Potreban materijal: super lepak, lepak za papir, parče kartona, makaze, stare novine, satenska traka, malo kanapa, flomaster i neizostavni deo - mali pomoćnik (vaš ljubimac :) )



Koraci:



1. korak: Na kartonu iscrtati i izrezati srce ili željeni oblik. Od starih novina izrezati potrebna slova za natpis: Home is where your dog is. Poređati slova na karton i zalepiti ih koristeći lepak za papir. Slova mogu biti različitih dimenzija i boja, kakva god vi želite. Možete i ručno ispisati tekst ili odštampati u željenom fontu.







2. korak: Nacrtati šapice koristeći šablon. Ovaj šablon možete naći u svim bolje opremljenim knjižarama. Ukoliko nemate šablon možete grafitnom olovkom nacrtati šapice na kartonu pa ih obojiti flomasterom ili temperom. Ili, ako želite da sve šapice budu identične i jednake, napravite jednu šapicu na papiru, izrežite rupe u papiru i neka vam to posluži kao sablon. :)







3. korak: Isecite komadić trake i kanapa. Traku uvežite u mašnicu pa prilepite super lepkom na karton. Na zadnjoj strani kartona napravite omču od kanapa i zalepite je super lepkom. Možete i probušiti karton, provući kanap i vezati u čvor.







Sačekajte da se sve osuši i - voilà - vaš ukras je gotov. :) Ovo je samo jedna od ideja kako vaš ukras može da izgleda. Za podlogu umesto kartona možete koristiti i hamer papir, pena papir ili rebrasti papir, koje takođe možete pronaći u knjižarama. Karton možete prethodno obojiti u koju god boju želite, ukrasiti dugmićima, cvetićima, tufnicama, kao i raznim drugim zanimljivim materijalima koji su vam na dohvat ruke. Pustite mašti na volju. :)



I najvažniji korak za kraj: zahvalite vašem ljubimcu što postoji i što je bio deo ovog malog eksperimenta - nagradite ga ukusnom poslasticom. ;)





U nedelju, 10. aprila 2016. od 20:00 organizujemo prvi #AskMeAnything događaj u našoj aplikaciji. Maja Šparovec, dugogodišnji instruktor pasa i njihovih ljudi deli svoja iskustva i odgovara na sva vaša pitanja: odgoj, građenje odnosa sa psom, handling, agility...



Da učestvujete, pronađite profil Mookie i priču sa najavom ovog događaja. Ili, u pretraživaču priča kucnite #AMA. To je sve. Učešće je besplatno i ekskluzivno za korisnike naše aplikacije.



Maja se preko 15 godina bavi i živi sa psima. Zabeležila je sjajne uspehe u agilitiju u Sloveniji, treningu pri konološkim klubovima, volontiranju u radu sa azilima za napuštene pse a po dolasku u Srbiju beleži odlične rezultate kako u agilitiju tako i u handlingu pasa. U radu sa psima i njihovim ljudima Maja koristi metode pozitivne motivacije i kliker.



Naša Mookie je Majin agility učenik-početnik. Bili smo jako zadovoljni njenim pristupom i komunikacijom sa psima i sa ljudima, napretkom i pre svega, zabavom i smehom tokom treninga. Zato smo jako ponosni na mogućnost da vas upoznamo sa ovom vrsnom profesionalkom u psećem svetu. Nedelja, 10. april 2016. u 20:00h.



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Upravo smo poslali nagradne paketiće učesnicima nagradne igre „Moj pas i ja u igri“ koju smo organizovali u saradnji sa „Pas - Vaš Najbolji Magazin“. Svaki paketić sadrži ručno pletene igračke od najfinijeg flisa i domaće pravljene keksiće u paslastičarnici Barkley. Nadamo se da ćete biti zadovoljni nagradicama.



Zahvaljujemo se svim učesnicima naše nagradne igre.



Više informacija o kvalitetu igračaka i keksića možete naći u našoj mobilnoj prodavnici koju smo objavili u poslednjoj verziji MookieApp-a. Pogledajte i javite nam utiske. Vaši komentari nam jako znače. U gornjem meniju aplikacije imate opciju „Get in Touch„, sa tasterima za slanje komentara na e-mail hello@mookieapp.com ili @MookieApp na Twitteru.



Sretan nam Božić i sve najbolje u Novoj godini!







We’ve just sent out prize boxes to the winners of „My Dog And I At Play“ sweepstakes. Doggies whose photos won most of your likes will soon receive hand knitted tug toy and homemade delicious cookies made by Dog bakery Barkley. We are hoping you will like your prizes.



Many thanks to all participants in the sweepstakes.



You can now buy handmade toys and cookies in our newly opened in-app mobile store. Do take a look and let us know of your comments. Feedback and questions we receive from you are very important to us. In the top app menu there is the option „Get in Touch“, with shortuts to send comment to e-mail hello@mookieapp.com or @MookieApp on Twitter.



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to us all!



