If heaven were to exist on earth, it probably would look something like this Corgi café. Well, as it turns out, this heaven on earth actually exists.
When customers walk into Bangkok’s Corgi In The Garden café, they’re greeted by a dozen fluffballs on stubby legs rushing out to greet them, jump in laps and shake hands for treats.
It all started back in 2018 when Tanchanok Kanawaong welcomed a surprise litter of puppies — which turned out a lot larger than she expected.
The cafe currently houses 13 corgis, whose popularity has been soaring among Thai dog lovers for their roly-poly build and an almost infallible ability to make people smile.
Tanchanok is a huge Corgi fan because of their ‘lovable and funny’ nature, she said;
“I love big dogs and used to have up to 10 Siberian Huskies and Golden Retrievers at the same time,” Kanawaong told Bored Panda. “When they grew old and passed away, I looked for small dogs with similar characteristics[…] and decided to get a baby boy Corgi.”
So how did it all start? Well, after adopting one corgi to join her pack, she then welcomed another. Not very long after, there were five of them — and before she could even blink a litter of puppies were on the horizon.
Kanawaong finally ended up with 12 adorable dogs in total, and while she had never planned on running a doggy cafe, the oversized litter of pups gave her plenty of reasons to share the joy, cute puppies bring to her customers.
The corgi’s make up one big, loving, mixed family:
Two of the corgis, Quinn and Dean, are mom and dad to seven of the other pups – Bluebell, Bean, Babycorn, Buttercup, Blossom, Barely, and Bone. Meanwhile, Porkchop, Salmon, and Pumpkin are siblings but unrelated to the rest of the café family.
And, in 2019, the family was blessed with a 13th family member: Marmalade, a “cute, clever and charming” little tri-color girl.
People are clearly loving the cafe, as the clients begin smiling as soon as they meet the funny corgis. All the pups seem to really enjoy the attention as well. Not to mention the endless flow of treats throughout the day!
Some come from their owner but the vast majority from the cafe’s customers for performing simple tricks like a handshake.
Kanawaong, however, is careful of letting them gain too much weight. So the tiny dogs exercise by running in the garden of the cafe at least three times a day.
The cafe (and the corgis) work six days a week. 12.00 to 18.00 on Tuesday – Friday and 10.00 – 18:00 on Saturday – Sunday. Each day, the cafe organizes one-hour sessions for 50 customers (22 tables) to meet with the doggos costing around $11 per person.
The owner said this routine allows the little critters to have some nap time in between and would not exhaust them.
“The 1-hour gaps between the sessions allow them to rest,” Kanawaong said. “Every morning they’ll be running in the backyard, and come back for grooming to get ready for the sessions.”
The happiness and safety of the dogs is the most important thing to Kanawaong, in a statement on her Facebook page she says;
“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 said. “Because we have limited seating, we can’t accept reservations and provide first-come, first-served service to walk-in customers only. More details can be found on our official Facebook page.”
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!