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Bullet Journaling for Your Pet

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How many of you are familiar with a bullet journal?

A little over a year ago, a friend introduced me to the concept and I got hooked. I discovered that in keeping a bullet journal I:

  • have all of my ideas collected in one central location instead of written on the backs of scores of envelopes
  • was easily able to track multiple goals
  • found it easier to stay organized and on track
  • had a place to keep favorite quotes and sketches

Simply put, it is a place where my to-do list, my planner and my writings all meet up in one central location, giving me a full picture of my life as it is now, what I am creating for the future and what it has been in the past. Following my own personality and imagination, the bullet journal doesn’t adhere to the traditional system, but what I have created works for me.

Bullet Journaling and Pets

At some point I realized it is also a great place to keep track of what’s going on with my animal family, so cat Raven and dog Max now have their own pages in my bullet journal.

If you already have a bullet journal or are thinking of creating one, here are some ways you can use it to help keep track of what’s going on with your animal pals.

Veterinary/Medical Care

  • Medications
  • Vaccinations
  • Supplements
  • Microchip
  • Allergies
  • Vet care/records
  • Tracking symptoms
  • Tracking behavior
  • Contact information

Training

  • Exercise
  • No accidents
  • Tracking behavior
  • Learning tricks
  • Learning commands
  • Trainer’s contact information

Travel checklist

  • Pet friendly accommodations
  • Packing List
  • Pet sitter contact information
  • Notes for pet sitter
  • Food
  • In case of emergency information
  • Medical certifications (i.e. rabies shot)

Memory book

  • Pawprint
  • Lock of fur
  • Pictures
  • Favorite food/recipes
  • Growth & maintenance records
  • What you’ve learned from your pal
  • Your dog’s favorite parks
  • Important dates (i.e. gotcha day, birthday, date of death)
  • Funny stories
  • “Firsts” (i.e. first time your puppy had a day with no accidents in the house, first time your cat caught a mouse)

Other reasons

  • Habit Tracker
  • It’s a good way to keep track when you have multiple people working on training
  • Feral cat care – a way to track the comings and goings of individual cats, as well as TNR
  • Everything is in one place should you be in an emergency and need to evacuate
  • Family notes – who does what, when they do it, and when it gets done
  • Grooming schedule

Once you get started, I’m sure you’ll discover even more ways to use your bullet journal! Leave a comment, let me know how you use your bullet journal to care and keep track of what’s going on in your animal pal’s life.

Here’s To New Beginnings,

Janet

4 Comments

  1. Lorraine Burns January 3, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    This is a great idea! I would not have thought of doing this. Would work great for me and my four leggers! I’ve been reading Devotion by Dobie Houson and I have found it fascinating. I’ve always thought that I communicate well with my pets, this book has shown me I was selling them short! So good!

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    • Janet Roper January 3, 2018 at 11:54 am #

      Hi Lorraine, glad you enjoyed it, and I’d love to hear how you develop a spread for your four leggers. If you’re interested in delving more into communicating with your four leggers, I invite you to check out my online workshops and see if any meet your needs. Happy New Year to you!

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      Janet Roper
  2. Leslie G. February 17, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

    Wow-this is a cool concept. I think we all get too wound up in high tech things when the old stand-by’s do just as well. (I still write out a shopping list, on paper, for the grocery store!). I never thought to do a bullet journal for my fur-kids. Thanks Janet for this cool suggestion!

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    • Janet Roper July 3, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

      You’re welcome Leslie! Have you tried it yet? If so, how’s it working for you?

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      Janet Roper

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