What’s the one thing that all doting dog owners hate about weekends? The look of hurt abandonment in the eyes of the animals, as they are left behind at home, while the humans perform the usual weekend ritual of movie going, mall hopping and eating out. While watching movies with your pets is still something that you can indulge in only in the comfort of your homes, Delhiites now have the option of going out to grab a bite with their dogs, with sisters Mallika and Nayani Tandon gifting the city its first dog cafe, Puppychino.
I must confess that even though I love dogs and have a pet of my own, my first thoughts when I heard about Puppychino was that it would be a wasted effort. I imagined to myself a place of utter chaos — animal litter, aggressive dogs biting and yelping and unhygienic floor were some of my concerns. But one visit has cured me of my scepticism, for I was pleasantly surprised to find that Puppychino is much cleaner and better organised than many ‘hooman (human-only) cafes’.
The Tandons have segregated the cafe into two sections, one for the dogs and the other for humans. There is a trainer to keep any over-excited animal in control, and the cleaning staff ensures that dog litter is not a problem. It is also a great place for people who have always wanted dogs, but have been deprived because their families didn’t want pets. Bobo the Labrador and Simba the Husky, the official Puppychino mascots, are pleasant company.
I had a wonderful time there recently with my pet. While the dog muffins — the cafe offers different options such as peanut butter muffin, a favourite with the dogs — kept my dog happy, I made my choice from a selection of pizzas and pastas and both returned home satisfied. Try it out with your dog this weekend, if you haven’t already been there.
(The author is a dog lover and student.)
Where: 119 Shahpur Jat, Third Floor, Near UCO Bank
Open: 12 noon to 10 pm everyday
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Pet creche: Whether it is just for a few hours every day while you are in office or during an extended holiday, a pet creche offers care for your pet while you need to be away. Some cities now also have pet-sitters or baby-sitters for your pets
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