Gayle Martz

A travel with your pet checklist

When you are traveling internationally and taking along your dog or cat there are a number of things you need to get in order ahead of time.

Kori the cat in a SHERPA bag

  1. Make an appointment with your vet. Make sure your pet is current on all vaccinations and travel with a proof of rabies vaccination. It’s also a good idea to get your pet microchipped and do so prior to the rabies vaccine if possible. This will not only allow your pet to be tracked should they become lost, but the immunization records will be recorded as available information on that chip.
  2. When flying be sure to book your connecting flights if there are any on the same airline. If your pet is for instance, too big to stay in a carrier on the cabin with you and winds up in the cargo hold the airline will transfer the pet to another flight they provide but not to another airline. Also, even when the pet is in an approved carrier, like the iconic SHERPA pet carrier, you may need to have your pet clear customs more than once. Research ahead of time about this procedure and what steps may be needed in the country you are visiting.
  3. Be sure to book a pet friendly hotel, whatever your destination. 
  4. Get your pet accustomed to the pet carrier or crate they will be traveling in well ahead of time. Have them use it like a bed if possible and love being in it. If you wait to spring this on them till just before you leave for the airport, they may not like being in the carrier and have a very stressful flight. Also in the future they will associate the pet carrier with a negative experience and be upset when you try to take them somewhere else, like to the vet.
  5. Figure out a head of time how you’ll be feeding your pet once you arrive at your destination. Does the country you are visiting have the correct food? In most cases you can take some dry kibble with you. Moist food is often okay as well, but check ahead of time with your airline about what you can bring along. It might well be easier to get food for your pet when you arrive where you’re visiting, but again research to see what is available where you are traveling. Changing your pet’s food suddenly can cause an upset stomach. The last thing you want when stay in a hotel is a pet that’s having gastrointestinal issues. It also might be a good idea depending on where you are going to buy bottled water for your pet to drink as native unfiltered water could upset their stomach.

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Welcome to a fashion revolution

Love and fashion continuously evolve for people and their pets. Images from the Who’s Next Fashion show, Paris, France. Featuring next Winter’s collection.Can you imagine, they even had a sneaker cleaner!

Who's Next Fashion Show

Who’s Next Fashion Show

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Gayle Martz

Talk to your dog

This article is from the folks at Badlands Ranch, check out their amazing, informative website

talk to your dogDo you ever wish you could have a conversation with your dog?

I know I do!

Maybe you want to say “I love you” so your dog knows what you mean…

Or “I’ll be back in 5 minutes — REALLY.”

Maybe you want to let them know you’ll be free to play with them in just half an hour.

Well, unfortunately there’s no “human to canine” dictionary just yet.

But every year, scientists get a little closer to bridging the gap between people-talk… and dog language.

Let’s talk about a few techniques you (and your dog) could actually try, right at home.

If you want to know…. What does your dog want?

Consider teaching them to push “communication buttons.”

These are buttons that say things like “potty” or “water” or “play” when your dog taps them with a paw or nose.

They’re available online, and at pet stores — and here’s what’s really cool:

Some dogs can learn DOZENS of words — and even string them together into simple sentences like “dad play now” or “outside potty.”

Now, there are a lot of tutorials about how to use buttons on the web, so I won’t go into a long tutorial here. Read more

Gayle Martz

The Three Tomatoes

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The Three Tomatoes

The Three Tomatoes

Gayle Martz

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

“The time is always right to do the right thing.”

Gayle Martz

Fashion is Dog Gone Great in Paris

Fashion is Dog Gone Great in Paris

Paris is the city of light and the fashion capital of the world.

Dogs are everywhere because it’s Dog Gone Fabulous!

Gayle Martz

How to Take Your Pet Along for the Ride (or Flight)

As travel returns for humans, more of them want to take their animal companions with them on vacation. Here, tips on making that experience a happy one for everyone.

take your pet along

When Caroline Perkins, 61, was planning to fly her springer spaniel Calvin from Sacramento to Seattle a few years ago, she asked her veterinarian for something to help him keep calm in the cargo hold. The sedative had “the opposite effect,” she said, and during the flight the dog chewed a hole the size of his head in his hard plastic carrier.

“Since then, we’ve been driving,” said Ms. Perkins.

Millions of American households adopted a pet during the pandemic when they were stuck at home. Now, as many have started to travel again, they want to take their animals with them.

At Vacasa, a vacation-rental management company, reservations that included guests with dogs this summer were up 59 percent over last. “Pet friendly” has become the third most-used search filter by guests looking for rooms on Hilton Hotels’ website and the “pets allowed” search filter is one of the most popular filters on Vrbo, the home rental site, according to those companies.