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MookieApp i magazin „Pas“ vas pozivaju na učešće u nagradnoj igri sa temom „Moj pas i ja u igri“. Svi korisnici naše aplikacije mogu učestvovati, gde god da se nalazite.



Pravila su sledeća:


  1. Postavite na profilu vašeg psa u MookieApp aplikaciji sliku psa koja odgovora naslovu teme „Moj pas i ja u igri“ i dodajte u opisu hashtag #magazinPas


  2. Lajkujte takmičarske fotografije u aplikaciji koje vam se sviđaju i obavestite prijatelje da lajkuju vas.


  3. Tri fotografije sa najviše lajkova dobijaju nagradu.


Nagradna igra traje do 10. decembra u podne kada ćemo na našoj Facebook stranici objaviti pobednike. Pobednike ćemo kontaktirati preko e-mail adrese kojom su se registrovali u našoj aplikaciji. Radujemo se svakom vašem postu u aplikaciji i željno iščekujemo nove fotografije.



Neka igra počne!







MookieApp and Dog magazine published in Serbia are inviting you to take part in our sweepstakes under the theme „My Dog And I At Play“. All of you MookieApp users are entitled to join and compete, regardless of your current location.



These are the rules:


  1. Post a photo in your dog’s profile in MookieApp under the theme „My Dog And I At Play“ and add a hashtag #magazinPas


  2. Flip through and like participants’ photos. Ask your friends to come and like you.


  3. 3Three most liked photos win a prize.


Sweepstakes ends on 10 December at noon CET at which time we will announce winners on our Facebook page. Winners will be contacted via the e-mail address they used for registering with MookieApp. We are really happy with every post you make in our application and we are so much looking forward to your new photos.



Let the games begin!



* 8 seconds is human attention span

* 30 hours each month is spent in apps

* 76 seconds takes us to switch to another app

* 63% of apps are discovered through app store



This month I attended conference on User Acquisition, Monetization, and Retention/Engagement organized by Mobile Growth Fellowship in Berlin (http://mobilegrowtheurope.com)



Lineup of speakers was impressive, from AppAnnie, Facebook, Google, Nordeus, Rovio, Shazam, Soundcloud, Twitter, Zynga and many others. Even more so since I come from a small family-run startup struggling on a daily basis to reach and retain users, let alone monetize from them.



And, yes, it was comforting to hear firsthand that these guys delt with the same sorts of problems, only on a massive scale.



I took a lot of notes during the conference, and these are some of the highlights of mobile growth in 2015:


  • ASO (App Store Optimization) – description of the app and visuals should be updated and relevant

  • Reinvent often – run A/B tests, change keywords and visuals, boost videos

  • Content and emergency dictate which communication channel is appropriate

  • Push notifications and personalized messaging have become standard in user communication

  • Pre-cashing is most important in mobile industry


Berlin is wonderful! Conference venue, catering and service were outstanding. Still, I used breaks to step out onto the street and watch the buzz. That’s when I saw people and their dog hopping on one of those river cruises.







Should you like to further discuss the above topics or MookieApp features and functionalities, startup life and sores, drop me a note at hello@mookieapp.com. I’d love to keep in touch.



Our Mookie is only a little bit more than two years old but we went on several road trips with her. She has now grown into a dog who happily and hastily jumps into our car.



Although we try not to rush and pack all staff at once, she monitors us closely and is unmistaken when we are about to go somewhere. After leaving the house, she hurries up her toilette routine and stays close to the car to board as soon as we open the door!







So, how did we teach her to like the idea of driving in the car?


  • Start small - When she was a puppy, we took her with us on short drives, just for 10-15 minutes. That experience has to be the best ever, i.e. make sure you carry a lot of favourite treats or food and give your pup a treat just for being calm in the car.


  • Organize - The trip itself has to be fun and fruitful, so it is up to you to plan it in advance and spare some time to teach your pup to be relaxed while in the car. Avoid doing your weekly groceries shopping while teaching your pup to relax in the car.


  • Fun - First couple of times we didn’t strap Mookie but let her explore the backseat of the car and awarded her calm behavior. It took her few months to stop roaming and start resting or watching through the window.






  • Safety - Roaming in the backseat and sudden jumps can be really dangerous, for all passengers. Once Mookie got used to the idea of sitting in the car we’ve put her on leash. Crates or transporters are mandatory while driving in most European countries, so with a leash on, she can sit behind me or rest in her crate. The leash also allows her to stand little bit between our front seats for a cuddle.


  • Nerves - Our Mookie pretty soon got used to be driven in the car, but her first year went into her whining and anxiety build up. She realised car drives were fun so she was anxious to see what was coming up and what fun we had prepared for her. Following the advice of our trainer, we started awarding her for staying calm and silent. At first it was only for 10-20 seconds before she would start whining again :)


  • Enjoy - If it gets tough, quickly remember why you want your pup to remain calm in the car. Just try again by organizing small fun trips and gradually prolong the time you both spend in the car. As soon as your pup realises that car is fun and full of treats, everything will be a lot easier.







