There Should Be More Dog-Friendly Cafés


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Photo by Milla Chappell

 

Who wouldn't want to be able to bring their dog everywhere they go? Pet parents spend their time in dog parks, and taking long walks to get in as much quality time as possible with their dogs before they need to leave them behind to go to work or run errands. However, recently the number of places where pets can join their owners has started to growAs the desire for this has become more apparent we’ve seen the emergence of pet-friendly offices, dog-friendly hotels that even come with dog-sized beds, and restaurants allowing patrons to bring their dogs to outdoor seating areas. 

 

So, it was only logical that business owners would seize the opportunity to combine most people's daily routine of grabbing coffee with the ability to hang out with their furry companions. These so-called dog cafés are opening up around the world. Unlike the cat café phenomenon that’s been around since the 90s, these new dog cafés aren’t full of dogs that need adoption and you don’t have to pay to spend time with the animals. Rather, owners are encouraged to bring their own pets with them into the café while they enjoy a coffee or snack.

 

Photo by Milla Chappell

 

The most recent addition to the dog café trend is Boris & Horton, opening this month in New York City’s East Village. Boris & Horton is considered the city’s first true dog-friendly café, since they’ve been given the okay from the city’s Board of Health—unlike other similar café experiences. To abide by the Health Department’s rules, the café is divided into two sections separated by a glass wall, both of which can be accessed by a vestibule. In order to maintain a clean and fresh environment for patrons, the café has partnered with Sharp, which installed a Plasmacluster Ion air purifier that removes any lingering pet scents, allowing for a more pleasing experience all around.

 

 

People with dogs can order food and drinks from a pickup window and then enter the dog side to enjoy their meal and interact with the other dogs and humans. There is also a retail store and a photo booth, adding more fun to the dog  experience. And if you don't have a dog, no problem. The café is a great place for dog lovers to interact with fun and playful pups. 

 

Photo by Milla Chappell

 

New York City, and the United States in general, is a late adopter to this animal café trend, since they’ve been all over Asia for decades. Tokyo alone is home to over 50 pet cafés, including a hedgehog café and an owl bar. In India, Puppychino is a co-working space that has an entire menu dedicated to dogs, and an even larger café menu for their owners. Hopefully more entrepreneurs will venture into this emerging pet business, allowing owners to spend more quality time with their animal friends. 

 

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