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Romantic Valentine's Day concert

The gifted young conductor Alexander Shelley, born in the UK into a family of musicians, directed the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra for the Saint Valentines concert at the Salle Garnier last night, with musicians wearing red roses in their lapels and on their instruments...

The romantic programme included Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, with the participation of two young Italian opera singers, the soprano Sandra Pastrana and tenor David Giusti.
PHOTO: Conductor Alexander Shelley  Celina Lafuente de Lavotha

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Melissa Roen has written a new novel set in Monaco, Maya Rising, a sequel to Last Call for Caviar. The video is an interview with the author on the topic of her first novel.

What is your motivation for writing about the end of civilisation as we know it?
While humanity is poised on the brink of cataclysmic, apocalyptic times in Last Call for Caviar and its sequel, Maya Rising, this is primarily a background setting for a more intimate, human-scaled narrative of one person’s struggle to find meaning and hold onto her humanity and ideals, to protect the people she loves, while fighting to survive in a world gone mad.
I found this doomed-world scenario an interesting setting and a great narrative device: it helps to move the plot along as the protagonist, Maya Jade, navigates the minefield of her disintegrating world. Readers experience this doomed and dying world through Maya’s eyes, but her story is one adventure, curiosity, passion, romance and ultimately, hope…

To read all the interview, please click on this link:



Me Puppy Book

Earlier this year Monaco Paw's own Kaidi-Katariin Knox published the very special, Me Puppy Book.  This book, available as an e-book and in print, is written from the puppy's perspective and gives helpful instruction to her new owners.  We asked Kaidi to tell us more about her book, and her best friend, Coco.  

What inspired you to write Me Puppy Book?

I got Coco about three years ago and did a lot of research on the best training techniques.  Most of what I found was really long and complicated.  Coco is a mini Yorkshire Terrier and is so tiny that you might think that rules and cues don't matter.  But the truth is all puppies grow up and need to learn good manners.  I wanted to figure out how to simplify the training process.

Is Me Puppy Book for adults or children?

I think both adults and children will enjoy it.  However, it is written in a way that children can easily understand and use.

What are the main lessons of the book?

It covers all the basics.  It gives the first tips and tricks to use when a new puppy joins the family.  

What's your proudest moment using the tips from the book?

The Positive Reinforcement technique is the most rewarding way to raise a mentally healthy and happy dog. Dogs are very sensitive beings and respond to our tone of voice and mood.  You will always have better results training your dog with positive reinforcement for good behaviour, than punishment for bad behaviour.  

The book features your dog Coco, did she cooperate with the process?

Dogs love to please their owners.   Different dogs are driven by different rewards, it can be food, a toy or praise.  For Coco, she will do anything for a treat and a cuddle.

Are there any other dogs photographed in the book?

Yes, my friend's dog Pudding appears as well.  She is a reason we got our dog. She is a total love! Opposed to Coco, she is driven to learn cues with her toy as a reward.

Do you have any special advice for Monaco dog owners?

I think the goal is to have our dogs well integrated into our daily lives.  Whether we live in the city or the country, we want to have our best friends along side us.  And we need to be responsible owners which means that our dogs should be well behaved, microchipped, vaccinated, washed and brushed, and get plenty of exercise. Responsible pet owners have happy dogs.  

What has been the best thing about this project for you?

Well, it has really helped me to discover my passion, which is photographing dogs. That is why I loved making the book and why we have such fun with Monaco Paws. I am really lucky to have the chance to do what I love.   

I think Me Puppy Book would be a great gift for children to use when they get their first puppy.  Where is the book available?

The e-book is available online at Blurb book store

Printed copies are available at For Pets Only in Monte-Carlo and the Clinique Vétérinaire du Soleil in Cap D'ail.   We also have Twitter, a Facebook page and Instagram account where you can see lots more pictures of Coco. #cocointhebag

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Knox,  Please contact us at and follow us on Instagram, @stkmonaco and



Monaco Life changes hands

Monaco Life is pleased to announce that it has been acquired by Sand Spring Media Holdings, a US based investor. The publishing business, which comprises and the daily newsletters Monaco Today and Swiss Business Today, will continue to be published with Ian Brodie as editor.

