Sunday, February 18, 2007

Café Culture

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us ‘All dressed up 4 a nite out … n 2 cover my wounds’

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‘Cool joint, even cooler name … n dey even provide a water bowl here, groovy!’

Since I'm out of action 4 a couple of weeks, my outdoor activities hv bn mostly limited 2 hanging around cafes, pubs n restaurants with my owners. Here’s my take on eating out n having a couple of drinks with ur humans.

Mutts arent normally welcomed at eateries, cafes n restaurants, especially in our country. Dat said, dis is a fairly flexible country n our motto is ‘Anything goes…’. So if u exercise some common sense n b mindful of other patrons, den a regular nite out with ur owners is a possibility.

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‘At some Japanese juice joint called Jushi’ … ‘There’s no better place 4 daydreaming …’

Hv been 2 a number of pubs, cafes, restaurants n coffee shops round PJ, Subang, Bangsar, Hartamas n BB areas with my owners n 2date v hv been welcomed at most outlets. Some thots 2 help u smuggle into cafes n adapt 2 d alfresco culture:

· Always pick cafes with outside seating, al fresco style. Try not 2 pick overly crowded cafes, lesser occupied 1s r more accommodating.


· Stick 2 Chinese, Japanese, Gwailoh, Indian (not mamak) hangouts.

· Always ask 4 permission 1st if going 2 new cafes. B friendly n courteous. If possible, get d ladies (gf, mom, aunt…not d dog) 2 do d asking as cafe owners tend 2 hv a soft spot 4 dem. Also, dey r generally perceived 2 hv small dogs, which brings us 2 d next point.

· Small dogs hv an advantage as dey r perceived 2 b quieter, manageable n more likely 2 go unnoticed. Large dogs will hv deir work cut out 4 dem n will really need 2 convince mgmt dat despite being gifted with a Bull Mastiff physique, u r actually a GR or Lab in disguise.

· Must b presentable, well groomed, spotless n with an agreeable smell. Must remain calm at all times … growling n barking is a definite no-no at d café.

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‘Good 4 watching d babes go by … B’sar’

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‘Great 4 dozing off …’

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‘Perfect 4 hanging about with d humans …’

· Shld remain on leash n on d floor, dun take up chair or table space - it only takes 1 customer 2 complain about d fur on her backside. Few establishments may allow ur dog 2 seat on d chair but do get deir permission 1st.

· Treat other patrons with respect, dun make a fuss at d premises n d patrons will do d same. Some will not even notice after awhile n treat u as a regular. D customer is always right - move 2 a more secluded table or another cafe, if necessary. Again, it only takes 1 customer 2 make a fuss…

· Small treats n water r fine but dun expect 2 b fed ur regular meal.

· Must b toilet trained, preferably 2 do it on grass. Shld also know how 2 alert owners ven its time 2 go. Better still, do it b4hand n find an area away n out of sight from eateries n patrons.

· Always leave d place as u found it, clean n tidy. Dun leave puddles n paw prints. B friendly 2 staff n tip if deserving. Leave a good impression n u’ll b more den welcome next time around.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us‘Recommended café behaviour 4 K9s … d lazy sit (cool shades optional),’

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us‘d voluntary down,’

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us‘d agreeable arm rest,’

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us‘... n d definitive Nirvana position, bliss’

Seems like a hassle but dis r only minor inconveniences 2 put up with in order 2 spend more quality time with ur humans. Dis has allowed me 2 b included in many of my owners’ eating n drinking sessions … sure beats staying home alone. Hope it works for d adventurous amongst u.

11 Comments:

Blogger Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Groovy,
That's neat that you can go out to eat with your Mama & Papa. Way better than staying home alone. How is your wound doing by the way? Let us know, we've been wondering. We sure hope you are healing up ok.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

11:15 AM  
Blogger Groovy Dogs Just Wanna Hv Fun said...

Hv already recovered n am back 2 d old groove ... 99% fit. Have some sexy scars to show for it as well. Thks 4 asking.

U guys hv a really swell wardrobe!

12:27 AM  
Blogger Amanda Lee Jia Hui said...

i've been to a bak kut teh restaurant b4.....but its kinda suffering for me to c my owner eating her heart out, while i juz sniff from distance..

10:22 AM  
Blogger Natasha said...

Hey Groovy

Glad to hear that you're up and about!

Cleo

1:11 PM  
Blogger Buster the Wired Fox Terror said...

When reading the beginning, I kept saying, man Groovy needs shades! And then voila, there they are!

Bussie Kissies
Buster

8:42 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

Sorry for posting in your comments section but I couldn't find an email address. Can you contact me via email? It's about your blog being listed on our site.

Casey@Animal-Internet.com
www.animal-internet.com

Again, sorry if leaving this message here is annoying.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Groovy Dogs Just Wanna Hv Fun said...

Yeah Buster, u shld get a pair n take some mugshots to share with us.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Groovy Dogs Just Wanna Hv Fun said...

Hey Casey, pretty neat site u hv there. Finally a voice to represent all animals. But isnt dis similar to a blog?

Can b contacted at fawnloong@hotmail.com

2:00 PM  
Blogger Bella said...

You are such a good manered stylish doggie out & about at the cafes - super cool babe.
Bella Buttons

5:59 PM  
Blogger Groovy Dogs Just Wanna Hv Fun said...

Thanks bella but u r d babe ... I'm a bloke actually, ha ha

10:04 PM  
Blogger Angie Tan said...

Whoa!!!

Thanks for the post on the cafe. Been looking for a place to bring Snoopy to hang out. However, not sure how she'll react to other dogs/cats. :-S

Anyway, we used to bring her to this restaurant near the USJ Goodyear courts for dinner. The owner of the place was cool and even chatted to us about his Min Pins.

However, ever since Snoopy started barking at stray cats, we no longer are able to bring her out. :(

12:39 AM  

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