Are you the kind of person that remembers people’s dog names right away but forget the owner’s name? Or maybe you spot out all of the dogs in a crowd and strike up conversations with their owners about how beautiful their pup is. If this sounds like you, you are going to love this. A cafe in Bangkok, Thailand allows customers to meet and play with the 12 Corgis who reside there.
Corgi in the Garden has become popular with tourists and locals alike. The reason being is that the owner’s 12 Corgis meet and greet visitors. If you are wondering why Corgis were chosen as the dog of choice, it’s because the owner Tanchanok Kanawaong is a big fan of the breed. Kanawaong explains, “I love big dogs and used to have up to 10 Siberian Huskies and Golden Retrievers at the same time. 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.”
It didn’t take long for Kanawaong’s passion for Corgis to grow and grow and grow. What started out as a single male Corgi, blossomed into her getting just one more, and then another and so on, until there were five. Soon there was an unplanned for litter of pups that were born. It didn’t take long for the pack to reach 12 in number. It was right around then that Kanawaong’s idea for a Corgi Cafe came to be. The puppies inspired her to open the Cafe. “[It was] at that time when the idea of seeing them running around and sharing their energy came to me,” Kanawaong explained.
The Corgis Seem To Enjoy The Attention And Treats
Porkchop, Pumpkin, Salmon, Bean, Babycorn, and the other Corgis seem to enjoy the attention. In fact, it’s hard to tell if the customers or the dogs enjoy the interaction more. To top it off, the dogs get lots of treats thrown into the deal. Sometimes the Corgis are asked to perform simple tricks like handshakes for a treat in return. “The Corgis are trained by a professional dog trainer who uses only positive methods,” Kanawaong said. To keep extra weight off from all those treats, the Corgis run in the garden three times a day.
The Cafe is open six days a week, with Monday being the closed day. Sessions are organized into one-hour time periods for 50 customers at a time. There are 22 tables. The cost for one hour is $11 per individual. There is a one-hour gap between sessions so that the dogs can nap. The Corgis seem to enjoy the routine. “Every morning they’ll be running in the backyard, and come back for grooming to get ready for the sessions,” Kanawaong explained.
Corgis come in two breeds, the Cardigan and the Pembroke. Corgi in the Garden Cafe is home to the Pembroke Corgis. This is the type of Corgi that Queen Elizabeth II is known for keeping.
Corgis ancestry goes back to at least the 10th century. It is believed that Corgis may have descended from the Swedish Vallhunds brought to the Pembrokeshire by the Vikings. Another thought is that Corgis came from the present-day Schipperkes and Pomeranians brought to Wales by Flemish weavers.
Arrange A Visit
If you’d like to visit or learn more about the Corgis at The Corgi in the Garden Cafe, you may want to visit their Facebook page. Kanawaong wants people who plan on visiting know that the wellbeing of the Corgis always come first.
“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 explained. “Because we have limited seating, we can’t accept reservations and provide first come, first served service to walk-in customers only.”
Would you like to visit this cafe? It sounds like a great place for dog lovers to go. There really is only one thing better than one Corgi and that’s 12 Corgis! In conclusion, this seems like a win/win situation for the dogs and dog-loving people.