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All Dogs Go To Heaven

 

Updated : Aug 26, 2009

Sharry and Doc frolic in the sand while Aaron paddles in the Olympic-length pool and Caruso lolls in the shade, enjoying the perfect canine escape from the dog days of a scorching Italian summer.

While dogs are barred from many of Rome's recreation venues, at Villa Bau they are king.

"Here the dogs are the customers," says Aurora Donati at the park covering some 15,000 square metres (nearly four acres) on a bank of the Tiber in the north of the Italian capital. "Their owners are just guests."

A season pass costs 15 euros (21 dollars), plus four euros for each session.

The pool is Olympic length at 50 metres, but only 50 centimetres (20 inches) deep.

The dogs can also cool off in a shower or have a workout on a special course before enjoying a "six-legged cocktail" with their owners.

Nearly 2,000 dogs have enjoyed the getaway since the start of the season in June.

"These are the last days of my vacation, and this park is a great way to spend them. And he's wild about it, along with the other dogs," said Barbara, lying on a deckchair as Aaron, a Hungarian pointer, enjoyed the pool.

"I left him at home with a dog sitter... It's impossible to take him on vacation with us," she said.

In Rome's Lazio region and most other parts of Italy, people face fines for bringing dogs on beaches, something dog lovers' associations have been fighting for years.

"They tell us that we shouldn't abandon our animals during the summer, but in Italy you can't take dogs into hotels, restaurants..." said pensioner Mari.

Several hundred pets are abandoned each year by their owners going on holiday, according to the Italian Association for the Defence of Animals and the Environment (AIDAA).

Villa Bau plans to do more for its human visitors next year.

"We hope to open earlier next year, with a pool for the owners and a bigger bar to accommodate more people," Donati said.

"There are few places in Rome where you can walk dogs, and the parks are dirty, full of broken glass and sometimes syringes," said Umberto. "This place is well maintained, and it's very nice for us too."

 

 

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