It's the most wonderful time of the year, and your pup deserves all the presents! I've rounded up the best gift items for the pup (or pup-lover) in your life - and yes, every one of these is Mochi tested and approved so you know they're sure to please even the pickiest princess :)
One of the things I get the most messages about on Instagram is my closet. A couple of years ago I made my humans buy me a "real" closet because my storage bins were always overflowing. Since we live in NYC and don't have a ton of storage space, they weren't willing to give up one of the actual closets in our apartment, so they ended up getting the KVIKNE Wardrobe for me.
One of the reasons we choose this particular wardrobe was that it had sliding doors (and therefore didn't need as much space). In our old apartment, my closet was in a corner of our living room but since we moved to Brooklyn, I've taken over the 2nd bedroom. Normally my humans are not big fans of IKEA furniture, but my closet held up pretty well during the move, so I can't complain!
The wardrobe has 2 main sections but since the doors slide, you can only really see into one at a time. It comes with 2 rods for hanging and 2 adjustable shelves. We originally had 1 rod on each side and both of the shelves on the right side but then we wanted more space to hang my clothes, so we added 3 additional tension rods. You can see in the photo below that the tension rods we added aren't as thick as the rods that come with the wardrobe. They definitely don't feel as sturdy, but they work for hanging around 15 items each, and they allow for more hanging space!
The pink velvet hangers are children's hangers we bought on Amazon - we have these velvet hangers for my dresses and tops with wider sleeves and these velvet hangers with clips for other items that are too small to fit around the other hangers. The hangers are nice and thin (so you can fit more clothes in your closet, obvi) and the pink velvet is definitely nicer than cheap plastic hangers.
I hang all of my shirts, dresses, and overalls on the left side of my closet. Organizing everything by color makes it easy to find things when I'm trying to decide what to wear (plus it just looks prettier too)! Most of my clothing is black / gray / white / red / pink / blue so that makes it easy to keep things organized.
On the right side of the closet, I hang my outerwear as well as some lightweight hoodies, cardigans, and sweaters. Below that I have these collapsible bins that store my heavier sweaters as well as pajamas, bathrobes, costumes, and seasonal attire. At the bottom I store a few of my carriers as well as some of my collars and other accessories.
I also get a lot of questions about where we get my clothes - the brands of what I'm wearing are usually tagged in my Instagram posts but I definitely have some favorites!
- Rororiri - this is the brand I wear most often! Their collections are always so chic and extremely well made, plus my human prefers clothing that has a leash hole at the back since I wear a harness when I'm out and about. A few of my favorite rororiri items at the moment include the Cardigan Mochi (as seen on me here, plus it's named after me!), Sweater Jamie (as seen on me here, it's super soft!), and Tee Lucky Star (as seen on me here)
- Huts and Bay - is a Korean brand (ships worldwide) that always has trendy clothing and accessories. A few of my HB faves include these Pin Stripe Overalls (as seen on me here) and this Pink Sprinkle Top (sold out, but the onesie version is still available).
- Max Bone - has the coziest sweaters and hoodies! I love their Roll Neck Knit Jumpers (as seen on me here and here) and the Paxton Hoodie (similar seen on me here).
- Le Chien Bleu NY - is a NYC-based brand that always has great patterns + fabrics. I wear my Brooklyn Shirt all the time (as seen here) and the Marseille Shirt is perfect for vacation (as seen on me here).
- Barker - is another Korean brand that has well-made, on-trend clothing like the Denim Jacket that I wear regularly (as seen here) and this Lambswool Sweater (as seen on me here).
A few other things I get asked about all the time - this denim vest is by United Pups, this faux leather vest is by Eye of Dog, this bathrobe is by Doggie Design, and most of my pajamas are from Fabdog.
A few more FAQs:
How do you wash / clean your clothing? Most of the time my human hand washes my clothing but some items get dry cleaned. What can I say... I'm a high maintenance pup!
Do you really wear all of your clothing? I am very fortunate to be gifted a lot of clothing, but I only recommend items that I truly wear and love. My human goes through my closet a few times a year to get rid of clothing I don't wear and we either give it to friends or donate it.
Do you have a bigger closet than your humans? Unfortunately no - but mine is better organized!
Last week I took my human on a much-needed vacation to Aruba where we met up with my insta-pals @ellabeanthedog and @brussels.sprout for a few days of fun in the sun. After my last 2 trips to Puerto Rico and Cape Cod, I was excited to experience another beach, and #spoileralert - Aruba might be my favorite place ever!
We stayed at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, a five star resort along the Caribbean island’s spectacular Palm Beach. With soft white sand, clear blue water, temps in the 80s with a light breeze - we enjoyed every minute of our time at the beach! I even tried paddle boarding and had my first "real" swim in the ocean (with a life vest, of course) - you can check out a video on my Instagram! The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba also has 2 beachfront pools and other water sports like kayaking and snorkeling, but I spent most of my time running around on the beach or relaxing in my private cabana.
The views from our spacious Ocean Front Room were stunning, and I enjoyed watching the sunrise and sunset from our private balcony. As you know, I prefer to snuggle in bed with my humans but the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba provides beds and bowls for their canine guests as well as plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated.
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba has a special dog-friendly menu featuring a "woof woof" cocktail of light chicken consommé, chicken breast, and diced vegetables (so delicious!) as well as other gourmet options like salmon tataki, flank steak, and duck liver pate. I also enjoyed watermelon "ice cubes" on the beach, plenty of fresh fruit, and a special salmon sushi dinner our last night at the hotel! My human loved all of her meals - from an Italian feast at Solanio, to a classic steakhouse supper at BLT, to poolside lunches from Madero - you really can't go wrong with any of the dining options at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba!
