I live for autumn. Forget Christmas, autumn is by far ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’ The weather’s perfect for light layers, the duvet comes back outta storage and turns the bed back into snuggle central, spiced candles are lit around the apartment, the trees come to life in bright red, yellow, and golden hues, and sunsets resemble candy apples sinking into the horizon. Even though autumn in Seoul means that the sidewalks become covered in festering piles of puke-scented ginko nuts, I can deal with it. That’s how much I love autumn.
I’m always so excited when I find new dog-friendly places, maybe even more excited than Duggie! We’ve both been lucky enough to come across two new dog cafes. Duggie’s crazy about Bau House in Hapjeong, but it’s nice to have some variation and meet some new furry friends!
Okay, so I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the biggest fan of Korean parks, but Bundang Central Park is pretty darn swell. Yeah, it’s not really in Seoul, but it’s so nice that I really think it’s worth the trek!
As much as I love puppy cafes, they do definitely have a few drawbacks, one of the primary ones being that drinks are always hideously over-priced and usually not very good. So, I was super happy to find this dog-friendly rooftop cafe in Hongdae last weekend!
Summer is in full swing in Seoul, and in the words of the merry men of metal, Reckless Love, it’s gettin’ hot, hot, hotter than hell!
We’re super lucky that Duggie is such a social pup, because I absolutely cannot stand being cooped up inside at the weekend! I also couldn’t tolerate leaving him in by himself all weekend; thankfully, he loves riding the subway, and we try to take him just about everywhere with us. So, here are two of Duggie’s fave spots to spend the weekend: Bau House puppy cafe and the World Cup Stadium dog park!
Last Monday was Children’s Day in Korea, which is a pretty self-explanatory holiday! The holiday was founded in the 1920’s as a day to celebrate children; it’s basically an excuse for parents to spoil their kids for a day, and for over-schooled Korean kids to get a day off of studying! Why don’t we have this in America, huh?!
Since we have our own furry child now, we decided to dress him up in a spiffy new outfit and take him out for a long walk and a trip to the puppy cafe!
We’re still getting to know Duggie, but we came to realize pretty quickly that he LOVES people, especially children, and other dogs, so we felt pretty confident that he’d enjoy visiting a puppy cafe. We decided to take him to Cafe Pawz in Gangnam, because it’s the closest puppy cafe to us, and because it also happens to be one of our favorites!
To get there, we had to hop on the subway for a 30 minute journey. You’d think a crowded, noisy, smelly subway would be distracting and stressful to a tiny dog, but Duggie actually loves it!
Ever since I left my family and dogs in Virginia and moved to Belfast, I’ve been wanting to get a puppy of my own. For the past five + years I’ve spent countless HOURS looking at animal rescue websites and dog breeder listings, but in Belfast we were earning just enough money to get by, and last year in Ulsan we were living in a no-pets-allowed villa. Now that we’re living in a huge apartment building in Seoul, and now that money is no longer a worry, the time finally felt right to do some serious searching for my puppy!