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A Guest Post from Japan!

Oh Dog! I am so excited! My friend and #1 fan Kevin Watanabe wanted to participate in the Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge, but he’s not a blogger. So he has written a guest post I’m sharing for you now. Take it away Kevin!

Kevin Watanabe

Kevin Watanabe

Hi!  Kevin is here to join your Animal Welfare Challenge through your blog post!

First of all, I’m very sorry that I couldn’t make any post on my blog because I don’t have a blog…but I’d love to join this Animal Welfare Challenge in someway, so I asked Rumpy what I could do.

Have you ever thought of the influence of the sidestream smoke to your pets? Do you know that the sidestream smoke has three times of nicotine of its mainstream smoke?

In our house, nobody smokes, so me and our kitties are okay but some of our friends have their humans who smoke in their houses,  which might cause serious illness like cancer.



For example, if dogs exposed to lots of sidestream smoke, it’s said that a dog like collie or dachshund who has a long prominent nose tends to have  “Paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer” and a dog like pug or bulldog who has a much sorter nose, who inhales the sidestream smoke directly to their lung tends to have lung cancer.

These days, there are many activities to improve “No-smoking “ all over the world, and mainly that means for human’s and for children’s health.

But please….could you please think of the health of our lovely pets?  their scent is said that ,maybe tens of thousands of times of the humans….



It’s said that if their owners are smokers, the probability that their pets might get cancers are one point six times of the one that their owners are non smokers. And the cigarette butts are very dangerous for animals (Of course for humans, too!) especially dogs who go on a walk everyday.

Although my mom is not a smoker, she would love to make smokers be aware that smoking is not only bad to their health but also to their pets.

And there is another thing that I’d love to talk about.

I think that US is quite well-known for the animal lover country and probably most of the people have pets at least one or two.

Japanese vetarinarians often go to America to learn more advanced vet science and also many animal foods and products are imported from USA to Japan. Japanese vet science seems to be based on American’s in a way.

However there is one thing I still don’t understand…..well….when I sent some animal treats to my american friends and canadian friends, both of them were very surprised to see these products which were “ Doggie and kitty Milk”  and  “ Doggie and Kitty cheese”.

milk and cheese treats from Japan

milk and cheese treats from Japan

Me and my kitties always have these milk and cheese because human’s ones have “Lactose” which causes animals diarrhea.

Besides animal cheese doesn’t have any salt in it, so it doesn’t taste so much.

We know that human’s are much more tasty but not good for animals health because their tasts are too strong for us.

I’m not criticizing that pet owners in US give human milk and cheese to their pet, I just wonder why the big animal lover country like US doesn’t have these products? What do you think about these products?

In US, many animal things are very advanced…much more advanced than the ones in Japan.



I’m talking this in here because I’d love to exchange various opinions that pet owners have.

Finally thank you very much for giving me this opportunity to talk about animals here, Rumpy and thank you very much for reading my message, that I’m sure there must be lots of grammar mistakes on it…*blush*

Love from Kevin xxxxx

You can read my interview with Kevin here.


And PLEASE!! Vote for me daily in the World Spay Day Pet Pageant? I’m sorry to sound like I’m begging, but….. I am!

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome to my journey of living after existing for years in depression. I write about companion animals, love, and creativity.


72 thoughts on “A Guest Post from Japan!

  1. Hi Rumpy! Thanks so much for giving me this opportunity to join here! And good luck with the World Spay Day Pet Pageant that I of course vote for you everyday! 🙂

    Posted by eripanwkevin | February 18, 2013, 5:09 AM
  2. What a lovely guest post! We never even heard of special cheese for pets. I barely ever get a crumb of cheese around here, but I hope to get some dog cheese sometime so can really chow down!!

    Love and licks,

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | February 18, 2013, 5:27 AM
  3. Hi Rumpy! Hi Kevin! Good article. Oh, so true about the milk and cheese. The proteins and sugars in it are for baby cows and have a tendency to go straight through cats even moreso than dogs. I’m always telling new kitten owners not to feed it to them. As far as smoking, Bob and I continue to pray that Poppa stops but for our benefit he never smokes in the house. Pray with us on that one because it’s a tough addiction to kick and about this time last year Poppa was hospitalized for pneumonitis and COPD. One never gets rid of COPD but if he should stop smoking it will not get worse. We wanted to do the blog thing but it wouldn’t go through so I had Bob post a link to it in one of his posts so that others could take the challenge. Kevin, it is so nice to meet you! As Bob would say, “Berry mice!”

