Pining pooches get luxury digs near German airport

Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:05pm EST
 
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By Anna Brooke

BERLIN (Reuters) - Jet-setting German dog owners who can't bear to be separated from their pets a moment longer than necessary can now use a luxury pet lodging near Munich airport.

Sabine Gerteis, a managing director of the "Canis-Resort" that charges 80 euros ($107.7) a night, said the facility is intended to cater to well-heeled business people who are close to their pets.

A special touch -- at extra cost -- is a gate-to-gate service which takes dogs to the airport to greet their owners upon their return.

"There's nothing better than when I come back from Hamburg in the evening and my dog is there, waiting for me at the gate with his tail wagging," Gerteis, a dog owner herself, told Reuters Television.

She said dogs are assigned their own individual dog sitter -- one per pooch -- and stay in comfortable "Dog-Lodges" which have resin floors usually found on yachts.

Also on tap are designer grooming and gourmet dog food -- in short, everything to make it feel like anything but a kennel.

"Dog owners often have a bad conscience when they leave their dogs to be looked after because the places feel like kennels," Thomas Gerteis, the co-managing director, said.

There is occupancy for 40 dogs, plus a day-care service for travelers who aren't away overnight.

"We have a 24-hour, seven-day check-in service," Sabine Gerteis said. "If the dog wants to be petted, the dog-sitter is right there for him."

(Editing by Michael Roddy)

 
<p>Three-year-old dog Giovanni relaxes on a blanket in a dog lodge garden in the worlds first dog luxury hotel 'Canis Resort' in Freising north of Munich December 9, 2008. The dog hotel opens finally on December 15, 2008 and is able to accommodate up to 45 dogs in nine heated dog lodges. The 20 dogsitters offer a seven day, 24 hours full service for all dogs, includes grooming, health care, pick-up, and gate-to-gate service. Day care will cost &euro; 65 and overnight care for &euro; 80. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle</p>