During our August vacation from school we headed up to Seoul with some clear goals. The DMZ, shopping, sightseeing, bungee jump and finally dog cafe!!
Korea is famous for its ‘themed’ cafe’s, where you can go grab a drink with your friend and catch up whilst doing an array of wacky things like play board games, try on wedding dresses, play with cats or my favourite… play with dogs!
The dog cafe is every dog lovers dream, especially if you are unable to have dogs in your home. It is exactly for this reason that they exist as many Korean’s live in apartment blocks which do not allow for pets. It is also something that has been on my ‘Korean bucket list’ since before even arriving in Korea.
We headed to Myeongdong hyper shopping district which I can only describe as a girls dream!! Most people would be excited at the prospect of shopping, however when you have lived in Asia for a couple of years and cannot find clothes to fit you… finding H&M, Zara and Forever 21 to name a few ALL with western sizes… I was in heaven!! Not only that, the shops are opened about 22 hours a day!!! We split up for 2 hours to save Andy the pain of walking around shops with me before deciding to get a couple refreshments, so we set out looking for the dog cafe.
It was pretty easy to find on account of the poor boy standing in the full heat of summer in a massive dog costume pointing the way! We paid our 16,000 won entry free which also bought us a drink and an unlimited time in the cafe. Walking in through the doggy-gate you were first hit with the smell of dog, not in a dirty way but in a way that reminded me of getting in our dog car at home!
Surrounding us were about 25 different dogs including 4 pugs, a Dalmatian, a German Shepard, sausage dog, Scottie dog, poodle’s, a Labrador and other breeds I have no idea what they were!
We were shown over to our table and given a laminated instruction sheet on what not to do and with a bio of each dog, their name, age and breed along with any ‘may bite’ warnings! Then were free to play, cuddle and take pictures with the dogs all while enjoying our refreshments! The lovely dash hound took to me as it curled up on my lap and when to sleep while a pug came in for a cuddle. Looking around there were loads of people on the floor brushing the dogs and even buying them treats. The dogs were all very well-behaved and very well looked after.
We spent a good hour in the cafe playing with all different dogs and you can see why these theme cafe’s are so popular. With many Korean’s unable to own a pet dog (or cat) it is the perfect way to interact with them without having them in your home.
And if you’re wondering where they do their business? There was a special spot which they could go to should they need to relieve themselves which the staff then changed. I am assuming they got taken for walks to stop the number 2’s!
Just as we were leaving and admiring at how well the dogs had been toilet trained…. a tiny Scottie dog decided that one Korean boy sitting on the floor looked like a great spot to relieve himself. I could only giggle as I saw the dog sniff, circle and lift his leg and pee all down the back of the poor boy…. Oh the fun!!
The dog cafe’s are found all around Seoul and is defiantly worth a go!!