Are you missing Fido back home? Kids want a dog but you can’t manage the responsibility? Your dog-fix awaits you at Deierenasyl Gasperich where you can take a walk with a four-legged friend every afternoon.
There are innumerable studies about how dogs improve the lives of their owners, but what if you could improve the life of a dog? At the Deierenasyl Gasperich dog shelter, you can do just that. And, in turn, you’ll boost your own mental and physical well-being. It’s cyclical; dogs are nice like that.
Give pugs a chance
I’ll admit, my own reason for taking a walk with a shelter dog was not quite so altruistic. We moved to Luxembourg in the summer and my days with my kids were wide open. I knew we’d need some things to do while we settled into our life here. We’ve never owned a dog and we don’t plan to in the near future, but my kids love dogs. They get excited when they see them, they ask if we can have one, they sigh heavily in lament about not owning one … “I wish I had a dog.” HUFF.
Enter: Deierenasyl Gasperich. My lovely relocation lady told us about the place when we visited on a house-hunting trip. “It’s brilliant!” I thought. “All the benefits of owning a dog with zero of the drawbacks.” It took us all summer to get there (we were a little occupied with Luxembourg’s amazing swimming pool options), but one sunny September day before school started, we made it to the shelter and met our darling pet-on-loan.
The kind people at the shelter chose a “kid-friendly” dog, a little pug. She came out full of energy but mellowed after a trip up the road. My kids reacted similarly: excited and jumpy at first, but more at ease after we all got comfortable with each other. They loved petting her and playing with her.
And they had a million questions. “Why is her nose wet? Can I touch her tail? Is she pooping? What’s on her tummy? How do you know if she is a girl or a boy?” I felt good exposing my kids to the wonderful world of animals (and the facts of life). And, in turn, our sweet pup got some human interaction, fresh air and exercise.
Practical Pooch Info
If you or someone you know is interested in making a new furry friend, here are the details to get you there:
Address: 80 r. Wolfgang-Amadeus Mozart, 2166 Luxembourg (There’s construction in the area so it’s a little confusing; while it’s in Gasperich, it’s in a small valley that feels like the middle of nowhere.)
Phone: 48 13 13 1
Hours for dog walking: Monday – Saturday, 2 pm – 5 pm
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