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It’s written in the stars …

It’s Valentine’s Day – hooray! Ensure the dreamiest day of the year is one you’ll forever spend swept of your feet by falling in love with the pitter-patter of claws or the loving embrace of warm paws!

Finding your purrfect pet this Valentine’s Day is all but written in the stars. Allow your star sign to shed light on the most magical match for you and find a furry or feathered friend to fall in love with as fast as a shooting star.

The strength shown by those of Aquarius, Pisces and Aries signs demands a pet that’s equally wise and strong. Man’s best friend makes a great mate for these signs, with the kind and intelligent Labrador leading the pack. Loyal in relationships with a lot of love to give, these star signs are best paired with pooches that are affectionate and partial to a pat or cuddle on the couch.

Taurus, Gemini and Cancer signs adore the outdoors, as do the pets that suit them best. Adventurous and willing to give anything a try, dogs that leap and bound across grassy-green ovals or rabbits that explore a garden’s every inch are known to effortlessly win the hearts of these signs.

The creativity of those born to the Leo, Virgo and Libra star signs deserves to be met with an equally inventive pet. Rather than a traditional dog or cat, love thrives with these pet owners when met with animals just as exuberant as they are. Thinking outside of the box sees these star signs befriend colourful birds, cheeky ferrets and aquariums filled with exotic fish.

Resilient signs of Scorpio, Sagittarius and Capricorn are ideally suited to the confidence of felines. Comfortable in their own skin and content in their own company, cats similarly march to the beat of their own drum.

There’s no need to check into Heartbreak Hotel should your relationship status be solo this Valentine’s Day. If you allow your star sign to the loving arms of a furry friend of feathery pal, the unconditional love of a pet is all but a constellation away.

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Finding your purrfect match!

Are you, or someone you know, thinking about bringing a new pet into the family? We get it, falling in love with a pet is easy (trust us, we fall in love every day!)

When selecting a new pet for your family, there are a number of different options available, but we believe visiting a shelter or rescue organisation is a great place to start your search. When you rescue a pet, not only will you be giving a beautiful animal a second chance at a happy life, but the shelter or rescue organisation will also have a number of different breeds available, (including pure-breds in many cases,) as well as pets at all different stages of life, not just kittens and puppies. This means that the shelter or rescue organisation will be able to work with you to select the perfect pet to suit your family and lifestyle.

Ready to start looking for your ‘purrfect’ match? PetRescue is a great place to start.

PetRescue is a free non-profit service that connects rescue groups with adopters. With the awesome support of a growing community of pet lovers, PetRescue.com.au is now Australia’s most visited charity website, helping to save the lives of thousands of homeless pets every month. Better still? PetRescue work closely with our team here at Jetpets to transport rescue pets to ‘furever’ homes across Australia every day.

How to Get Your Pet Involved in Valentine’s Day

Whether you love it or hate it, it’s that time of year again – Valentines Day! But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about mushy loved-up couples, it’s just as nice spending time with loved ones, including our pets! So how can you get your furry friends involved in your Valentine’s Day celebrations?

Outdoor cinemas

A trip to the movies for Valentine’s is a great idea, whether you’re on a first date, with your best friends or your family. Luckily, most outdoor cinemas welcome pets too! Let your pet tag along to a screening of your favourite film this Valentines Day. Bring along a picnic, some champagne and some dog treats and you’re all set for your best Valentine’s Day yet.

Brunch date

We love any excuse for brunch, so why not take your pet along this year? While you’re sipping a latte and enjoying your smashed avocado, your pup can enjoy it’s very own puppachino!

(Click through to discover some of our favourite pet-friendly cafes in Sydney, Wellington and Auckland.)

 

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Fancy food

Valentine’s Day is all about indulgence, so make sure your pets feel special too. Freeze a couple of raspberries in water for the perfect treat on a warm summers day! Or, head to your local pet store and pick up some gourmet goodies for your furry friend as an extra special treat!

Make sure you don’t leave any chocolate within your pets reach, and make sure you keep all balloons and other dangerous toys well out of their way too, so you can both enjoy the day of love!


What do you do to celebrate Valentines Day with your pets? Let us know on Facebook!

Including your pets in your summer holiday plans

Australia is definitely the lucky country. Our summers are envied around the world, so we might as well make the most of them! Don’t leave your pet out this year – here’s a list of summer holiday activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Day Trips

Taking a day trip with friends and family is a great excuse to get your pet out of the house and out exercising! Most dogs love taking a trip to the beach, whether they like the water or not. Alternatively, you could take your pup on a picnic to a new park. Bring along their favourite ball or a Frisbee, and you’re set up for a day out that the whole family will enjoy!

Camping

Camping is a quintessential part of Australian culture, and Australian summers! Luckily, some campsites do accommodate for the whole family (yep, including furry-family members). Best Friend Holiday Retreat in Tarra Valley, VIC is practically made for pets. Cabins are completely enclosed in fences, there is a dog-playground, hydrobath, and fenced-off exercise areas! Big4 holiday parks also offer a variety of services for pet owners.