Part 3 of "Our most romantic road trip with a dog" series



The last days of our Provence trip were very romantic, full of scents and flavours – just as described in literature.







We visited several villages, tasted cottage cheese, fruit and wine, enjoyed the lavender ice cream, souvenirs shopping and strolling through cobbled streets and open markets.



It was difficult to decide which way was cuter and whose backyard to peek at first.







Traffic was low so we saw couple of dogs walking off the leash, with their humans alert to call them off any time. It seemed that cats were more favoured pets than dogs and given our Mookie was not comfortable around cats, she was on a retractable leash while strolling up and down scenic villages.







What is so special about these villages? Well, they are uber-cute with rich history going back to medieval ages, whose inhabitants obviously made a rational decision to enjoy small things in life. Everywhere you look, there is a “Wow! Look at this!” moment.







One charming village after another, the village of Roussillon with its red rocks is a must-see.







For our stay we chose a secluded, handpicked-designed Leon en Provence B&B place. It was the only accommodation we had booked well in advance because I saw on their website they had mini donkeys! It turned out to be a wonderful place for animal lovers. When we arrived, we were first welcomed by Faust. He is a super-friendly playful border collie who doesn’t go to sleep before all guests are tucked in and safe in their rooms.







Tour around the estate and you meet dogs, Faust and Freeman, mini donkeys, chicken, goats and horses. Mini donkeys define friendliness; you can pet them, talk to and feed them… so dear creatures.



Mookie totally approved our country style vacation.







Unless they have already accompanied other guests in their walks, Faust and Freeman will keep you company.







Freeman is a Beauceron, curious and guarding girl. She and Faust make an adorable team, always there to check what is going on and grab a treat. Here they are saying good bye and seeing us off.







Overall, it was a pitty we couldn’t spend more time in Provence. Tough sightseeing schedule (3 different accommodations in 5 days, few different villages in a day with new scents everywhere) was a bit too much for our Mookie. When we arrived one afternoon to the Domaine de la Citadelle winery, she came along with us but turned restless and gladly went back to our car. It was early October and we left the windows open, feeling safe to leave her there.



Dog on a road trip is a full time job!







Few tips:


  • Make sure your dog is used to spending time in a crate or transporter. It will become safe and resting place your dog can always retreat to.


  • Our Mookie is a light-haired pup and blankie is a must-have item. It provides her with comfort and warmth. We also carry all sorts of her favourite toys, but home-scented blankie ensures she can peacefully rest.


  • We hit the road in late September and booked our stays while on the road, sometimes only 1 day in advance. (Booking.com, AirBnb). Prices were lower than in peek season, weather was more pleasant and sightseeing spots were less crowded.


  • If the road leads you to the Domaine de la Citadelle winery and you like red wine that won't break your budget – opt for the Les Artémes. It requires no heavy food, but offers lots of scents and delicate refreshing flavours, perfect to share with friends upon your return home.



Part 2 of "Our most romantic road trip with a dog" series



There are different sorts of travelers: well self-organized, hectic, or those in favour of guided tours and group travels. We are the sort of people who want to visit and feel as many interesting sites as possible. But we only have a general idea of where we want to go, without strict schedule or planned time. So much so that one summer we packed up, loaded our car, made sandwiches and decided to hit the road the next day.



Therefore, we have a lot of stories to tell and photos to show, but sometimes we wish we had more time to thoroughly explore the area. So, that’s why our “Must go back” list is growing – we’ve added Avignon and the Palais des Papes to it!







After couple of days at beautiful sunny Cote d’Azur (check out previous post!), it was time to go. There was a choice: to follow the highway and efficiently reach our next spot and spare some time for sightseeing later, or stay on country roads, drive through Verdon National Park and rest our eyes on the beautiful nature. We decided to take it slow.



A short drive from Nice, towards the mountainous area of Provence, scenery and the weather completely changed.



Our next stop was L'Alpen Roc Chambres d'hotes et gîtes. It’s a bed & breakfast place, designed and run by Cedrick and Stephane with their two westie girls, Eve and Satyne. After so much urban concrete, Mookie was really pleased. Finally something for her to run around and explore!







Eve and Satyne are salon type girls, they have their sofa chairs to leisure in and didn’t find it particularly amusing to run with Mookie around the house, show up as many times in the same spot only for a second, run to the backyard and show up on front deck again.







L’Alpen Roc is a big renovated house with tastefully furnished rooms, lavender scented bed sheets and awesome country breakfast. I still remember chili pepper jam made by Cedrick’s mom.



We really enjoyed our short stay there. It is close to ski slopes, surrounded by beautiful, calm nature. At night, or when the weather is harsh, there is a TV room for guests with fabulous DVD collection. We watched “Fargo” again that night.







The next day, our road trip took us further east. What a pleasure for the eyes and mind!







This is why we love travelling by car and off highways.







You never know what’s coming next.







En route to our final destination in Vaucluse, the road took us across the Gorges du Verdon, a breathtaking 25 km long river canyon.



