Sleep tight, Sr Perro

This morning while scrolling through my newsfeed, I saw the heartbreaking news that Colega, the smiling schnauzer-cross whose little face and bow-tie grace the doors of so many establishments in Spain, went to sleep for the last time this morning.

After nine years with the loyal canine, Micaela said goodbye to him this morning. Most people know him as Sr Perro, but he was more than that to Micaela. In her heartfelt blog post, she describes him as “mi sombra y mi corazón” (my shadow and my heart). I’ve been lucky enough to meet Micaela and Colega a few times, and when we lived around Lavapiés, whenever you saw Micaela, Colega was sure to be following a few steps behind.

perrosbuenosFor anyone who wasn’t lucky enough to meet this handsome gent, you’d surely recognise his smiling face. His moniker became the symbol of dog-friendly establishments all over Spain, particularly in Madrid. In some spots, your pooch might even be lucky enough to get a refreshing bowl of water with his face on it.

The Sr Perro duo have truly changed the doggy world in Spain for the better, through educating the public and promoting dog-friendly establishments. As dog owners, we owe a lot of thanks to them. Whenever anyone in Madrid Pet Lovers has asked for recommendations on bars, restaurants, hotels, or even things to do in Madrid, we’ve always sent them straight to Sr Perro.

From Doctor Loulittle, and all my furry companions, we want to let Micaela know that we’re thinking of you, and Colega too. Run free over the rainbow bridge, little one.

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Mango’s always been Sr Perro’s #1 fan
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There’s something special about a schnauzer cross
Doctor Loulittle's Zoo

How the Doctor Loulittle Zoo came to be

10410788_10207164736930397_7066019292795481360_n𝟙𝕤𝕥 𝕔𝕒𝕥 (𝔹𝕖𝕒𝕥𝕣𝕚𝕔𝕖 𝕊𝕦𝕞𝕞𝕖𝕣):
Me- Babe, I really think it’s time for us to adopt a kitten. If our friends can do it, then we can! And we don’t have any plans to move anywhere soon…
(Fast forward to moving to Spain a year later and bringing an extremely irate cat on the plane.)
𝟚𝕟𝕕 (𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕞𝕒𝕟𝕖𝕟𝕥) 𝕔𝕒𝕥 (𝕄𝕣. 𝕄𝕚𝕝𝕦𝕔𝕙𝕠):
Me- Babe, I’ve seen this cat I’m thinking about fostering. I know you wanted to foster another kitten, but I’m sure once you see him, you’ll change your mind. OHMIGOD IT’S THE FLUFFIEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN! HE’S NEVER GOING ANYWHERE!
𝟙𝕤𝕥 𝕕𝕠𝕘 (𝕄𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕠):
Me – Babe, you know how I’ve always wanted a dog? Well, I think it’s about time we adopted one.
Jack – Ok, if you’re sure, we’ll get one after Christmas.
Me – (September) Ok, great, I found the puppy, she’s coming tomorrow.
Jack – Ok, fine, but that means no more fostering.
𝟚𝕟𝕕 𝕕𝕠𝕘 (ℂ𝕒𝕚𝕝í𝕟):
Me- Babe, let’s foster this puppy who’s only 4 weeks old, malnourished, covered in ticks, frightened of everything. She’s broken, so she’s staying.
Jack- Ok, fine, but that means no more fostering.
𝟛𝕣𝕕 𝕔𝕒𝕥 (𝔾𝕒𝕣𝕗𝕚𝕖𝕝𝕕):
Me- Babe, we were going to foster this little smushface cat, but I love him and he’s never going anywhere.
Jack- But he’s really unwell and is going to cost a fortune in vet bills, and is going to need a lot of work.
Me- Well, now I definitely can’t say no. He’s staying.
Jack- Ok, fine, but that means no more fostering.
𝟚 𝕔𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕔𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕒𝕤 (ℝ𝕠𝕔𝕜𝕪 & 𝔻𝕦𝕤𝕥𝕪):
Me- Babe, you know the way I’ve always wanted a chinchilla? Well, we’re fostering two. Oh, and by the way, they’re staying forever.
Jack- Ok, fine, but that means no more fostering.
I can’t resist the broken ones… (and the no-fostering rule didn’t last either…)

Madrid Metro to allow dogs from 6th July

Dogs will now be allowed to travel on the Madrid Metro from Wednesday 6th July.

Great news for dog owners in the city! In a statement on their website published today, 5th July, Metro de Madrid have said that they will now allow dogs to travel accompanied by an owner under the following conditions:

  • only one dog per person will be allowed
  • all dogs must wear a muzzle and a leash which is no longer than 50cm
  • dogs must be microchipped (as is a legal requirement)
  • dogs must travel in the last carriage of the train
  • dogs must not use the escalators, for safety reasons, but are allowed in the elevators and stairways
  • dogs will travel at no extra cost
  • the passenger will be responsible for the dog

12004753_10206543413717705_6029783400579627793_nThe rules will apply not only on the train, but in the stations too, until the passenger and dogs have exited. They also ask that passengers with dogs do not block exits or doors, and avoid extreme crowding for the dog’s sake as much as other passengers.

Dogs will not be allowed to travel during rush hours; Monday to Friday 7:30-9:30am, 2-4pm, 6-8pm. During the weekends, and on holidays, there are no time limitations.

It’s wonderful to see that Metro de Madrid has listened to the requests of their passengers and that Madrid is now climbing the dog-friendly city ladder like so many other cities including Barcelona, Brussels, London, Lisbon and Berlin.

Before this date, small pets were allowed to travel, but only in a “receptáculos idóneos” (suitable containers), a choice of wording which caused a lot of issues between pet-owners and Metro personnel as whether or not a carrier was deemed “suitable” appeared to be up to the discretion of the employee. Guide dogs were also allowed as long as they were wearing a harness or jacket which identified them as such.