Thanksgiving Day began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, and for the blessings that will come. This year, not only we gave thanks, we wanted to give back too. We volunteered with "One Incredible Family" to prepare Thanksgiving meals for the unfortunate homeless. They've been serving Thanksgiving meals to the LA homeless for 25 years and this year, we were a part of their volunteer teams.
The American Kennel Club, that venerable institution of purebreds and dog shows, just announced its membership survey of most popular breeds. Did your handsome little guy or sweet little girl at home make the list? Read on.
1. Labrador Retriever
They’re gentle with the family but tough on crime (they’re especially talented sniffer-outers). That—plus sleek coats in yellow, chocolate and black—explain why this is the AKC’s top dog for 27 years in a row.
2. German Shepherd
Forget any connotations with the Five-O, this breed is all love. Maybe just give your mailman treats in advance to butter up your new puppy.
3. Golden Retriever
Preppy as hell, this breed’s ancestors hail back to the gamekeepers on the estate of the Scottish Lord Tweedmouth. No wonder these dogs like to act silly, they must be remembering that name.
4. French Bulldog
Pretty much the dog for the Instagram age: small and cute, with ridiculous bat ears and a jaunty little trot. (Fun fact: The stout breed, ranked no. 1 in popularity in both New York City and Los Angeles)
With a short smushed nose and the bandy front legs of a canine Popeye, these are so funny-looking that they are beautiful. So what if their snoring keeps you up at night? Every night…
America’s love affair with medium-sized dogs eases a bit now that the beagle has made the list. He’s a hare-hound at heart, so be sure to hold the leash tightly when you’re approaching the yard of that damn cat.
The AKC wants to dispel “the old stereotype of poodles as a foofy velvet-pillow dogs looking down their long noses at us.” Fine.
A solid working dog, these have a fancy history accompanying soldiers in ancient Rome. Today he still looks that imposing, but he’s great with kids and has been slowly climbing the ranks in the last decade.
9. Yorkshire Terrier
At around seven pounds, with a mass of flowing hair begging to be brushed into a top knot, the Yorkie is the American Doll of pets.
10. Pointers (German Shorthaired)
These super-smart creatures are independent and love playing with children.
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Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! February 16th is the first day of the lunar new year, and this year is the Year of the Dog!
The Dog is the eleventh of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Dog became eleventh.
Recent years of the Dog are: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.
Dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable and have a strong sense of responsibility.
Men born in the Dog year are straightforward and genuine. They are energetic, though they’re more pessimistic inside. Very opinionated, they’re always ready to correct others and defend their stance. It’s not that they want to show off. They just feel it’s necessary to help others realize their mistakes. These men care deeply for their family. Their stubbornness fades in the face of their loved ones. They work to understand and compromise, resulting in a harmonious family life.
Women born in the Dog year are very cautious. They are indifferent towards people they don’t like, and don’t trust easily. But once they do, it’s permanent. They are intensely protective of their friends and family. They are genial and independent. They love outdoor activities and being in nature. However, they are also hard workers and don’t give up until they succeed. Security and a stable income are her requirements for a career.
Lucky things for Dogs
- Colors: green, red, purple
- Numbers: 3, 4, 9
- Mineral: emerald
- Directions of auspiciousness: north, northwest
- Directions of wealth: southeast
- Directions of love: south
- Colors: blue, brown
- Numbers: 1, 7, 8
It is that happy time of the year again! Holiday season is upon us and we can't wait to share our joy with all of you guys! Thank you for your continuous love and support through the years. Without you, we won't be here.
To express our gratitude and wish everyone a very happy holiday season, we are gifting you a Free Gift with Every Purchase from 11/15 to 12/15. (Free Gift is subject to availability and while stocks last.) Every week, we will have different Free Gift Choices. Happy holidays from all of us at Mochi & Jolie!
We travel with our fur kids, a lot. Boss Mochi and Jolie have been flying high since they were little. Nowadays, it is much easier to fly with our four legged companions than ever before. These days, certain airlines don't just allow pets on planes, they encourage them.
Whether your toy breed is a frequent flyer or your big one needs to make a one-time trip across country, seek out a pet-friendly airline when you're pricing your travel options.
Note, though, that you'll need to stay abreast of each airline's rules and offerings all the way up until the time you leave. Many airlines offer options for pets to fly, but may restrict any number of pets, including short-nosed dog breeds or those traveling with flyers under age 18. Other airlines restrict times you can travel with a pet. American Airlines, for example, won't allow pets to fly on the airline when the forecasted temperature is above 85F at any location on the itinerary, while Alaska Airlines restricts pet travel on certain holidays.
