Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Dogs Go Woof Over Brazilian Puppy Love Motel

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Aug. 29) - A love motel, complete with a heart-shaped mirror on the ceiling and a headboard resembling a doggy bone, has opened for amorous pooches in Brazil.

The doggy love motel in Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, was inspired by the thousands of such establishments that rent rooms to Brazilian couples for four-hour periods for trysts.

"I am absolutely certain this is the first one (for dogs) in the world," said Robson Marinho, a director at the Gang dos Bichos, or Gang of Animals, a pet shop.

Marinho says he has already received reservations for the room, which he built on the second floor of the store and hung a sign that reads "Pet Love Motel." The window has thick curtains for timid dogs that want discretion.

Marinho's business partners own seven love motels for humans in Sao Paulo, including the island-themed Caribe and another called Opium.

The air-conditioned pet love motel room, with a paw print decorative motif, has a special control panel to dim the lights, turn on romantic music or play films.

"The owner has to know what kind of DVD will excite his or her dog," Marinho said with a chuckle.

The dog motel, which opened this month, costs the equivalent of $41 for two hours, making it more expensive than the least luxurious rooms at the Opium, which cost $45 for four hours.

"We also have a wedding agency that matches up dogs and if the female dog doesn't get pregnant, we offer artificial insemination services," said Marinho.

08/29/05 11:34 ET

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