Japan’s Nursing Home for Dogs!

I am always researching ways to live out my best life. I haven’t presented this idea for my last days to mom and dad, but I am gathering all options to share eventually.

I found a nursing home for dogs in Japan. I have never been, but my parents loved their journey there. I have a feeling I would enjoy it – Kobe Beef? Cherry Blossoms? Sake? Such a beautiful culture! I should get my mom to write about her Japan trip…ok, let’s re-focus on this post!

Here is the article from TIME magazine: http://time.com/2881761/a-nursing-home-for-dogs-is-opening-in-japan/


Check out this daily schedule:

  1. 8am: Breakfast
  2. 8:30am: Walking exercise
  3. 9am: Rehabilitation massage
  4. 9:15am: Relax
  5. Noon: Massage again
  6. 12:15pm: Relax again
  7. 1pm: Spend time with parents, any medication exams
  8. 5pm: Massage again 🙂
  9. 5:15pm: Additional relaxing
  10. 5:30pm: Dinner
  11. 6:30pm: Bedtime

I could be very happy ending my life at this nursing home. Here is the link for Aeon Pet: http://www.aeonpet.com





Cuddle Class? Travel Never Looked So Good For Pets!

My mom and dad love to travel. Naturally I want to be part of their adventures, but it really takes it’s toll on me. After a bit of research, I discovered some airlines and airports are making tremendous efforts to accommodate the needs of pets! I also learned that a new federal regulation now requires airports that serve more than 10k passengers to have pet-relief areas. As I get older, I really appreciate this. When you gotta go, you gotta go!


  1. Delta offers a GPS tracker for flying with dogs. Owners can see the temperature and location surrounding their 4-legged friends.
  2. On American Airlines for an additional $125 when you buy a first class ticket on select flights, dogs can fly in a ‘cuddle class.’ These are ventilated cabins designed for the pet carriers next to the owner’s seat. I get to travel next to my mom!
  3. JFK Airport in Queens, NY is unveiling a 178,000 square foot pet terminal dubbed the Ark at JFK. Sounds like a kingdom! It will have a play area, spa (massages!), grooming facility, vet services and a bone shaped dog pool. I hate the water, but would definitely dip a paw in!

Humans are hearing our barks / meows! Can’t wait till my next trip. #stayinspired!



Advice for Traveling with a Pet

For some pet parents, a trip is no fun if their four-legged members of the family can’t join. Traveling with a pet can be very stressful so if you’re planning a trip, here are tips I learned to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for all involved.

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*Mom, this is not the correct carry-on*

Make sure your pet is microchipped for identification and wears a collar and tag imprinted with the owner’s name, phone number and any relevant contact information. It’s a good idea for your pet’s collar to also include a temporary travel tag with your cell phone and destination phone number for the duration of your trip.

Traveling by plane:


*Dad walking me through Newark Airport*

Unless your pet is small enough to ride under your seat, it’s best to avoid air travel with your pets.

Rambo luggage

*I barely fit into the carry-on for my trip to Florida*

If you must bring your pet along on the flight, here are suggestions to keep them safe when travelling in cargo:

  • Book a direct flight whenever possible. This will decrease the chances that your pet is left on the tarmac during extreme weather conditions or mishandled by baggage personnel during a layover.
  • Make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a checkup. Prior to your trip, make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date and obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian dated within 10 days of your departure.
  • Tranquilizing your pet is generally not recommended as it could hamper their breathing.
  • If you plan to travel outside the United States, additional planning and health care requirements may be necessary. Contact the foreign office of the country you are traveling to for more information.
  • Purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably, and lined with some type of bedding—shredded paper or towels—to absorb accidents.
  • Prior to your trip, tape a small pouch of dried food outside the crate so airline personnel will be able to feed your pet in case he or she gets hungry during a layover.
  • The night before you leave, freeze a small dish or tray of water for your pet. This way, it can’t spill during loading and will melt by the time they’re thirsty.
  • Make sure the crate door is securely closed, but not locked, so that airline personnel can open it in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure your pet’s crate has proper identification. Mark the crate with the words “Live Animal,” as well as with your name, cell phone and destination phone number, and a photo of your pet. Should your pet escape from the carrier, this could be a lifesaver. You should also carry a photograph of your pet. (I mean why wouldn’t you do that anyway!)
  • Tell every airline employee you encounter—on the ground and in the air—that you are traveling with a pet in the cargo hold. This way, they’ll be ready if any additional considerations or attention is needed. If the plane is delayed, or if you have any concerns about the welfare of your pet, insist that airline personnel check the animal whenever feasible.

Taking a Road Trip:

Traveling with a pet by car involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat, especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. Here are a few car travel safety tips to help you prepare for a safe trip.

rambo truck

*Can you see me?*
  • Prep your pet for a long trip. Get them geared up by taking them on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.
  • Pack toys or pillows to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

rambo babies

*All my babies come with me wherever I go*
  • If you’re traveling across state lines, bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record. While this generally isn’t a problem, some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings.
  • Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop. If you decide to forgo the crate, don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window, and always keep him in the back seat in a harness attached to a seat buckle.
  • Prep a pet-friendly travel kit. I personally require: food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, books and any travel documents.

rambo books

*My summer reading*
  • Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle.
  • Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle.
    • On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop.
    • In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

Hope these tips were useful. Woof to a great vacation the whole family can enjoy.