Eric Brundage, CEO of Sand Spring, is excited about the opportunity presented by Monaco Life. “While Monaco Life is already undoubtedly the premier source of news and information about the Principality of Monaco, we are anxious to expand its content and reach. We have already begun the project to dramatically improve the website and to create a mobile app access and this project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.

Additionally, we are significantly enhancing our content. We will be expanding our current food column into a full blown food, wine and travel column and have already secured interviews with several of Monaco’s most famous personalities which will appear in a monthly “Lunch with..” column which will feature local restaurants and cuisine.

Working with our primary sponsor Barclays, we will be instituting content focused on finance and tax and will be featuring local lawyers, family offices, private bankers and private equity firms in a monthly column with interesting and helpful information for Monagesques, residents, and others with interests in Monaco and the surrounding locales.

Further, we are working with local firms to include regular content on the yacht, jet and auto sectors, as well as the luxury retail industry, all of which are important to Monaco’s economy. Of course, we will continue to provide the most comprehensive coverage of events and happenings in the Principality. In short, it is our goal to be the number one public service news organisation in the Principality.

Editor Ian Brodie is excited for the opportunity to expand upon the excellent base he has created publishing Monaco Life for the last six years and is eager to focus on the expanded editorial side of the business.

Monaco Life is read by 3500 residents daily and the premier access version, Monaco Today Premium Service, which is where the full coverage is accessed, is available for 99 euros annually.

To celebrate the newly expanded venture, management is offering both Monaco Life and its sister publication Swiss Business Today at the discounted subscription price of 149 euros annually. Those interested in accessing the full Monaco Life offering can contact us at and can use paypal to make their subscription payment."



Walk The Dog

Karen September of Happy Dog MC is a certified dog behaviourist who has worked in the Monaco area for more than seven years.  On Sunday, 22 November Karen will be lead a free seminar called "Mastering the Walk".  It will be held from 10:00-12 noon at 1642-1932 Route de la Turbie, in Cap-d'Ail.  To sign up or get more information about the seminar, visit Happy Dog MC on Facebook.

Monaco Paws spent some time with Karen to find out what it takes to be the leader of the pack.  

What got you interested in dog training?
I grew up on a farm in Australia and we always had dogs and horses. We bred Bull Terriers and Blue Heelers.  I've been around dogs all my life.

Have you found that dogs in Monaco have any special issues?
Monaco is so small with a huge concentration of dogs so it's important that dogs learn correct social behaviour. But the problem is that living in small apartments dogs don't always get enough exercise.  This can result in barking, aggression, anxiety and bad lead manners.

What is the most important lesson that owners need to learn?
It is really important for owners to set rules, boundaries and limitations in the home and outside. I find that owners often humanize their dogs to the point that the dog becomes confused. Dogs are pack animals and need a strong pack leader.

What should owners do if they are having problems with their dog's behaviour?
Bad behaviour is a cry for help. The first thing is to look at the daily routine. Exercise is essential, dogs are travelers, they love to move and explore and if they don't get enough exercise (a garden is no substitute for walking out) they become frustrated and bored.

How much exercise does an average dog need?
I recommend at least a 30-45 minute walk, 2 times per day.

Why is walking, especially on the lead, so important?
Correct lead manners where the dog walks respectfully next to, or behind their owner, is the foundation for teaching the dog you are his pack leader and he is a follower. If the dog is in front he will instinctually assume a protective, leader role and this is when the problems start.

How does the human become the pack leader?
It's all about energy.  Dogs rely on their instincts, not conversation. If you project a calm, assertive energy your dog will relax and respond with calm, submissive energy and look to you for direction in all situations.

So, the training is both for the dog and the owner?
Yes, definitely.  Dogs and humans have a deep connection that goes back 20,000 years. However, you can't be a friend to your dog without first establishing a leadership role. I am not saying that giving love and affection is wrong, but it must be given at the right times.
Besides lead training, how else do you help dog owners?
I can help in lots of ways.  I love to help people adopt a dog or choose a new puppy.  I can help socialise a dog to a new baby or a change of circumstances.  I also specialise in working with dogs that are overly aggressive or have anxiety problems.  

Do you think its possible to teach an old dog new tricks?
Age has no bearing whatsoever.  It's never too late for a dog to learn to be calm, balanced and happy.

