This time I wanna share something unique about my German neighbours and their Dogs, or der Hund.Hund is masculine in gender in German grammar, and plural is die Hunde. They loved Dogs, no they just simply adore them. I think they prefer dogs than their other neighbours, really! Having a dog here is quite different from where I came from so this is really a culture shock for me. There are laws to abide if you have pets here and the fines are no joke!
Kidding aside, since I came here, I was immediately amazed how these people do with their furry friends. They treat them like kings, queens and princesses.I am always running in parks and I always see people pushing their puppies, and other lovely doggies with a carrier, looks like a stroller actually.I thought for a minute that they were real babies inside…!
Today after work I dropped by shortly to the nearby grocery shop to get some plants. Coincidentally, I bumped into an old colleague of mine, and yes, she has a Dog, and her name is Klara. We chatted a bit and suddenly she mentioned that she also need to pick her Dog up.
Do you have any idea where??
From a Dog Daycare.A place like Daycare or Kindergarten with care for kids, only this time, only for the Dogs. People leave their pets here when they go to work. Safer here than leaving them behind alone at home. Unbelievable.
Yes, Welcome to Germany…where dogs have a school for them to learn something like ” How do Dogs learn..? ” or ” The Adolescent development of Dogs“..! You can enroll your dog in a “Hundeschule” but you need of course to pay with a price. It´s not cheap. It is expensive.
Carl Zuckmayer believed that “A life without a dog is a mistake,” while actor Heinz Rühmann maintained that “you can live without a dog, but it’s not worth it” and German comedian Loriot was of the opinion that “living without dogs is possible – but meaningless.“
My neighbours walked their dogs everyday. Here we have plastic stations for Dog Poop in parks so the owner can pick up the dog poop and throw it on trash. It is not normal to let your dogs poop on the streets and leave it.No matter who you are or wherever you are, here in Germany, you are legally responsible to take care of your dog´s poop. In fact, you can be fined up to 5,000 Euros if you are caught violating this law.Not only that, if you are a dog owner here in Germany, your pet should be vaccinated and have a passport in accordance with EU-PetScheme.
In order to walk around with your dog in public spaces without a leash, your dog must first be 15 months or older and you must own a dog handlers certificate or Hundeführerschein.My boss has a giant Dane and I am scared everytime I see it when she bring it at work. It looked more like a horse than a dog to me cuz it´s really huge.
Further reading :
Do you love dogs? what kind of pet do you have?
Until then, Tschüss!