AFP reports that economic times are so bad in Berlin that a soup kitchen has been opened for pets. Pensioners and those on welfare qualify for the free pet food buffet which opened in the district of Treptow in mid-October, allowing those with no disposable income the chance to hold on to their beloved dogs and cats. The soup kitchen is run by Tiertafel (Animal Dining Table), a pet welfare association. Tiertafel, launched two years ago, now runs 19 soup kitchens across down the country. With the looming prospect of the longest and deepest recession in Germany since World War II, the group is planning on opening 30 more. I wonder, do we have these in the US? I hope we do - what a great service.