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10 things to buy for your dog or cat at Don Quijote in Japan

Trying to stretch that dollar while touring in Japan? Don Quijote is a discount chain where you can buy pet supplies and products for cheaper. Here’s my pick from visiting Don Quijote stores in both Kyoto and Osaka! ;)

Don Quijote stores in Japan are like a chain of megamarts that stock EVERYTHING. These stores stay open till late while most stores closed by 9pm. So definitely the place to head to at night, if you were unable to squeeze time into your day for shopping because of your tight travel schedule. ;) Popularly known as “Donki”, they stock food, drugs, luggage, cosmetics, clothing, home and garden tools and accesories, you name it. So you will likely find lots of things to buy, and not just for pets. :P

pet shopping in Don Quijote, Osaka

One of the aisle in the pet section at a Don Quijote store in Shinsekai, Osaka

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Donna’s dog portrait by Amy Spittle Art

Look, it’s me!! Mom and Dad’s golden girl!! :P

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Donna with her portrait by Amy Spittle Art

I just want to quickly share this happy portrait of Donna with you, and to record for future reference some details about the artist and processes involved bringing it to life. 

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Kyoto and Osaka Pet Shops for Cat & Dog Goods

I don’t need to tell you that Japan is a favourite travel destination for many. The country is beautiful and safe, even for single female travellers.

And if you have a dog or cat, it’s actually pretty fun to shop or even just window shop through the stores selling pet-related goods. I recently returned from a short trip to Kyoto, Nara and Osaka.

Pet shopping japan haul cat dog goods

In this post, I’m sharing with you some of the Kyoto and Osaka pet shops and cat and dog products I saw in Japan.

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Finding the safest car harness for dog

I ordered a car harness for my dog yesterday. So Donna’s sitting on the car floor days will soon be over. She’ll need to have her doggie seat belt fastened, just like the humans. :P

Fasten that seat belt! Finding the best safest car harness for dog

Donna sitting on the floor of the car beside my legs.

You may have seen Donna sitting on the car floor quite often. More out of necessity as we travel on cabs and Uber alot. And some drivers do worry about the dog dirtying the seats or dog hair turning off subsequent customers.

But personally, my own preference is for Donna to be on the car seat secured to a reliable car seat belt. So yah, please don’t let my past photos of Donna sitting untethered on the car floor make you assume that this is safe.

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Run For Light 2017 Pre Event at Orchard Road

The Run For Light 2017 Pre-event came and went this Saturday, 5 Nov. I was told the guide dogs will be attending so I planned to bring Donna to the walk. Unfortunately, the guide dogs were unable to show up since they are working dogs who have to work. BUT have no fear, Donna the calefare is here! 🤓🤓🤓

Run for Light 2017 pre-event

Not a guide dog :P

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Dog potty time! Let’s review 5 Pee Pad Brands

Halloween is coming! So I thought it’ll be a great time to write about a horrifying topic…

Dog potty time! Let's review 5 Pee Pad Brands in Singapore

… Pee In The House! 😱 😱 😱

At first I assumed it was normal to use newspaper for Donna’s peeing and pooing needs in the flat, because that was what paper-training means right? The dog is trained to do it on newspaper.

But I soon realised that newspaper was a really bad medium for absorbing pee. And Donna had and still has the unfortunate habit of kicking the newspapers (and peepads) around after doing the deed.

So you can imagine how good absorption is so important to me. Donna tracks the pee off the pet sheet when she is done. Sometimes, she kicks the pee pad around in the toilet, sometimes even out into the common hallway. I really don’t want all that pee to smear around on the floor.

In this post, let’s do some tests to see which pee pad will work better with Donna!

Whether you are currently toilet training or have toilet trained your dog, you will find the following test outcomes helpful to you! 

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Singapore Special goes to Dog-friendly Pasta J

You know an eating place has succeeded if you can remember at least one of the menu items and will return again to eat. I have a bad memory. Exceedingly bad. But I can tell you that I tried the Chicken Soup Pasta at Pasta J, and I wouldn’t mind returning again.

But I’m jumping ahead of myself. Let me start from the beggining…

Dog-friendy Pasta J, upper thomson road

Dog-friendy Pasta J, alfresco sitting area and air conditioned interior.

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8 things I like/dislike about The Secret Life of Pets

Most doglovers or families with children would have caught The Secret Life of Pets in the cinema near you by now. I watched it yesterday and really enjoyed it. It was well-paced, lots of laughs and encourages you to Adopt, don’t Abandon. I liked the music.

But there were also some things, I wasn’t really impressed with. So here’s a list of what I liked and didn’t like, with some scenes from Youtube in case you would like to relive some of them. So, spoilers warning, I guess :P 

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Two Dog-Friendly Cafes in Changi

We headed out to Changi today to check out the Pokemon Go scene and also the dog-friendly cafes along Netheravon Road and around Changi Village.

Come check out two dog-friendly cafes at Changi with us today!

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