Are you going on vacation and need to leave your pet with a sitter or boarding facility? As a beloved member of your family, your pet doesn’t deserve just any boarding facility. But how do you compare different kennels, sitters, and boarders? Find out today as we tell you the most important questions to ask when choosing a pet sitter for your dog or cat.
Pet owners love watching pet-themed movies. Maybe you’re missing your pet when you’re on vacation and need a reminder. Or maybe you just want to snuggle up with your pet on the couch and watch a happy movie together.
Whatever the situation may be, we’ve chosen our top 5 favorite pet-themed movies ever made.
Ah, the annual marquee fireworks in Darling Harbour for New Year’s Eve. There is just something magical about the New Year’s fireworks in Sydney; every year we Ooh and Aah as spectacular colours, lights and sounds light up the Sydney Harbour sky. At least we humans do, but as pet owners would know quite well, our furry (or scaly!) companions may not necessarily share our joy. There is not much we can do to share our enjoyment with our pets, but we can at least help them be a bit more comfortable!
The echidna is most well known for its idiosyncratic, startling image as a kind of bristling, peroxide-tipped inspiration to the punks that shook the world for 100 days. Yet most people don’t know that as a product released to the market by the trudging process of Evolution some 50 million years ago, this ancient mass of spikes is the world’s oldest surviving mammal. Having descended from an aquatic monotreme, a common ancestor of the platypus, it took a few million years for it to finally adapt to the terra nullius of the land.
“Dingo ate my baby” is probably the most hackneyed line used in popular culture to spoof Australia and Aussies. It has the honours of being recycled in 3 of the biggest shows of the last 20 years: Seinfeld, The Simpsons and Family Guy. That’s a pretty impressive, inter-generational reverberation. Woe unto Lindy Chamberlain who has been condemned to forever wear that tag and bear the brunt of tacky pub jokes, even though, ironically, she never in fact said it. Yet how many would know that as an apex predator, the dingo’s appetite has a preference for a diet other than your unsuspecting tot?
The news often ends with a feel-good story that tries to ameliorate and soften the blow of the manifold crises it reports on, and one of the most effective ways to do this is by reporting on the odd things that animals get implicated in: a hound becomes best friends with an elephant (true story, stay tuned), a Chihuahua is sent into outer space. OK, I made that last bit up, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Paris Hilton’s favourite accessory is launched into orbit by a flight scheduled by Sir Richard Branson.
The emu is one of Australia’s most distinctive and recognisable animals, endemic to this country and beloved all the more because of this fact. If there was a novelty spin-off of the NBA, designed to promote the wonders of the zoological sciences by, somewhat unethically, assigning animals to play in one of the 5 positions that comprise the game of basketball, the emu would be an all-star centre. This is because, as Australia’s largest native bird, the emu has an imposing 1.9 metre stature at its highest, erect position. This also makes it the second largest bird on the planet, after the emu’s “ratite” cousin, the ostritch. Ratites are a class of flightless birds, including Australia’s very own Cassowary, which have their origins in the supercontinent of Gondwanaland.
We’ve all seen our pets employ methods that are uncannily similar to the sly, stealthy modus operandi of our favourite sleuths such as James Bond or Philip Marlowe in their attempt to help themselves to seconds. Maybe, from the interests of our own self-preservation, we shouldn’t have underestimated their ability to process the tips on display when we shared the couch with them for a couple of hours of block-busting fun.
But real animals as real spies?
Who hasn’t felt something stir in the deepening well of the soul when a threatened animal species, such as the noble orang-utan, is seen escaping habitat destruction in a documentary or advertisement attempting to raise awareness of its plight? Or perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to experience that same inner echo, like the sound of a single stone splash and reverberate in that self-same well, when encountering the probing, stoic gaze of a mountain gorilla through a forest clearing?
The Dugong, unceremoniously referred to as a “sea cow” on the odd occasion, is one of Australia’s more peculiar creatures, in a vast, boundless nation populated by peculiar creatures. It is one of the more colourful characters of the aquatic deep, looking as it does like a castaway elephant seal with albinism. Yet its graceful passage through our oceans has made it somewhat of a favourite amongst animal lovers, serving as an exemplar of marine equanimity, of a way of sharing the ocean that might otherwise be found wanting in our hectic rush to conquer it with jet skis.