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It was Sunday afternoon when me and my friends decided to pay a visit to the infamous dog café located in Hongdae Street in Korea. I have close to zero idea what’s the real deal inside a dog café. I know and I have been to a lot of cafes, it’s the first place to come in mind when you set up a meeting or quality time to talk with somebody, but a dog café? I am a dog lover but not really as in “lover-lover” because I get annoyed when they start to pee, and worse poop…. Haha… But I certainly love dogs, they’re man’s best friend after all.
So we went to Bau House Dog Café and we were so early at 11:00 am, we found out that during weekends and holidays, they opened at 12:30. We patiently waited for the café to open. Bau House is located near Exit Number 3 of Hapjeong Station, I think it’s less than 100 meters away from the exit. When you exit at the station, just look for some signs of dogs and whatnot and you will definitely find it. This is how it looks like outside the café.
When they opened the café, we were the first customers to get in, hurray!!! We were immediately attacked, I mean met by the armies of different types of dogs in the café. There are small and cute ones who barked like they’re giants, and there are big ones that could attack you like lion anytime… haha.. at least that’s how I felt. I was pretty intimidated by the dogs, but after 10 minutes, when I got used with the frequent barks and them following and running over you to beg some foods, I found myself enjoying the company of these friendly creatures.
|bonding with the dog|
There is no entrance fee at Bau House Café, that means you can just go inside and play with the dogs, but you must order a beverage. We ordered some fruit smoothies which cost 8,000 won ($8.00) per cup. Dog foods are also available for sale. It costs 3,000 won ($3.00) to 3,500 won ($3.5), you can then feed this to the dogs so they will befriend you. However, you must feed them carefully and properly. Yes, there’s a proper way of feeding them, if you don’t want your fingers to be their meal of the day… haha… I have hard time at first but I commend the people at Bau House Café for ensuring the safety of their customers by teaching them the proper way to feed the dog.
There are different dog breeds at Bau House Café. They have different characteristics and attitude, but they’re all cute. There are dogs, especially the small ones who are very active. They’re running almost everywhere including in your table. The only way you could make them behave and obey is food!!! If they know you have food in your hands, they will sit if you’ll tell them to sit, they will stop running and they will even kiss you… very adorable.. haha…
|A kiss for a food|
But favoritism is inevitable, I found a bestfriend and his name is “June”. He is one of the big dogs in the café, but he was so behaved and willing to be cuddled even without food. Unlike other dogs, you don't need to feed June to make friends with him. I spent most of my time with him.
|With my bestfriend at the cafe, Chul|
One of the things I commend about Bau House is that it definitely doesn’t smell like a dog. I really appreciate how they clean up the mess of the dogs immediately. There are people assigned to stand by to do the cleaning if a dog peed just to keep the cleanliness.
If you are stressed and you want to unwind, I guess this is a perfect place to visit. Dogs can really entertain you in their own innocent and natural way. Dog lovers will definitely love this place.