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A Dog Cafe in Tokyo

[pic]Nicky and big water bowl
April 2006

There are some restaurants called "dog cafe", of course in Japan, too.
And Nicky went a dog cafe for the first time.

His stomach is so sensitive and he sometime throws up when his stomach is empty.
So it can be a good place for Nicky can have something.

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Last time many of cherry blossoms were before blooming, but at last we met the full-blooming cherry blossoms.
It was near to the Den-en-chofu station, Tokyo, the beautiful town where I had grown up.

[pic]Beautiful cherry blossoms

Okay, let's take pictures, Nicky!

[pic]Nicky under the cherry blossoms [pic]Nicky still watching camera

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[pic]Nicky at pet shop

First we went to the doggie shop(without live stocks) next to the cafe.
The bar in the picture is of course to tie leashes of dogs who visit.

Most of all goods were for small/toy breeds.collars, leashes and wears...
There was also a grooming space. And there was a sweet Yorkie boy.

So expensive!, and I said aloud... "Oh, nothing for my learge dog..."
Then we got away!
I appreciate that there was nothing for Labradors!

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Well...
There was a step before the door and the door was pretty heavy.
Though I had Nicky with me I couldn't get in and called for help.

There were another wheelchair-friendly entrance.
But there was a sign board saying "Customers with dogs must come from another entrance, direct to doggie shop"
Of course a service dog can be an exception, but if someone in a wheelchair was with a pet dog...???

Shop owners, please remember we who are with disabilities have access right, and right to own a dog, too!
Don't say "This is not a shop for the disabled, just for dog people".
Unfortunately, Japan is not a good place to live with our disabilities.

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Then we went to the "dog cafe".

Concrete floor was easy to move with my wheelchair.
I know it is easy to keep clean, but is it all right to dogs who would lay down?

[pic]Dog collars, coockies and books are shown.

There is a wooden lack at the center of the floor
(I guess it can be a partation for people who are with dogs and who don't like dogs, or dogs who don't like other dogs).
There are also some seats at the porch, but it was too cold to stay out side!

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Nicky went under the table and did down stay, as he usually does.
A water bowl was served to him, it was unusual!

[pic]Nicky and the water bowl

When we had been in Arizona where the weather is hot and dry, Nicky often had some water when I had lunch at restaurant. I brought Nicky's small bowl with me.
So Nicky knows that sometime he can have water at restaurants.

But...

[pic]cakes for dogs, on a small dish.

"Here you are, some pan cakes for you!"

[pic]Nicky and his pancake and water.

FOR ME??????
Nicky was so confused, he might remember his training to refuse foods.

"Yes, it's for YOU, Nicky!"

[pic]Nicky asking by his eyes.
"Is it for me?? Really???"

[pic]Nicky's eyes, closed up.
See, once he understood that he could eat it,
he started to watch me with such Hopeful Eyes.

"Release!"
[pic]Nicky eating pancakes. [pic]And finish it in a second...
In a second, he swallowed it without tasting amd finished...(Yes, he is a Labrador!)

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For Nicky, a dog cafe was not different from any other restaurant,
except the nice treat that a working dog is usually not allowed to have.

I wish there were more nice restaurants, coffee shops, or cafes in Japan,
where allow our dogs even if the dog was not a working dog.
Those places don't have to be "Dog Cafe", just allow the dogs with mannered owneres.
And I wish... No one would say "Look! There is a dog!"

[pic]Nicky after enjoying the cake.
Okay, I would love any place where I can have nice treats!
by Nicky

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