A New Brazilian Hotel Has Plans for a "Mating Floor" for Dogs
A "love hotel" is a place people go to have sex, as you probably know. A love hotel for dogs is a place people bring their dogs to have sex. As of now, these hotels don't exist -- thank Dog -- but one is scheduled to open in Brazil any day now.
The eight-story Animalle Mundo Pet is the brainchild of Fabiano Lourdes and his sister, Daniela, who, according to NPR, have dropped $1 million of their own money into the project. It looks to be a regular pet-friendly hotel, with one notable exception: It has a "mating floor."
According to NPR, people with dogs can book a $50 suite on the mating floor, filled with "amenities like mood lighting, a heart-shaped ceiling mirror, and red floor cushions," and let their dogs have sex.
This is ridiculous on many levels -- heart-shaped mirrors? -- but mostly it's just terrible. Hoteliers looking to get rich should not be encouraging people to mate their dogs. Nobody should be encouraging anybody to randomly mate their dogs.
With more than 32 million dogs, Brazil is second only to the U.S. in canine population, and a disturbing number of them are strays -- in Caxias do Sul there is even a favela for dogs, with more than 1,000 dogs living in tightly packed dog houses. That last thing the country needs is a luxurious hotel encouraging people to increase that number.
The really sick part? Fabiano and Daniela are not only encouraging irresponsible dog mating, they're trying to make it fashionable. Along with the absurd mood lighting and mirrors, the hotel will have 60 employees, vets, biologists, and $1,000 Swarovski crystal dog collars for sale.
It's almost like they're trying to hand-hold the rich into irresponsible pet ownership. Nice business plan, Fabiano.
"For many people, the dog is a child who must be well treated," says the 26-year-old, according to News24. Fair enough. But then he goes off the deep end: "Our market studies showed that people work all day long and they do not know where to drop their pets for mating."
Fortunately, we don't think his "market studies" are all that accurate; it's highly doubtful that the people of Brazil are clamoring for a solution to mating their pets.
Let's hope this idea crashes and burns, and more interest is given to groups like Arca Brasil, which organizes efforts for free spay-and-neuter services for low-income families. That's where people who really love dogs are spending their time.