And now, here I am in Korea and have zero dogs. It is HARD. Not only did I have puppy fever since June, it's been multiplied exponentially since being here. Every time I talk to my mom, she puts Maggie on camera and my heart just melts. Recently it's gotten really bad, my puppy fever. I literally spend at least an hour a day, if not more, just looking at pictures of puppies on Pinterest. I think it will take every ounce of self control not to go get a dog the day I get back. But something happened tonight that I think will help to temper my puppy craze. Or at least satisfy it...
Well, my Saturday was actually pretty low key. Not boring, because I enjoyed it. But, basically I cleaned, did laundry, watched copious amounts of Parks&Rec and Boardwalk Empire, and started to pack for my trip to China next week. But, as the day drew to a close and evening set in, I found myself sifting through cuteness in the "Animals" section of Pinterest, yet again. And I honestly have no clue why I thought of this, but somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I remembered that Korea has pet cafes. I've never been to one, but I've heard about them.
Before I came to Korea, or maybe right after I arrived, I heard about them. Maybe online (probably). Then in Meyongdong, I saw a "Cat Cafe" (advertised by a person dressed up as Garfield with a poster on a stick). Since I'm allergic to cats and Garfield is ridiculous, I never bothered to even check it out. Then, when I first got here, I walked by a place around the block from my apartments that had a sign out and said something in Korean, then Puppy!, then had pictures of adorable dogs. I got nervous about what that could be, a pet store? a groomer? who knew! Tonight, somehow, my brain finally put them together and I realized it is probably a Puppy Cafe! I googled if that even existed in Korea, and sure enough I found a few big name ones in the larger areas of Seoul.
After some internal debate about if I was brave enough to go look for the puppy cafe in my area, I decided that I should. I mean, why not? So maybe I go downstairs at this building and it ends up being a pet store? What's that going to hurt? So I went.
And I am so glad I did! I walked in around 8:30pm, and peeked my head around the corner and saw a large room with about 15 dogs just running and playing, and maybe 4 or 5 people playing with them. So I figured they were open, asked how late (10pm close) and bought a drink. I guess that's pretty standard - buy a drink and playing with the pups is free. So, I got the most expensive OJ I've ever paid for (6,000W) and chalked it up to a necessary expense for the good of my heart.
I walked into the play area with my drink and put my stuff on the counter lining the play area. I sat down, unsure what the protocol was. I saw a couple playing with the dogs, giving them treats out of a cup. Another couple came in right after me, and sat down. Eventually I warmed up enough to start playing with the dogs. The person working at the cafe brought me a paper cup filled with little treats, and I started feeding the dogs. Man, they were precious. I can't even explain the endorphin rush that hit me as I was playing with those dogs. At first I was skeptical, because there were so many different kinds of dogs, and 2/3rds of them were very small breeds, all with bows and clothes on. But there was also a massive dog, who you could tell was a puppy but still the size of a small horse, as well as a Dalmatian and the cutest fluffy puppy that was medium sized (I couldn't tell his breed).
|This yippy thing kept bugging me to hold him over and over...|
|This one was my favorite. Fluffy fur ball...|
|I mean, that's the definition of precious, right?!|
|This little black fur ball was so adorable! But hard to see in the pictures!|
|You can't see, but I have a black fluffy one in one arm, and the skinny black one in another!|
|You can't even see her face, but she's curled into me.|
|Here's her precious face.|
|This little one loved my jacket and every time I took her off, she came back and laid down on it.|
|This guy wasn't shy about claiming my lap.|
|Move? No thanks, I'm good here.|
|He is content in my lap <3 td="">3>|
|This girl nudged her way into my lap!|
|I finally got free, put my jacket on, and she plopped down on me again!|
|There's nothing like being loved by a dog.|
Needless to say, this is going to be my weekend hang out. I'm in love and obsessed with the fact this place is literally minutes from my doorstep.
And, for a mega bonus, I think the people who work there genuinely love the animals. They play with them and love on them. Of course, I wish the dogs had humans to go home to, and more blankets and fluffy toys but they do have enough and there is no cruelty that I could see. So, I'm happy and I'll be back (many many times)