A starter-kit for new pet owners

Welcoming a new furry friend into the family is one of life’s most exciting times, but it can also be a nerve-racking time for first time owners. As handy as it would be, pets don’t come with an owner’s manual! So, to help you master pet ownership, we’ve put together a ‘starter kit’ of sorts, making it easier for you to welcome a fur baby into your family!

Buy the essentials

Although this can be a costly exercise, purchasing necessary items before your furry friend arrives is important. These items include;

– collar
– lead
– quality food
– toys
– food and water bowls
– bedding
– kitty litter

Toilet training

This one is super important if you want a pet you won’t have to clean up after every day. Pets should be taken outside or to their kitty litter after they have woken up or had something to eat or drink. For dogs, once out of the house, say a command such as ‘toilet’ so they know it’s time to relieve themselves. They will make mistakes and wee on the floor inside, but don’t punish them. Praise them when they do go and soon enough you’ll have a toilet trained kitten or puppy.

Safety

Ensuring your new furry friend is safe will always be at the forefront of your mind. Buying them a collar is the first step, so you can attach a lead when you go for walks. The next step is to buy a Pet Widget badge! Here at Pet Widget, we’ve developed an intelligent pet ID tag. Integrated with a cloud-based global pet identification registry, our Badge is an indispensable accessory that helps lost pets find home quickly. To learn more about our award-winning Badge Lite, head to the following link to watch our new informational video. https://youtu.be/rau3OMy_5Fw

Vet visits

Throughout their lives, your pets will need to visit the vet for vaccinations, and regular health check-ups. These are essential to ensure they live long, healthy lives so please don’t put them off.

Puppy school/obedience training

Depending on the age of your dog, either of these options are good for developing good training habits. Puppy school allows your new puppy to make friends, while learning all the basic commands (e.g. sit, stay, shake, drop). Obedience training is designed for slightly older dogs and aims to build a closer bond between dog and owner, as well as making it easier for the owner to manage/control their dog.

Food and water

Giving your pet the right food for their age and weight is essential to their health and wellbeing. Local pet stores and/or vets will be able to give valuable recommendations. Always make sure their water bowl is full too – pets drink a lot of water!

Exercise/play

Dogs require a lot of exercise, whereas cats only need around 15-30 minutes a day. When they’re young, simply playing with your puppy for a few hours a day is enough exercise. As they get older, taking them for a walk or run around the block or local park is great for their health, and yours!

We hope you enjoyed our little guide! Bringing a new furry friend home is one of life’s greatest joys. Enjoy your time together. Your little friend will adore you so long as you play, feed and love them eternally!


If you think a Pet Widget Badge would be perfect for you and your pet, shop yours now via https://shop.petwidget.com/.

Get in touch with us if you have Badge Stories you’d like to share, and we just might feature you, and your pet on the Blog. We’d love to hear your stories, and celebrate pets returning home to their families.

Don’t have a Pet Widget Badge for your pet yet? Get one here now.

Learn more useful pet tips and engage with the community on the Pet Widget App—available for FREE on Google Play, and the App Store.

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Behind the Badge

Have you had the experience of losing a pet? If you have, you’ll know that it’s a horrible situation. Not knowing where your furry friend is and having no way to find them is heart wrenching. Pet Widget founder, Ivan, knows this feeling all too well. He had his two Labrador Retrievers go missing once, and even though they were microchipped, the person who found them had no way of contacting him. Fortunately, they were reunited, but out of sheer luck. Not all owners and their lost pets are this lucky though…

Did you know that 1 in 3 pets will get lost in their lifetime? And that 90% of lost pets never return home? These facts shocked us, so we vowed to find a better solution to help owners reunite with their lost pets. This is where our flagship product, Badge, was born.

Badge is an intelligent pet ID tag integrated with a cloud-based global pet identification registry. It is an essential accessory that helps lost pets find home quickly.

Badge grants access to information of the lost pet in one of three ways:

– Scanning its QR code on the badge
– Tapping it with a NFC enabled phone
– Entering the unique ID on the Pet Widget website with any web browser

The lost pet’s Badge profile will have your contact number so the rescuer can call you directly from any smartphone with just one tap, and also view crucial information like your pet’s allergies. You will receive a notification within seconds with the finder’s location, so you know that your furry friend has been found, and more importantly, get directions to navigate to their location.

Being a pet owner is a huge responsibility, but we’re here to help you out. Here at Pet Widget, we have utilized technology to create a solution that helps you manage better, leaving you to spend more time enjoying your pets company – like playing fetch in the park, going for a walk, or cuddling on the couch.

If you want to be the best owner you can be, invest in one of our Badges for your furry friends. We hope you never have to utilize its functions, but if you do, it could save heartbreak and ensure many more years of fun together!


Get in touch with us if you have Badge Stories you’d like to share, and we just might feature you, and your pet on the Blog. We’d love to hear your stories, and celebrate pets returning home to their families.

Don’t have a Pet Widget Badge for your pet yet? Get one here now.

Learn more useful pet tips and engage with the community on the Pet Widget App—available for FREE on Google Play, and the App Store.

If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates about our latest promotions and content!