Coming up next: Provance Romance


Part 1 of "Our most romantic road trip with a dog" series



We started out glamorously, from Monaco. :) Plenty of designed shops, expensive cars, world class architecture, marina (WOW!), a lot of stairs and elevators to get you moving through this tiny city-country. Plus, a mind blowing network of underground junctions which were sometimes complex to solve.







Mookie didn't quite like it, though. Dogs are not allowed into parks, there’s too much asphalt and concrete everywhere, and somehow in our walks we met only fierce, barking toy breeds, no one to exchange polite sniffs with. She was so appalled that one morning upon return from our walk she peed in the elevator. And she does not like elevators.



Her favourite site was Monaco Yachting Club, especially the red carpet at the entrance. :D Thank you, good yachting people for making our pup enjoy her stay!




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Fortunately for Mookie, we stayed only 2 days in Monaco.



Don't get me wrong, it is an outstanding place, full of history and fine things to see, but to me it makes more sense if you go there without your dog. It's also good base for tours around the Cote d'Azur. Which is what we actually did.



Mookie however liked Cannes a lot! :D







Dogs aren't allowed at the city beach, but as in every other coastal town, the atmosphere is relaxing and friendly. Who wouldn't like to enjoy the sun at La Croisette?







Close to Nice, boasting with the Promenade des Anglais (I did not notice it was dog-friendly) is Haut-de-Cagnes, a medieval village at the top of the castle hill. Charming, quiet and authentic, only 20 minutes drive from busy Nice, it is really worth a visit.







For me however the highlight of our visit to Cote d' Azur was Antibes: amazing, cool, stone-walled place insisting on its own local personality despite continuous floods of tourist. And there is museum of Picasso which was unfortunately closed on Mondays when we arrived. So, I've written it down in bold letters in my Must-Go-Back list.







There was something smelly in front of the museum and Mookie took the opportunity to happily roll herself into it.



Coming up next: Mookie conquers French Alps


Some foods that are edible by humans can cause hazards for dogs because of their different metabolism. Some may provoke only mild digestive upsets, whereas, others can cause severe illness and even death. The following food items should not be fed (intentionally or unintentionally) to dogs. This list is incomplete because it is not possible to list everything your dog should not eat.


  • Alcoholic beverages - Can cause intoxication, coma and death.


  • Avocado - The leaves, seeds, fruit and bark contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.


  • Chocolate, coffee, tea - Contain caffeine, theobromine and theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous systems.


  • Citrus oil extracts - Can cause vomiting.


  • Grapes, raisins and currants - Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys.


  • Onions and garlic - Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red (raw, cooked or powder) blood cells and cause anemia. Garlic is less toxic than onions.


  • Mushrooms - Can contain toxins, which can affect multiple systems in the body, case shock and result in death.


  • Sugary food - Can lead to obesity, dental problems and possible diabetes mellitus.


  • Тable scraps (in large amounts) - Table scraps are not nutritionallty balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat.



You’ve probably seen the video showing small girl controlling a pack of dogs during their feeding session. Some find it adorable. Others think it’s irresponsible. I am however more concerned with something else.

Should I mention that the video features six adult pit bulls? All males. And that the girl is only 4 years old? That food is put on the floor and all dogs eat off of the same pile, together and at the same time? Yes, these are important to mention if one wants to gain viral effect on social networks. OK.

But… Why are we pushing the boundaries? And where to?

I believe we have come a long way in our understanding of canines. Of their psychology. And teaching methods. With our modern approach to dogs, there is hardly anything we couldn’t train them to do. As dog trainers, we have made a huge leap forward. And what have we accomplished as humans? Do we respect the boundaries of some breeds? Or specific dogs? Their current mood? Do we understand what is the dog’s yawning in the video telling us? What ears slicked back of another one mean? Is it that, after so many years, we still feel superior to other species and want our dog to do something just because we can?

Why do we demand from our hairy friends more responsibility and understanding for our ego than we are willing and capable to show for their natural instincts?


Whenever you decide to visit Vienna, the city will dazzle you with its history, art and vibrant culture. Last month, in a spur of the moment we decided to go for a day with our dog.

Surely, had we spent more time on planning and research, we could have been able to find cheaper place to stay, out of the city center and probably closer to the Danube River. As it was, we were probably arriving later in the day and wanted a nice hotel with good reviews close to downtown, breakfast included. And dog-friendly, by all means! Thus we spent a night at the Levante Parliament hotel in the Museum District.

There's a number of posh, comfortable, hip, design, business hotels in the Museum District or Museumsquartier in German. Our choice was based on low price/high rank ratio. (Hint: weekend room rate quoted on hotel booking site on Thursday was lower than on Friday.)

