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

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The Best Travel Tips For Dog Owners

Gayle Martz traveling with her dogSummer Plans? Take Your Dog!

My philosophy has always been to do what you love, in the places you love, with the people and pets you love. The last few years have been very challenging to do this as traveling and socializing were both dramatically reduced due to the pandemic; however, it brings me joy to read that Americans are planning more summer trips according to this article from Travel Daily Media.

It took me over two years to finally get back to my favorite travel destination, Paris. I love walking the streets of Paris, appreciating all the art, architect, fashion, and dogs! Yes, dogs are everywhere, enjoying the scene, just as I am along with KoKo, my beloved four-legged friend. KoKo has traveled one time with me internationally and six times with me domestically, but each time takes planning and lots of preparation to make it easy on both me and her!

With summer quickly approaching, and many people making travel plans, I have shared my favorite tips for pet parents who will be bringing their dogs along! These travel tips for dog owners will make life easier and more enjoyable on your journey’s. Read more

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I love my pets, and I love to travel.

And I cannot imagine having to choose between the two. Globetrotting with my pets has become my way of life, but not so long ago, things were very different.

Sherpa the dogIn 1987, Sherpa, an adorable gray Lhasa Apso given to me by my fiancé, became my everything when my fiancé tragically died in his sleep a month before our wedding. Without a signed will, I wasn’t entitled to any of his estate and had to leave our New York home. To make matters worse, after two decades as a flight attendant, I had recently been laid off during a strike. At thirty-seven years old, my entire world had been turned upside down.

Feeling alone and distraught, I wanted to spend some time with my mother who lived in California, but I hesitated because the only way that Sherpa could accompany me on the plane was in a small hard-sided pet carrier that would be uncomfortable for her and cumbersome for me. I finally decided to leave her with a friend.

After arriving in California, I was appalled to learn that my friend’s husband had placed Sherpa in a kennel. (Kennels then  were not what they are now.) But worse than that, I felt completely lost without my little best friend; I realized I was the victim of a travel industry that had caused me to separate from my pooch during the time I needed her most. Read more

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Heal The World


Never have lyrics rung so true. I think we all need to hear this song right now.

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Airport ‘Petiquette’

  • gayle at airport check-in with her doggiesWhen traveling through the airport it is always best to keep a low profile when accompanying your pet at the airport.  Do not let him or her out of the carrier once you enter the airport terminal.  If they are traveling with you in the passenger cabin, never take him out of their carrier during the flight.
  • Be sure to take your dog outside before walking them through an airport.  Some airports provide dog-walking areas, but to be safe, have plenty of wee-wee pads on hand. Even if you are a responsible pet parent and don’t give your pet food for six hours before a flight or water within two hours of takeoff, sometimes your little friend still has to relieve himself.  If your pooch is sending you signals that this is the case, you can use the wee-wee pads in the airplane rest room, allowing your dog to relieve himself quickly, calmly, and discreetly.  Your dog will be very grateful.
  • If he must travel in the cargo hold, fasten a water bowl filled with frozen water to the door or carrier.  If you are carrying your pet through baggage check, politely and quietly inform the TSA agent at the security checkpoint that a pet is in the carrier so he is not exposed to x-rays.  If you are asked to take your pet out of the carrier as you pass through security on your way to the gate, make sure that he is wearing a collar and a leash or, better yet, a harness . Read more
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Global Pet Expo

Gayle Martz and KoKo at Pet Expo

Gayle and her beloved companion, KoKo make the rounds at the 2022 Global Pet Expo in Orlando.

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Too Old for a Pet? Think Again.

From an article on SilverDisobedience.Rocks

Gayle Martz with pet dogI hear it all the time: “I am too old to get a pet.”  And every time I hear it, my response is always the same. Nobody is too old to experience the love and joy a pet brings to your life. My first pet, SHERPA, was a Lhasa Apso that I adopted when I was in my 30s. The first time I held her, I felt warmth in my heart and a loving connection. At that moment, I did not know how much I would rely on SHERPA for more solace than I could ever imagine. Shortly after getting SHERPA, my fiancé passed away and my life was turned upside down. My only consolation was SHERPA’s unconditional love. It was then that I fully understood how beneficial pets are to humans and I have never been without one since. Now, my two dogs, KoKo and KARTU, make life even better by not only the love they give me but also the health benefits I gain by just having them around!

Happy Heart

Finding out that my fiancé’s death was a result of a massive heart attack caused me to become even more conscious of heart health. I have always embraced a healthy diet and regularly exercised —in fact, my first job was working at Jack LaLanne’s, the first exercise fitness club—and I am very aware that as we age, our chances of having heart disease or a heart attack increases. But did you know that owning a pet, especially a dog, may help keep your heart healthy according to a Mayo Clinic study? One researcher involved with the study said, “In general, people who owned any pet were more likely to report more physical activity, better diet, and blood sugar at ideal level. The greatest benefits from having a pet were for those who owned a dog, independent of their age, sex and education level.” KoKo and KARTU don’t even realize they could be as helpful as my yoga practice and nutritious meals are in keeping my heart healthy… but I do! And now so do you! Read more

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Four Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before Starting a Business

From an article on

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Starting a business is not always exactly how one might imagine it to be. Many aspiring entrepreneurs have expectations, but are they realistic? According to an Entrepreneur article, 24 million Americans wanted to become their own boss by 2021. But do they know exactly what that entails? The short answer: no.  For many, according to the article, expectations don’t always live up to reality – stress levels may go up (not down as many seem to think if they’re running the show), financial risks could be greater, and improvement of quality of life is not a guarantee. Given this, would-be entrepreneurs should know that it takes a special person who is passionate and prepared for all the possibilities.

One entrepreneur, Gayle Martz, is a perfect example of someone who was cut out for entrepreneurialism. Gayle is the founder of The SHERPA Pet Trading Company, where she single-handedly designed, manufactured and marketed the iconic SHERPA Bag® you see everywhere. Her hard work and determination resulted in a pet carrier purchased by millions for their dogs, cats and other animal companions, and it continues to be THE top-selling, prize-winning, globally-popular soft-sided pet carrier.

While it was not always easy, Martz says it was worth it. But she learned a lot throughout her business career. As Gayle recently shared in her interview with Thrive Global, here are four things she wishes someone told her before she started her business:

  1. Always consult a reputable attorney before you sign anything!

In her book, “It’s in the Bag,” Gayle reflects on the document she signed without having her attorney look at it first. Looking back, she was rushed into signing papers and notes that any business matter should never be rushed. Not taking the crucial time to consult her attorney cost her a lot and she preaches that all entrepreneurs get a good attorney that they can trust. “It is a necessity and an investment that will help along the way and save money down the road,” says Martz. Read more

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Four Ways to Shower Your Dog with Love

Shower your dog with love. Dog being petted.

Our dogs are often some of the greatest loves of our lives. They’re always there for us, comforting us on a bad day, always happy to see us. No matter what, our dogs love us. They are the true embodiment of unconditional love. So, why not show your furry friend some love right back? Here are four fun ways to shower your fur-babies with the love they deserve.

Spend time together outdoors. It is undeniable that dogs, and really all animals, love to be outside. Go for walks, jogs, have a picnic, or even just lay in the sunshine on a nice day with your pet. Fresh air and time in nature is good for the physical and mental well-being for you and your pet. An article published by Animal Wellness Magazine states that spending time outdoors helps prevent anxiety, depression, and boredom in animals, and it does the same for us. Time outdoors increases physical activity and overall health for you and your pet. Read more