heaven if you wish!). No problem with barking on this unique virtual experience!. 

Join us as we present Laura Vissaritis the author of acclaimed book Dognitive Therapy and Steels Gate Wine Makers with their 2017 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling. Laura is an Australian author and a qualified psychologist and has dedicated her life to bringing joy to fur-parents and dogs the world over. Laura uses her expertise in the principles of learning and psychology to reveal how your dog's behaviour is directly affected and influenced by your own. Dognitive Therapy is an insightful and comprehensive guide to creating a supportive bond and one of those 'just must read' books.

The wine makers from Steels Gate in the Yarra Valley will guide you through the making of their handpicked Sparkling Wine in the Method- Traditionelle. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and to learn more about dogs and wine. Seriously what more can we say best combination ever. 

So iron your PJ's, pop on a doggy bow tie, settle into a comfy armchair together and get set to have a Sunday afternoon like no other. After all you deserve a bit of doggy decadence.

To ensure a personalised experience the webinar is limited to 30 guests, so get onboard quickly to reserve your spot.

Sunday 29 Nov 2020 at 5pm - 6:30pm

If you cannot make the evening, we will record it and send you a link after the evening.

Hamper includes:

Over $125 of products!!

  • 1 x Book - Dognitive Therapy
  • 1 x 2017 Steels Gate Blanc de Blanc Sparkling
  • 3 x 45g Pana Organic Chocolate
  • 1 x Gourmet Pawprints Cooler Bag
  • Personalised Doggy Treat for each dog
  • 1 x Gourmet Pawprints branded acrylic stemless wine glass

This will be an evening to savour with a guided experience of learning and tasting with Laura V taking us through her book Dognitive Therapy and a guided tasting from Steels Gate winery with their Blanc de Blanc Sparkling. 

The afternoon will commence at 5pm with a welcome to all the pooches and then over to our presenters

  • You will need to register to get access to the application and the registration link will be sent via email after you book.
  • If you are not able to attend on the afternoon, please let us know so we can open your spot up to someone else.
  • We are capping the number of attendees at 30 people to ensure a personalised experience.
  • Access to the recorded version will be sent via email on Mon 30 Nov 2020 and you can view this as many times as you wish until 14 Dec 2020
  • The recorded version will be edited to remove any personal information and images.
  • Sorry we cannot ship to Post Office Boxes or Internationally
  • Shipping will be to the address listed in your booking
  • You can purchase a hamper for a friend on same order and it can be shipped to a separate address.
  • The hamper will arrive by Fri 27 Nov 2020 via courier. Sorry folks postage has a long lead time at the moment
  • All orders must be made by Mon 23 Nov 2020 to ensure the hamper arrives on time.
  • We will cap the number of attendees at 30 people, so please ensure you register with the link sent out after your booking to reserve your spot.
  • If you are not able to attend  you will have access to a recorded version after the event, however we ask that you get in touch to let us know so we can allow the spots to be filled
  • Sorry no refunds once the booking is finalised
  • All participants must be 18 years or over
  • The recorded version will be sent on Mon 30 Nov 2020 to all participants, so you can experience it as many times as you like until 14 Dec 2020
  • As much as we would like to take responsibility for your internet services, this one is out of our control
  • We recommend accessing the webinar via a computer screen to get the best possible experience rather than a mobile phone
  • For a list of ingredients please refer to the producers websites.

Laura V

There has never been a question of where I would end up in a career.  It was always destined to be one with animals, but as I grew older, I became more and more interested in not just the biology of animals, but the psychology of all living things; particularly when it came to the relationships between human and animal.

I was always the kid who was outdoors, sitting with the dogs and watching the birds. Riding bareback around the paddocks and feeding the calves in their stables, when they had been rejected by their mums. There were many nights I would sleep in the stables with the animals, even when I was just a young primary school kid. In many ways, I have been raised by them. They would follow me and in turn, I always ensured they were cared for, loved and listened to. That's the thing about your childhood, if you're lucky enough to learn from animals at a young age, you get to understand them and develop a passion for their welfare and happiness. They make us better people.

When I finished school, I studied a Bachelor of Animal Science, then Archaeology and then Post Graduate studies in Education and Psychology at Monash and Yale University. My passion for animal welfare became more specific to dogs when I met Chester, my 11 year old staffordshire bull terrier. An animal completely at the mercy of my empathy and understanding changed my life and now, I get to lecture all over the country on just how powerful the relationship can be.  After spending over 10 years working at Zoos Victoria, I moved away into my own business and called it something that my best buddy and I came up with; Dognitive Therapy.

Dognitive therapy was founded not just because of Chester, but because of the millions of dogs who face a lifetime of suffering each year in this world, because they are simply not understood as sentient and intelligent animals. It has become my lifelong passion. My existence revolves around helping people understand their dogs the way their dogs deserve. When an owner applies dognitive therapy to their dog's emotions and behaviours, their life improves as well as their dog's! There is quite honestly, nothing better that seeing the relationship between owner and dog flourish and bloom into a positive and fulfilling mateship. It is what I live to see. And, the best part, it is incredibly simple and easy to acheive.

Dogs are inherent experts in traits we spend a lifetime trying to acquire including; trust, respect, empathy, responsibility, loyalty, gratitude and mindfulness. If we let them, dogs make us better people. I cant wait to take you on a journey toward understanding your dog. You won't look back!  ... Because your dog will be right at your side.

Steels Gate Winery

Situated in the picturesque hillside setting at Dixons Creek, Steels Gate Cellar Door and Restaurant is located just 60km from the heart of Melbourne.

The Steels Gate story centres on winemakers Brad Atkins and Matthew Davis who have been producing wine from their ‘Home Block’ at the very top of Steels Creek in the Yarra Valley since 2010.

Pana Organic Chocolate

Chocolate that's smooth, rick and silky and something a little unexpected. Chocolate that’s full of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Chocolate without preservatives, that is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soy free and refined sugar free. Chocolate for everyone.