When we weren't enjoying the beach or eating #AllTheThings (vacation carbs don't count, right?!), we enjoyed relaxing spa experiences (yes, my human and I BOTH got in-room massages!) and stopped by The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Casino to try our luck at a little roulette and other table games. Overall our stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba was definitely a dog-friendly experience - I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a truly luxurious beach getaway with your pup!
Pet Policy: Dogs weighing less than 20 pounds are welcome at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. A $250 non-refundable pet fee applies.
Traveling to Aruba: Aruba was a quick 4 hour flight from JFK and the hotel was a 20 minute drive from the airport! You can find the complete + current requirements for traveling with dogs to Aruba HERE. A few important requirements for dogs traveling from the US include: 1) a valid rabies shot + inoculation certificate 2) a microchip for identification when entering Aruba 3) a valid International Veterinary Health Certificate issued within 14 days prior to arrival in Aruba and endorsed by the USDA (After getting the signed health certificate from Mochi's vet, we had to overnight it to the USDA office in Albany, NY with a $38 endorsement fee along with an overnight return envelope - then email all of the signed paperwork to the Veterinary Service of Aruba for approval.) For more information, the USDA APHIS website is incredibly helpful!
In partnership with the Ritz-Carlton Aruba, all opinions are my own.
I recently took my first trip beyond the contiguous U.S. to Puerto Rico and had the pleasure of staying at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve for a few days. Situated on a former Rockefeller estate, the 50-acre island retreat is full of lush vegetation and features stunning ocean views. It was the perfect dog-friendly getaway and we were lucky to have beautiful weather the entire time we were there!
I spent most of my days frolicking on the beach, relaxing in the resort's cozy hammocks with the wind in my hair, and eating really delicious food! All of Dorado Beach's restaurants have pup-friendly outdoor dining options (my human especially loved casual lunches by the pool at Positivo Sand Bar and an amazing dinner at Mi Casa). I also indulged in a few gourmet in-suite meals (dog bowls + bottled water were provided) and enjoyed the ocean-front views from the terrace of my East Beach Ocean Reserve room.
Speaking of my room, with over 900 square feet it felt incredibly spacious (especially since I'm used to NYC-sized accommodations) - having a walk-in closet is always a plus and I loved having an outdoor shower to rinse off the sand at the end of the day. I'm notoriously picky when it comes to my sleeping environment, but I'm happy to report that my king size bed was extremely comfortable and I slept like a puppy every night (if your pup prefers their own bed, the resort can provide those as well)!
Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve provided a personalized beach tent that was perfect for keeping me cool in the shade while my human worked on her tan, and we always had cold bottled water to stay hydrated as well! This was my first trip to the beach, but early morning romps in the sand quickly became one of my favorite things! If you have a more adventurous dog, the water temps are perfect for swimming - I dipped my paws in and also took advantage of the resort's Ambassadors of the Environment program and went kayaking with the humans (obviously I wore my shark fin life vest, but they can provide vests if you don't bring your own)!
If you bring your humans along, tell them not to miss the spa - while it's not dog-friendly, my human said "I could spend all day here and not want to leave" - she definitely enjoyed her massage!
If you're looking for a pup-friendly getaway, Puerto Rico is just a quick 4 hour flight from NYC, and I highly recommend Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve!
Pet policy: The resort welcomes pets 30 pounds or less in their guestrooms and suites. There is a one-time $250.00 pet cleaning fee.
I am undeniably a city dog, but once in a while we love escaping the hustle and bustle of NYC for open spaces and scenic views. It's not always easy to find dog-friendly accommodations, but luckily Glamping with Pets has made it simple to book pet-friendly getaways. I'm not exactly the type of dog who likes to "rough it" in the great outdoors, so "glamping" (glamorous camping) is the perfect solution to going on a little adventure while still having the comforts of home (wifi, wine, and king sized beds - yes, please)!
We recently ventured 2 hours north of NYC to Barn on the Pond - a pet-friendly luxury barn with a 4,200 square foot pond and stunning views of the Catskill Mountains. Located between Saugerties and Woodstock, this glamping spot is quite idyllic. Between exploring the 4 acre property to cooking meals in the gourmet kitchen to cuddling by the fire, I had the best time during our city escape!
It snowed the day before we arrived at Barn on the Pond so I made sure to bundle up and wear snow booties to protect my paws. Even though it was cold outside, I had a blast running around the property and exploring the area.
In addition to the king-size master bedroom and several other bedrooms / sleeping areas in the main barn, there is also an airstream camper on site to sleep additional guests. We were lucky to have the property to ourselves for a few days, but it would be also great place to stay if you had a big group of friends or family - and dogs, obviously!
Since we live in NYC and are used to having a relatively small city apartment, it was amazing to have to much open space while we were glamping. To keep things cozy, the barn features both indoor and outdoor fireplaces as well as a big fire pit in the backyard.
We had so much fun at this glamping site that we didn't want to leave! We'd love to visit again - perhaps in the spring or fall when the weather is warmer and we can explore the area a bit more. If you're looking for a luxury pet-friendly getaway in the Hudson Valley area, we'd definitely recommend you check out Barn on the Pond!
Watch the short video below for a behind scenes look at our trip!
My outfit details: Fabdog Plaid Coat / Pet Life Camo Parka / Rororiri Sweater Matt / Canada Pooch Summit Stretch Vest / Fabdog Plaid PJs / C. Wonder Buffalo Plaid Jacket (old) / Max Bone Nathaniel Knit Hoodie / Max Bone Mia Roll Neck Jumper / Canada Pooch Alaskan Army Parka
In partnership with Glamping with Pets