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Knox,  Please contact us at and follow us on Instagram, @stkmonaco and


The Monaco pavilion at the Milan Universal Expo has attracted more than one million visitors and won six prizes. A total of 130 countries took part around the theme 'Feeding the Planet.' According to Julien Cellario, deputy director of the pavilion, its mission was to show another side of the Principality than its stereotypes. The mission was successful, he said.


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Monaco Paws spent a sunny fall afternoon learning about the Dachshund called Hugo.  Hugo is part of the Bruner family, pictured here with Mum Edwige and girls Charlotte (8 years old) and Lauren (3 years old).    

Where did you get Hugo?
We saw him in the window of a pet shop on Madison Avenue in New York on Christmas Eve. He ended up as my Christmas present, that was 10 years ago.

How did he adjust to living in Monaco?
It's so much better here. He was a terrible city dog. It was very lucky to come here where he has a garden and can run freely. And here he can go everywhere with us. He goes in the pool, and on the boat too. When we go to restaurants Hugo is usually the most well behaved member of our party.

Who takes care of Hugo?
Charlotte: I take care of him when I'm not at school. I play with him and give him treats.  

What does Hugo eat?
Charlotte:  We feed him all day long.  
Edwige:  Well, that's true (laughing). He also loves to eat the lemons that fall from the trees in the garden. He is the only dog I know who loves citrus.

Have you trained Hugo?
Charlotte:  I tried to teach him some things. I taught him to sit.
Edwige:  He needs training or he gets bored.  We trained him to chase a ball and now he is obsessed with it.  

Do you speak to Hugo in French or English?
He is an American dog, so we speak in English. Except "Ça suffit". That became his surname for a while.

Is Hugo a good friend?
Charlotte:  I love it when he chases his tail.
Edwige:  Lauren really tortures him and he never reacts. We never get bored with him and he loves us no matter what.

Does Hugo like to cuddle?
He is a perfect lap dog.  He likes to be the "Choux-choux".
Charlotte:  He comes into my bed in winter. Sometimes he gets stuck in my hair.

Does Hugo have any nicknames?
We call him "Chauffe-pieds" or the "Foot Warmer".  

Is Hugo a good watch-dog?
He is very protective and brave for a little dog. Actually, a few weeks ago we heard him barking in the middle of the night and found there was an intruder trying to break in. Hugo saved us!

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Knox,  Please contact us at and follow us on Instagram, @stkmonaco and




Monaco Ladies rally for girls' school in India

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Monaco Paws:


Iryna Pugachova is a classically trained ballerina who now teaches Monaco's favourite Barre workout at Ms Fit,  Her pure white Pomeranian, Hugh Hefner, is a suitably elegant companion.  This week Monaco Paws spent some time learning more about this charming couple.

How long have you had Hugh Hefner?
I got him from a little farm when he was 2 months old.  He was just a little fluff ball. He is almost 4 years old now.

Did you have dogs before you got him?
I used to be a cat lady, but dogs are better.  I wanted a dog for a long time, but waited until I was more settled down.  

What do you like about Pomeranians?
I did my research.  They are good, smart dogs.  They are very classy, just look at the way he walks.  And they are the cutest dogs ever.  I think he looks a little like a tiny polar bear.

Heffy seems to be a very well -mannered dog, is he always so good?
He has amazing manners.  I take him everywhere.  He is perfect with children. He is really obedient and easy to train.  

As a dance teacher, have you taught Heffy any tricks?
He can do lots of tricks.  He loves to perform.  He's got lots of energy and a little treat can make him perform miracles.  He knows how to pirouette. (A treat is found and Heffy duly performs a perfect turn.)

What does he like to eat?
He likes everything, especially chicken and tuna.

What is the best thing about Heffy?
He just takes away any tension.  He is always happy, and has so much personality.  Sometimes my friends even ask to borrow him.  

Does Heffy have some special outfits?
Of course he has a tuxedo.  He will always wear a bow tie to formal events.

Does he share any traits with his namesake?
He likes ladies.  He will always find his way to beautiful young ladies.  I don't know how, but he always finds the prettiest girls.

So he is a bit of a playboy?
Of course, just look at his Hollywood smile.

