I was driving to work the other morning along Boundary Road in Thornlands.  I was on my way to walk a couple of beautiful dogs!  It was just after 8am and the road was very busy.  As I drove up the road, I saw a young lady on the other side of the road with a dog, lying down next to her at the side of the road.  Being an animal person, I decided to go and check that all was well.  I did a quick U turn at the lights and stopped.

The dog seemed very frightened and was not in great shape.  The young woman, having spotted a council ID tag on the dogs collar, had already called the council with the dog's tag number and they said they would try and contact the owner.  Behind me two other cars stopped and two other animal lovers had done the same as me and U-turned around to check all was well.  Within a few minutes the owner had called the young lady.  It was decided that the dog would be taken down to the Redlands Veterinary clinic and that the owner would go there to find her dog.

After helping the young woman get the dog into her car, I left, knowing that this dog was lucky in that it would be safely re-united with it's owner.

It is so important to have some sort of tag on your pet so that if they do get out from the safety of your garden or home, they can be easily reunited with you. 
Caring pet owners know that most pets will adjust better to their owner’s absence and experience less anxiety and stress when they can remain in their home environments. Pet sitters make this possible with daily visits to your home. In addition to meals, exercise, playtime and cleaning litter trays or cages, professional pet sitters may also administer medications, walk dogs and perform other pet care duties.

Pet sitters may also provide vital home care services while you are away, including mail or newspaper pick up, plant care and watering, placing bins outside for pickup or rotating the lights and opening or closing the blinds to make your house look lived in. A professional pet sitter provides peace of mind for everyone.

What are the advantages for my pet?

Reduced Stress - Your pet stays in its own familiar secure environment where all the sights, smells and sounds say “Home!”
Diet and Exercise - Customary diet and exercise routines are followed, with no interruption to upset your pet.
No “Travel Trauma" -  Travel in a vehicle upsets some pets.
Health Concerns - With a pet sitter, there is minimal exposure to illness of other animals.
T L C - Most importantly, your pet receives love and personal attention while you are away.

What are the advantages for me?

Travel - You won’t be inconvenienced or upset by transporting your pet.
No Imposition - You don’t have to impose on a friend, neighbor or relative to care for your pet, but instead rely on a pet care professional who will put you pet’s needs first.
Security - Your home is made more secure by the crime deterrent services provided by pet-sitting services.
Peace of Mind - While you’re away, you can feel confident that your pet is in capable, caring hands.
Special Services - Pet sitters can provide additional home services while caring for your pet, such as watering plants and bringing in the mail.
There are a number of fully fenced dog off-leash areas in the Redlands. Here is a list of all the fully fenced dog parks for you and your dog to enjoy in the Redlands Area.

George Street Park, William Street, Alexandra Hills
Hanover Drive Park, Hanover Drive, Alexandra Hills
Valantine Park, Valantine Road, Alexandra Hills
Windemere Road Park, Windemere Road, Alexandra Hills
Three Paddocks Park, Thomas Street, Birkdale
Brosnan Drive Park, Brosnan Drive, Capalaba
Capalaba Regional Park, Pittwin Road North, Capalaba
Wentworth Drive Park, Wentworth Drive, Capalaba
Charlie Buckler Sportsfield,  Boundary Street, Redland Bay
Main Street Park Corner, Gordon Road, Redland Bay
Robert Mackie Park,  Panorama Drive, Thornlands
Fodder Forest, Link Road, Victoria Point
Les Moore Park, Wilson Esplanade, Victoria Point

You feed you cat, you stroke her, you let her sit on your lap, but do you spend time playing?

Playing with your cat is not only rewarding for you, but it also fosters an environment for happier, less stressed and fitter felines.  Cats should not be considered no-maintenance pets!

Humans engaging cats in ways that prompt the animal to use stalking skills and brainpower is the way to go - allowing your cat to be the mighty hunter so that emotional, mental and physical needs are met are vital.

Wand toys are great and some cats love playing fetch or stalking items you dangle around on a string.

Some experts love laser pointers to provide stalking and exercise opportunities but others hate them.  They feel that the cat follows it and leaps on it, but never actually has the satisfaction of catching anything, so it ends up being a frustrating game for them.

Creating ways for the cat to keep busy while you're not there is also important  You can use puppy sized Kongs that the cat can move around to get the treats!

Some of the best toys cost next to nothing. Paper bags with ping pong balls inside make great toys!  The inside of toilet rolls make excellent toys!