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6 reasons why pets are great for every family

Here at Jetpets New Zealand, we believe that pets are a great addition to any family! Having a furry family member at home has countless benefits, ranging from teaching children responsibility and providing companionship to supporting family bonding and closeness.

If you’re still undecided about whether or not to bring a new family member into your home, read on for 6 reasons why pets are a great addition to every family.

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They teach responsibility:

One of the biggest benefits of having family pets is that they are great for teaching your children responsibility. From an early age, your kids learn how to be responsible for another living being and quickly learn that pets, just like humans, need exercise, food, shelter and love.

They teach kindness and compassion:

Pets are a great way to teach children kindness and compassion through daily activities like patting, cuddling and walking their new friend. They also help to develop children’s non-verbal communication skills by teaching them to display physical affection, love and kindness to their furry companions.

They provide companionship:

Another reason why we love our pets is the unconditional love and friendship they provide throughout our lives. Nothing beats the companionship you get from snuggling up to your pet on a cold winter’s night or taking your dog for a long walk or game of fetch at the park.

They bring the family together:

The inclusion of a new pet into a household is often a great way to bring a family closer together. Pets not only provide a fun topic of conversation around the house but they are an ideal reason to get out and about to do some bonding activities as a family.

Your family could bond with your pet by giving your feline friend cuddles during a family movie night, or you could spend a fun weekend hiking with your pooch and family by your side. The options are endless!

They alleviate loneliness:

After a long day at work or school (for your children), there’s nothing nicer than coming home to a wagging tail or friendly meow as you walk through the door. The company of your four-legged friend is especially great for children who may spend a significant amount of time at home alone when you are away with work and other commitments.

They are great for stress:

Did you know that pets are great for reducing stress and supporting general health? Having cuddles with your animal companion is a great way for families to unwind and relax after a busy day and they are even known to reduce cardiovascular disease and other illnesses!

Meet the Kiwi Bird

The Kiwi bird is known around the world as the unofficial national emblem of New Zealand and is instantly recognisable by its long bill, dark feathers and beady brown eyes.

The bird has become a huge part of New Zealand’s culture for centuries as it symbolises the the uniqueness of New Zealand wildlife and value of natural heritage.

You can find the iconic bird throughout all areas of New Zealand, usually within sanctuaries for preservation or roaming wild in forest locations.

Find out more about this iconic New Zealand bird below.

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About the Kiwi:

Kiwi birds are classified as part of the Ratites family (which includes ostrich, emu and cassowary species) and are about the size of a domestic chicken.

These unique birds have no tail, strong legs and hair-like feathers and are the only birds that have nostrils on the end of their long bill. Kiwi birds use their long bill to detect food, which includes invertebrates and fallen fruit hidden on forest floors.

Like many of New Zealand’s native animals, they are mostly nocturnal and live in forest locations, where they make their nests in hallow logs or under vegetation. They typically live anywhere between the ages of 25 – 50 and despite their iconic national status, all five species of the bird are classified as threatened or at risk.

Cultural significance:

Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of this bird is their significance in New Zealand culture especially to Maori, who view the bird as a Taonga (meaning treasure) and a child of Tanemahuta, god of the forest.

In Maori culture, the Kiwi bird’s feathers have historically been woven into beautiful cloaks and given to people of high rank as a symbol of power and authority. Although the species is now protected, they are still treasured and loved by all cultures and have become a vital part of the nation’s identity.

Threats to the species:

Despite their iconic status, there are only around 68,000 Kiwi birds left in New Zealand with the number dropping approximately 2% every year. This is due to many things, including animals like stoats, dogs, wild cats, ferrets and more who compete with the bird for food or see it as prey. Conservation of the Kiwi bird has become a high priority for New Zealand with as many as 90 conservation groups working to protect the native bird from accidental deaths, deforestation, disease and starvation, all which are contributing to the rapid decline in numbers.

Whether you are a New Zealand local or are travelling to our beautiful country, make sure you visit these unique birds at one of our many Kiwi bird houses or sanctuaries throughout New Zealand.

5 Ways To Bond With Your Cat

Here at Jetpets it’s no secret we love our cats, which is why we are sharing with you some great ways to bond with your cat to make your love for each other even stronger!

From game time to grooming, here are 5 ways you can bond with your cat today.