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Knox,  Please contact us at


Monaco Paws:

Over three years ago Ylja Bartlett Venema and her husband decided that they wanted a dog.  However, it wasn't until about six months ago they finally got Flapperlingen (Flappy), a Cavapoo.  Cavapoos are a fairly new breed; a cross of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle.  Monaco Paws wanted to find out if their patience has paid off.
How did Flapperlingen get his name?
About three years ago we were sitting by the sea one day and watching a flag flapping in the wind.  We thought Flapperlingen would be a great name for a dog.
Why did you wait three years?
We looked around a lot, but my husband kept getting cold feet about it.  I finally bought the puppy for him as a surprise gift.
Where did you get Flappy?
I bought him from a breeder in Holland when he was 8 weeks old.
What is special about this breed?
My husband has allergies, so we needed a breed that does not shed.  And we like the low-key personality of Cavaliers.  Together it makes the perfect dog for us.  Also because he is easy to have in an apartment.
Has it been difficult to train him?

He is so sweet, he didn't really need much training.  He is very obedient and I like to let him off the lead as much as possible.
You speak three languages, what do you use with Flappy?
The commands are always in English, but sometime I speak Dutch & Frysian to him too.
Has having a puppy impacted your lifestyle?
I take him to work and it is great to have his company.  He is only seven kilos, so I can easily take him everywhere.  It's been really easy.  He adapts very quickly wherever we go, although he hates being in the car.
Are you enjoying finally being a dog-owner?
He is so cuddly and gives so much love.  He's just so sweet.
So was Flappy worth the wait?
It’s the best thing that ever happened to us

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim,  Please contact us at


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This week Monaco Paws was especially delighted to meet the very special K9s and their companions who are part of Monaco's own 'Chien de Coeur'.  Pictured above is Ruth Archer and her Carin Terrier Bramble, Patricia Turkmen and Honey her French Bulldog and Sabine and Patrick Thienpont and their White Shepard called Tonka.

What does 'Chien de Coeur' do?
We are a group of people with friendly, well-educated and sociable dogs which we take for therapy visits to Princesse Grace Hospital and the different retirement homes around Monaco.

Are the dogs specially trained?
We make sure that the dogs are in good health, calm, well-mannered and will never bite, but there is no other special training.  They just need to be good and happy dogs.

When did it start?
We began in 2013 and have been going strong since then.  In 2014 we became an official partner of the Princesse Grace Hospital.

How do the visits help the sick and elderly?
For some people we are the only visitors they get each week.  Sometimes being with the dogs is helpful for the patients in their recovery too.  The dogs bring back fond memories and happiness which make them feel better.

What do the dogs do during the visits?
Mostly they just sit with the people and they hold and pet the dogs.  Little ones can sit on their laps.

Do the elderly people and hospital patients appreciate the visits?
We give them an hour of sunshine.  The dogs act as a bridge and help engage the patients.  Many people are separated from their own dogs when they are in the hospital or retirement home. This way they can connect with the love they give and receive from their own pets.

Do the dogs enjoy the visits?
They love it, they know they are doing a special service.

What is the inspiration behind 'Chien de Coeur'?
On the streets you just see happy people, but behind the walls their are many people who are very alone.  This work does not just help the patients, but it brings us and our dogs a lot of happiness and good feelings.  

Where can people find out more about your work?
People can see our website www.chiendecoeurmonaco to find out more and contact us if they would like to get involved.

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim,  Please contact us at



Spitz Blitz
There is no accessory more chic than the perfect puffy pooch. This week Monaco Paws took a stroll in the park with Julia Krulova and her lavender coloured German Spitz Klien, called April.

How old is April?
One year and three months. We got her from a London breeder when she was four months old. Over the last three years, all the puppies from that breeder have been adopted by my friends and family.
What do you like about this breed?
They are extremely smart, so devoted. She follows all my steps everywhere I go.
Does she need a lot of exercise?

Yes, minimum 2-3 hours a day or she will get aggressive. She is like a little warrior.
What are her favourite treats?
April loves pigs ears.  When she smells them she goes insane. But I have to be careful because she loves to eat. She will eat non-stop if I don’t monitor her.
Do you travel with April?
My husband and I have only been able to travel by car since we’ve had her. We have to take her everywhere we go.
How does she do in the summer heat?
We must walk very early in the morning or she gets too hot. She is a Nordic breed.
Where does April sleep?
She sleeps next to me but at 7am she jumps over to my husband. But he still thinks she loves me more than him.
Does your husband help take care of her?
Yes, he takes her out and feeds her, but he grew up only having cats, so this is new to him.
What is the best thing about having a dog?

