There’s a cafe in Bangkok, Thailand, where 12 adorable Corgis rush to meet customers as soon as they open the door. It’s called Corgi In The Garden and yes, it’s as cute as it sounds. The cafe has quickly become really popular among tourists and locals and it shouldn’t come as a surprise as the country has been seeing a huge spike in the popularity of these stubby-legged dogs.
Tanchanok Kanawaong, the cafe owner, is a huge fan of the breed because corgis are ‘lovable and funny.’ “I love big dogs and used to have up to 10 Siberian Huskies and Golden Retrievers at the same time,” said Kanawaong. “When they grew old and passed away, I looked for dogs with similar characteristics, only smaller in size […] and decided to get a baby boy Corgi.”
Later, the woman got another Corgi. Then one more. Soon there were five of them. And after a few of them had babies, Kanawaong ended up with 12 Corgis in total. And while she hadn’t planned on running a dog cafe, a surprise litter of pups meant Kanawaong can now share the joy that the pack brings with her customers. “[It was] at that time when the idea of seeing them running around and sharing their energy came to me.”
And it’s clearly working as the clients begin smiling as soon as they meet the corgis. Porkchop, Pumpkin, Salmon, Bean, Babycorn, and the other pups seem to really enjoy the attention as well. Not to mention the endless flow of treats throughout the day! Some come from their owner but the vast majority from the cafe’s customers for performing simple tricks like a handshake. “The Corgis are trained by a professional dog trainer who uses only positive methods.”
Kanawaong, however, is careful of letting them gain too much weight. So the corgis exercise by running in the garden of the cafe at least three times a day.
The cafe (and the corgis) work six days a week. 12.00 to 18.00 on Tuesday – Friday and 10.00 – 18:00 on Saturday – Sunday. Each day, the cafe organizes one-hour sessions for 50 customers (22 tables) to meet with the doggos costing around $11 per person.
The owner said this routine allows the little critters to have some nap time in between and would not exhaust them. “The 1-hour gaps between the sessions allow them to rest,” Kanawaong said. “Every morning they’ll be running in the backyard, and come back for grooming to get ready for the sessions.”
There are two breeds of corgis, the Pembroke and Cardigan. They are a relatively small type of herding dog that originated in Wales. The cafe is home to Pembroke corgis and they’re the more popular ones, adored even by Queen Elizabeth II herself.
“I would also like to add […] that the well-being of the Corgis has always been our priority, so we’ve set up some playing rules,” Kanawaong said. “Because we have limited seating, we can’t accept reservations and provide first come, first served service to walk-in customers only. More details can be found on our official Facebook page.”
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