There’s always a lot of activity, noise and fun when it comes to the end of the year celebrations, but this isn’t always a good time for our furry pet pals. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe during the festive season:
- ID is Key: Your first and top priority should be identification for your pet if he/she escapes from your property and becomes disoriented and lost. It is a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped over the age of 8 weeks, and although it is not so for cats, there is no better way to ensure that you and your pet will be re-united should they become lost. Make sure puss is properly protected by microchipping her too. Having a collar or ID tag with contact details is also a really necessary for the safety of your pets. Continue reading “Keeping Your Pet Safe During Festive Periods”
It’s liberating to move out of the family home. You have your own space and can do what you want, when you want. But making tracks back to see the family, especially for important celebrations such as Christmas, is always a great way to reconnect and recharge with some much needed doses of family time.
But after weeks, months and sometimes years of complete autonomy, the prospect of sharing a living space with others may start to send chills down your spine.
It needn’t be a stressful experience. Around 10% of Mindahome’s members house and pet sit to visit family and friends – and retain their sanity! Continue reading “3 Steps to Consider Before Your Next Family Get Together”
Making Your Pet the Number 1 Priority
House and pet sitters are animal lovers and being a fill in pet-parent does come with huge responsibility.
Some house and pet sitters choose the lifestyle to have the freedom of living in different locations, travelling the country, meeting new people, or saving money by living rent free, but by far the biggest benefit is getting to meet new fur-friends.
Many house sitters have grown up with animals but aren’t able to own their own, so house and pet sitting gives them the chance to snuggle up with a pet-pal for a while. Others simply enjoy the opportunity to get out and about with a variety of different animal companions. Continue reading “Making Your Pet the Number 1 Priority”
The most popular house and pet sitters actively engage through their house and pet sitting service. Details are kept up to date and recent references and experience are listed.
If you want to be a successful house and pet sitter, follow these tips for a monthly review of your profile to make your listing more attractive to potential home and pet owners.
1. Be Professional
Get into the mindset of potential home and pet owners searching for sitters. First impressions count and your profile photo is the first thing they see about what you have to offer. They are entrusting their beloved pets and home with you and want to find someone who will respect their most valued possessions. Your profile and supporting photos should show you enjoying the company of animals and professional- style photos with your full face in focus. Continue reading “Your Monthly Make-Over Checklist”
There are loads of bonuses to caring for or owning a pet, and of course, many responsibilities as well. Pets should enjoy a safe, loving environment, a good diet, and be given regular health checks.
They should also be suitably cared for when their owners are away on holiday. While a reputable kennel or cattery can provide a solution, many owners prefer to have their pets cared for in their own home environment where they are familiar with their own smells, toys and sounds.
Another awesome option is to engage a live-in pet sitter through a service such as Mindahome, one of the UK’s most trusted house and pet sitting websites. Knowing that pets are receiving loving care in their own environment is an obvious win-win for both pet and owner. But how about you, the pet sitter? Continue reading “A Pet Sitter’s Guide to a Healthy Goodbye”
Whether you are house sitting someone else’s pets or at home with your own, many of us share our homes with pets and sometimes, extreme weather conditions mean that our pets may need to stay inside for extended periods.
But that doesn’t mean that poochy smells need to become our home’s new overpowering scent.
When you have one or more fur-friends sharing your home, keeping a pet loving home tidy can be easy by following a few simple tips.
Brush, brush and brush again
Brushing your dog or pet everyday can limit the hair flying around and getting stuck to furniture in your home. Brushing also helps in removing any flaky skin by distributing natural oils through your dog’s coat. Not only will regular brushing save your home and furniture from unruly hair and mess, it will also provide you with some important bonding time with your fur-friend. A DIY methods for removing hair from clothes, is to use tape rolled around your hand with the sticky side on the outside. It’s also great for furniture but otherwise an upholstery tool will do the job too. Continue reading “5 Cleaning Tips for Pet Loving Homes”
Anyone who leaves home frequently worries constantly about how best to protect the safety and integrity of their homes while away. Of course, there are some measures that most homeowners are already taking to accomplish this. For example, most people who take frequent vacations have at least some kind of home security, in addition to a home insurance policy. But on top of these basic measures, many people prefer an actual, watchful eye on their homes.
It is for these people that house sitting can be an appealing option, and indeed it seems that there is an increasingly large market for house sitting in the UK. In particular, the concept has become somewhat trendy in Wales, where entire services aimed at connecting homeowners and house sitters exist. Ultimately, there are few ways to feel more secure about the home you leave behind while on vacation than to have a reliable, established house sitter watching over it. Continue reading “House Sitting In Wales”
Newcastle Upon Tyne has a long history of industrial trade and ship building and is also known as the best place in the north east of the UK to party, have fun and get great deals on shopping – something most house sitters enjoy. Traced back to Roman times, the city still bears reminders of what it once was and fragments of a Roman wall called Hadrian’s wall can still be seen in parts of the town. The wall was originally 73 miles long and was built to stop the marauding pict tribes in the 2nd century AD. Sitting on the River Tyne, Newcastle has many wonderful examples of architecture and modern buildings that house a variety of businesses and amenities.
Well known for being a multicultural and friendly city, Newcastle Upon Tyne is home to The Great North Run, which is the second largest half marathon in the world and attended by thousands of people each year. Also home of the Newcastle United Football team and widely known Newcastle Brown Ale, which has been brewed since 1927 and is sold across the world. If you plan to eat out in Newcastle then you certainly won’t be spoilt for choice, with a wide array of foods offered and every taste catered for, from award winning restaurants to traditional British pub grub and much more. Continue reading “House Sitting in Newcastle Upon Tyne”
Retrace age old paths and take more than a leaf out of the history books with a visit to Beamish Open Air Museum when House Sitting in the North East of England. This vibrant and lively museum, situated in picturesque County Durham, is only 12 miles North West of historic Durham City and 8 miles south west of Newcastle upon Tyne. Set in 300 acres of varying and beautiful terrain you will find yourself transported back to Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times for a life sized and interactive experience.
Beamish Open Air Museum opened in 1972 and has received many awards over the years. Their attention to detail and passion to preserve typical scenes from everyday life in the past is astounding. The 300 acre site has a mixture of relocated, original and replica buildings, artifacts, working vehicles and equipment. All sections of the museum have been painstakingly restored and brought back to life to help educate and enthral visitors to the centre. Continue reading “Beamish Open Air Museum takes House Sitters back in Time”
If you’re lucky enough to be House Sitting in the North East of England, Alnwick Castle is a great place for a day out. Set in the Northumberland countryside, first glimpses may appear foreboding but, as one of Europe’s largest inhabited castles and home to the Duke of Northumberland for the last 700 years, it’s still very much a living castle. It’s most certainly a castle which is full of surprises. Behind its fearsome stone walls lie lavish State Rooms for you to explore filled with an awe inspiring collection of art and furniture belonging to the Percy family.
Today it’s more than just a private family home and visitor attraction; it’s also the centre of a large business enterprise which includes property management and development, leisure, heritage and tourism together with farming, forestry and minerals. Continue reading “House Sitters Head to Alnwick Castle for a Taste of Britain at its Best”