I don’t think you can ever have so much love on the planet. You can have a husband, parents, but this is different; totally unconditional. She is fully our baby. 
Do you think you will get another dog?
I would love to have another dog. I saw a Spitz Nano (a miniature Spitz) and went crazy for it. My husband wants a brown Lab.

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim,  Please contact us at



Man’s Best Man
Monaco Paws recently spent a sunny afternoon getting to know Diana Gabriel, Steve Myro and their very handsome Boxer-Lab mix, Barney
Where did you get Barney?
We got him from a pet shop in north Montreal.  He was a mutt and a good deal, just $399.  Sometimes we tell people he was a rescue (because of the bad reputation of pet shops). We like to think we rescued him from the pet shop.
How did Barney get his name?
We didn’t name him at first.  Steve wasn’t sure he wanted to keep him because he was so messy at the beginning   But one day Steve just started calling him Barney, so then I knew he was here to stay.
How did Barney manage the transition from Montreal to Monaco?
He likes it here and we take him everywhere we go in Monaco.  Still, he does miss his big dog friends from Canada.
What does Barney like to do?
He loves to sniff everything.   And he needs to run a lot, but it’s hard to find places here where there is enough space for him to really run freely.
What do you feed him?
We started with kibble, but have now switched to a totally raw food diet.  It’s much better for him and his health has improved a lot.  But we can’t source it here, so we get it shipped in from Montreal.  He also gets organic cinnamon treats.  There’re really good, I’ve tried them (Steve).
Is Barney well-trained?
When we got him he knew the word “sit”.  To this day that’s still all he knows.   He hates cats and will chase them ruthlessly.
Is he a good guard dog?
He barks when anyone rings the doorbell, but otherwise he is not protective or aggressive at all.
Do you think he is a smart dog?

Not really, but he is very intuitive.  He knows when we have a fight and comes over to comforts us.
What’s the best thing about Barney?
He is always happy.  No mood swings…like us.
Was Barney really the Best Man at your wedding?
Yes, he wore a bow tie and Steve held on to him during the vows.   He is in all the wedding photos too.

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim,  Please contact us at


MONACO WEALTH FORUM: London is the venue for the next Wealth Forum, on October 6, 2015, with an agenda especially focussed on professional services for the very wealthy. This video, of the Monaco Global High Net Worth event in March this year, proves the success of the multi-professional approach, bringing together specialists from many sectors who share their experiences and valuable expertise. The conference was held at the Salon Bellevue of the Cafe de Paris in Monte-Carlo and was organised by Monaco Life in association with Savills. For more information on The Wealth Forums, please visit


Monaco Paws:

The Princess and Her Pirate

Beloved Monaco café, Princesse Pirate (7 Avenue de l’Hermitage, +377 97 98 11 13), is best known for two things; super yummy cupcakes and the gorgeous cocker spaniel Lola.  Monaco Paws chatted with owner and entrepreneur Stephanie Bovini over tea and some very tasty treats.

How did Lola get her name?
I always wanted to have a daughter and give her the name Lola.  But instead I had three sons.  So I knew when I got her two years ago that I would call her Lola.

How does she get along with your sons?
Her very best friend is my son Sasha.  She will pick up a toy and bring it to him to play with her.  She cuddles with the rest of us, but Sasha is her favorite and her playmate.

Has Lola always come to the café?
Everywhere I go, she comes.  When she was a puppy I used to put her on corner bench and now that is her spot, unless we are really busy.

Lola seems very well behaved, did she have any special training?
My husband used to be a veterinary assistant so he was in charge of her education and did all the training.  She knows to stay on the premises; she’s never crossed the street outside the café.

Does she get along well with other animals?
At the café she is fine and gets along with everyone.  But at home its different.  She defends the house and won’t allow any other animals to be around, not a cat or even a fish.

Does Lola get to eat your cupcakes?
No, never cupcakes. Her favourite treats are cherry tomatoes. They are like bonbons to her.

How many cupcakes do you make everyday?
I make 54 cupcakes every morning.  They are available here, but we are also selling them a few other places around town.  I also love to make special birthday cakes.