Start your search for the pet-friendly airline that suits your itinerary with these five options:
Jet Blue JetPaws Program
The basics: A leader in the pet travel industry, Jet Blue charges a pet fee of $100 each way and allows one pet in a carrier per passenger. The pet is considered carry-on luggage and can not exceed 20 pounds along with the carrier.
Special extras: Jet Blue's JetPaws program includes a special bag tag for you carrier and your pet can earn 300 extra TrueBlue points on each flight segment you take together. Unlike most airlines that allow pets, Jet Blue allows you to book pets online. Or, you can call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).
The basics: United allows certain sized domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits and household birds (excluding cockatoos) to travel accompanied in the aircraft cabin on most flights within the U.S. for $125 each way.
Special extras: United allows the pet and a carry-on bag, which is unusual. For pets restricted from cabin travel, United offers PetSafe®, which includes plane compartments pressurized the same way as the cabin, airport-to-airport delivery for animals and features a 24-hour live animal desk and gives owners the ability to track pets. And points! You can earn 500 MileagePlus award miles for each PetSafe shipment within the U.S. and 1,000 miles for all other shipments.
The basics: Certain pets can travel in the cabin, counting towards your carry-on baggage allowance, or as checked baggage.
Special extras: WestJet has one of the least expensive fees for pet plane travel, charging kennel fees from $50-$60 each way if pets are carried on, and $75-$90 if they become part of "checked baggage."
The allowances for pets traveling as checked baggage are also more generous than most other airlines. Pets that can fly as checked baggage include birds, cats, chinchillas, dogs, guinea pigs, hedgehogs and rabbits, and the airline allows 100 pounds for the pet and kennel combined. In addition, one passenger can check up to six pets, so WestJet is ideal for the multi-pet traveler.
The basics: Virgin Atlantic accepts only cats and dogs on flights, and restricts short-nosed breeds like Pekinese. The cost of taking your dog or cat on one of our flights depends on a combination of the size of its travel box, and they request a call to their shipping department to discuss the pets before you book tickets.
Special extra: The Flying Paws "scheme" means pets earn Flying Club miles. Pets flying to Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Detroit and other North American locations earn 1,000 bonus miles for owners who are Flying Club members.
Alaska Airlines Fur-st Class Care
The basics:For $100 each way, dogs, cats, rabbits and household birds are accepted in the aircraft cabin (counting as the carry-on bag allotment), and in the baggage and cargo compartments. Short-nosed dogs are prohibited and all pets traveling cargo have to have a health certificate dated within 10 days of the outbound departure date.
Special extras: Alaska Airlines is a great choice for unusual animals as it allows cats, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, household birds, non-poisonous reptiles, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits and tropical fish to travel in its climate-controlled baggage and cargo compartments. The airline also offers Pet Connect™ animal travel for pets traveling without their owners. Pet Connect customers can get a free pet health examination and discounted health certificate at Banfield® Pet Hospitals located in PetSmart retail stores.
The holiday season is infused with the charm of age-old traditions and the magic of loved ones reuniting. It is also a season of giving. Giving gifts during the holidays is steeped in love and appreciation. However, although we love giving presents, we don't have a fat wallet to splurge on. So break through the clutter of the season, we have hand picked some of our most cherished, thoughtful gifts that won't break your wallet.
Bobo and Bibi are an inspired, young couple on a journey together to find amusements on art, food, fashion, and lifestyle based in New York City. By sharing these moments with others, they hope to inspire others to go out to seek similar experiences, and to create special moments of their own. They adore our Camera Necklace and we are fans of their work. Recently we had a chance to collaborate! Enjoy these amazingly beautiful photos taken by Bobo and Bibi.
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Whether you like gold or silver, the choice is yours! Are you ready for the golden Fall? We are! With so many pretty things to choose from, it is hard to just pick one! Just follow your heart, and be happy, be beautiful, be unique, be yourself! ^___^
Our Companion Collection has just welcomed its 30th member - Toy Poodle Pendant Necklace. And we think it deserves a special toast!
"From the beginning of designing and creating this collection back in the end of year 2012 to here we are now, it has been a long and incredible journey. All the collection pieces have been adored and loved by people all over the world, this Companion Collection has put the brand on the global map. It is a classic and it is our corner stone." - Maggie Yuko, Designer & Creative Director
Fashion comes and goes, but style stays. Especially when you add your personal touch, the individuality shines through and it becomes a part of you. Why not bringing your beloved fur kids closer to your heart in a classic yet versatile way? Celebrating the love bond and feeling the joy!
