By templedf on Mar 15, 2005
In case you didn't read my previous post, Tierpension Spannbauer is the pet hotel where my animals stayed while I was in the US last week. I love that place. The previous pet hotel we had been using kept the animals outside in crates. At Tierpension Spannbauer, the dogs spend their time in Chista's (the proprietor) living room! I've never heard of such a thing in the US. When I went for the initial visit with Chloe (my dog), Christa brought me into her house, where I was accosted by about 7 dogs, ranging in size from a Yorkie puppy to an ancient golden. She told me the only rule is that they don't get to sleep with her or her daughter.
Perhaps this is a normal thing for Germany, but to me as an American, I'm flabbergasted. Not only does she feed and walk and play with the dogs, but they get to be part of her life. And her daughter's life! (I wish I'd had that life as a child!) I don't think Chloe wanted to come home, and I don't blame her. It's like a doggie version of a trip to grandma's.
Something else that I couldn't believe was her cat room. She has a gigantic room in the basement divided up in two with chicken wire. One of the rooms has a door (with a built-in kitty door) that goes out onto a screened in patio! Both of the rooms are filled with cat trees and toys and food dishes. And cats! The really bizarre thing is that the cats didn't seem to mind to be hanging out with a bunch of strange cats. Perhaps all the cats I've ever known were/are strange, but I've never seen a cat get along with a strange cat with less than a month to adjust. Maybe she's slipping them something good in the food.
Unfortunately Tierpension Spannbauer is a little difficult to get to, especially if you don't live near Regensburg, Germany. There's a chance she'd accept pets via airmail, but I wouldn't count on it. On the bright side, though, I now know what I want to be when I grow up (or get laid off, whichever comes first): proprietor of Tierpension Templeton!