Lola is a very pretty dog. Is it a lot of work to keep her looking like a princess?
Every Sunday she gets a bath. Cocker spaniels often have problems with their eyes and ears, so I have to pay extra attention to those areas.

What does Lola like to do when she is not at the café?
She is completely mad about the water.  She would swim to Corsica if we let her.  We also go hiking in the mountains.  She prefers to walk free off the lead.

How do your customers react when they meet Lola?
Everybody loves Lola!

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim,  Please contact us at

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Chloe and Izzy are two Boston Terriers often seen around town with their owners Anne and Patrick Dewez.  Monaco Paws met up with Anne to find out what makes this doggy duo so dynamic.
Why did you choose Boston Terriers?

We had lost a much-loved Boxer and were ready for a new dog, but we had moved from a house to an apartment and needed to find a smaller dog. As a good Harvard Business School graduate, I decided to conduct a comprehensive survey of trainers, vets and breeders. I described our family and lifestyle and everyone said the same thing; get a Boston Terrier.

What are the dominant characteristics of Boston Terriers?

They are smart, learn quickly and are just clowns. They look funny and are very engaging. My husband Patrick said he wanted a dog that made him laugh and that’s what we get every day.

They have an amazing amount of energy. Have you trained them to do some tricks?

We took them to L’ Ecole de Chien so they are good with all the basics. Izzy can jump 3 feet, especially if I tempt her with a plastic water bottle.

How much exercise do they get each day?

Almost every morning we walk to Plage Marquet which is about 4 kilometres. It's good exercise for them and good for me too.

Sometimes little dogs are not good with children.  Do Chloe and Izzy like kids?

They love kids. Izzy will fetch endlessly if they throw the ball for her.

And are they good with other dogs?

They are always curious but not aggressive.  They are good with virtually all the dogs, big and small, that we meet on our walks. Their special friends are 2 pugs and a golden retriever.

Do you think of them as your children now that your boys are grown up?

They are our girls. I think Patrick is a little more indulgent with them than I am.

What do you think makes a good dog owner?

You really have to be 100% committed to giving them the training and care they need and lots of exercise. And when they get old and are suffering it is important not to keep them alive just because of your own attachment.

Do you think there are any special advantages to having a dog in Monaco?

Yes! Not least, the ready availability of bags for cleaning up. Also, there are plenty of places to walk and play with them and Monaco residents and businesses (restaurants, shops) are particularly dog-friendly.

Are two better than one?

Of course!  We get twice the laughs and twice the love.

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim,



We all love to pamper our pets, perhaps with a sparkly new collar or a soft cushy bed.  This week Monaco Paws stopped by the chicest pet shop in town to talk with Marilisa Tomasini the owner of the shop For Pets Only (3, Ave Princesse Alice +377 93 25 77 77).

1.     When and why did you open your shop?

I’ve been open for just over a year.  I’ve always had dogs so I was familiar with the For Pets Only brand and there wasn’t any place like it in Monaco.

2.     How has business been so far?
We have a great location in the heart of Monaco.  I have lots of local customers and also tourists who come from all over the world.

3.     What are your best selling products?
Mostly the collars because we have a great selection of different styles.  We also offer grooming for dogs and cats.

4.     How many dogs do you have of your own?
I have three dogs: Set, Vicky (both West Highland Terriers) and Sara (Spaniel mix).  Set is eight and is very possessive; he thinks he is my boyfriend.  Vicky acts like a cat and Sara is pretty relaxed.

5.     Why do you like Westies?
They don’t shed their hair very much and they are always white and smell clean.

6.     Do your dogs come to the shop everyday?
I like to keep them here, but just for half the day.  They get very jealous when I give attention to other dogs.

7.     Where do you like to walk your dogs?
We go to the Casino Gardens everyday, they love to see the ducks in the fountain.

8.     Do you think dogs are very welcome around Monaco?
Oh yes, people here have a special relationship with their dogs.

9.  Why do you think dogs become so important in their owner’s lives?
Dogs are good for people.  They are especially good for older people. It gives them something to do. Dogs just bring joy and happiness.

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim,


Year of Russia...

The Salle Empire of the Hotel de Paris was the venue for a special evening on Thursday, as Hommage to the Grimaldis celebrated Monaco's special relationship with Russia spanning several centuries. PHOTO: Mr Tokhtar Tuleshov, Mrs Dina Nurqliyeva, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to France HE Alexandre Orlov, and the Count Cheremetieff  Claudia Albuquerque 


Monaco Paws...