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Cuddle time:

If you are looking to improve your connection with your long-term feline friend, or are wanting to develop a relationship with a new cat in your home, cuddle time is the best place to start! Find a comfortable spot on the couch or bed, pop your cat on your lap and give them all the cuddles and attention they deserve. The next step is figuring out their favourite (and not so favourite) spots to be touched. Most cats enjoy the sides and top of their head, as well as their chin. It is important to remember to be gentle, but also wary as it is not uncommon for cats to become overstimulated and attack! You know if your cat is happy if they are purring, closing their eyes, salivating or rolling around.

Play games:

Many people think that games just belong between dogs and their owners but cats like to have fun too! Games you could play with your cat include using a stick with fishing line attached and a toy mouse or feather on the end and encouraging your cat to jump and catch the toy. You will love seeing them get excited!

Groom your cat: 

A great way to bond with your cat is to groom them. Use a fine-toothed metal comb and very gently brush your cat’s hair from head to tail. Ensure you take care around any knots and tangles as it may be unpleasant for your cat. The grooming session should always contain lots of cuddling and stroking so that it remains a positive and happy time for your feline companion.

Get down on their level: 

If you’ve just welcomed a new cat into the house or are having trouble bonding with your current cat, a great tip is to get down on all fours and onto their level. Once you are down on the floor, offer your hand for them to detect your scent as this will help develop trust. Next, make soft clicking noises or gently call their name in a casual and positive tone. Where possible avoid direct eye contact as many cats perceive this as a sign of aggression and may be intimidated.

Get creative in the kitchen:

It’s true! The way to a cat’s heart is certainly through their stomach, so why not get creative in the kitchen and cook up some delicious food you know your cat will just love. If cooking is not your forte, another great way to develop trust and to bond with your cat is to create a strict feeding routine by giving your cat fresh food twice a day. Your cat will soon learn to know (and love) the hand that feeds them!

The Benefits of Pet Travel Crate Familiarisation

If you haven’t tried it already, now is a great time to introduce crate familiarisation into your pet’s routine. Getting your pet used to spending time in a crate is highly beneficial for a variety of reasons, including helping you to transport your pet when moving house or going on trips, encouraging ‘down time’ for anxious pets, teaching your pet positive training techniques and creating a safe and secure environment for your pet when they are left alone for a period of time.

As a crate is a small, well-defined space, your pet will naturally feel at ease and with the right training and support he or she can learn to associate the crate with positive experiences making moves or trips much easier for you and your animal. (If you don’t already have a crate at home, feel free to contact us to purchase one!)

If you are ready to get started familiarising your pet with a crate, there are a few important factors to consider. 

Choosing the right crate:

When choosing a crate for your pet, it’s important to select one that is the right size for your animal, so they can be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. As a general rule, choose a crate that is big enough so that your animal can stand up, turn around and lay flat on their side but not so big that they can walk around. If you are travelling or re-locating homes for a long distance, ensure your crate has space for food and water bowls when required.

Watch our helpful video on selecting the correct sized crate below.

Introducing the crate:

When introducing your animal to the crate it’s crucial to always remember to associate it with positive experiences, so placing treats and/or toys in the crate is a must. If your pet is fearful to begin with, place a trail of treats, starting at the door opening, a little further in and continuing all the way to the back. Remember to always be patient and encouraging!

Once you’ve started to introduce your pet to the crate, you can increase their time in there so they gradually get used to spending time within the confined space. Meals can be fed in the crate or even better, line the crate with their favourite familiar smelling blanket so they are comforted and remain at ease.

Watch our video on familiarising your pet with their travel crate below

Moving homes:

Whether you are travelling or moving interstate, overseas or a few suburbs away, using a crate is not only an extremely beneficial way to transport your pet to the new desired location, but can also make the transition to a new environment as relaxed as possible for your pets. By choosing the right sized crate for your pet and beginning the introduction to the crate well in advance, you can make the transition to a new home simple and straightforward, for both you and your pet!

For overseas travel, Jetpets can deliver the crate to your home prior to travel so that your pet can benefit from pet travel crate familiarisation.

Still not convinced to try crate familiarisation? Here’s a recap of some of the great benefits:

  • Creates a secure and safe environment for your furry friend
  • Can be used for training purposes
  • Makes travel to new homes, holidays, outdoor trips or vet visits easy

Adopting a new pet? These are the top 10 pet names for dogs and cats

Choosing the perfect name for your newly adopted pet is one of the many exciting aspects of welcoming a new animal into your life.