    Posted by Kathy Michael | February 18, 2013, 5:33 AM
  4. informative, thanks .

    Posted by an uncommon girl | February 18, 2013, 5:49 AM
  5. Hi Kevin and Rumpy – great article Kevin and informative. You should think about taking up blogging – I feel you would be very good at it. I will have to find you on Twitter and Facebook as I would like to be friends with you.

    Joyce and Isaiah

    Posted by Isaiah's Mom | February 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
  6. Very good post from Kevin. Smoking is antisocial and a health risk for humans and animals, we agree. We also agree about not giving human milk and cheese to pets. The stores in the UK do sell cat milk which is lactose free, but have never seen cheese!

    Posted by CATachresis | February 18, 2013, 6:01 AM
  7. Yuck, smoking! We don’t even like it when someone is smoking outside somewhere…we feel so bad for pets that have to live with smokers…luckily we don’t know anyone that smokes so we don’t have to see it that often but those that do smoke need to be aware of what they put their pets through!

    Posted by Emmadog | February 18, 2013, 6:15 AM
  8. That’s so interesting. I’ve always been fascinated with Japan so I love the cultural nuances.

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

    Posted by katiebblogs | February 18, 2013, 7:07 AM
    • Hi Katie and Cocolino! *waves* Thank you very much for reading this post! and I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been fascinated with Japan! I love to know the cultural nuances in the other countries, too! 🙂

      Posted by eripanwkevin | February 18, 2013, 7:35 AM
  9. a cheese for animals sounds great – I LOVE JAPAN ;o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | February 18, 2013, 7:22 AM
    • *blush* I’m glad to hear that you love Japan! Thanks so much, easyweimaraner! 🙂
      Doggie cheese is great and I love it but mom doesn’t give me a lot…*pout*

      Posted by eripanwkevin | February 18, 2013, 7:38 AM
  10. What a lovely guest post from a very good looking anipal!
    Are you a Shiba Inu? VERY handsome!

    I love your points about smoking and pets. My Mom and Dad don’t smoke but I bet many people don’t think about us 4 legged ones.

    As for the cheese, Mom says we might be advanced in SOME things but we as Americans don’t think of EVERYTHING like we think we do! HA! Mom funny! I would love to try the cheese though.

    Thanks Rumpy for sharing your blog with Kevin!! He’s a very smart dog! I mean really, I couldn’t type a post in Japanese so GREAT JOB Kevin!!

    Posted by Murphy | February 18, 2013, 7:33 AM
  11. Awww….thanks so much for your great lovely compliments, Murphy! *blush*
    And thank you very much for reading this post! Yes, I’m a Shiba Inu who has two kittie brofurs and one kitte sisfur. 🙂

    Posted by eripanwkevin | February 18, 2013, 7:47 AM
  12. Kevin did a great Job! We do need dog and cat cheese here.

    Posted by ilovecats | February 18, 2013, 8:07 AM
  13. It didn’t even occur to me that our household also practices animal welfare by not being around second-hand smoke. None of us smoke but some people in our family still do. I will have to remind them of this issue.

    Posted by ILoveDogs | February 18, 2013, 11:06 AM
  14. You English is much better than my Japanese! Thanks for stopping by to share your message.

    Posted by Will and Eko | February 18, 2013, 11:18 AM
  15. One of my cats died of liver cancer at the early age of twelve. I know in my heart it is because she was exposed to lots of second hand smoke. She was a great cat and I feel so responsible for her painful and premature death. I still battle the evil weed. Today is day 1 (again). Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been relapsing on tobacco. It’s a terrible drug that kills people and pets and leaves sorrow and misery in its wake. Thanks for this important post.

    Posted by Russell Smith | February 18, 2013, 11:27 AM
  16. Both very good points. Thanks for sharing x.

