Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas 2010

I spent Christmas 2010 on the east coast visiting family and dashing in and out of airports and hotels. We were only supposed to be there for three nights, but a big snow storm kept us there an extra 4 nights.  I had plenty of time to play outside in the white fluffy stuff. The best part about celebrating Christmas on the east coast is that Santa Paws comes to the east coast before the west coast, so I got my presents 3 hours earlier. 

As far as hotels, many hotels are dog friendly now, especially for dogs under 40 lbs.  I stayed at the Westin Philadelphia in Center City  as well as Aloft Philadelphia adjacent to the  airport   Both are Starwood hotels and if you ask they will give you dog supplies- bed, bowls, treats, toys, etc.  My people didn't ask at the Westin (nor did the Westin "offer") and we didn't get anything, despite having to pay a $50 pet fee.  Aloft Philadelphia delivered lots of goodies to my room and they didn't charge a pet fee.  Pawsome!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tokyo Reviews: Hachi

I watched "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" the other day with my family. The dog's part in the movie is first played by a Shiba Inu for the puppy phase and then an Akita.  Anyway, despite having cute moments, the movie was sad.  The kind of sad that if you don't cry there must be something wrong with you kind of sad.  Hachi only lives with his new family for about a year and a half before the tailspin moment occurs.  

Hachi was an amazing dog, no doubt.  His love and loyalty is unquestionable.  But I think he deserved better.  I'm disappointed in the humans. What was up with the disconnected Mom?  How come she didn't take care of Hachi after her husband's death?  How about proper food and a warm safe place to sleep each night?  Living on the streets as a stray for almost 10 years just doesn't seem okay.

The real Hachiko was an Akita born in Odate, Japan in 1923. Hachi spent 9 years after his master's death waiting for him to return.  Hachi died in 1935 still patiently waiting for his master.
I paw salute you Hachi. woof- Tokyo

Friday, December 3, 2010

I ♥ Tokyo

Today is my human Mom's 40th birthday.  Birthdays are a good time to think about all the things we love in our lives, so I got her a special t-shirt to wear.