Plus, Mookie the atomic mutt, found alone and abandoned in the industrial area of Novi Sad, was charged 30 euros for her stay. :D But that’s a regular rate in that part of the city, at least from what we were able to find in a short period of time. Hotel was good, debatable whether its 5-stars rank match up to 5-stars in other parts of the world, but the room was equipped with everything we needed for such a short stay. Breakfast was also good, we were on a 15-minutes walk from every sightseeing spot and Mookie was very pleased with quality of our bedding. It is a house rule that dogs are not allowed to breakfast room, so we let her rest in our bed for a while.

So, where to go and what to visit with your dog? We spent our afternoon strolling around Museumsquartier and Vienna’s historic center. It's an ideal way to feel the vibe of the city, including compulsory stop by for a cup of espresso and dessert, do some window shopping and above all, look up at the marvelous architecture of Vienna.

Vienna is totally dog-friendly. With class. Not only dog parks throughout the city are mapped online, but there is also official information on their surface area, whether they are fenced, with fresh water available or not. We found this most helpful as it allowed us to plan our day with Mookie and make sure she would have her doggy share of fun.

https://www.wien.gv.at/umwelt/parks/hundezonen.html

For a morning walk Mookie checked a small park nearby our hotel. Cleaning after pooch is required; and for our convenience, there are baggy dispensers in dog parks and all over downtown.

Early afternoon we spent at the Prater park. It’s a large free area with heaps of fun places and things to do for every age and sort, publicly accessible since 1766. And a heavenly off leash area (cca. 30 acres) for doggies of all breeds, sizes, colors and even some fierce toy breeds on the leash :D It was really lovely and totally relaxing to spend a day in the nature in the middle of the city where everyone was pleasant and friendly. Dog people are best.


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​And Mookie had the greatest time! We played with frisbee and then she met a friendly pooch to race with until losing her breath :D Watch this video of Mookie and her buddy running around and playing.

We love Vienna! And look forward to visiting again.

Sightseeing tip: Haus der Musik. If you can leave your pooch at home or a hotel, do visit interactive museum of MUSIC. It's close to Stephansplatz, will not occupy your whole day but fills you with sound and joy.

Coming up next: romantic getaway to Provence, France


It’s not all about the money. Though there’s never enough of it when it comes to abandoned dogs. Every nickel counts and it's utterly important to donate efficiently. Ask directly what they need. People who take care of dogs know best.

Most of us spend loads of money on buying all kinds of treats and gifts. Why not make a difference in someone’s life? Start shopping at auctions and charity shops. Stop cluttering and collecting gifts you do not need. For your next birthday ask your friends for a gift that makes a difference. Donation. Foster from a distance. Dry food supply.

Think, what do you have that could change things to others? Maybe you have Internet skills to build or administer web site. Manage social media accounts. Take photos of abandoned dogs and post stories about them. These are all the things that somebody needs to do, in order for pups to be able to find their human.

You may as well offer transport to the vet or supply store. Maybe you are good at grooming and nails trimming.

Look around your home for old shirts and hoodies. There are so many ideas online how to make a toy or bed out of it. Shelter dogs are not on some kind of a waiting list. They are real dogs. They like to play. And they also like when it’s comfy.

Think of the ways to assist people working at shelters. At least for an afternoon. Make them coffee, order pizza, or bring some cakes. Buy warm boots and working gloves. Shovel snow. Clean water and food bowls. They are only people, too.

In some situations your skills and active involvement are priceless. Also, do not forget those out of sight and official records. Not all those shelters invisible to media and social networks. Actually, they need you most.


Of course, well-behaved dogs are pretty much allowed everywhere in Slovenia and those places where they are not are clearly marked (e.g. supermarkets, banks, some restaurants). Mookie visited a number of souvenir shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.



In Tozd bar, a girl sitting next to us gave her an earlobe massage. It totally worked! Mookie enjoyed her moment fully. Tozd bar is a cool, relaxing cafe-bar next to the Ljubljanica river in Gallusovo nabrežje street serving well-balanced espresso. Their offer includes assorted wine and beer, bistro-style food, but we opted each time for a good cup of coffee.







We also visited Smile Concept store. It's everything its name says. Mookie striking a pose at their blossom selfie wall:







So, about the accommodation: We used AirBnb service, and the first time we stayed in a place which was 15 mins away from downtown. It was a perfect location for sightseeing and easy strolls by the river.



But, if you asked Mookie, she would have rather stayed somewhere in the countryside, so she could run endlessly and enjoy the nature instead of city life. So, next time we spent a week at Žabnice village, about 10 kilometers from downtown Ljubljana. Hooray! Happiness according to Mookie:











As she was always running across fields, sniffing, rolling in and eating all that compost, poop and whatever smelly delicacy there was, she'd be usually tired and sleepy (i.e. groggy) rest of the day.



However, this one time she was pretty alert. Doggy bakery Hov-Hov!







This is actually a franchise, originating from the city of Maribor and spreading to Ljubljana, Croatia, Austria. They announced opening soon in Novi Sad, Serbia. Lots of cookies, cakes!!!, muffins... Sadly, we don't have a photo to share as Mookie expressly ate them all.



