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Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!): No Waiting Outside for Dogs in Germany

Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!)

My goal here is to make your life easier, especially those who are in the unique situation of being a military spouse. Yes...I've been around...but in a good way...and hopefully can share those tips, tricks and shortcuts with you too. I've been on this military bus for over 40 years now. My goals in life are to have a well-run home, few money worries, well adjusted children, money socked away and whatever happiness I can scoop out of life.

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After life as an Army brat, being in the Army myself and marrying a soldier, I can honestly say I have a bucket full of life lessons I can share to help you make your everyday life easier and enlightening. Don't waste your time making unnecessary mistakes and benefit from others who have come before you on your journey through life.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

No Waiting Outside for Dogs in Germany

Our dog absolutely loves it over here. In fact, I think he believes he's even more of a person than what he thought back home. Whenever we go out on the economy, he gets to go along. It's no wonder we see dogs everywhere. Did you know it's illegal to leave a dog alone at home for even just a few hours and God forbid you ever tie up your dog outside?! That would warrant a visit by the Polizei!

And with that, here is my incomplete list of where I've seen dogs and their owners in my journey throughout Germany, where I probably normally would not expect to see a doggie in a similar place in the US:

  • the local mall - yes, doggie shops with me in the stores, and then when we take a break at the cafe, he lies at my feet
  • any good restaurant - all good doggies are allowed begging and stay under the table
  • the hardware store
  • the clothing store
  • the Rothenburg Crime Museum - yes, I was surprised to see one here too
  • the subway and the train - yep, they're allowed, at least in Germany
  • many, many small B&Bs and hotels - the only place that wouldn't allow our dog was the American Edelweiss Resort in Garmisch
  • the flowershop
Where have you see dogs in Germany?

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Anonymous Mila said...

I think you can basically see them wherever you go.

March 17, 2009 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger James said...

Military Wife, if you have a chance, I'd love to see a review of your trip to the Edelweiss Resort. I'm also interested to hear how our slumping economy has had an impact overseas.

Take care!


March 17, 2009 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger ****Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife**** said...

I have yet to see a doggie in the local thermal baths or government buildings downtown:-))

James, perfect blogger fodder...I'll have to write about both, including the "firehose out the butt" virus I think we got from Edelweiss' buffet and our friend's bacterial infection that was caused by the indoor pool not being chlorinated enough...the place is also aging fast from all the abuse...more later...

March 17, 2009 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Army Wife Tata said...

I absolutely love you blog....especially because my husband and I are PCSing to germany with our 70Lbs. dog next month! All of your tips, advice and experiences have already made our own move much easier than it would have been otherwise. I am so looking forward to being in such a puppy friendly country!! Thanks!!!

March 21, 2009 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

Germany is great like that... and so is Bulgaria, where we are currently living. They love dogs here, at least the ones that are owned. There is a huge problem with strays here, and the government is trying to create some insurance that all of them will be spayed/neutered... not likely! It leads to a lot of problems, aggressive strays, dogpiles on the sidewalks, etc. Germany is better in that regard!

April 3, 2009 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

I was wondering about the dog situation in Germany. We just received orders and I have two German Shepherds. Does the Army ship them? What is the process for bringing them over seas? Can you travel to other countries with the dogs or are their kennels out there? We dont have kids and my dogs are my kids. I couldnt imagine going without them.
Thank you!

May 5, 2009 at 6:23 AM  
Blogger ****Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife**** said...

Please read my extensive blog articles on the subject, as I shipped my German Shepherd and cat.

Please be advised the military does not reimburse you for this and follow the tips in my article.

Also be aware that some German landlords will not allow dogs (because of stupid Americans mostly who left their rental properties in squalor, not because Germans are not dog friendly...quite the opposite), AND keep in mind that your expenses may be higher in Germany, as most times you'll have to see a German vet (the ones on post are space available and not for emergencies).

Lastly, you can't leave dogs alone for more than a few hours a day (German law), so have a plan for your dogs during the day. Tying out is also not an option in Germany.

Just be prepared and read up on bringing your dogs, and you'll be fine!

