Melting Around Côte d’Azur With Our Dogs

Côte d’Azur is too astonishing to be driving on the highway and not being able to absorb its beauty. We stopped in every village between Nice and Saint Tropez. Continue reading “Melting Around Côte d’Azur With Our Dogs”

Our Dogs Took Us To Monte Carlo

Dogs in Monte Carlo

After running all around Provence in a search of every existing lavender plant and spending hours in the perfume factory, I decided to finish with the ME, ME & ME part of the trip and dedicate the rest of the day to A. and his obsession with car races in Monaco.

(How is it possible he knows every single curve of the Monte Carlo's main road without ever been here before is beyond me).

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Dogs Sniffing Fragrances In Grasse The Perfume Capital Of The World

The Maison Molinard was founded in 1849 in Grasse, the world's perfume capital.

It was Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henri II, who introduced perfumes to France. She “brought” (he sounds kidnapped to me) her perfume maker from Italy and his lab was linked to her with a secret passage, so no formula could be stolen.

The perfumes enjoyed success when scented gloves became popular and replaced the smelly ones and the court of King Louis XV was called a fragrant courtyard. He required a different scent every day from his courtesan, Madame de Pompadour, who ordered huge supplies. Perfumes were applied even to furniture and they replaced soap and water. An “excellent” idea.

Two liters of cologne was delivered to Napoleon every week, while Josephine preferred a musk and used it so much that her boudoir smelled sixty years after her death. Continue reading “Dogs Sniffing Fragrances In Grasse The Perfume Capital Of The World”

From Biarritz To Rocamadour With Dogs And Monkeys

Maltese dog in Rocamadour with the church of Our Lady of Rocamadour Black Madonna

The first thing you notice when you enter France, coming from Spain, is that people on the street don't scream while talking.

Even the children behave.

And yes, the dogs are everywhere, behaving even better than anyone else. Continue reading “From Biarritz To Rocamadour With Dogs And Monkeys”

Giving France One More Chance

While living in Barcelona and driving back home to Croatia, I used to cross France two times a month. I have to admit my experiences were rather negative.

People not able to communicate with me, irritate me, considering I speak, write and read 5 languages. How much easier could I make it for you?

I could learn French?

Yes, I could, I learn languages with ease. I just refuse to learn French. I prefer to learn Swahili. Continue reading “Giving France One More Chance”

Maltese & Boston Terrier Are Two Completely Different Pocket Type Of Dogs

Maltese and Boston Terrier crossing the Swiss Alps on the same spot Hannibal's elephants did

A Maltese and a Boston terrier, two contrasting, completely opposite kinds of dogs: a cool dude and a devil of Tasmania.

Read about Gucci's and Whisky's personalities and you'll learn what every dog owner already knows: they are not animals, they are little persons. Continue reading “Maltese & Boston Terrier Are Two Completely Different Pocket Type Of Dogs”

How I Feed My Dogs And Why None Of Them Was Ever Overweight

Baby Boston terrier with the "I just farted" look

I had many dogs in my life and none of them was overweight.
Never in my life had I used the measuring cup or a scale for weighing their food. Never in my life, I had a food-obsessed dog. Continue reading “How I Feed My Dogs And Why None Of Them Was Ever Overweight”

The Best Dog Bags Are Invisible Dog Bags

Maltese in Swiss Alps

You wonder what is the best dog bags for general use and for traveling with your dog?

Dog bags, dog trolley, dog stroller, kangaroo bag,… We tried them all, we have them all, we use them on a regular basis. Let me tell you all the secrets.

I’m proud to say a have a Master’s Degree in dog bags, Harward level of Master, not just any Master. Gucci goes with me wherever I go and if the place is not pet-friendly, it is bag-friendly and what (who) is in my bag is NOT of your concern! Continue reading “The Best Dog Bags Are Invisible Dog Bags”

Teach Your Dog to Stay Home Alone

Boston terrier and her cat chilling

“Mummy plays that boring game again. Nothing ever happens.”

To teach my dogs to stay home alone without getting any anxiety attacks, we play the “nothing happens” game till he concludes I'm a very boring and predictive person who always comes back. Continue reading “Teach Your Dog to Stay Home Alone”

Small Dogs vs Big Dogs

An American Stanford, so strong yet so gentle

To love a dog and for him to love you, you don’t need a pure breed dog and I would always encourage you to adopt!

However, before getting a dog, you have to ask yourself what are your plans with that dog. Is he going to be a worker that needs tasks? Will hey just lie around all day doing nothing? Are you planning to be one crazy dog-mum, always have your doggy near you, even when traveling?

I’m guilty on being the last one: an ultra-crazy dog-mummy. Read about how I learned to choose the kind of dog I need. Continue reading “Small Dogs vs Big Dogs”