We won't lie, we had a lot of fun searching for and selecting the ten funniest pet Snapchats around. Have a flick through them and try not to laugh, we dare you...
We can all agree that pets are good for the soul. They comfort us, make us laugh, are ALWAYS happy to see us and love us unconditionally. As it turns out, they're pretty good for children too.
Pets provide a great stimulus to encourage children to run, throw balls, play and get outdoors! All too often these days, children lead a sedentary life and spend too much time indoors. With a dog to walk or a game of fetch to play, children spend more time outside with their four legged friend and less in front of the TV! Smaller children can develop fine motor skills by helping scoop a pet's food, throw toys and help with grooming.
Studies suggest that children believe pets to be better confidantes than humans and take comfort in having a four-legged friend to talk to. If there is more than one child in the home, pets can contribute to a strong bond between siblings as they have a shared interest and love for the animal.
Pets can be a great conversation starters for both adults and children. A child is more likely to approach and interact with another child if they are playing with a pet as the animal becomes a shared interest and topic of conversation.
Everyone knows that caring for an animal has a certain level of responsibility. Most parents have heard the assurances of "I'll walk it EVERY day, I promise!!" or "I'll feed it myself. You won't have to do anything! I swear!!". Adding a new furry family member and making children stick to their promises teaches a very valuable life lesson - we have certain responsibilities which we must take care of, no matter what else is going on in our lives.
Caring for a pet teaches children to respect all animals and treat them with kindness and compassion. It is important to teaching them to:
If you're worried about the limits having a pet could place on your family in terms of going on holiday or long family days out, don't worry - we've got you covered. You can Book a Mad Paws Sitter to take care of your new family member whilst you're away!
1. Sleepy kitty
The average cat sleeps for around 70% of it's life!
2. (E)Raise an eyebrow!
In ancient Egypt, cat owners would shave their eyebrows to express their grief when a household cat died
3. No milk for me, thanks.
Contrary to popular belief - and most children's books & cartoons - most cats are actually lactose intolerant!
4. Feline brain power
A cat’s brain is around 90% similar to a human’s — more similar than to a dog’s
5. Toilet aggression
When cats leave their poop uncovered, it is a sign of aggression to let you know they are not afraid of you
6. Nose print
A cat’s nose had a unique pattern, just like a human fingerprint
7. Cats vs Dogs
Only 11.5% of people consider themselves to be "cat people"
8. CATch me if you can!
A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single leap
9. Fairy cat-mother
In the original Italian version of Cinderella, the fairy godmother figure was actually a cat
10. Small bites only
A cat’s jaw can’t move sideways, so a cat can’t chew large chunks of food
Do you have a cat that needs some extra attention whilst you're away? Book a Mad Paws sitter to stay with your feline or just pop in each day!
We thoroughly enjoyed reading your responses to our Mad Paws love survey!
We have collected the best results and quotes that made us smile and made us feel warm and fuzzy and we hope they do the same for you!
"Our dog Coco was born on Valentine's Day so of course the 14th of February is special to us! No red roses in our house on Valentines Day, but definitely a nice big bone!!!"
"Through their loving nature and desire to always please their human family our dogs have encouraged us to always see the best in each other and not take our love for granted."
"My husband & myself go for evening walks with our dogs most nights. Our walks have definitely brought us closer together."
Your are still on time to plan a great weekend away with your love one or with friends.
Don't worry, your furry friend will be in great hands!
BOOK A PET SITTER
By booking a sitter through Mad Paws you, the owner, can select the perfect sitter for your pet and go away with peace of mind knowing that he or she is receiving as much love and attention as if you'd never left!
Not convinced? Let us explain just some of the ways that a Mad Paws sitter is the best solution when you go away...
So what are you waiting for? Don't stress about leaving your pet whilst you go away. Book a Mad Paws sitter and you'll be giving your pet its own much needed holiday!
We all give our pooches the occasional store bought treat, sometimes more often than we probably should! This Valentine's Day, why not go the extra mile and bake your four legged friend something really special? We've trawled the recipe books and tested a few and this mixture from 'thecookierookie' comes out on top!
For an extra treat for your pooch, book Mad Paws doggy daycare and have someone visit and play with your hound in the daytime whilst you're away!
Personality Traits & Trainability ★
French Bulldogs are playful, intelligent and affectionate. They are happiest when they are around people, especially their owners, and are generally good with other animals. Frenchies are intelligent and easy to train but their free spirited nature can result in some stubborn behaviours so they need motivation - treats - when learning a new behaviour. Frenchies need strong leadership from their owner and can feel insecure without it. Although they are generally quiet dogs, French Bulldogs are good watch dogs and will alert owners to intruders.
Frenchies have very short nasal canals which results in them snorting, snuffling and grunting. Their short noses makes anaesthesia more dangerous and makes French Bulldogs more susceptible to overheating when there is a spike in temperature, meaning they do not cope well in hot weather. In addition, Frenchies are prone to spinal problems, heart defects and eye problems due to the prominent position of their eyeballs.
Fun fact ❤
Due to their heavy heads, French Bulldogs cannot swim. So if you’re planning a life on the water for you and your pup, this is not the breed for you!