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Activities

If you’re a movie buff then you’re in luck! Moonlight Cinemas welcome dogs to all of their showings throughout summer. Pack a picnic, and bring your pup along to a movie in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney’s Centennial Park or Perth’s King’s Park.

Holiday

Planning on travelling interstate this summer and don’t want to leave your pet behind? Jetpets Holidays is here to help! Whether you’d like to head to the Hunter Valley, or the Great Ocean Road, Jetpet’s Holidays can help you book a holiday that the whole family (including your pets) will enjoy. Here at Jetpets Holidays, we take care of everything for you and your pets, from booking flights for the whole family, to organising pet travel crates, accommodation, transfers/car hire and other pet services – you name it, we’ve got it covered!

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While it’s a lot of fun to spend time outdoors with your pets during summer, it’s important to make sure that they aren’t over-exercising and that they’re staying cool in the hot weather. If you’re travelling with your pet, make sure that they always have access to fresh water and aren’t spending too much time in the sun.

 

Keeping your pets safe over the holiday season

The party season has arrived and with New Year’s Eve and Australia Day just around the corner, it’s important to think of our pets and keep them safe.

Fireworks and party celebrations can be scary for our furry friends, so it’s important to plan ahead and implement some strategic measures to keep them happy and safe during this period.

Dogs and cats in particular aren’t big fans of the noisy firework displays, and may cry or bark loudly and try to run away, sometimes unfortunately injuring themselves in the process.

To avoid any worry, read on below for some great tips to make the holiday season a fun and happy time for everyone!

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Take them for a walk:

If you have a dog, take them for a big long walk before the fireworks are due to start and then feed them a big meal. A dog that’s tired and well fed is less likely to be anxious.

Stay at home:

Staying at home with your pets can make a big difference! Your presence is one of the most comforting things for your pets, so don’t forget to give them plenty of cuddles.

Stay calm and relaxed:

If you are staying home with your pets, remember to stay calm and relaxed. Animals are great at picking up our human emotions, so if you’re relaxed they are more likely to be as well.

Give them rewards:

If your animals remain calm, why not reward them for being good by giving them treats or chews or bring out their favourite toy?

Create a comfortable hiding place:

For all animals especially cats, a great idea is to create a comfortable hiding place so when they do retreat they feel nice, safe and cosy.

Mask the noise:

Many animals may not even know what’s going on if you put on some music or the TV, draw the blinds and distract your pets with fun games, cuddles or delicious food.

Ensure they are micro-chipped and have a collar ID:

It’s important to make sure you have micro-chipped your pets and have an updated collar ID to ensure that if for some reason your animals get frightened and unfortunately escape your home, they can be found and returned home safely.

If you are worried about your particularly anxious animal, the best thing to do is to contact your vet for more advice, to make the holiday season a fun and happy time for everyone!

The Silly Season Is Upon Us!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is on its way, and it’s a great time to have fun with the whole family (including our furry friends!)

No matter what your plans are for the festive season, it’s important to involve your pets in the Christmas celebrations to ensure they have a memorable holiday as well!

Read on for some great ideas on how you can include your pets in Christmas celebrations. 

Check out the Christmas Lights:

Let’s be honest, most dogs enjoy Christmas decorations and lights as much as we do – so why not take your furry friend for a walk around the neighbourhood to check out the local displays?

Take Photos With Them:

This has to be one of our favourite ideas! Ask a friend to be your photographer (or hire one if you like!) and take a family portrait with all your of furry friends. Add a Santa hat to the top of your dog’s head or tie a cute (but loose) red bow around your cat. Have one of your family members hold the animals and smile!

Customise Your Christmas Cards:

Now that you have some amazing happy snaps of your pets, why not use them to create customised Christmas cards? Not only will they look seriously cute, your friends and family are sure to love receiving them.

Buy Them Gifts:

Gifts shouldn’t just be for humans! Pets are part of your family too so treat them to a special gift you know they will just love. Get a stocking or wrap up a few presents and place them under the tree for you to open with them on Christmas morning. Gift ideas could be toys, treats or snacks or even a new outfit! If you want to, you can splurge on something big that your pet needs or ‘wants’, like a new kennel or comfortable bed to welcome the New Year in.

Make Them A Delicious Treat:

A huge part of the Christmas season is sharing delicious food with family and friends. Include your pets in this tradition by cooking up some pet friendly treats they will be thrilled to eat. Cheesy bites, tuna treats or cookies are fun options, so they can feast while you do too! Make sure you cook animal friendly recipes to ensure you don’t feed them anything they shouldn’t be eating.

Here are some fun DIY ideas:

Dogs: Put some dry food or small treat pieces with a tiny pinch of fresh cinnamon into cardboard containers (you could even use empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls and plug each end tightly.) When your dog plays with the roll, he will smell the cinnamon, hear the dry food rattling around inside and eat his way through to get inside.

Cats: For a simple DIY holiday cat scratcher toy, take an old Christmas stocking made of a heavy duty scratchable material, cut it to open up flat, then wrap it around a piece of wood securing it tightly with twine or using a staple gun. Or – you could use a round piece of wood to create a rolling toy that your kitty will have to chase after.

