As pets gain more popularity, and many turn to these furry friends to keep them company, pet journalling continues to be a trend on the rise. Not only do these journals serve as a great way to record memories, they also make for great pet trackers. Medical health, pet training, and a travel checklist (should you choose to travel with your pet) — these are all reasons many pet owners choose to keep a journal for their pets. This increased organisation makes it a whole lot easier for you to responsibly handle your pet, and in turn, have much more fun with them! After all, with all the worries off your hands (and into your journal), you can focus more on bonding and taking care of your pet.
Why Keep a Pet Journal?
Before you start, let’s clear some misconceptions! Pet journaling is not about have the Perfect Journal, it’s not a task that’s supposed to be intimidating. Pet Journals are about keeping track of the important events, the precious moments, the daily routines and challenges, your pet’s likes and dislikes, their training schedule, their health, and whatever else you might find useful!
Help yourself (and your pet-sitter) out
Keeping track of your pet’s likes and dislikes, their allergies, and any other important information can be of tremendous help to anyone. Away on a holiday? Have a long, busy day at work? Need someone to sit your pet? At times like these, a pet journal can be incredibly helpful. Instead of a 15-minute briefing to anyone and everyone who has to take care of your pet, or a long text message sent in a rush, you have the convenience of your pet journal. Simply hand off the journal to them, along with some of the goodies and treats that your pet needs — and you’re set!
Help the Vet out
Since your furry friends age and grow a lot faster than humans, there’s no doubt that their health would go through more drastic changes every few years. As such, keeping a log of all their health changes on a regular basis makes it easier for your vet to track your pet’s health condition. Instead of relying on your memory, your pet journal provides more accurate and anecdotal information for your vet to base decision off from, making your vet visit so much more helpful!
What to Journal about?
Your pet journal can be about one aspect of your pet’s life, or a multitude! See what works for you, and how you feel would be the most optimal way to retain the memories and/or information about your floofy pal.
From medications and vaccinations to allergies and vet records, journals with the purpose of tracking a pet’s medical health are some of the most popular.
Training your pet to do some cool tricks? Or, do you notice that they have a strange affixation on a toy? Do they have some strange move they do when they’re happy? All of these can be keyed in! Sure, it makes for practicality and helps out anyone who could have to take care of your pet. But, this information also makes your pet more special: it’s what makes them specially them.
Their paw prints, pictures of them, birthdays, favourite foods and recipes are all huge players in your memory builder! You may not be able to gift this journal to your pet, but it does make for an important keepsake should they be gone one day. Your entries could include something as important as what you’ve learnt from them, or as menial as what your cat’s favourite brand of milk is, or your dog’s favourite parks.
Thinking about travelling, but with your pet? Your entries could include planning a vacation for your pet: pet-friendly accommodations and flights, a packing list, how friendly people are with pets in the country you’re visiting, and vets in the area you’re visiting. Alternatively, are you leaving your pet behind? Is there anything important your pet-sitter should know? Food choices, medical check-ups, allergies, favourite toys and games, training schedules — the information is vast and varied. Like mentioned, jotting it all down lets your sitter have a wholesome list, as opposed to something you whip up in a hurry.
How to Journal?
There are countless mediums available for pet owners, from online mobile applications to offline physical journals. I stay biased to physical journals, because they allow for so much personalisation and variation. It’s so easy to choose your own personal format so that you have the most fun with your pet journal!
Keep it free and easy.
Don’t keep yourself confined to restricted formats! Journal whatever you choose to. Keep a tab on the medicals, another on the memories. Use a page for photos, use the other for tracking their training! The world is your oyster, and so is this pet journal. Revel’s pet journals let you do just that. If you’re at a loss as to what to journal, the Internet has countless pet prompts for you to use! With a free-and-easy journal, your pet journal task may be less daunting to you, and the removal of specific boundaries in journalling could be liberating and calming.
Keep it structured.
If the lack of cues makes you uneasy, then fret not! There are countless pet journals out there that offer you prompted pages. Such journals work great for those who do want to journal, but lack the time to think of various formats on pages, and are looking for quick and efficient ways to journal.
Keep it online
Want to journal on-the-go? Lazy to write it all out, or print out multiple photos of your pet? Keep it online on an application! These are super handy and don’t hinder your busy day. Do it whenever you want, and wherever you feel like it! Walking your dog and want to note down something important? Just whip out your phone and there you have it — your pet journal :)
Pet journals have helped countless pet owners in better managing their pets. With a wide array of reasons, ranging from practical to fun, it’s no surprise that pet journalling is on an upward trend. It may seem daunting at first, but once you get into the habit of it, you’ll realise that you were worried for no reason. It’s no difficult feat and is bound to make life easier for you and your pet!