With a new $75,000 indoor canine lavoratory at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, high-flying passengers now have relief from one high-anxiety hassle of traveling with service dogs—along with four-legged fliers.
Unveiled this week and located near Gate A34 in the McNamara Terminal, the no-cost canine rest stop includes two lush patches of grass (one real, one simulated), fake fire hydrant, and a sprinkler system that rinses the grass after each call of doody.
Dubbed “Central Bark,” the joint effort between Delta Air Lines and the airport also provides a sink for filling water bottles and washing hands, as well as a supply ofthat kind of doggy bag (which must be used by dog handlers to dispose solid waste).
“Prior to the opening of this facility, connecting passengers with service animals would need to go outside to find the relief area on the International Arrivals level,” said Airport Authority CEO Thomas Naughton. “This is a convenient, time-saving and easy-to-find location.”