We have lots of awesome sitters on Mad Paws but Cecelia from Currimundi, Queensland goes above and beyond for her furry house guests! Having had no choice but to to rehome her elderly beloved Husky in Europe when she returned to Australia, Mad Paws has filled a four-legged void in Cecelia's life. Her pet friendly home and secure but "wild and wooly" backyard make the perfect environment for pets of all types to visit and feel safe and loved. Cecelia is very spiritual and feels special connections to the pets she cares for, considering it to be a great privilege to care for animals.
We caught up with Cecelia and found out a little more about her Mad Paws experience!
What made you become a Mad Paws sitter?
I have a need to be around animals. After having to re-home my elderly Husky in Europe as he was too old to make the journey back to Australia, my heartbreak and love of all animals led me to becoming a Mad Paws sitter.
What is your favourite thing about pet sitting?
Getting to know the individual dogs, and falling in love with them! I love the companionship for walking and, if the dogs enjoy it, sometimes even running! Once I've looked after a dog once, the owners tend to come back and book me again and I love seeing the same animals again and again and building a relationship with them.
Why should owners use Mad Paws?
Their pets receive extra care, love and attention and the owners get incredible value for money! The service from Mad Paws is priceless for a concerned dog owner as it relieves the anxiety of leaving your pet whilst you go away. It does not even compare with leaving your pet in kennels - Mad Paws is a whole different experience for both the owner and the pet.
What would be your advice for a new Mad Paws sitter?
Most clients will offer to pay you in cash outside of Mad Paws. Do not accept. It's important to step in at that point and say look, Mad Paws is an excellent forum that protects both the sitter and the owner and neither side should ever consider making or taking bookings outside of the website. As a sitter, I do not feel alone as I know that I have a whole team behind me - if I have any difficulties with the website, bookings, pets etc, the Mad Paws team are always incredibly supportive and will do everything they can to help you.
My other piece of advice would be to let your personality shine with the dogs and their owners. The business will follow! Do not take offence after a meet and greet if an owner decides they are going to go with a different sitter. You mustn't take it personally and have to just accept that the owners may be looking for something slightly different than you're offering and it's important that they find the right sitter for their pet.
Can you sum up your Mad Paws experience in a few words?
Joyful job & happy heart! Because that is what Mad Paws has given me!
Most dog owners have experienced that dreaded moment when your pooch does not react well to new a new person or dog; barking at visitors, jumping up at other dogs and sometimes even showing aggression. Having your dog seemingly out of control can be embarrassing as an owner, not to mention intimidating for other visitors, dogs or owners! Following our tips will encourage a calm, controlled introduction to new people and pooches, allowing it to be a stress free experience for both you and your hound.
To avoid your dog getting worked up by the doorbell or knock on the door, try to keep your dog in a different room or outside whilst you let your guest in and get them settled. If possible, avoid ringing the doorbell as this can be a trigger for anxiety for some dogs. Once your guest is in and settled, allow your dog back into the house as normal.
2. Let your dog take the lead
Allow your dog to approach the new person, not the other way around. Give them time to feel comfortable and do not rush them, they will go to say hello once they are comfortable. They may start with a sniff and then retreat, repeating until they feel secure. Allow them to do this in their own time.
3. Ignore the bad, reward the good
As is true in so many dog training exercises, it is important to ignore the unwanted behaviours and only reward the good. Reward calm, relaxed behaviours from your dog such as sitting or lying down or approaching your visitor calmly. You can do this with verbal praise or treats, depending on which works best for your dog. If your guest feels comfortable, they could offer treats too.
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1. Start in a neutral environment
This is crucial and avoids either dog feeling territorial. Outdoors at the park can be a great option or, if that’s not possible, try using a neutral indoor environment which does not ‘belong’ to either animal.
2. Keep distance to start with
Begin by introducing your dogs whilst they are on leashes. This allows you to control the situation if the either dog begins showing aggressive behaviour. Start at a distance where the pets can see each other and reward calm behaviour with treats and/or verbal praise. Any barking, jumping or growling just ignore and wait until both dogs are calm before moving on.
Be aware that a wagging tail does not always indicate your dog is happy. It signifies that your dog is in a heightened emotional state but does not necessarily mean your pooch is enjoying the situation!
3. Slowly, slowly
When both dogs are calm and comfortable, allow them to approach, sniff and circle each other. Reward with positive verbal praise throughout. Avoid giving treats at this point as it may encourage unwanted competition and aggression between the dogs. If your dog is still nervous at this point, walk away and repeat steps 2 and 3 until he is calm.
4. Final steps
Once pets are completely calm when greeting each other on the leash, you can remove leashes and allow them to move freely. Completing this step in an open but secure area is best as it gives the dogs room to roam around/move away from each other if they are feeling uncomfortable.
Whether you are a Mad Paws owner or sitter, it is vital to complete a meet & greet before completing a booking. This allows you to check you are perfectly matches and that the dog feels comfortable around his or her new temporary carer and furry brothers and sisters!
So what do pets spend their time doing when they're with one of our sitters? We've looked through our sitters' posts on our Instagram and Facebook and come up with a list of the best!
2. Head to the coast
3. Receive squishes!
4. Play some more
5. Perfect their hide and seek skills!
6. Work on their poses
7. Make new friends
8. Did we mention playing?
9. Raid the dress up box
10. Receive ALL of the love!
Let your pet get in on the fun and book a Mad Paws sitter today!
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