A dog’s paradise — Grunewald Berlin

by Maria · 03.09.2013 · Kiez Life, Places · One comment

Hundeauslaufgebiet Grunewald © Martin Wolf & Solveig Maria Ebbinghaus

Hun­deau­slaufge­biet Grune­wald © Mar­tin Wolf & Sol­veig Maria Ebbinghaus

It happened to me when I moved to Ber­lin six years ago, that I wanted to go to a lake on an extremely hot sum­mer day. So I decided to go for a swim in one of Berlin’s lakes, I did a quick search on google and before you knew it I was on my way to Grune­wald lake with another new Ber­liner. We packed a bag, took some tow­els, a bikini and our bikes. It was only when we actu­ally got there we real­ised that this is not a swim­ming area for humans but for mans best friend: dogs.

So last week­end we decided to go there again with Mar­tin, Nad­ine and their cute little dog Yebo, aware this time that we would be enter­ing what was known on earth as prob­ably THE most excit­ing dog play­ground in Berlin.

We parked the car and walked through the forest of the beau­ti­ful renais­sance Grune­wald castle which cur­rently shows an allur­ing Cranach exhib­i­tion, enter­ing the court­yard of the enchant­ing place we met the first fam­ily with a Wei­maraner dog and we star­ted tak­ing some pho­tos, por­tray­ing dogs and their owners.

We walked a few meters down the forest to the pic­tur­esque sunny beach and approached a tat­tooed girl who offered us beer, cigar­ettes and bread with cheese straight away as all of her friends didn’t show up that day so she didn’t want to carry home all the sup­plies. Lucky for us we didn’t need to think it through so much and sat down next to her and her lovely Bull­ter­rier and Boxer.

We star­ted tak­ing more pic­tures of the grace­ful, open minded own­ers with their dogs, so we met Denis and his dog Kato aka Mightys­taffs Doc Hol­l­i­day, a rare power­ful Stafford­shire Bull­ter­rier. Most of the people were quite shy at the begin­ning but when Mar­tin star­ted to take pic­tures they star­ted feel­ing more com­fort­able and proud of their rela­tion­ship, so the pic­tures got bet­ter and better.

Out of the 20 people we asked to pho­to­graph only one woman came to us and asked us to please stop tak­ing pic­tures of her dog, maybe she was jeal­ous and felt left out that we hadn’t asked her, or her dog was a super­star and wanted to stay incog­nito — we just didn’t know.

We had such a bliss­ful day at Grune­wald and felt good and pos­it­ive energy from all these dogs play­ing with each other, going swim­ming or just run­ning around and smil­ing. Yes, dogs can smile, that’s what we know now. It is simply amaz­ing that all dif­fer­ent kinds of people liv­ing in Ber­lin come together in one place for the sake of their beloved dogs, shar­ing stor­ies and exper­i­ence, being happy for some hours.

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  1. What lovely pic­tures! We can see and feel the par­ticuliar bond each of those humans have with their anim­als. Make me want to have a dog too :D
    I did not know such a place exis­ted in Ber­lin, espe­cially in Grune­wald, area that I though was always a bit… bourgeois.

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