Around Seoul: Dog and Cat Cafés

When you walk in all the dogs go nuts! They investigate and then go back to lying around or being pet.

On our way back to Osan from Hiroshima, we stopped in 홍대 Hongdae, an area in Seoul. They have a big university there so it has a very campus-y feel to it with lots of coffee shops (soooo many), and bars and little boutique style clothing stores. It reminded us a lot of the Strathcona/University area of Edmonton where we are from.

One reason we were attracted to the area: the animal cafes. Here you can visit a coffee shop where dogs and (in separate locations) cats lounge around. You can pet them, play with them, or simply exist in their presence; all of which Sandy and I needed.

Hairy legs AND nail polish? Who is that?

It’s tough not being able to have an animal when you want one and apparently this is the niche market that these cafés appeal to. If you do have a pet, you can bring them to the locations and have them socialize with other animals. I have even heard that there are some cafés that act as doggie daycares in that you leave your pet with them and they will take of it and there will be people to play and hang out with them, too.

Notice the shelves and cat walks (ha, literally) where the cats are free to roam and, if need be, get away from all the people.

The cafés we went to seemed to have animals owned by the place. They were all well taken care of with nice hair cuts and clean, brushed fur. My only concern was that the dogs seemed a little dehydrated as I didn’t see water dishes around and they all got very excited at my glass of water. Maybe they limit the water intake to limit the pee on the floor??

He was friendly and adorable. I want one!

Speaking of which, the dogs were somewhat trained to go poop and pee in one area off to the side but it wasn’t quite perfect. But, the staff kept the place clean with mops and while it did smell overwhelmingly like dog, it didn’t smell like a doggie bathroom. As for the cats, I can only assume that they had litter boxes out of sight.

At the dog café, when you were ready to go you gave your bill to the golden retriever and it would bring it up to the front, put his big paws up on a half door and give it to the woman who worked the register! So cute!


Pass him the bill and he will bring it up to the front!

宮島Miyajima Island, Japan

Our last post about our trip to Japan is about our day trip to Miyajima Island. We took a 30 min train from Hiroshima southbound and then a 15 min ferry to the island. We were in for some surprises!

First: have you ever been to a national park in the Rockies? Ever wonder why some tourists are so bold when approaching animals (never approach animals!!). Well, this Island may give reason to why some people who live or have visited this island may do just that. These deer are tame.  Not just tame as in allow people to see them. They are like goats at a petting zoo!

They will approach YOU (and try and eat paper you are holding… they love paper). They are comfortable in crowds and you can even touch them!

There were more people there too before I could get my camera out.

Oh, god. What a bad idea! Sandy was pretty freaked out…

We visited a temple and some other sites while we were there

but that was not as memorable as this next part. (No pics for this part for the sake of your heebie-jeebie’s and for mine! There is a funny video (unrelated!) at the end, though!)

We went on a ‘nature walk’. First, this was a hike, not a pleasant walk. But that was nothing compared to the other surprise. We think this hike should be named “1000 Spider Obstacle Course”.  Seriously, the most spiders we have seen in our lives! And these are no small house spiders. They are ugly.

They hung from the trees and in the bushes and many, many were draped across the path. Now, we have to assume that this was not a popular hike and it had been taken back by the forest (of spiders) but I really think that there is a never ending line of spiders ready to take the place of the fallen like rows of teeth growing in one after another. *shiver*

Now, the smart person would have turned back. We did not. We persevered. It was stupid. The map led us to believe that the hike was short so we were always thinking, we are almost there we are almost there…. it was a 45-60 hike. Yikes. Sandy would take the webs down across the paths so we could sneak by, but no joke, we did crawl hands and knees under one that hung face high across the path and was HUUUGE. (After that, you definitely don’t go back!)

We arrived on the other side and were soaking wet with sweat. I could squeeze out my shirt and have water pouring out (same with the bun in my hair!).

*Sigh*

But it was all worth it! Because, the beach we arrived at had a park and campground and they had facilities in which we saw this:

and captured this.

So funny. It just kept unrolling and then even with Sandy and I there, he just wanted to get back to the TP.

Talk to you soon!

ps. you may notice that that video is on youtube! I will be adding vids from time to time so check out my channel!