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Berlin 'doggy deli' sparks howls of 'decadence'

Store manager Katharina Warkalla serves a meal for a dog named Lilly at the Pets Deli food shop in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals which can be
Store manager Katharina Warkalla serves a meal for a dog named Lilly at the Pets Deli food shop in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals which can be eaten on site or taken away. -- PHOTO: AFP
The Pets Deli food shop for dogs and cats is pictured in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals which can be eaten on site or taken away. -- PHOTO: AF
The Pets Deli food shop for dogs and cats is pictured in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals which can be eaten on site or taken away. -- PHOTO: AFP
A dog named Pivo looks at the Pets Deli food shop for dogs and cats in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals which can be eaten on site or taken away
A dog named Pivo looks at the Pets Deli food shop for dogs and cats in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals which can be eaten on site or taken away. -- PHOTO: AFP 
A dog named Lilly drinks water after eating at the Pets Deli food shop for dogs and cats in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals which can be eaten
A dog named Lilly drinks water after eating at the Pets Deli food shop for dogs and cats in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals which can be eaten on site or taken away. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Store manager Katharina Warkalla speaks with a dog named Lilly at the Pets Deli food shop for dogs and cats in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals
Store manager Katharina Warkalla speaks with a dog named Lilly at the Pets Deli food shop for dogs and cats in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals which can be eaten on site or taken away. -- PHOTO: AFP
A dog named Lilly looks on as store manager Katharina Warkalla mixes a meal for her in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals which can be eaten on si
A dog named Lilly looks on as store manager Katharina Warkalla mixes a meal for her in Berlin's Gruenewald district on Jan 2, 2014. The shop mixes fresh meats, vegetables and other ingredients to prepare meals for the animals which can be eaten on site or taken away. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany's first restaurant for dogs and cats opened in Berlin over the festive holidays, drawing charges the luxury eatery for furry friends is "decadent".

"Does Berlin really need a gourmet restaurant for dogs?" asked the top-selling Bild daily.

Pets Deli offers its tasty treats for domestic animals in the upscale neighbourhood of Grunewald, with meals priced from three to six euros (about S$5-10), and treats like cupcakes for four euros.

They are sold to go in plastic trays or can be consumed on-site, in metal bowls set before homey wooden logs, while their owners have a coffee.

"A store this decadent gives the impression that we do more for animals than for children," charged Wolfgang Buescher, of the "Ark" charity, which works with disadvantaged minors.

Business owner David Spanier, 31, had the idea for the doggy deli after finding his own canine friend could not digest pet food from supermarkets.

"Junk food is bad for animals," he told AFP. "It's as if I ate fast food every day. I may like it, but it's very bad for your health."

The store manager, Katharina Warkalla, is an animal nutrition expert and serves up portions of beef, turkey or kangaroo meat with broccoli or berries, and "carbs" such as rice, pasta or potatoes.

"The meat is of such quality that it could be safely consumed by humans", said Mr Spanier.