Coming up next: 24 hours in Vienna


In November last year we spent a month in the lovely city of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It's a fairly small city (about 280 thousand people) but a very interesting metropolis with picturesque downtown.



The photo below was taken during the festive season. And it genuinely shows how cute Ljubljana is. Just a few hundreds of meters away from pinkish building in the center of the photo is an Open Central Market with so many goodies and delicacies. Perfect destination for early Saturday stroll.







Slovenia is also famous for its industrial design. It was a leader in design of ex-Yugoslavia and I dare say, though only an art enthusiast, it is a leader in industrial design of the southeast Europe nowadays. To prove that notion of mine, further below is a photo of Mookie striking a pose at Fishmarket bridge.



Father of Ljubljana's architecture is Jože Plečnik (1872-1954) who designed and built cornerstones of modern Ljubljana. However, he did not have time to complete one of the bridges in downtown area. In time, Ljubljana inhabitants clearly showed the need for the bridge to be completed. The Fishmarket bridge, or Ribja Brv in Slovenian, was built in 2012. And it was a challenge, how to design a bridge in 2012 to fit in in neo-renaissance style of Ljubljana's downtown? Local architectural studio opted for fully transparent, lean construction which at first, to be honest, I did not even register. Only after looking for modern, unusual sightseeing spots in Ljubljana online, I realized we have passed this bridge at least twice and never noticed how contemporary, of today it is. Amazing! Behind Mookie, you can see reflection of people, visitors of bridge, but further behind, you see people gathering at bars and restaurants in the street parallel to the river. Very simple and effective.







Another lovely corner of Ljubljana is Tivoli park. We are not quite clear on dog leash etiquette in Slovenia. But, in the photo below you will surely observe Mookie violating every possible rule we could have imagined. Apparently, the general rule is that dogs should be on leash wherever there are people nearby. In Slovenia, country made for hiking, there are people everywhere!! So, given it was November, muddy and cold, and there was nobody resting on grass, Mookie went off the leash. Definitely I would not recommend this in spring and summer, as I imagine the park is packed with people, and of course, if you are reading this, please be advised to look for appropriate information online before letting your dog walk free. Talking to fellow dog owners in the park does not really help, they have many ideas and solutions, and then some.



But, Tivoli park is really nice.







Further ahead this path where Mookie's posing from, is a small hill with jogging and bicycle paths through forest. There all dogs were off the leash. Definitely worth a visit.



Coming up in Part 2: where to find dog-friendly accommodation and proper dog bakery in Ljubljana.


Adopting a stray animal is one of the most human acts. Whenever a dog is moved off the street, out of poor conditions or shelter and given a chance to have a quality life, my heart cheers up.

The issue of stray dogs is sensitive and a lot of people feel guilty conscience because they cannot save them all. However, as much as you love animals and want to find them a home, never persuade others that they would make excellent parents and they would 'manage somehow' living with a new pet. If you adopt a dog just because you feel pity for her, you have almost certainly taken the wrong path. If you feel like saving someone's life and you have appropriate means, go ahead! That is one the most beautiful decisions, one that will surely enrich your life.

Nevertheless, adoption is not the only way you can help. In the following lines you may find several alternatives to adoption, and there are even more possibilities. Just don't run hastily to pet shop and buy everything off the rack. Do a small research before taking action. Terms and conditions are different from one shelter to the other and from one country to another. Talk to people from shelters and ask them what they need most. Bear in mind that dog care requires things to be organised and you certainly don't want to disrupt them by unannounced visit. Shelters mostly lack in staff so your phone call or e-mail may not be answered promptly.

With a little bit of patience and good spirit, everything can be done. At the end, we all share a common goal. To make strays' lives better.

- to be continued -


Dog park in Podgorica, expected to open shortly, is the first dog park in Montenegro. It is the result of citizens' initiative and persistence — local regulations limit the space for dog walking but at the same time they do not specify areas for off-the-leash walks without being in risk of violating the law.

Eventually, dog owners started forming 'dog parks' on their own. So, we started gathering at Ćemovsko field, where the first dog park is being constructed right now. Long ago we have placed a wooden sign showing it was a dog's park, but it did not really mean anything until the land was legally brought to its intended use. It was necessary for the City of Podgorica to recognize the need for dog park on that location and build the park accordingly. Then we applied for project financing – citizens supported by an NGO received a grant, basically made a donation of EUR 50 thousand to the city! – for dog park project, but also for building a jogging trail and playground for children in the same area.

Besides citizens' persistence, location of the site was crucial, I think – the place where the park is being built, two years ago nobody wanted to visit! It was mostly used for garbage disposal.

So we have also revamped the area!

Now we will try to win over local authorities to build similar parks in other areas of our city, ones that are more urbanized and closer to city center.

Our park will have ten agility obstacles, dog waste bins – and those are the first of their kind in Montenegro! And we, people from our park, will send out message to dog owners to respect the regulations and clean after their pets, which is not something many people do now.