Ever-Ready, Ever-Bright

The sun is out, the flowers are in bloom and Monaco Paws is back on the street...

Irina Peterson and her Miniature Pinscher, Ever, are rarely apart.  This week Monaco Paws found them enjoying a lovely afternoon outside the new Monaco Yacht Club.

Do you find Monaco to be very dog-friendly?
It opens a new universe.  I had lived in Monaco for 17 years before I got Ever and thought I knew a lot of people.  Since having him the number of people I know has doubled.

Is it easy to keep Ever with you all day?
Yes, he comes to the office with me everyday and has a bed there where he rests quietly while I work. He hates to be alone, but he is not a "bag-dog"; he won't stay in a bag.  He feels a little offended to be put in a bag.

How has Ever affected your life?
He has changed my life for the better.  I have learned so much.  Dogs just help you to be 100 percent in the present.  There is no dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.  He is my dog, but I also feel like I am his human and therefore responsible for his happiness and well-being.  It is a mutual and reciprocal relationship.

What do you like about Miniature Pinschers?
They have lots of personality, I love their looks and they are very adaptable.  They can be very active and athletic, but also calm and affectionate.  He is friends with everyone.  He likes kids and all animals; cats, dogs, rabbits and even turtles.

Is it an intelligent breed?  He is very smart and a little cheeky.  I can't fool him more than twice.  He had some formal training and is very well-mannered.  He only barks if there is trouble.  Once I found him barking loudly at a cupboard and when I opened it, I saw a small electrical fire had started.

Pinschers often have their ears and tails clipped, why didn't you do that with Ever?
I insisted that he remain in his natural state.  Plus he talks to me so much through his ears and tail.  I can tell what he is thinking by the position of his ears and judge his mood by his tail.

Ever looks like a very sporty dog.  Does he need a lot of exercise?
He really appreciates exercise.  On the weekends he runs 10K with my running club and me. Ever has also participated three times in the charity event, No Finish Line.  This year he completed 75 kilometres.

Have you bred Ever?
He recently became a father for the first time!  The neighbour of a friend also has a beautiful Miniature Pinscher and they met in a garden in Nice and just played and got on so well.  Two adorable puppies were born last August.

Do you think you will continue to breed Ever?
Well, if he falls in love again, I won't prevent it.

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The great and recently late poet Philip Levine bemoaned that poetry had become “institutionalized and neutralized” and that poets “should have turned and lived with animals”. I bemoan food in the same way. We have institutionalized our food sources and neutralized their health benefits with toxins and chemicals. And we no longer live with animals.

My farmhouse in Southern France has an original mangeoir in the kitchen where the animals grazed in centuries gone by. Friends coo over how quaint this manger is. Yet it also reminds me of a simple lifestyle that has been lost forever. What used to be a vital element of the household economy is now merely a receptacle for my gleaming inox pots and pans. Modern-day sophistication has rendered us into Marie Antoinette playing the pretty spectacle of ersatz farmhouse simplicity. And our meat comes plastic-wrapped.

Our elongated and chemically-infused food supply chain is one of our biggest 21st-century food challenges. Take salad for example. Phytonutrient-rich lettuce leaves, fresh from your organic vegetable garden have little in common with their plastic-bagged, supermarket counterparts. ‘Ready-to-eat’ bagged lettuce tends to have been covered in pesticides, then washed in chlorinated water (that’s more concentrated than your local municipal pool in order to ward off the serious risk of bacterial infections such as cryptosporidium, listeria and salmonella) and bagged, before travelling hundreds of miles to a supermarket and finally weeks later to your plate.

I miss simplicity, like I miss Levine. Luckily Monaco-based nutrition gurus Susan Tomassini and Naomi Buff have come to the rescue in promoting healthy dining across the principality. This month sees them helping various Monegasque restaurants to revolutionize their culinary approaches from food sourcing to nutrient-rich dishes.