    Posted by shacklefordlb | February 18, 2013, 12:27 PM
  17. Hi Kevin, so glad to see you on Rumpy’s blog. And those cats you live with. Now I know what they look like. My person won’t give me or Scratchy any milk or cheese because it doesn’t agree with us. She thought it was just us, but now she’s learning from you and other bloggers that it’s a normal thing. You’re so lucky to have doggy cheese in Japan.

    Posted by Bongo | February 18, 2013, 12:51 PM
    • Woo woo Bongoooo!!!!! Thank you very much for reading this post! Oh! Your person has been already doing it not to give two
      of you human milk and cheese! Great! Yes! The doggie cheese is my most favorite treat! 🙂

      Posted by eripanwkevin | February 18, 2013, 5:31 PM
  18. Well I’m gonna be shot..I smoke, but I have to go out in the garden, as I have a son , and two animals. So I’m not a good girl for smoking, I hope to give up soon but I am good, that I go outside and don’t inflict my smoke on others 🙂 xx00xx

    Cheese, I love it 🙂

    Mollie and Alfie

    Posted by mollieandalfie | February 18, 2013, 3:17 PM
    • I’m gonna be shot too Mollie… I’ll admit it too, but I also go outdoors. This gives me another good reason to quit though. Thanks for sharing Kevin – I love Japan!

      Posted by Ann Paws | February 18, 2013, 4:29 PM
      • Hai Ann Paws! *waving* Thank you so much for reading this post and for your comment about Japan! 🙂
        I hope that you’ll be able to quit smoking someday before long! *pawhugs*

        Posted by eripanwkevin | February 18, 2013, 6:57 PM
    • Hi Mollie and Alfie! Thank you very much for reading this post. 🙂
      I know to stop smoking must be really hard, but at least, you smoke in outdoors for your son and your lovely animals, which is surly thoughtful of you. I hope someday you’ll be able to stop smoking for your health, too!

      Posted by eripanwkevin | February 18, 2013, 5:38 PM
  19. HooOOoooOOWWWwwwwLLLLLLoooooooo! Great post 🙂 Very interesting point about smoking, hadn’t thought about the pet side of it that much so very educational 🙂 Cat milk/cheese isn’t that uncommon here in UK, it can be widely bought in the shops. But people do need educating! Many think it’s an expensive waste of money and ours will do very nicely thank you 🙂

    Posted by europasicewolf | February 18, 2013, 3:27 PM
    • Hi europasicewolf! Thank you very much for reading this post and for your lovely comment! 🙂
      I’m glad that this post gives some ideas to our furfriends and their humans! 🙂

      Posted by eripanwkevin | February 18, 2013, 6:20 PM
  20. Wow, Rumpy! This is the post of the year, what a scoop! We love Ken! We’ve never been exposed to smoke here, but it could be a very important issue in many houses, and one we’d never thought about, so thank you for bringing the topic up. We’d never thought too much about cheese snacks either as our mom buys seafood snacks mostly. But Mica Minnie Moo’s favorite snack is shredded Parmesan cheese, which the mom gives her in small amounts. So we are guilty! We think Americans just don’t think about what type of cheese it is and think what is good enough for people is good enough for pets. Its really interesting there are different cheese products in Japan. We think no matter what kind of cheese it is, Oui Oui won’t eat it!

    Posted by Oui Oui | February 18, 2013, 4:28 PM
    • Hai Oui Oui! Thank you very much for reading and for giving your lovely interesting comments!!! I’m so glad that you enjoyed this post! Mmmm…shredded Parmesan cheese sounds delicious….and the seafood snacks….*drools* I wish my mom gave me a little bit, too…Oops! Oh! Please do not be sorry about my name! ‘Ken’ sounds cool, too! hee hee 🙂

      Posted by eripanwkevin | February 18, 2013, 6:33 PM
  21. We can’t believe our mom typed Kevin’s name wrong! How embarrassing! So very sorry!

    Posted by Oui Oui | February 18, 2013, 4:33 PM
  22. Great post, Kevin!! I never heard of doggie milk or cheese. I bet it’ll be in the U. S. soon!!