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Do you have any holiday or Christmas traditions that involve your pets? Pop over to our Facebook page and let us know!

 

A Special Rhino Move

This month, we’re sharing a very exciting rhino move we were recently involved in with our friends at Qantas.

Mtoto the African White Rhinoceros (yes all 1.7 tonnes of him!) made the trip across the Tasman from Auckland to Sydney (via Christchurch) and eventually on to his new home at Altina Wildlife Park.

Find out more about this amazing move by clicking the image below.

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Image credit: Altina Wildlife Park

How To Keep Your Pets Cool on Hot Days

Summer Fun

Summer is well on its way, and while we are excited for warmer weather, the holiday season, lazy days by the beach and more, it’s important to remember to keep our pets cool, especially in hot temperatures.

Not sure what you need to do?

Here are a few great tips and tricks to help you keep your pets cool, hydrated and healthy during the warmer weather.

(And for our friends in the Northern Hemisphere, we haven’t forgotten you! Click here to read our top tips to keep your pets toasty warm over the cooler months. )

DIY ice treats:

If you’re after a fun way to keep your animals cool and hydrated, ice treats are a great idea to motivate your animal to drink water and stay cool in hot weather.

They are easy to make. Simply;

  1. Place your pet’s favourite treats in an ice-cream container.
  2. Fill with water. You may even like to add a little gravy powder for additional flavour.
  3. Freeze.
  4. Once frozen, tip the ice treat out of the container for your dog to enjoy the whole day long!

Kiddie pools:

If you have larger dogs, clam shell kiddie pools are an easy way to keep them cool when it’s hot outside. These pools are fun for your dogs to splash around, keep cool and drink plenty of water at the same time.

Just remember that if your pets share your yard with children, ensure you have all the necessary precautions in place, including fencing, in order to keep children safe around water.

Keep them indoors:

Summer is sure to bring some seriously hot days, so to ensure your pets are safe and healthy throughout these rising temperatures, it’s a great idea to keep them inside if you can, with the air-con on.

Smaller pets like rabbits, guinea pigs and birds are especially sensitive to hot weather and should be moved inside at any sign of high temperatures. Make sure you drape their cages in wet towels and place them in a bathroom or laundry that has cool tiles. Always keep ice packs or frozen water bottles on hand for animals to lean against and to regulate their temperature. Of course plenty of water is a must as well!

Wet their feet: 

Another great thing to do on those scorching hot days is to wet your pet’s feet and spray a light misting of water on them. This will dampen them so that their body temperature becomes cooler. Feet are a great body part to focus on cooling as many animals control their temperature through their feet.

Exercise your pets in the morning or late evening:

Just like humans, your animals are susceptible to sunburn, dehydration and overheating. Make sure you walk your pets in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is at its coolest point. A good idea is to take your pets to your local beach, creek or river so they can paddle to cool down and get refreshed!

Halloween and Your Pets

Halloween is just around the corner, and with plenty of treats and scary costumes coming your way, you and your pets are in for some fun!

If you’re keen to get your pets involved in the spooky festivities, here are a few tips and tricks to remember to ensure everyone enjoys the celebrations.

Dress them up:

Not that we needed another excuse to dress up our furry friends, but this Halloween why not get into the spirit and play dress ups? We love the idea of wearing matching costumes with our pets, just make sure there are no zips, pockets or embellishments that your pet can easily chew off. For some fun dress-up ideas, click here.

Take photos:

Now that you’ve got your pets all dressed up, why not have a photoshoot? Ask a friend or family member to take some photos of you and your pets all dressed up – we guarantee you will cherish these photos for a lifetime. Need some tips on how to take amazing happy snaps of your pet? Click here.

Make them treats: 

While there are plenty of lollies and chocolates to go around for us humans, it’s important to keep these treats away from our pets and feed them pet-appropriate food only. But this doesn’t mean they need to miss out on the fun! Why not make them some delicious pet-friendly biscuits they will love!

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Keep them safe

While Halloween is great fun for us humans, it’s important to be weary of common things that can put our pet’s health at risk. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep all lollies and chocolate out of reach of pets. If you have these treats in the house, make sure you keep them on high tabletops and keep an eye on your pets at all times.
  • Thanks to the constant ringing on the doorbell and strangers turning up in funny costumes, your pet may understandably get a little frightened! To avoid any unnecessary stress, why not keep your pets away from the front door, and make sure you keep them entertained with their favourite toys.
  • Keep decorations away from pets as we all know how much they love to chew and play with just about anything!
  • With many people coming and going, it increases the chance of your pet leaving the house through open doors. Just in case that does happen, make sure their ID tags are updated and that they are microchipped so they can be easily returned home if they go wandering.

It’s Your Chance To Win!

It’s our 25th birthday this month at Jetpets.

But don’t worry, we’re not keeping all of the birthday fun to ourselves, we want you to get involved in the celebration too!

On Facebook and Instagram, we will be giving away some prizes, including some goodies from our friends at Rufus & Coco.

Our competitions are launching this week – make sure you’re following to be in the running to win!

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