From names like Charlie to Cooper, Luna to Simba, picking the right name for your pet is an important decision as you want to choose one that best reflects your animal’s personality for years to come.

Over the past few years there has been a increase in the variety of popular pet names. There are human names, names that reflect your pet’s colour, personality or nature along with names of pop icons or movie characters. The options really are endless for what you can call your pet!

Need some inspiration on what to call your newly adopted furry friend? Here at Jetpets we’ve rounded up the top 10 pet names for dogs and cats so you can get some ideas for your new companion now!

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The top 10 dog names are:

Male:

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Cooper
  5. Jack
  6. Rocky
  7. Toby
  8. Duke
  9. Bear
  10. Tucker

Female:

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Molly
  5. Lola
  6. Sadie
  7. Maggie
  8. Sophie
  9. Chloe
  10. Bailey

The top 10 cat names are:

Male:

  1. Oliver
  2. Charlie
  3. Max
  4. Leo
  5. Milo
  6. Simba
  7. Smokey
  8. Jack
  9. Tiger
  10. Kitty

Female: 

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Lucy
  4. Kitty
  5. Chloe
  6. Callie
  7. Nala
  8. Lily
  9. Gracie
  10. Daisy

Have you recently adopted a new pet or have a pet with an original name? Share what they are called with us on Facebook.

5 Fun Outdoor Activities To Do With Your Pets in New Zealand

Looking for some fun activities to do this weekend with your pets? We’ve got 5! This weekend head outdoors with your favourite furry friend and try these great ideas we know your pets will just love.

Go for a hike:

Despite the cool weather, it’s still a great idea to head outdoors and get moving with your pets. There are some amazing walks you can take your dog on all around the country including off-leash parks and challenging hikes.

A few great places to add to your to-do list include Big King Reserve, The Auckland Botanic Gardens or the beautiful beach side walk from Milford to Takapuna.

Head to a café:                                   

There are many local cafés with great outdoor areas that are pet friendly, so you can take your pet with you while you feast on a delicious brunch or drink a tasty cup of coffee. The Eden Garden Café in Auckland is a popular destination as is the Catalina Café off the Hobsonville Point coastal walkway or Mt Eden’s Orvieto Café. 

Go to the beach:

One of the most beautiful things about New Zealand is its breathtaking beaches that are fun for both you and your pet all year round. Dogs can have a refreshing swim, while you can take in the beautiful scenery and breathe in the salty air. Top places include the Churchill Reserve Beach (Rothesay Bay), St Leonards Beach (Takapuna) or J.F. Kennedy Park Beach (Castor Bay).

Join a dog walking group:

Joining a dog walking group is a great way to meet new people, exercise, let your dog make some friends and have fun as well! There are plenty of dog walking groups in all areas and you could even bring a friend along if you’d like the extra company.

Organise a play date:

If joining a dog walking group isn’t for you, you can still be social outdoors by organising a play date with one of your friends or family members and their pets. A fun idea is to set up a play area in your backyard or at a local off-leash park with plenty of tennis balls, Frisbees, and toys so you can play fetch. We guarantee your pets will have a blast!

Pets in the Workplace

Friday June 24 is ‘Take Your Dog To Work Day’, a day where businesses are encouraged to have employees bring their favourite furry friend into work to celebrate the benefits of companion animals, and to inspire those without pets to adopt.

Here at Jetpets we are big fans of bringing our pets to work, so we’ve rounded up some of the key benefits to encourage your workplace to embrace a pet-friendly work environment!

Did you know, having pets at work can actually reduce overall stress and anxiety? Having our furry friends around at work has been shown to increase happiness, productivity, creativity and work-life balance, so really, it’s a win win for everyone!

Read on below for some more reasons why pets are great to have at work.

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Reduces Stress:

If you have a pet, you will know that sometimes all it takes is to look into the eyes of your furry friend to feel instantly calmer and more relaxed. We turn to our pets after a bad day for comfort and love, so why not have that support in the workplace as well? A comforting look, or a quick pat or cuddle with our pets in-between our busy schedules helps to clear our minds and soothe us so we can get back to business.

This is vital in the workplace when pressing deadlines, issues and conflicts can leave many people continuously stressed, limiting productivity, damaging the quality of work and increasing the chance of health problems.

Encourages team work:

Animals in the workplace are great for acting as social catalysts, bringing people together who wouldn’t normally interact, creating teamwork and conversation. Studies have shown that co-workers who bring their pets to the office have a greater connection with their colleagues as it helps to increase trust, teamwork and friendship.

