Is Paris “dog friendly”? According to a study published in May 2021 of the fund with 30 million friends, the capital is number 29 among cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, where “it is good to live with his dog”, very far behind Nice, Montpellier and Toulouse. How are the 100,000 Parisian dog owners organized? Here are the questions you need to ask yourself before you adopt.
Do I have time to go for a walk with my pet?
“Having a puppy is a real job,” says Philippe, a flexible-hour entertainment worker who welcomed Kika, a podengo, two years ago. “If I was away 9 hours a day, I might not have taken a dog,” adds the man who left the 18th century “too urban” to get closer to Buttes-Chaumont Park (1800s).
“You should not be afraid of the cold or going out at 10pm,” Anne-Caroline admits. This young mother, living in the 15th century, adopted Pablo, a golden retriever, in 2019. The dog must go out three to four times a day, including “at least thirty minutes in the morning” at Champ-de-Mars (7th). , plus two walks a week “in the woods of Clamart”. “I got in the habit of getting up earlier, and today I even have to start my day with this parenthesis,” says Anne-Caroline.
“A dog is not a quarter in the morning, a quarter in the evening. An hour in the morning and two hours a day is a minimum,” says Nicolas, who walks Bonnie, a dynamic hunting dog, in Buttes-Chaumont. also a moment of complicity with his dog “, appreciates this illustrator, who works from home and lives six months a year by the sea.” Without it, I do not know if I would have adopted her. “
The size of the dog does not matter. Rachel has lived with Plummy, a chihuahua, for four years. If this small size “does not need much activity”, she should walk at least two hours a day.
Are there green areas near my home?
This is THE black spot in Paris. City rules are clear: When allowed in green areas, all dogs must be kept on a leash. The banknote can be salty: 35 euros in fine for “division of dangerous animal”. However, many are the ones who let go of their dog. In a quiet alley in Buttes-Chaumont (19th-century Paris), we meet Feliz, a Yorkshire, frolicking on the lawn, while Narco, an American staff terrier, runs down the slopes in search of his ball. “We avoid leaving schools, weekends and the busiest lawns,” assures a regular.
Along the old railway line and an area at the top of the park are popular. “It’s known as a dog place, everyone is spreading the word,” Christine confirms. This photographer and spokesman for the Mon chien ma ville association campaigns to provide more space for dogs in urban areas: “Since the confinement, people have rediscovered the image of the dog and we need to raise awareness of all its benefits, physical and mental. Everyone dreams of a “real dog room” in Les Buttes.
Paris has 23 dog areas where it is not mandatory to keep a leash, none in the center of Paris. “No space has been created for the dog in the center,” criticizes Rachel, founder of the collective We dogs in Paris. “We are thrown like dirt from the squares, we are harassed by the municipal police. We are trying to establish a dialogue with elected officials who hold on to the reality on the ground, but there is no political will. “Traffic jams are created, as in the Marais (IIIe), on George-Cain Square.” The park is crowded and we are facing dangerous situations, “says Rachel, whose chihuahua was attacked by peers.
We dogs in Paris requires a green area per. district dedicated to dogs. “It must be closed, its floor covering adjusted, not squatting, nor dirty and maintained,” Rachel enumerates. In the local elections in 2020, the collective sent a petition to the candidates. “Since then, nothing has changed …” Rachel sighs.
“Having an animal in Paris is not a matter of course, but there is a desire to make the city more welcoming,” defends City Hall, recalling the creation of five dog kennels since 2020 and the appointment of a deputy in charge of animals. condition, Christophe Najdovski. Two locations are set to open in 2022: near Les Halles in Nelson-Mandela Garden (I) and quai Saint-Bernard (V).
For the subject is far from unanimous. “One has to think of the neighbors who will not hear the barking,” admits Christine, from Mon chien ma ville. Thus, the town hall in the 3rd arrondissement ended an experiment in the Garden of Hôtel-Lamoignon-Mark-Ashton after the dissatisfaction of certain residents. “We open spaces dedicated to dogs and their owners whenever possible. But it can not be done to the detriment of local residents,” explains Christophe Najdovski.
Thanks to the mobilization, new places have emerged. The Les Cabotins de la Chapelle collective, based in the 18th century, succeeded in getting dogs allowed in Eole’s garden. “It’s a bit of our success story for 2021,” smiles one of its members, Lambert, who goes for a walk with Rita there. The Cabotins presented to the town hall five places considered suitable in the Marx-Dormoy district (La Chapelle Charbon, Rachmaninov, etc.). “Creating more parks avoids concentration (dogs) in one place for everyone’s well-being and peace ”, argues the collective.
Is it a problem if I live in an apartment?
“Adopting a dog if you live in an apartment is not a problem, regardless of size,” supports Céline Tougay, head of the SPA refuge in Vaux-le-Pénil (Seine-et-Marne). It is better to have one dog in an apartment that is out at least three times a day and that has occupations (pacifiers, toys), rather than an animal that is left alone in a garden. “
Finding out if the dog’s profile is imperative. If it’s your dream to adopt a hunting or shepherd dog (malinois and australians are popular), then consider that he will have to run several miles a day and a proper training job. The SPA informs and accompanies each adoption according to your profile. “Every adoption must be accountable,” insists Jacques Fombonne, president of the SPA.
Am I ready to bear the cost?
In France, care in the first year of the animal’s life (vaccination, sterilization, etc.) costs around 349 euros for a Labrador male and 458 euros for a female, according to a study by Mammouth Déchaîné (a website that advises pet owners). and published by L’UFC-Que Choisir in 2021. Cost of living commits, Île-de-France is the most expensive region in the metropolitan area of France for veterinary costs. Paris reaches new heights with prices “35% higher than the national average and 17% higher than the rest of Île-de-France”.
The feeding station can be heavy depending on the size of the animal. “The kibble budget for a large dog is around 1,000 euros a year,” says Jacques Fombonne, president of the SPA.
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Many Parisian owners cater to hikers. For Oneïa, Valérie invests 200 euros a month in walks in the Bois de Vincennes. “It’s a budget, but there’s no green space near us,” laments this resident of III. The same for Lambert, who leaves Rita to a walker for “35 euros per ride”.
Is it compatible with my professional life?
The question arises more and more: can I take my dog to my workplace? Several employees have obtained the consent of their employer within a tight framework. For Anne-Caroline, it was the condition of having her dog. The employer of this communications officer in the 7th arrondissement has accepted, and Pablo follows his mistress everywhere, from meeting to professional meeting. “I was adamant about cleanliness, and except for a few mishaps, everything went well. He even became the mascot at work. »Is it well accepted? “He is super calm, and he even enjoys a few moments of play when his colleagues take a break. »
The president of the SPA, Jacques Fombonne, also takes his dachshund along with a lot of organization in advance. “I avoid peak times in transport, and on the days when I have to eat lunch in Paris, I find someone to take care of him at home. »
Parisian transport must also be taken into account: apart from guide dogs, they are prohibited by bus and tram. In the metro and RER, those who cannot be carried in a bag must wear a muzzle.
Am I ready to date?
If not everyone likes dogs, having one makes it a lot easier to talk about things. “It’s very social to have a dog,” says Alain, a regular at Buttes-Chaumont. That day, Rosie, a fox terrier, attracts a bunch of college students who rush to pet her. “There is no walk without meeting,” confirms Sylvie, who came with Narco.
“Before we got Pablo, we did not know our neighbors. Since then we have been stopped on the street, we talk to our neighbors, we have even met other golden owners who have become real friends, says Anne-Caroline. The dog does us very well, socializes us, that much is clear. »