At a Bangkok cafe, a dozen corgis excitedly sprint on their stubby legs to greet customers, who are equally as thrilled. A loud chorus of aaaw rings out, followed by laughter.
Corgi lovers have a full hour to play and take photos with the fluff balls while sipping drinks or having a snack starting at 250 baht (RM32) at Corgis In The Garden, a coffee shop in a Bangkok suburb.
The dog and cat cafes trend, where customers get to play with the popular pets while paying extra for their food and drinks, has been around for years in Thailand, Japan and other Asian countries.
But opening a cafe with one specific breed is quite new. "I didn't plan to open a corgi cafe. My two corgis just happened to mate and give birth to a large litter of seven puppies," says cafe owner Tanchanok Kanawong.
"Then I bought three more corgis from my friend. That's quite enough to spread the love and share their cuteness with others," the 36-year-old businesswoman adds.
Since opening in mid-January, the cafe, which has a backyard for the dogs to roam around, has become quickly popular. "My husband and I visited other dog cafes in Thailand before, but we just have to come here because my husband loves corgis," says Yvonne Goh from Singapore. "They're very cute."
Others come to study the dogs' characteristics before making their decision to adopt. "I'm tempted to get one, even though they're more mischievous than I thought," says Praveena Tantayanyong, before telling a pup looking for more snacks from her "I don't have any more."
The corgis are put to work three to four hours a day, six days a week. "I didn't expect the cafe to be this popular, but I can't put them up for more hours," says Tanchanok. "They must remain happy, as dogs should." – dpa
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