Kawaii ka Kowai? (Cute or Scary?)

After “konnichiwa,” my first Japanese word was “kawaii,” meaning cute. It refers to adorable puppies or playful children, adults dressed in anime costumes, and anything else that is quirky or fun. As I quickly learned, it’s an essential word here in Japan. Our fluffy white dog, Hercules, receives this accolade on a daily basis, which might explain the swing in his step as he proudly … Continue reading Kawaii ka Kowai? (Cute or Scary?)

9 Helpful Hints for the Flying Dog

1. Check, double-check, and triple-check your paperwork! When traveling with your precious pup, you need to carry his latest shot records, a copy of his most-recent rabies vaccination, and any other important paperwork. Within the US, that’s likely all you’ll need to present. I keep a copy both in my purse as well as a digital copy on my phone, just in case. If you’re … Continue reading 9 Helpful Hints for the Flying Dog

It’s a bird, it’s a plane. No, it’s a flying dog!

Last week we took Hercules on his first flight (first two, actually). He traveled in the cabin, below the seat in front of me. And I am proud to say that he did very well. I should preface this by saying that my car proudly sports a paw-print sticker which reads: Obedience School DropOut. And I must admit it’s a true statement. Hercules is adorable, … Continue reading It’s a bird, it’s a plane. No, it’s a flying dog!