Promotes healthy mental breaks and daily exercise:

Taking dogs to work encourages employees to take a break at lunch and to head outside to walk their pooches (so they get away from the dreaded and unhealthy desk lunch!) This helps to refresh the mind and get the body moving, so workers can return more focused and positive than ever!

Exercising throughout the day is great for stress as it gets the endorphins going, clears the mind and adds a little fun into the daily grind. This makes workers more likely to be refocused and excel at the task at hand when they return!

Increases creativity and productivity:

All of the above factors lead the way for greater creativity and productivity in the workplace, a vital part of any successful business. Thanks to the decrease in stress, clear refocused minds and greater sense of community, workers are more likely to be happier, productive and to work hard to get the job done!

If bringing your pet to work seems a little daunting, try what we do at Jetpets and bring your pets to work every Friday for ‘Furbaby Friday’! There’s no better way to end the week!

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How to keep your pets healthy and happy over the cooler months

The cooler weather has officially arrived which means it’s time to rug up and get warm and that includes our pets as well.

With the days and nights getting colder, it’s vital to implement some key tips and tricks to keep pets warm and content in winter.

Unsure what they are? Read on below for our top tips for looking after your pets in winter.

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Exercise:

While the weather may be chilly, it’s still important to exercise your pets both indoors and outdoors if the weather permits. Exercise is vital for their overall health, mental stimulation and helps to keep them warm by getting their blood pumping.

If you do decide to exercise your pets outdoors, ensure they are covered up with a jacket and minimise the time outside to no more than an hour. For indoors exercise, you can play fun games like fetch, tug-of-war or hide and seek (hiding toys for them to find).

Put the heating on:

If you have to head out during the day to go to work, why not leave the heating on to keep your pets nice and warm. For night-time, it is a good idea to keep all pets indoors with plenty of blankets and warm bedding.

Make their bedding warm and cosy:

During winter the temperature at night can drop very low, so it’s important to ensure your pet’s beds are as warm and cosy as possible. If your pet usually sleeps on the floor, place their bed up a few inches off the ground so they aren’t lying on the cold floor. Add in plenty of warm thick blankets and cushioning to keep them happy. If you don’t have many blankets for your pets, you can even wrap them in old-clothing like jumpers, they will love it!

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Be wary of hot spots: 

Cats in particular are really good at seeking out warm spots in and around your house and sometimes these hot spots can be dangerous especially if you don’t see them there! Places you may find your pets include close to open fires and heaters, on the hood of your car or hiding under the car near the engine. Be particularly mindful of smaller heaters that your pet could knock over when running around.

Give them cuddles:

There’s nothing that makes you and your pet warmer than some nice cuddles on a cold wintery night! Position yourself by a fire or heater, grab your pet and some blankets and give them some much wanted love and attention. There’s nothing quite like it!

Do you have some great tips for keeping your pets warm that we’ve missed? Share them with us on Facebook.

Meet our Team!

Over the next few months, we’re going to introduce you to our amazing Jetpets New Zealand team!

First up, let’s get to know Tineshea-Lee from our Auckland transit lounge.

Q. Do you have pets at home? Tell us about them!
A. Yes I have an adorable little 5 month old Shih Tzu cross Bichon, who was a Christmas present for my 2 year old daughter last year.

Q. Where are your favourite pet friendly spots to visit in Auckland?
A. Waterfront in Mangere Bridge is a really popular place to walk our dog!

Q. What is your favourite thing about working at Jetpets?
A. Seeing the families reunite with their babies and being a part of that whole process and the appreciation shown from the client for making the process easier for them. (Also being able to cuddle pets throughout the day at work!)

Q. Who is your favourite sporting team?
A. Favourite sports team – ALL THE NEW ZEALAND TEAMS that beat the Aussie teams haha! If I had to pick, I’d say the All Blacks, NZ 7s, Warriors and Silver Ferns.

Q. What is your favourite thing to do on the weekends in New Zealand?
A. Love the beach, going away on weekend get aways with my family and watching my daughter play her weekend sports.

Behind the Scenes at the Airport

Did you know…

The experience your pet has while flying is actually very similar to the one we have as humans (except in a travel crate our pets actually have much more leg room than us!). The air temperature is controlled and pressurised, and the lights are dimly light, making for a relaxing travel journey…

Have you often wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the airport?

Our animal ambassador Sahara is here to show you in the video below.