Are you a dog lover? Basically if you’re not then this blog isn’t for you, we also can’t be friends and I hope you die alone, (I know that’s a bit harsh but I really love dogs!) If you are a dog lover then this post will probably make you a bit jealous and you may even make this sound, ‘Awwwwwwww, so cuuuute’.
I love dogs, I maybe love them more than most humans. I almost like dogs as much as cake which is a lot and so when I saw ‘The Big Dog Cafe’ on line I knew it was somewhere I had to get to as soon as possible.
So I packed a bag of essentials as I do before I go anywhere in Bangkok, sun lotion, my baseball cap (to wear on my head), a blow-up sex doll with a photo of my own face selotaped onto its head (so as to distract anyone who many try to follow me), four spare t-shirts (all in the colour beige), 63 spare pairs of underpants (you can never be too careful), a phone charger and two hollowed out melons (to be used as replacements for my trainers if they’re stolen), and I was off!
The Big Dog Cafe is situated on Ratchadaphisek Road and is right next to the Thailand Cultural Centre metro station (you see, I do mention information in this blog!). Once there I was greeted by a member of staff and told I could either have something to eat first or go straight into the dogs room. The food there looked really nice but I hadn’t made the trip here to eat some cake, (I do love cake but as I said I love dogs a bit more…although, I wish I hadn’t written the word ‘cake’ twice in this post…I could…just…No! No!) Here’s a photo that I’ve taken off Google images of a cake to tide me over…
Oh my…that cake is really distracting my train of thought…where was I? Yes so I went for this massage and…no…damn you cake!
As politely as I could I said to the member of staff, “Don’t tell me you have cake, don’t show me any cake, don’t even say the word cake…I’ve said it three times and I am deeply, deeply regretting it”. She seemed to understand that I was joking with her but I let out a laugh to make sure she understood. She smiled awkardly at me and then showed me into the area where the dogs are allowed to roam free. The dog room is separated from the cafe area by glass doors which at first left me feeling slightly disappointed. I’d imagined the dogs would be mingling around so you could give them a stroke and maybe grab a cuddle or allow them to playfully hump your leg as you drank tea but once you see the size of the dogs you realise it would be absolute pandemonium if it was done any other way. Also, if the dogs were allowed inside where people were eating there would be a very high chance the dogs would be massively overweight from all the titbits they’d receive and you’d just have a dog cafe full of really overweight and lazy dogs whose only exercise was stealing peoples food.
Overall there are 20 dogs in the cafe but the dogs only come out three at a time for 15 minutes, again this wasn’t something I was expecting but yet again it is definitely the right thing to do as it gives the dogs a break from all the over excited customers of which there was plenty of. When I first went into the dog room it felt quite chaotic as their were a lot of people all vying for 3 dogs attention…the words ‘screeching’ and ‘ear-splitting’ are teo that come to mind when trying describe the noise by some of the people that were in there. I wanted to to yell at everyone in the room that I loved dogs more than they did and that they should all just be quiet a watch me play on the floor with every dog individually for five minutes per dog. I realised that this was slightly unreasonable of me so I just stood there, alone, with just my internal monolouge for company which went something along the lines of, “Oh my God, please love me doggie” over and over again. After a while I realised that if I stood in one place the dogs, with their inquisitive minds, eventually make their way naturally towards you.
All the dogs looked healthy and happy which had been a slight concern of mine before I’d arrived and they were all really friendly. They had many different breeds there from Afghan Hounds to Hungarian Komondor’s to Chinese Chow Chows but the dog that stole my heart was an Alaskan Malamute called BC (I have no idea what’s going on with his name or what it means. I did ask him but he just licked my forearm).
BC was so relaxed and friendly, (despite the fact he’s looking away from me in the photo, ‘thanks’ BC) that I fell for him right away and if I’d had pockets big enough I would’ve tried to leave with him!
After a while I had to get out and give myself time to calm down, take some deep breaths and tell myself that I couldnt take BC or any of the other dogs home (stupid rules and acceptable behaviour!) I entered the bathroom and then something strange happened…no, not that…I wouldnt write about that in this blog. I saw a sign that confused me and still does…here it is…
I haven’t seen any other signs that say this or anything like it in all my time in Thailand. Are people going specifically to the Big Dog Cafe and washing their feet in the lavatory?? What kind of world are we living in when you can’t go to a dog cafe without the worry that someone is washing there feet in a toilet? But probably more impiortant than that is…who the hell washes their feet in a shitter??! It’s questions like this one and ‘if we used to use candles to tell then time, how did we find out how long it took for a candle to burn, did someone literally sit there and count as a candle burned?’
Anyway despite feet-washing-in-the-bog-gate it was a wonderful experience to spend time with such lovely dogs and with the them rotating every 15 minutes it took about 2 hours to see them all – well worth the 200 Baht (just under £4) entrance fee. I wish I’d got more photgraphs but with all the people trying to get a snap, I kind of stood back from that and just enjoyed playing with them. The staff there seemed to really care for the dogs and as I said, all the dogs looked relaxed, healthy and happy. The only down side to my time there was I didn’t get to see any of them in the swimming pool located next to the dog room as I think some renovation work was going on. It also, at times felt like there were too many people all vying for the dogs attention but it was a Saturday afternoon so I’d imagine if you went on a weekday afternoon you’d have a bit more quality time with each dog…that’s when I’ll be going when I visit next time, after I’ve worked out a plan to steal BC!
I would write the cafe’s address here but if I do that, you’ll all go and I dont want that, I want them to myself!
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Until the next time 😉