How to take a perfect pet photo

Taking a photo of our animal companions as their natural and true selves is something special that can be very hard to do. Pet photography requires time, patience and a love of animals, qualities which are all in abundance among the house and pet sitting community.

Whether you want to brush up on your photography skills or start drilling down into the technicalities of light, shutter speed and editing, we’ve found tips from some of the best in the business to help you along the way. Continue reading “How to take a perfect pet photo”

Write a pet sitter profile that gets noticed

First impressions are instant and lasting. Whether it’s during a job interview, first date, or a pet sitting profile, the way you communicate who you are and what you can do could decide how far you get.

For over two years Kai has successfully secured regular pet sits via the Mindahome website. Kai attributes much of their success to crafting a profile that puts the needs of the pet and homeowner front and centre.  Continue reading “Write a pet sitter profile that gets noticed”

Helping your pet adjust to your return to work

back to work

We all know it’s coming – D-day for our return to work. For those of us who have spent weeks, if not months, at home enjoying the unwavering love and affection of pets, the time to begin our transition back to work and away from the day-long wagging tails of our fur-friends is on the horizon.

It is going to be hard, but spare a thought for our pet-pals. Until now, they have relished day-long attention on command. For some pets, their pet parents return to work could raise feelings of fear and anxiety. Continue reading “Helping your pet adjust to your return to work”

Out and about with your pet

Dog, Park

Three in five households enjoy the companionship and love of a pet-pal, making Australia one of the top animal-loving nations in the world.

With so much pet love going around, it is unsurprising that pets and their people are eager to get out and about and back to ‘normality’.

Picnics at the park, get-togethers and travel, are set to make a comeback as Australia sprints to meet its vaccination targets for a safe reopening, and there’s plenty to do with your fur-friend. Continue reading “Out and about with your pet”

Perth’s dog friendly parks

Dedicated dog parks offer safe and stimulating environments for our pets to develop social skills, enjoy physical exercise and spend time with their much-loved human. Many parks across Perth include equipment and spaces that suit dogs of all breeds and sizes.

Here is a list of just some of the enclosed dog parks that you can visit to entertain both human and canine members of the family.

Annie’s Landing Enclosed Dog Park, Ellenbrook Continue reading “Perth’s dog friendly parks”

How to make your profile stand out

Create great profileYour online pet sitting profile is your chance to make an impression. The information you include on your profile could be what decides whether you land your ideal pet sit – or not.

Mindahome co-founder, Sue Coombs, says that pet sitters who write their online profile as if it were a resume have a higher chance of success. Continue reading “How to make your profile stand out”

Adelaide Dog Parks


Dog Parks

Renowned as the ‘City of Churches’, Adelaide also boasts some amazing dog parks that will keep every pooch and their people happy all day long. Here are just some of the dog-friendly parks we’ve found across town that offer open spaces, as well as options for play and exercise.

North Adelaide Dog Park

Open all year round North Adelaide dog park is fenced and offers an abundance of space for your dog to stretch their legs and more. Ideal for small and large dogs, this park has tunnels for pups to run through, and for those that love to play throw and retrieve games, this park offers open areas to run, jump and chase. Continue reading “Adelaide Dog Parks”

Indoor play with pets

cute kitten playing

Stuck indoors? There is no better time to focus your attention on your pet-pal to enjoy some quality time together. While you may not have an abundance of space to run and play, sometimes it can be items that you have around the house that can provide hours of fun and entertainment for both you and your pet.

Hide-and-Seek: We all love a game of hide-and-seek, and our fur-friends are no different. Hide their favourite treats around the house and encourage them to sniff them out. Snuffle mats are perfect for indoor hide and seek. The mats are mentally stimulating and encourage your dog to use its sense of smell. Snuffle mats are easy to make at home too. Dogs’ Refuge Home has outlined just how simple it can be to make a snuffle mat at home – and your dog will love it!

Toys for stimulation: You can purchase pet toys that keep your fur pal  entertained. Australian Dog Lover has listed some of their favourite boredom busters, including automatic ball launchers, chews and more. Australian Cat Lover also lists some super simple ways to enrich your feline friend’s environment with suitable cat toys.

Tug-of-war: For pets that have excess energy to release, a game of tug-of-war is another option. Your pet-pal needs to engage their whole body to play this game, and the game can improve their dental health.

Training time: If you’re stuck indoors, use the time to incorporate behaviour training into pooch play. Encourage good behaviours such as putting toys away, with treats as rewards. Always make the experience a positive one and enjoy some quality time with your pet.

Get crafty: Don’t forget, sometimes it is just having you around that brings the most joy to your pet. But, if you are willing to get crafty, then channel your creativity to turn everyday household items, such as the humble paper toilet roll, into an activity that delivers bundles of fun. Check out some of the homemade toys suggested by RSPCA SA for inspiration.

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Caring for Turtles

While turtles are one of the most fascinating creatures to live on this planet, they do require regular care and attention when kept as pets. Their habitat needs to suit their size and provide the balance of swimming and land time. Some states and territories also require pet owners to have a licence to keep turtles, so it is worth checking these details before plunging into pet-parent responsibilities.

Below we have sourced tips and hints to give turtle lovers a peek into amphibious pet ownership. Continue reading “Caring for Turtles”

Melbourne dog parks for a fun day out

Dog with ball

It’s not uncommon to visit a park in Melbourne and see a doting dog-parent playing with their pooch. Melbourne dog parents certainly are spoilt for choice with the number of dog-friendly parks available. We have listed just some of the parks in Melbourne that you and your dog can visit to run, stretch, search and play for a fun day out.

Brooklyn Reserve Fenced Dog Park

Want a safe place for your furry friend to run around and get some agility training in as well? Well, this park is the one for you. Weave poles, hurdles and logs are ideal for keeping your pooch active and stimulated. Continue reading “Melbourne dog parks for a fun day out”