I like New Year resolutions. Setting up objectives. Making motivating decisions. But! We stick to them for a week, or two. Or we say, tomorrow is D day! They are too broad and we do not commit ourselves, wholeheartedly.

Still, there comes the moment when decision is made and you know it, deep down within yourself, that nothing can change it. Nobody. It is all up to you.

My New Year resolution is meant for you. And for me. And it is dedicated to dogs. Yours. Mine. The ones over there. I am not referring to obeying the rules of standards and regulation. Nor do I think only of better kibble, longer walks, more play.

For years now, I've been having new owners coming to my courses with their cute puppies. Full of hope and joy. But deep down, so disappointed and tired. Because the sweetest thing turned into something they did not expect. They weren't ready for it. Lovely and special relationship turned into a trap. Captivity.

I cannot give up my resolution in a month. Because puppies are part of our lives for a longer time. Much longer. The time has come, dear owners, for you to learn better. And do better. So that your puppy gets the opportunity to become what you always wanted, ever since she was put in your lap for the first time. It is time to fill your relationship with joy. Trust. Unforgettable moments. Better communication. It is also time for your relaxing walks. Stress-free stay home alone. It is time to bring back the smile to your face. Pride. And that distinctive, unique glare in your eyes. Yours and doggie's.

In 2015... Be a better friend. To your furry friends. With best wishes to you all!


During the festive season, New Year's Eve and great expectations, there are some suffering. Being scared. To death. Literally. While you are happy, overwhelmed, raising your champagne glass, full of new year's hope, most of animals are clueless as to what is going on. And why.

Dogs don't like strong sounds, especially when they fly abruptly from the skies. Your dog simply does not understand. Why you would love and take care of him for the whole year and, suddenly, that short loud bang means more to you.

During the madness when some people lose their decency, take care of your dog. Control and avoidance fall upon you. Walk your dog on a leash, you never know when is the next expected crack. Every dog may get scared, no matter how well-balanced she is. If your dog spends most of her time outdoors, bring her inside and leave the radio on. Avoid petting and talking in soft voice when she is too scared. Just be there for him. Stay calm. Hug him if that is what he wants. Your panic can only make things worse. Your fear is a clear sign to your dog that the thing outside is the most frightening beast ever. Stay a responsible and reliable friend. Your dog needs you. And expects that from you.

Be cool, don't use firecrackers. Stay home with your dog and forget about that party. She didn't leave you in your hard times. Surely she knew it was time for walk and food. Still, she wagged her tail cheerfully and wiped off the last tear from your face. For a moment, he's put his needs aside to make you feel better.

Now is your turn.


Maybe your friend wants to surprise her family. Or your husband your children. Maybe you are thinking of getting a dog for Christmas. I cannot argue you into thinking otherwise. It is not up to me. It is your decision. What I would kindly ask you to do is to stop for a minute and think about ownership. Responsible ownership.

Unfortunately, trend of giving puppies as Christmas gifts goes hand in hand with trend of abandoning dogs. Not during the holidays. But a little bit later. When the family wants to go skiing. Or stay in a resort. Or when grandma doesn't want to take care of the beast weighing 50 kilos anymore.

I am going to suppose you are a responsible mommy who just wants to make her child’s dream true. To have a dog. You are aware that having a dog is costly and time-consuming. And you are ready for it all. To rise early in the morning. Wipe off dog’s pee from living room floor. Hide chewed up slipper or TV cable here and there. You've made arrangements with your aunt to take care of the furry crumb while you are on vacation. You've thought the whole thing through.

So you find awesome ad post on the Internet. Tiny, white, healthy, vaccinated. Available by the end of December. That’s it! Just what you need. You give them a call and make an arrangement immediately. It’s even cheaper than what you've expected based on online forum discussions. Plus, those people are so kind, they will bring the puppy to your home. Just a minute before the family starts celebrating.

You see, people who have the right kind of dog available right before Christmas usually are not breed lovers. Nor dog lovers. They are smugglers. They are kind and polite over the phone because that’s their job. Tradesmen. Sellers. They will bring you the puppy so you wouldn't have time to ask many questions. Unnecessary questions. Or want to see the mother. Brothers and sisters from the same litter. So they just slip a puppy into your hands at some dark petrol station and take the money. Leaving you unable to check if the puppy is healthy. What is her age. Whether she has any parasites. Flees. Vaccines. Because, had you been able to check all these, you wouldn't have purchased a puppy in such a manner in the first place.

Trust me, you do not want your child and yourself to go through all the problems purchase like this one usually is.


1. Post your dog's New Year photo to Mookie app;

2. Vote the best New Year photo on our Facebook page;

3. Prizes are awesome, beautiful, quality collars made by GallusDogs.

Not too keen on taking photos, yet? Visit our Facebook page and read the latest blog post by Maja Šparovec, professional dog trainer with 15+ years of experience. If you like it, share it with friends on Facebook or simply give us a note - it would be really appreciated.

Wishing you Merry Christmas and a furry, healthy and successful New Year!