    Posted by Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields) | February 19, 2013, 12:51 AM
  23. Kevin and Rumpy thanks for sharing this, I have dogs too and I realized so many things after reading this, most of my neighbors are smokers, like everyday I see them smoking, throwing cigarette butts everywhere. I never thought that it could affect pets so much, now I’m worried because my dogs love to play outside.
    Have to do something about, thank you guys again!!!

    Posted by JoJo Kelmer | February 19, 2013, 1:37 AM
    • Hai JoJo! *waving* 🙂
      Thank you very much for reading this post and for your comment! Oh no….your neighbours should throw those butts into the ashtray….please keep your eyes on your lovely dogs not to eat these butts, JoJo!

      Posted by eripanwkevin | February 19, 2013, 4:34 AM
  24. Reblogged this on delia1979.

    Posted by delia1979 | February 19, 2013, 5:30 AM
  25. Shiro looks like quite the character.

    A wonderful sharing. Thanks for posting this.

    Posted by Jamie Dedes | February 19, 2013, 6:54 AM
  26. Great post Kevin! No one smokes in our house but momsie neber thought about it! She has learned somefin about da cheese though! Berry interesting, now she gotta figure dis out! I’m your furiend on twitter! I’m Stella @PpawDavis bol

    Posted by Leigh Ann davis | February 19, 2013, 11:10 AM
    • Hi Stella!!!!! *waving happily* Thank you very much for reading this post and for your comment here and on twitter!!! I’m so glad you mom enjoyed it! I love to learn many things from my pals from the other countries, too!!! 🙂

      Posted by eripanwkevin | February 19, 2013, 5:31 PM
  27. What a excellent post Kevin! Wes thanks yous for pointing out about second hand smoke and dairy. We loves the goat cheese Mommy and Daddy trades their goods for at the farm Market. It has no salt and we think it is Nommy. Is it OK?

    Posted by catfromhell | February 19, 2013, 8:29 PM
    • Hi Nellie! *waving happily* Thank you very much for reading this post and for your great comment! 🙂
      Mmmm…goat cheese…*drools* We think that Cheese has less lactose compared to Milk because of it’s enzyme, so unless you feel your lower stomach
      upset, it’s ok! I’m jealous of your mom and dad who can visit the farm market because there must be tons of yummy fresh things!!! *drool again*

      Posted by eripanwkevin | February 20, 2013, 1:04 AM
  28. Stella the Great Newfenees here, via my scribe!

    Great post Kevin! Thank you Rumpy!

    My two-legger friend Lil is an animal rehablitator (she works with wild animals). Elizabeth learned from reading her book, Beavers Eh to Bea, and from talking to Lil that feeding animals cow’s milk often makes them very ill (cramps and the runs).

    But goat’s milk is safe! It is lactose free.

    I eat a little bit of goat cheese from time to time – I just love it so much that it makes my lips smack! But just a little at a time because it is pretty salty. I always need to have a drink after eating it.

    Also, the pharmacist just warned Elizabeth not to give me my antibiotics in a cheese ball as that can cause some real digestive problems! She never does (I get a chicken ball) but not everyone may be aware of the hazard…

    Posted by canadianbooklady | February 20, 2013, 10:35 AM
    • Lactose isn’t good for humans either… So why do they eat so much of it?

      Posted by rumpydog | February 20, 2013, 12:26 PM
    • Hi canadianbooklady! *waving* Thank you very much for reading this post and for giving us more information! We never thought of the antibiotic in a cheese ball! Mom often puts my tablets in a doggie cheese ball secretly….*whispers* I knew it though….
      From now on, we have to be careful of it! Thanks so much canadianbooklady! 🙂

      Posted by eripanwkevin | February 22, 2013, 3:26 AM
      • BOL. I know… Our two-leggers think they’re being so clever. I find it amusing – and endearing – to watch all the antics they go through to keep us happy and healthy!

        Posted by canadianbooklady | February 22, 2013, 2:59 PM
  29. Ah, this makes me glad I have asthma and as such, absolutely no one is allowed to smoke in our house or yard. 🙂

    Very informative guest post, Kevin, thanks!

    Posted by tita buds | February 20, 2013, 11:09 AM

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