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Pick Your Pet

gayle martz with parrot

Last week I saw a woman bringing a dog into a senior living facility across the street. My first reaction was that of excitement as she was carrying the dog in a SHERPA Bag, the first soft-sided pet carrier that I invented in the 80s. Yes, even after all these years I still get excited to see people using my brainchild that become a global staple in the pet industry! My second thought was how wonderful it is that animal therapy has become popular among seniors. I have experienced the benefits of pets and the unconditional love they give(especially when going through a transition in life), and I think it is so important for people to recognize joy and happiness animals bring. There are many different pets (not just dogs!) that can positively affect the lives of people.


Birds make a great companion. Think about it. When out in the wild, they typically flock, so it is in their genetic makeup to want to be with others!  Birds also do not require walking or extensive bathing, so can be an ideal companion for someone who prefers to spend more time inside. Birds love to talk, chirp, sing… depending on the breed. If you want to fill your quiet home with some sound, birds will do the trick. Although be careful – while some people could consider the chirping nature-like and therapeutic, others might find it noisy!


If you are looking for a quiet pet, a rabbit might be a good fit for you as they typically make little noise. Rabbits bond closely with their owners, and will become affectionate to you if you have positive interactions with them, like playing, grooming, and cuddling.

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Together everyone accomplishes more: Interview with Gayle Martz, founder of Sherpa Pet Trading Company

Gayle and her doggieI recently went one on one with Gayle Martz. Gayle is the founder and former CEO of Sherpa Pet Trading Company, maker of The SHERPA Bag®, the first soft-sided pet carrier officially approved by major airlines.

Adam: Thanks again for taking the time to share your advice. First things first, though, I am sure readers would love to learn more about you. How did you get here? What experiences, failures, setbacks or challenges have been most instrumental to your growth?

Gayle: My journey began as flight attendant with TWA. I have always loved to travel and experience different foods, cultures, and places. The job also allowed me to pursue my other passion, photography. I was a freelance fashion photographer for high-end brands in the handbag and fashion industry. I photographed Lanvin in Paris, Valentino in Rome, and Adolfo in Milan. Life was good until my flight attendant career came to an abrupt halt on the heels of a corporate raider who took over TWA. His first order of business was to get rid of all flight attendants and hire a new work force. I remember wondering, how am I, and others, going to make it? I was living in Manhattan, the most expensive borough in the most expensive city in the country, and just lost both my revenue streams. And then shortly thereafter, the unthinkable happened. My finance died of a heart attack. All these events left me with no money, no home, and no job. But as they say, the good thing about hitting rock bottom is there’s only one way left to go and that’s UP.  The knowledge I gained from being a flight attendant and my experience as a photographer coupled with the love I had for my dog, SHERPA, who I never wanted to go anywhere without, helped me create a vision for what became the first soft-sided pet carrier, The SHERPA Bag. My signature design was the first of its kind, as the soft-sided pet carrier category did not exist in the world. This bag allowed me to create my multi-million-dollar business, the SHERPA Pet Trading Company, where I served as the CEO until 2016.

How did you come up with your business Idea? What advice do you have for others on how to come up with great ideas?

Gayle: The idea for the SHERPA Bag came to me when I wanted to fly with my dog, SHERPA, from New York to California but she was not allowed in the cabin, so I had no choice but to make the cross-country trip in a car. I started experimenting with dimensions and designs for a new type of pet carrier that would fit a pet comfortably and safely under the seat of an airplane. Was it a good idea? Yes. But what most people don’t realize is an idea means very little without a strong foundation and execution. When thinking of an idea, search for a void in the global marketplace. If there is a void in the marketplace, do research to see if your idea would be beneficial and attractive to consumers. The only good ideas are the ones that have a lot of hard work that goes into them. Read more

Gayle Martz

Pet Talk: Get Comfortable with Communication

A young girl talking to her dog

Communication is the cornerstone of every relationship –without it, a relationship can’t exist. There are many studies highlighting the importance of communication with your partner, children, employees, employers, and friends – along with tips on how to improve communication in relationships – but one topic that is rarely discussed is communicating with your pets. Some people don’t feel comfortable talking with their pets, but it is crucial to understand that communication is part of nurturing your pet. While pets can’t talk back, they are always listening and benefit from being spoken to by their owners. Think about this study led by researcher from University of York that found young children who are exposed to large amounts of adult speech tend to have better cognitive skills. These young children can’t communicate back to parents with words, but they are benefiting greatly from their parents talking to them. Even though it may feel weird at first to talk to your pet when they can’t talk back, communicating with your pet will only make your relationship stronger and I bet you’ll understand them better!

My first dog, SHERPA, became a part of me. And that is what you want, a strong human-animal bond. I learned early on with SHERPA the importance of communication and have been a believer (and advocate) for talking with your dogs. So much, that I was recently invited as a guest on the podcast Talking with Your Dogs where I chatted with host, Liz Murdoch, about  everything from my book to how I communicate with KoKo and KARTU (my current dogs!).

If you already talk with your dog, GREAT! If you need some inspiration, here are three ways I implement communication in my relationship with my pets: Read more