Behind the Badge

Have you had the experience of losing a pet? If you have, you’ll know that it’s a horrible situation. Not knowing where your furry friend is and having no way to find them is heart wrenching. Pet Widget founder, Ivan, knows this feeling all too well. He had his two Labrador Retrievers go missing once, and even though they were microchipped, the person who found them had no way of contacting him. Fortunately, they were reunited, but out of sheer luck. Not all owners and their lost pets are this lucky though…

Did you know that 1 in 3 pets will get lost in their lifetime? And that 90% of lost pets never return home? These facts shocked us, so we vowed to find a better solution to help owners reunite with their lost pets. This is where our flagship product, Badge, was born.

Badge is an intelligent pet ID tag integrated with a cloud-based global pet identification registry. It is an essential accessory that helps lost pets find home quickly.

Badge grants access to information of the lost pet in one of three ways:

– Scanning its QR code on the badge
– Tapping it with a NFC enabled phone
– Entering the unique ID on the Pet Widget website with any web browser

The lost pet’s Badge profile will have your contact number so the rescuer can call you directly from any smartphone with just one tap, and also view crucial information like your pet’s allergies. You will receive a notification within seconds with the finder’s location, so you know that your furry friend has been found, and more importantly, get directions to navigate to their location.

Being a pet owner is a huge responsibility, but we’re here to help you out. Here at Pet Widget, we have utilized technology to create a solution that helps you manage better, leaving you to spend more time enjoying your pets company – like playing fetch in the park, going for a walk, or cuddling on the couch.

If you want to be the best owner you can be, invest in one of our Badges for your furry friends. We hope you never have to utilize its functions, but if you do, it could save heartbreak and ensure many more years of fun together!


Get in touch with us if you have Badge Stories you’d like to share, and we just might feature you, and your pet on the Blog. We’d love to hear your stories, and celebrate pets returning home to their families.

Don’t have a Pet Widget Badge for your pet yet? Get one here now.

Learn more useful pet tips and engage with the community on the Pet Widget App—available for FREE on Google Play, and the App Store.

If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates about our latest promotions and content!

Badge Stories: Nessie Finds Home

Badge Stories- This week, we’re sharing the uplifting story of a playful little pup called Nessie. Driven by curiosity, she escaped the care of her family, and had gotten lost. Thankfully, she was returned with the help of a Pet Widget Badge. Enjoy!

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Introducing Nessie

 

Nessie is a 9-year-old Toy Poodle. She’s highly intelligent, and playful, which makes her a wonderful pet. She can do neat tricks, and is loyal to a fault. Her humans, Amanda and her mother, got Nessie when she was just a pup. She has been nothing but an awesome addition to the family, and has brought joy to her home ever since. Her humans shower her with love, affection, and only the best.

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How Did She Get Lost?

 

Amanda, and her family, had been on holiday, and Nessie had been left with a sitter. They had used their services before, so they trusted them, and were sure that Nessie did too. Their location was also appropriately fitted to keep Nessie safe. Lockable gates, and fencing high enough to make jumping them all but impossible were just a few of the measures in place.

 

Unfortunately, after they had turned their back for a few minutes, they returned to find Nessie nowhere in sight.

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How She Was Found

 

Meanwhile, overseas, Amanda’s mom had been receiving multiple calls from a strange number that she did not recognize. She did what many of us would have done—she ignored it. But later, she received a text detailing clearly that Nessie had been found wandering at a playground. It was confirmed that it was her by a brief description (a cute dog wearing clothes), as well as the fact that the rescuer had gotten their number straight from Nessie’s Pet Profile on Pet Widget after scanning her Badge.

 

She put the rescuer in contact with the sitter, and Nessie was returned home safely—all in a matter of hours.

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Giving Thanks

 

We are so glad that Nessie was able to find her way home. And we are also happy to celebrate the story of how the Pet Widget Badge has helped Nessie return home from her adventures. It is just really great to know that the work we have been doing here at Pet Widget is making an impact. And we want to raise awareness about how even some of the best cared for pets can lose their way, sometimes.

 

Why would a well-loved pooch up and walk out of there? We can only guess. But given Nessie’s curios nature and clever little brain, we wouldn’t be surprised if she devised an escape plan simply to go exploring. Even though some playful pups go wandering and know to come back, others wander off without realising that it isn’t so easy to find their way home. So, it’s important that we ensure our pets are well-covered by multiple safeguards.

 

While most of us might think that we’ll never lose a pet, either because we think we’re endlessly attentive, or have our homes locked up tight enough, pets still get lost everyday. In fact, 1 in 3 will get lost in their lifetime, 90% of which never find their way home without identification.

 

We are doing our best to change that statistic. And we think you can help. Spread the word, and share Badge. Pets and their families, around the world, will thank you for it.

Get in touch with us if you have Badge Stories you’d like to share, and we just might feature you, and your pet on the Blog. We’d love to hear your stories, and celebrate pets returning home to their families.

 

Don’t have a Pet Widget Badge for your pet yet? Get one here now.

 

Learn more useful pet tips and engage with the community on the Pet Widget App—available for FREE on Google Play, and the App Store.

 

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