Canis Resort
December 26, 2008 11:18 AM   Subscribe

Canis Resort, the world's first luxury dog hotel, located in Freising, north of Munich, Germany. It opened for preview on December 9, 2008, and is to be opened to the public from December 15, 2008. The hotel can accommodate up to fourty-five dogs in nine heated dog lodges, with trained dogsitters offering full services including grooming, training, health care and exercise, twenty-four seven. Day care costs 65 euros, while an overnight stay costs 80 euros. The 20 trained dogsitters offer a seven-day, 24-hour full service for all guests. Check out these images.
posted by Fizz (22 comments total)
Is it just me, or does every single one of those dogs look like they're thinking "Fine, 'luxury dog lodge'--where are my people?"
posted by maxwelton at 11:25 AM on December 26, 2008 [3 favorites]

I'm sorry, but I just can't advocate these sorts of places when there are so many humans who live in substandard conditions. Yet again, our society's priorities are out of whack.
posted by reenum at 11:29 AM on December 26, 2008 [1 favorite]

Hold it Rusty--those aren't chocolates on the pillow.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:31 AM on December 26, 2008

I'd rather stay at this guy's Pet Resort.
posted by cjorgensen at 11:36 AM on December 26, 2008

So how do the dogs staying in this hotel manage to get themselves a bitch for the night? Do the management take care of that stuff for them, or do they have to sort it out on the QT with the concierge or the bell boy?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:37 AM on December 26, 2008 [2 favorites]

So, reenum, should dogs or pets not live in their owner's above-substandard condition homes until all sub-standard living conditions world-wide are remedied?
posted by bz at 11:43 AM on December 26, 2008

Maybe it's time we reconsidered Communism.
posted by Mayor Curley at 11:43 AM on December 26, 2008 [1 favorite]

Mayor Curley, The Germans already did, and decided to go with the West of the world... I expect there are quite a number of similar doggie hotels in Germany, they are crazy for dogs there.
posted by Gungho at 11:54 AM on December 26, 2008

reenum, it's a business enterprise which provides a few jobs and pays some taxes, and that hurts no one. It's true that money spent on pets could be going instead to feeding and housing homeless people but it would do nothing to end hunger and homelessness, which would require fundamental changes in global economic policy to achieve.

But am I the only one that thinks the Canis Resort looks like a labor camp (which, in a pinch, could be used for human housing)?
posted by Restless Day at 11:56 AM on December 26, 2008

I don't think this is new, or the world's first, but I don't read German so maybe there's something in there that I'm not catching. The little individual cabins are unusual, but other than that it looks pretty much like EastPoint Pet Resort in Louisville, or this Second Home Pet Resort.
posted by dilettante at 11:58 AM on December 26, 2008

I would gladly pay those rates to get boarding that good for my dogs. 80 euros is about $125 dollars. Boarding around here is easily that much.

One of the reasons we didn't go see family this holiday is because one of my big dogs is old, arthritic and has hip dysplasia. She sleeps on a padded bed, on home. So does the other dog, so we don't have jealousy issues.

Every boarding place we called wouldn't let us bring our dog beds, they tossed a slim scrap of blanket on concrete bottomed, chain link divided cages. These places offered 15 minutes of outside time a day, or we could pay an additional $50 per day ($25 per dog) to have someone "play" with them for 15 minutes 2x a day. Now, I know that "play" meant, "We'll let your dogs out of their cage when someone takes a smoke break."

These places had a gawd-awful vibe, the dogs looked woebegone and listless, and only looked hopeful when they heard the door open because maybe it was their people.

If I wouldn't leave my grandmother in a wire lined, concrete cage, why would I leave my faithful old dog there? Blech!

Absolutely, I would pay those rates for that level of service. My dog is worth way more to me than money.
posted by dejah420 at 12:04 PM on December 26, 2008 [2 favorites]

posted by longsleeves at 12:52 PM on December 26, 2008

Is it just me, or does every single one of those dogs look like they're thinking "Fine, 'luxury dog lodge'--where are my people?"

Maybe it's only because we're similar kinds of dog people - but no, it's not just you. I know what a happy dog looks like and that ain't it.

I'll bet a year's worth of kibble that any of them would prefer to be sleeping under the blanket next to their Person - even if it was in a Mumbai slum.
posted by Joe Beese at 12:53 PM on December 26, 2008

I think I'd prefer having a dog in the fancy place, but definitely make sure you know what you're paying for. When my family lived in Germany, we boarded our dog at some guy's castle - he was some lesser baron or the like and had a business boarding dogs in the family Schloss. Heated stalls for the dogs in a barn, huge amount of property for them to run around in, and he took a liking to our little fuzzball, so he let her inside the castle when the weather wasn't nice.

Back in the US, I got a summer job working at a kennel when I was in high school. I thought the conditions were pretty low, but this was one of the more upscale places you could keep your pets. The dogs would not get any out-of-the-cage time unless you paid extra, and your premium was only for a 15-minute playtime. I tried to get them as active as possible, but there were some dogs that were pretty vicious and they ended up getting neglected. Kind of a shame, too, because I'm sure they were acting out only because they needed some exercise and attention.

