🐶 The dog is a beloved pet in Finland. I saw cats only inside though, but there is a bigger variety of food and different things for dogs than for cats in shops.
📌Several facts that surprised me:
❌ You may walk your dog strictly on a leash, and let it go only in a special fenced area for dogs.
The only cases of violation of the rule I’ve seen were deserted spots of the forest (my husband and I were picking berries, but we were not disturbed, cause the dogs were incredibly obedient to their owner).
🅿️ At some stores there are “parking” spots for dogs as well as for bikes.
🏡No homeless animals: there is a good service of shelters and system of “finding a new good owner”.
🗒All dogs are registered.
💶💉 Veterinary services are much more expensive than “human” medical care, which is expensive in Finland, too.
💰 In some cities they pay a tax on a dog (or they have to at least), there is a certain order of having a dog and cleaning up after your dog, free transport or 50% of the cost of a ticket for public transport, all kinds of benefits and other rules and services are regulated differently depending on the local municipality.
🥤At some shops I have seen bowls so your pet can quench their thirst.
😲A toothbrush for your pet,but Finns are famous for caring about their teeth in general.
🙈Is there anyone against pets? I can only say there are certain people who feel very unhappy if a dog’s owner doesn’t clean up after their pet so they think it would be good to take these “things” to the laboratory to identify the dog and its owner (since dogs are registered). I wasn’t sure how to react when I heard it: to laugh or make a serious face like “it is really necessary”.
❓Is there anything here that surprised you, too? Or is there something else that you noticed about pets in Finland? What about your country? And which pet do you prefer: dogs, cats, turtles …?