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”

Caring for Rabbits*

It’s the soft fur and the twitching, little nose that makes bunnies so darn cute. Rabbits* are a popular pet-pal choice for families, and their social nature makes them great companions for any pet-loving household.

For a happy and healthy bunny, plan their environment, nutrition and entertainment before welcoming them as the fur-kid of your family. For more information about caring for rabbits head to RSPCA’s website. Continue reading “Caring for Rabbits*”

Sydney dog parks to take your pooch

Dog ParksA visit to the dog park is a great way for you and your pooch to enjoy some fun and exercise. There are loads of dog-friendly parks around Sydney to take your dog to spend quality time together. Remember to take note of on and off-leash areas and clean up your doggy’s poop when done. Here is a list of just some dog-friendly parks to take your hound this weekend.

Sydney Park, Alexandria

Dogs are allowed off-leash, and there is even a paddling pool for dogs. There are areas where pups aren’t allowed, so be sure to read the signs around the park. Continue reading “Sydney dog parks to take your pooch”

Caring for fish

Pet FishHave you ever lost yourself watching fish swim effortlessly around their tanks, zipping in and out of grasses and majestically moving among their friends? We all love to see our fish swimming with ease in the water, happy and healthy.

Creating an environment that helps our fish connect with their natural habitat and providing them the space they need to stay healthy, does take thought and effort.

We found useful information provided by Petbarn and PETA to help create ideal living spaces for your fish. Continue reading “Caring for fish”

Love your dog this Valentine’s Day

Dogs Valentines dayThere’s a reason why the saying ‘puppy dog eyes’ brings up feelings of love and adoration. It’s because when we welcome a dog into our family, we can be assured of unconditional, unwavering love and affection every day of the year.

Research has shown that our moods, health and social lives improve when we have a dog by our side. It’s time to give back and show our pets how much they mean to us with some Valentine’s Day inspired treats and surprises Continue reading “Love your dog this Valentine’s Day”

Paw-Rated Reviews

Dog with Laptop

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde.

We all like getting compliments or feedback on our efforts or how we can improve. It helps us grow in confidence, in skill and learn for the future. That’s why online reviews matter.

At Mindahome, we have introduced a review system where owners and sitters can leave reviews for each other. If the home and pet owner has invited a sitter to a position and the sitter has accepted, a review for each party can be included on the Mindahome website. Continue reading “Paw-Rated Reviews”

Pet Sitter Profile: The Pet Bestie + House Whisperer

Pet Sitter Profile

Pet Sitter Profile: The Pet Bestie + House Whisperer

Seasoned house and pet sitter, Rebecca, has bucket loads of positivity and her experience in pet sitting will set your mind at ease knowing that your fur-kids are in good hands. Confident in caring for cats, dogs and farm animals, Rebecca will make the ideal fill-in pet-parent the next time you have to travel.  

  1. What has been your favourite pet sitting experience and why?

This is one is EASY! That would have to be when I sat for a quirky doggy called Oscar (An Elderly English Cocker Spaniel) in the burbs of Brisbane. Not only do I consider his owners friends of mine but Oscar had a “Zoolander” (Hilarious movie starring Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson) quirk where he would only turn left. So to go right, he had to go left first. He was a sociable doggy and could play ball for dayssssss. Oscar’s home and neighbours made my stay very comfortable as well with many comforts.

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Pet Sitter Profile: Sonja and Albert

Pet Sitter Profile

With over two years of house and pet sitting experience and backgrounds in cleaning and property maintenance, Sonja and Albert are ready and willing to take on your pet and home care needs. Read more about their favourite pet sits and tips for home and pet owners.

  1. What is your favourite pet to have cared for?

We don’t have any favourite pets. We love each one of them whilst we are on our sits. To us they are all special in different ways.

  1. What is the first question you ask home/pet owners before taking on a pet sit?

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