Having flown all the way to New York to study at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Naomi Buff (a.k.a. Monaco’s queen of smoothies) is now working with chefs at the Monaco Restaurant Group (whose restaurants include Bouchon, Beef Bar, Mozza, Avenue 31 and La Saliére among others, on how to maximize nutritional benefits in the food they serve. Grains such as quinoa are soaked overnight in kombu seaweed so that they sprout before cooking. You can be one of the first to taste Naomi’s gluten-free and refined-sugar-free dishes at selected MRG restaurants or you can catch one of her new workshops for yummy mummies at the Munchkins Club (

Hot off the press also comes the news that knowledgeable nutritionist Susan Tomassini and her Clever Kitchen partner Melanie Gulliver have teamed up with Stars ‘N’ Bars ( With Clever Kitchen-designed healthy dishes planned for Stars ‘N’ Bars’ new menu launch in April, this is the latest step in the iconic restaurant’s dramatic turnaround in bringing its menu up-to-date with healthy food trends following my December 2014 food column. With a BSc in nutrition from London’s BCNH, Susan also offers one-on-one personal consultations and online nutritional solutions (

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Sunday, March 1

A tale of half a pizza

It’s been a very busy week, and most of the time I’ve had a banana for lunch. But I do remember leaving half a pizza in the fridge. News of the killing of Boris Nemtsov put me off my food altogether, not because of its shock value but because it confirms everything I know and suspect about Vladimir Putin, and for those readers who might be tempted to pick up their quills and ask “what has this got to do with Monaco?" let me say that if matters get very much worse Europe could soon be little more than radioactive dust, including what's left of dear old Monte-Carlo and even Fontvieille.

Now the Brits are taking notice. After the annexation of Crimea and the stealthy invasion of eastern Ukraine they started by refusing to go to the Bolshoi Ballet, believing that this outright show of disapproval might force a change of mind in the Kremlin.

The Hansel and Gretel of European diplomacy have also been horribly naive, as if peace talks in Minsk or anywhere else would make any real difference. The Germans can be excused, perhaps, for being a little bit shy about saying anything at all about the affairs of another country following the unpleasantness of 1939-1945, while Hollande follows big sister.

But I had hoped for more from the Brits. A couple of weeks ago someone in Whitehall said that the UK had been caught napping by the Kremlin because of a lack of qualified foreign policy analysts while another idiot said this was because of a lack of money. Such a claim beggars belief and drives me to the use of an exclamation mark!

Anyone who has spent more than two weeks east of the Elbe knows more about Russian history than Dave old-Etonian Cameron, and if the British government needs a think-tank to tell it what’s going on this is a very sad and a very serious condemnation of the knowledge, wits and understanding of the men and women who supposedly lead what was once a great nation.

My half-pizza has disappeared. Either I ate it or it left the fridge of its own accord.

Jeff Daniels

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SATURDAY, JUNE 21: There will always be tensions when a large crowd of people are crammed into small spaces, especially when they take an instant dislike to each other or harbour long-term differences. I am not talking about the long-running opening ceremony of the splendid new Monaco Yacht Club attended by le tout Monaco - a splendid affair - but the lingering impact of the lengthy and tedious French rail strike.

Tasked with taking my youngest son to Nice for a Saturday rendez-vous with a schoolmate, I squeezed with him onto the 16:43 from Monaco - delayed for 18 minutes in Menton while the frazzled French border police sifted out the usual suspects, young Somalian males who, having crossed the inhospitable Sahara, are trying in considerable numbers to make their way to the economic paradise that is France. Or possibly the UK.

Most people were eminently sensible and moved down the train to occupy every available space to allow yet more frazzled and luggage-laden bemused first-and-last-time tourists onto the only TER regional express to visit Monaco for the previous three hours.
Someone sitting down said something to me. I assumed he was offering me a space to sit. I bent down to hear better. Translated from the French, what he said was: “Can you get your arse out of my face!”

To say I was astonished hardly covers it. A number of responses flashed through my hot head: “I am surprised you are bothered about my arse, since it resembles so closely your face,” was the most polite. I wanted physically to strangle him, and since I was standing up and he was sitting down I sure as hell had a good shot at it.

My nine year-old restrained me. “He’s an idiot Dad, don’t take any notice,” he said in a French that can only be described as impeccable. At the next available jolt in the tracks he managed to more or less fall onto the idiot’s mobile phone he was holding high in the air while playing what looked like patience, and make it look like an accident.

You can mess with me, but you can’t mess with Max.

Jeff Daniels

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