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Choosing the paw-fect companion for you

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

If you’re thinking of bringing a furry friend into your heart and home, make sure you choose the right companion for your lifestyle.

Introducing a pet into the home can bring a lot of joy and comfort to your life. But if you’re unprepared, there can be a few unwelcome surprises (sometimes found on the bottom of your shoe).

This guide to choosing the perfect companion for your home will make sure you've ticked all the boxes before picking up your new pet.

1. Do your research

To find your paw-fect companion, do some Google searching and be specific in your pursuit. You could search for dog breeds that require little walking. Or for the cuddliest cat breeds. It depends on what you’re looking for.

The last thing you want is to introduce a furry friend who’s more than you can handle. You could also ask friends for their suggestions to help you choose your newest family member.

2. Think of your neighbours

For peace of mind (and to preserve your neighbour's peace), you might want to choose a quiet companion. The last thing you want is an unpleasant note from a neighbour complaining about a noisy new pet. And don't think cats aren't vocal. The Oriental breeds like a good sing-along.

3. Get moving

Getting a pet can be a great way to get your steps up each day. Dogs need daily exercise for their physical and mental health, and so do you! Walking your pet will become part of your daily routine and a fun way to bond with them. You could join (or start) a pet-friendly walking group as a way to connect with your neighbours and their furry friends.

4. Don’t shop. Adopt

Saving an animal from a rescue shelter is a rewarding way to bring a pet into your life. There are beautiful animals of all ages waiting to join a family. And the gratitude you'll receive from them every day is endlessly rewarding. Shelter pets are often less expensive and come microchipped, vaccinated and de-sexed. While puppies and kittens are cute, there are many senior animals looking for a family too. And older animals are usually toilet trained, which is argument enough!

5. Talk to your village manager

Before getting a pet, it's important to consider the policies of the village you live in or are considering moving to. Furry friends are welcome in most of our villages across Australia. But you should check if your companion can join your neighbourhood before making the commitment.

For more information about the lifestyle and support offered at our retirement villages, call our customer service team on 1800 550 550.

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