Dolazi vreme praznika, slavlja, ispunjavanja najlepših želja. Prizor kao iz filma. Medeno dete, puno iščekivanja. Pod divnom novogodišnjom jelkom. Uz kamin. Pored ogromne šarene kutije. Sa još većom mašnom na vrhu. I iz kutije proviri mala njuška...

Nastavak priče možete zamisliti sami. Svi su srećni, oduševljeni. Malo čupavo štene maše repićem, izljubi celu porodicu, neumorno se igra. Smeh na sve strane. Ma najlepši Božić na svetu! Poklon, kakvog zaslužuje svako dete.

Ali... Da li možete zamisliti nastavak priče i sledeće jutro? I za nedelju dana? I za godinu? Deset? Petnaest? Da li će to isto dete biti isto tako oduševljeno i nedeljom ujutro, kad je vreme za crtaće? Ili kučence prisvoji detetovu omiljenu igračku? Vaše najskuplje cipele? Kauč? Ako ste na sva pitanja odgovorili sa apsolutnim da, onda razmislite o tome, da SEBI uzmete psa. Ne detetu. Ne za poklon. I nikako kao iznenađenje.

Neću reći, da vas molim, da razmislite, pre nego što uzmete psa za Božić. Reći ću vam, nemojte. Jednostavno nemojte. Kuca se ne može isključiti. Ne mogu se izvaditi baterije. Zaboraviti ispod kreveta. Staviti u ćošak. Pas vas treba. Baš svaki dan. Vas. Ne vaše dete. Dete je tu za igru. Povremeno. Vi morate biti tu za sve njegove potrebe. Stalno.


It's festive season, holidays, wishes coming true. Movie like set up. Cutest child, full of excitement. Under a beautiful Christmas tree. Sitting by the fireplace. Next to a huge gift box. With even bigger bow on top of it. And a tiny snout pops out of the box…

You can imagine rest of the story. Everybody is so happy, excited. Small furry puppy wagging her tail, kissing the whole family, playing all night. Room is filled with laughter and joy. The best Christmas ever! Gift that every child deserves.

But… Can you imagine rest of the story next morning? And next week? How about in a year? Or ten? Fifteen? Will the same child be as excited on Sunday mornings, time for watching cartoons? What if the puppy grabs child's favorite toy? Or your most expensive shoes? Living room sofa? In case you answered to all these with an absolute yes, then consider taking a puppy for YOURSELF. Not for your child. Not as a gift. And certainly not as a surprise.

I am not saying, please think about before taking a puppy for Christmas. I am saying, please do not. Just don't. Puppy cannot be turned off. There are no batteries to remove. You can not put her under the bed. Or send to the corner. Dog needs you. Every single day. You. Not your child. Kid is there to play around with. Sometimes. You need to be there for whatever your dog needs. Always.


We know dogs are beautiful and every photo of them is awesome. So we did some polishing of their profiles at Mookie’s to make their dog journals mookielicious!

Based on our users’ feedback, we rearranged Explore tab so to show new users first, followed by latest stories from one’s pack and news from our world. This allows easier search of other users and social networking. List of users is expanded and visually enhanced.

We also duly noted certain delay in pack loading and happily fixed it. It is working fine now.

Still a long way to go before us. If you find a bug, would like to share any comment or just woof at us, please let us know at hello@mookieapp.com

Mookie App wants to be your dog journal app where you keep memorable moments of your best friend and meet with other friends to chat, laugh and enjoy life. Because it is a dog’s life.


Ta-dah! First release of Mookie App is before you!

It is rolling out few, but important features for a fun life with a dog. Once you sign up and create your dog’s profile (i.e. upload that one cutest image!), you can take photos of your dog while on the go and post them to your dog’s journal in form of short stories.

You decide who you want to share the pack with and follow their journals. It is even more fun if you add location to your photos and stories, so friends from your pack can check out your favorite places and hang out together.


With all this energy and a glimpse of what we want, nicely wrapped in old-school power point slides, we applied to Mobile App campus in Sofia, Bulgaria. I guess we were charming with all our ideas shooting from different angles non-stop. Most of teams were well prepared, both technically and in delivery of presentation. Some of them were professionally trained for such events. One could say we brought fresh outsiders’ air.

Nevertheless, it was an awesome experience. We’ve received valuable comments and genuine feedback from dog owners in the crowd.


Mookie, 5-weeks old cross of min pin and atomic bomb, came to our home in April 2013. Pretty soon we were overwhelmed with photos, video clips and posts on our social network profiles. After a while, we agreed to put all photos on Flickr account and share from there. Then I’d go with Mookie to park, snap a great shot, share it with friends and forget to put it on Flickr. At the same time, we’ve met so many new people, dog owners’ kind, who could talk for ages about dogs, exchanged hundreds of ideas and free advice, and mentioned million interesting places and paths.

Mookie's Doggosphere is a beautiful and simple dog diary.

Snap and share your dog's memorable moments, meet new dog people and check out new places.