My Joints Are Getting Old!

It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve had some joint issues and my mobility has been slower than usual. After some vet visits, I was on anti-inflammatory and pain medication, but wanted a healthier alternative. My friend Bella Giannantonio (she’s the beautiful Italian greyhound daughter of my mom’s friend, Kerry) turned me onto LifeVantage Vitamins.

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LifeVantage (http://www.lifevantage.com/) is a science-based nutraceutical company that makes human and canine lines. Their Canine Health, a daily supplement specifically formulated for dogs, uses Nrf2 activating ingredients, collagen and omega-3 fatty acids. Sounds pretty cool, right?


The benefits (I’m a living example!):

  • Reduces cellular stress.
  • Supports brain, skin and eye functions. I’m better looking!
  • Supports normal joint function, mobility and flexibility. This is where I needed the help!
  • Supports cognitive function. I was already brilliant, but now I’m unstoppable.

If you are looking for a healthier alternative than classic drugs, just add these little gems to your food and you will definitely see and feel the difference.


Cheers to many more years under my collar.



Beer Grain Treats for Dogs!

My new favorite treats of the year are made with Beer Grains! No, I can’t get drunk off these but it certainly helps with the flavor!

Thanks to Gunther’s Goodies http://www.gunthersgoodies.com and Josh Morton & Eve Alintuck, owners of Barrow’s intense Ginger Liqueur, who gifted me these goodies for Christmas, I have to say these beer biscuits keep my tail wagging!

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Rambo’s 2016 New Looks

At 11 1/2 Rambo is ready for a change. He’s going for two new looks this season.

The Intellectual

Rambo Glasses

The Work Out Warrior

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Which ones do you prefer? Post a comment!

Best of Westchester 2016: Please Vote for Wipe Your Paws

Yup, it’s that time of year again. Best of Westchester 2016 from Westchester Magazine!

My friend Cristina Racanelli’s pet grooming, daycare and product superstore, Wipe Your Paws (http://www.wipeyourpawsny.com/) will hopefully be winning again this year, but I need my friends and family to vote for her. The applicable categories are Dog Spa, Dog Groomer, Dog Trainer, and Pet Supplies.  Please vote for Wipe Your Paws in Mount Kisco!


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Holiday Pet Presents

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Brielle and Keith adopted me in June 2004. I’ve had a pretty good life. While my dad is more of the disciplinarian, I’ve got my mom wrapped around my paw. She treats me so good I was in the Daily News for my eating habits. I can’t complain. When I heard she was starting 3QT, I told her I wanted in. I’m wise and old and figured I could impart my knowledge on some pet related topics.

With the help from my friend Cristina Racanelli, the President of Wipe Your Paws Inc. http://www.wipeyourpawsny.com/ here is my first post: Holiday Presents!

The gift to give the dog of the hostess for any holiday party: Bubba Rose cookies

Bubba Rose is a bakery in New Jersey that ONLY makes dog cookies, cakes and pupcakes. They believe that every dog treat should be made with real, wholesome, clean ingredients.  That’s why they only use local, organic, fresh ingredients from the USA and never any preservatives. Every treat they bake is wheat, corn, soy & gluten free (the most common allergens and fillers in commercial dog products) and always baked in small batches in their bakery in NJ. They only use local, cage-free eggs as well. Just healthy, simple ingredients go into their treats. As if all of that wasn’t enough to sell you on Bubba Rose, they make the cutest darn dog cookies you’ve ever seen.  http://bubbarose.com/collections/winter-time

For the dog that loves to chew: Deer antlers!

“What??? REAL deer antlers?!?!” you say? The answer is YES! These deer antlers are naturally shed (read: no deer were harmed in the gathering of antlers). They are organic, odorless and long lasting.  Even the toughest of chewers can’t go through these chews like they do most.  Best part is they come in a wide range of sizes so you can find the perfect one whether you have a Chihuahua or a Great Dane. My favorite is American Antler Dog chews (though a ton of companies sell them). http://www.americanantlerdogchews.com/

For the traditionalist dog: West Paw Holiday toys

West Paw makes an array of adorable holiday dog toys. My favorite is their Rudy and Mini Rudy toy.  All toys are made in the USA which we love!  West Paw also makes some cute cat toys too in case there’s a feline living in the house. https://www.westpawdesign.com/dogs/dog-toys/holiday-gifts-dogs

The gift to give the dog lover in your life: Auburn Jewelry’s “Where’s Dexter?” pendant

Each “Where’s Dexter?” pendant is a portrait of an actual dog’s ears. In order to make these adorable pieces, Auburn Jewelry enlists some help from their customers. You send them a picture of your pup and they use that picture to hand cut the silhouette of dog’s ears and turn them into a wearable piece of jewelry. This is the ultimate gift for the dog lover in your life (or a gift for yourself perhaps?).  Who wouldn’t want to wear their very own dog around their neck in the form of beautiful, colorful jewelry? http://auburn-jewelry.com/pawburn