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.

 

The Best Off The Lead Parks to Visit in Sydney

Not only does Sydney offer some of the most spectacular tourist attractions, glorious beaches and gorgeous weather, it’s also home to some of the country’s best off the lead dog parks!

If you’re planning on heading to Sydney soon with your pup in tow, then here are some of the best off the lead parks Sydney has to offer!

Centennial Park

Location: Grand Drive and Parkes Drive, Sydney

Off the Lead: Off-lead areas available 24/7

Centennial Park is arguably the best off-lead dog park in Sydney. 158 hectares of the park are designated as off-lead areas, so there’s no doubt that your dog is going to love it.

Sirius Cove

Location: Sirius Cove Rd, Mossman 2088

Off the Lead: All day during the week, before 9am and after 4pm on weekends and public holidays

Sirius Cove is great for both land-loving and beach going dogs. There is shaded grass area for those who would prefer to stay dry, and the beach is open and accessible throughout the week for those who might want to cool off in the sea!

St Ives Showground

Location: 450 Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives, 2075

Off the lead: Off-lead areas available 24/7

St Ives Showground is great for younger dogs that are still being trained, and aren’t confident off the lead yet. The off the lead areas at St Ives are surrounded by fences, so it’s a great spot if you’re a bit worried you don’t have total control of your dog.

Warrigal Run

Location: Doonside Road, Doonside, 2767

Off the lead: 24/7

Warrigal Run is another completely fenced, off the lead dog park! Warrigal Run boasts the largest fenced, off the lead park in Sydney, so this is a good one for those dogs who need to stretch their legs! There are also some great walking paths through the park too.


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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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