Guest Blog Post: “Dreampacks: dogs in Germany and the Netherlands,” in Patty Wolter’s exact words

Fellow blogger Patty tells how dogs live in Germany …

Dutch expression:“Zo eerlijk als een hond zijn.”

English translation:“Being as honest as a dog,” meaning that a dog does not lie. Either he likes you or he just doesn’t.

Hello dear neighbors, readers of the beautiful blog of Daal.

Daal asked me to write a post about our customs regarding pets. Since that is a broad subject, I narrowed it down to dogs. Let me first tell you a little bit about me 😉

Dreampacks, dogs, and farming
Patty and her Dreampack. Click for her Dutch website.

I’m a Dutch soul living in Germany due to my husband’s work. I live with my Dreampack, my hubby and two dogs, in our Dreampack, a farmhouse with a garden and a closed yard.

A Dreampack, is for me a way of life.

One in which, in a respectful manner, the natural needs of a living being is fulfilled in the 21th century.

A Dreampack, are for me also the souls who, together with me, form ‘my’ Dreampack.

A Dreampack is for me also the place where I realize ‘my’ Dreampack.

I strongly believe we are all connected through energy, and I like to call my fellow little creatures (human beings) my neighbors. That doesn’t mean I like all my neighbors, but I think we should try, at least, to live alongside each other if differences are to huge to overcome.

Enough about me 😉

Two of my best friends alive on earth are our two dogs. Daal was curious about how we treat dogs in the Netherlands, since in her surroundings, a lot of people treat their dogs as if they were their kids. Well, in the Netherlands there are a lot of people who are doing the same 😉 In Germany ditto by the way.

As a human, I like to think of my dogs as my friends. However, I would never treat them as little people on four legs. As a human, and as an animal therapist, my heart bleeds when I see dogs wearing jackets, dogs eating ice cream and dogs ruling their he households.

A dog is a dog and is best served with a dedicated family (one person together with his or her dog is also a family), healthy food, clean water, and the right care (structure, regularly and enough walks/exercise, and housing).

Two of Patty's best friends alive on earth. Click here to read Patty's English language blog, Kruidje-roer-me-niet: Brain threads of a little creature on this globe.
Two of Patty’s best friends alive on earth. Click here to read Patty’s English language blog, Kruidje-roer-me-niet: Brain threads of a little creature on this globe.

Unfortunately here, like in the U.S., puppy mills and a lot of illegal import and export of dogs takes place. If I understand correctly, the U.S. has stricter legislation regarding dog abuse, and it has strong pro-dog organizations such as the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Here, in that are, our country is behind. While we do have organizations that try to rescue dogs from threatening situations, it’s only for a few years people can get fined for neglecting or abusing animals.

There will be always be differences in opinions regarding how to live with a dog in a Dreampack. There are people who only see as dog as an animal. There are those who only see a dog as a small human on four legs. There are people who fall between those two ways of viewing pets. Even those in that last category, people maintain their dog(s) differently.

Living between farmers, most of my neighbors employ the harsher method. A dog is, accordingly to their way of living, merely an animal who needs to protect their belongings. They are physically well tended to, yet aren’t allowed to live indoors.

Due to our being Dutch, my husband and I differ from our neighbors in some ways anyway. One (for me, big) difference: we let our dogs walk freely in our house and keep them only at night in a kennel, or if we are both away, for their own safety.

I have to bite my tongue (is that a similar expression in your language?) a lot 😉 Respecting their customs and don’t share, how I really feel about their way of tending their dogs.

Note from Daal: Ok, readers, its your turn. What are your views about dogs as pets? Got any favorite dog expressions?

52 thoughts on “Guest Blog Post: “Dreampacks: dogs in Germany and the Netherlands,” in Patty Wolter’s exact words

  1. Thank you so much again for inviting me to your blog dear Daal!
    About that expression: We use it, well I do 😉 , to ‘read’ people. A dog can get a person’s intention very quick. If they don’t trust a stranger, well..I’m very careful about that person too 😉

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  2. A dog to me is a friend from the animal kind with whom I can readily communicate and get ready responses. The best part about a dog, is that it takes pain to understand its owner and the family AND therefore gets to be a part of the family ever thinking and caring about the family and the house similar to the oldest adult in the house…
    We had a dog called Charlie for 13 years and when he died of old age, we decided not to have another one at my parents place cause it was difficult for my parents to handle another heartbreak that his loss brought about…

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  3. Dogs here are regarded as just security agents… If I may use that word. A lot of people keep them just for the reassuring thought of having dogs protecting their premises at night. Though there isn’t much cruelty to animals around here but I feel this animals could be awarded more respect that they deserve. I hope people will begin to explore the therapeutic effects of having a pet around here….
    Dogs stand high on the pedestal here…. Cats, those are just the rat control agents…☺
    Though its actually a big deal keeping a pet here…. And I respect those who do, as long as the animals are being treated well.

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  4. Nice post and I agree with the author. I have seven rescue dogs. I love each one individually and each one is important to me. I don’t pamper my pets. They wear only their natural fur coats and eat food that is made for dogs. I cook oatmeal. carrots and green beans and add fruit peelings to the Purina One dog chow. I also add a bit of molasses and ground flax seed or sometimes whole flax seed or olive oil. Any left over cooked vegetable/s is saved to add to their food. I add these ingredients to the dog food because I think it makes for a healthier dog. If I’m rushed they get plain Purina One. One dog is on Hill’s science Diet KD since he is old and his kidneys are showing signs of aging.

    In the past 2 small dogs slept on my bed. They have gone to doggie heaven and now a few cats sleep on my bed. I have a large dog bed in my bedroom and one to two dogs sleep there.

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