The insanely cute Westie is one of the most popular small terriers among pet owners. Standing 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder, with dark piercing eyes, compact body, and an adorable carrot-shaped tail wagging with delight, the Westie’s looks are irresistible. Beneath the plush-toy exterior, though, beats the heart of true working terrier. Bred to hunt rats and other furry critters, Westies are surprisingly strong and tough. The all-white coat should be hard to the touch, never soft and fluffy.
Elegant. Proud. Clever. Poodles are impressive dogs. Behind the blue ribbons, impressive hairdos, and regal attitude, you will find an affectionate family dog with an ancient history and many talents. No matter the size, Poodles are renowned for a playful but dignified personality and keen intelligence.
Its name (pronounced BEE-shon Free-ZAY) is French for “fluffy white dog,” which is a very accurate way to describe these 10- to 20-pound four-legged cotton balls. Bred to be hypoallergenic, their white, curly coats rarely shed. This breed is easily trained and carries a charismatic, cheerful, and curious disposition. And their history of being pampered by French royalty makes them tolerant of being adorned in bows and bling, should you feel the urge.
These energetic, athletic, fearless, intelligent, stubborn and vocal Jack Russell Terriers have appeared many times in film, television and print with several historical dogs of note. Among them, Uggie is an animal actor, appearing in commercials starting in 2005 and most notably cast in Water for Elephants and The Artist, both in 2011. In the same year, based on interest following The Artist, the "Consider Uggie" campaign was launched, which attempted to gain the dog a nomination for an Academy Award. In 2012 Uggie was named Nintendo's first-ever spokesdog.
"Dog people" and "Cat people" really do have different personalities, according to a new study. People who said they were dog lovers in the study tended to be more lively -- meaning they were more energetic and outgoing -- and also tended to follow rules closely. Cat lovers, on the other hand, were more introverted, more open-minded and more sensitive than dog lovers. Cat people also tended to be non-conformists, preferring to be expedient rather than follow the rules.
The name "Schnauzer" comes from the German word for "snout", because of the dog's distinctively bearded snout. They also have those long, feathery eyebrows. Friendly and loving, schnauzers become part of their families. They are protective and energetic, and will alert members of the household to any potential danger.
Go on, try to resist that face. We double dog dare you. Those big, dreamy eyes, that sweetie-pie expression, those long, lush ears that practically demand to be touched—no wonder the Cocker has been America’s most popular breed many times during its long history. The Cocker is the AKC’s smallest sporting spaniel, standing about 14 to 15 inches at the shoulder. The coat comes in enough colors and patterns to please any taste. The body is strong and solid, with smooth, easy movement.
Don’t let the Yorkie’s tiny size and fancy appearance fool you. Often named the most popular dog breed of New York City, this dog has a Big Apple attitude in a tiny package. Yorkies have a confident and courageous personality that helps them do well at everything from dog sports to therapy work and makes them great travel companions. But after a rough-and-tumble day, there’s nothing a Yorkie enjoys more than a quiet evening spent snoozing on the lap of his owner.
The Pomeranian is a cocky, animated companion with an extroverted personality. These tiny dogs are extremely loyal to their owners, making them great watchdogs, playmates, and cuddly companions. They come in almost two dozen colors and various patterns and markings, but are most commonly seen in orange or red. Their puffy, “pom-pom” coat makes them appear larger than the 3 to 7 pounds they normally weigh, and their foxlike face exudes confidence.
Even people with zero dog knowledge know a Great Dane when they see one. Standing as high as 32 inches at the shoulder, Danes tower over most other dogs—and when standing on their hind legs, they’re taller than many people. Giant-sized and immensely strong, Danes nevertheless are the picture of elegance and balance, with the smooth and easy stride of born noblemen. The coat comes in different colors and patterns, perhaps the best-known being the black-and-white patchwork pattern known as “harlequin.”
This densely coated, compact sledder of medium size and great endurance was bred to work in packs, carrying light loads at moderate speeds over vast expanses of frozen wasteland. Their almond-shaped eyes can be either brown or blue—sometimes one of each—and convey a keen but amiable and even mischievious expression. Quick and nimble-footed, Huskys are known for their powerful but seemingly effortless gait.