The cat kennel was even worse. It looked nicer and felt (to me as a human) much more comfortable - lots of fuzzy things to scratch on - but the cats were kept in very tiny cages and not let out as much. They often were much meaner than the dogs, too, so getting them back in the cages was a big challenge that involved hefty leather gloves.
posted by backseatpilot at 1:55 PM on December 26, 2008

I don't get the hate. If you have a cat or dog in the first place you are spending lots of money that could have been used to aid poor people. People who spend marginally more on their pets are evil, but you just love your pet?
posted by Justinian at 2:47 PM on December 26, 2008 [1 favorite]

Near the town where I grew up, there was Critter Camp, a boarding place for dogs and various pets. Run by a very nice woman about my parents' age, she lived on a nice property about the size of 2 square city blocks (or so?), where the dogs would be most of the day. Also, I'm told that she let the friendlier dogs curl up in the bed with her.

By the end of our 2 week vacations our own dog wasn't sure if he wanted to come back with us at all.* Granted, I doubt it cost $150/day, but I understand why you would pay it.

*For that matter, for a while* I wanted to go live there myself.

*A while being from the ages of 8 - 18. Dozens of dogs to play with all the time?

posted by Lemurrhea at 6:08 PM on December 26, 2008

reenum: I'm sorry, but I just can't advocate these sorts of places when there are so many humans who live in substandard conditions. Yet again, our society's priorities are out of whack.

Also, this sort of thing really amounts to animal abuse, if you ask me. It never ceases to amaze me how little humans seem to understand that animals are miserable when you pamper them. It's not what they're made for.

Hell, it's now what we're made for.
posted by koeselitz at 6:26 PM on December 26, 2008

reenum: I'm sorry, but I just can't advocate these sorts of places when there are so many humans who live in substandard conditions. Yet again, our society's priorities are out of whack.

Really fixing the problems that lead to people living in such conditions - not just keeping them alive with as little maintenance as possible - is probably so expensive that even our filthy rich societies would have trouble affording it. Furthermore, it would require a sacrifice of lives as well as money, and it would also involve far more intelligence, wisdom, and planning than I honestly expect from humanity.

It's not like we can just kick the third world a couple of bucks here and there and expect it to fix anything. You'd have to devote your life - everyone's lives - for years. And people just aren't ready to do that.

(not to mention that it's entirely questionable that, ecologically, the majority of the world could ever live in what we consider suitable conditions. Or that we may not be able to afford to transition over to ecologically friendly conditions ourselves, to say nothing of helping others do it.)
posted by Mitrovarr at 7:44 PM on December 26, 2008 [2 favorites]

So my auxiliary border collie hates it when he jumps onto the couch and begs me to give his chest a good scratch (defined as "until your hand falls off")? Hm.

My main border collie would agree with you, mind. She likes the floor sans cushions and puts up with a few minutes of petting a day because she knows we like to do it--but I think she actually desires a few minutes of ear scratching a week, if that.
posted by maxwelton at 7:49 PM on December 26, 2008

I'm not sure I'd want any dog of mine to spend time in the company of a bunch of German dogs. I fear the poor animal would come home completely confused. Germans, IMO, train the spirit right out of their dogs. Yes, extraordinarily well behaved dogs, but to the point they loose their dogginess.
posted by Goofyy at 10:38 PM on December 26, 2008

Oh dear, I think Fanny, our bulldog, would think she had fallen on hard times if she had to stay in that "luxury" kennel. She doesn't just snooze on the couch, she rearranges the goose down throw pillows to her satisfaction so that she has two or three underneath her. Also, while she has a big backyard to run around in, there is very little running. Mostly there is walking with hoomans, riding in the car, and snuggling in her sheepskin dog bed in front of the heater. The backyard is for potty time only. And I doubt that luxury hotel would let her lick the spoon after the cats get fed.

The cats, Eustace and Phineas, on the other hand, would be mighty sorry to leave their fuzzy, heated blanket. Does the luxury pet hotel have lots of stuff such as pencils, and MP3 players, and cell phones for them to bat off the table? Computer mouse for them to sit on? Bird feeder in front of the window? Koi pond in the backyard to amuse them and provide frogs for playtime? Bulldog for them to nurse on?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:09 AM on December 27, 2008

Canis Resort, pffft. We had our dog a the Pfötchenhotel (Hilden) once. I find the indoor dog pool especially amusing (slash decadent), but it is supposed to help arthritic dogs.

Our dog didn't like it one bit! Now we have a very nice neighbour looking after him or we drive him to the orginial (small scale) breeder for his "holidays". He's a family dog and likes to be around people 24/7 and not some rotating staff.

I don't think that these places are bad for the dogs (a tad excessive though), but I think dogs need a sense of belonging and rapport with the person their staying with and thats much easier with small scale operations and/or trustworthy already known people.

And when it comes to the good ole' German discpline, count me out. I think crating is cruel and unusual. (No flamewars please, if you think you need to do it, that's your business. It certainly is not too bad for the dogs if done responsibly.) Yeah! for dogginess.

If your looking for dogs & discipline, just have a look at the training of hunting dogs. There is a crazy hard kind of high school diploma if not bachelor for them: The Dr. Kleeman Trial. Just look at the long history and failure statistics. I was not able to find the 30min documentarty on youtube only this. Here is some information in English. This is also the place to insert some jokes about Germans vis a vis racial purity and the opportunity to contemplate this cruelty: "A puppy that does not pass does not receive a Prize."
posted by mmkhd at 2:37 PM on December 27, 2008

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