May 5, 2009 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I always get a little disturbed at seeing dogs inside resturants. Biergartens, OK, but inside resturants? Just a little wierd. At least they are not allowed in grocery stores!
Laura in Ludwigsburg,

May 25, 2009 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Mama Nut said...

Hi! I found your link on another site, and I am really glad that I did!

I am a new military wife. My husband joined the Army to help with school costs and is already off for 8 months of training. I have 2 boys (3 1/2 and 2) and our oldest has special needs. This is the boys first time away from dad, and they are going through serious separation anxiety. Do you have any tips?

July 8, 2009 at 3:14 AM  
Blogger ****Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife**** said...

You're welcome to peruse the website!

July 8, 2009 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I just have to say, I LOVE your blog. My family just received orders to report to Japan by mid November. I am very excited about going out there but when we received the orders I went into a personal panic. I have made moves coast to coast and to other states but never overseas. I have heard horror stories and have had my own so, with a car to sell along with a bunch of other things I have to get rid of and NOTHING done yet. I just flipped from the reality check!! Reading your blog (namely the stuff on moving) was such a HUGE relief to me. I am VERY methodical, organized and must do all things that way. (LOL! Crazy I married a military man as the military is anything but "organized") HA HA! We got our orders today, so I have spent about 12 hours today making lists, lists and more lists. You blog was literally a real God send! THANK YOU for sharing your experiences!!!

Navy Wife,

PS- I added your blog link to my webpage. If you would prefer that I not do so just let me know and I will be more than happy to accommodate your preferences!!

July 22, 2009 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger ****Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife**** said...

You're absolutely welcome! It's comments like yours that makes me want to make the time to blog more!

Linking is fine too:-))

July 22, 2009 at 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Clarissa Pentecost said...

Hello! I know it is March of 2010, but I hope you're still checking your blog. I am still "browsing" around, but found a link to your blog while researching for our upcoming move. In July my family and I will be stationed in Rotterdam, South Holland. I think the rules regarding dogs in Germany are fascinating! Do you happen to know if there are similar laws in the Netherlands?

I'm off to read more of your blog! Thank you for the wealth of information!


March 12, 2010 at 4:41 AM  
Blogger ****Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife**** said...

Yes, I do get alerts when someone posts on my blog, and I always answer. I also answer emailed questions:-))

I wish I could tell you for sure, but I do not know the laws in the Netherlands. I do know the Belgians are not quite as dog friendly and accepting as the Germans...but that's all I know...sorry!

March 12, 2010 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Hooah Wifey said...

Thank God I found your blog. We got orders for Baumholder next fall and since then I've been "trying" to prepare for the pcs. I have few questions but I guess I'll read all your blogs n then ask them. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

January 15, 2011 at 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Caitlin G-P said...

I saw a dog in church in our village outside Heidelberg--didn't even realize until everyone was leaving. It was with a 8-9 year old girl who had perfect control of it without trying. I was only there once, but my sense is that I would've seen dogs there--or in many German churches--quite often had we not normally gone to a service on post (keine Hunde da!). We flew AMC out of Atlanta into Rhein-Main in 2001 with 2 Labs and 4 cats (major exception to policy and worth every penny it cost us)--not a great experience on the US end, but so worth it during the 6 years we spent there. Our dogs were welcome so many places--museums, home stores, eating places of course--it almost became embarrassing to ask if a hotel would take them; they're family, right? That was the response when booking the bridal suite at a castle for our anniversary. We once had the owner of a 500-year-old family run fish restaurant spread a white table cloth on the ground before serving them Pomme Frites specially made without salt (her idea). Both dogs have since died at 13 and 14, as have 2 of the cats, but we are heading back to Germany this summer with the remaining 2 cats, and hopefully will adopt another dog while we are there--I can't imagine not sharing such a dog-friendly country with a four-legged friend. By the way, don't forget to take your VAT forms to the vet! We often found that made all the difference; if not cheaper (but I think it often was) than vet services on post, the convinience of going during "Sprechstunden" (no appointment necessary) at the same price was sure worth it. We had backpack carriers for the cats, and walked the dogs--no car necessary.

March 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM  

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