[Katipunan, Quezon City] ~ Much barking and playing at Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe

 An enjoyable afternoon of play that is far from chill — 05.25.15

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It was another time at a dog cafe (first was in Seoul – also my first animal cafe experience)  one Sunday afternoon. A cafe I have heard of months ago since it opened late in 2014, it was only then that I finally had time to go see what is first in the Philippines.

BARKIN’ BLENDS DOG CAFE is located in a university area – one that is close to my heart as I used to be spending my days there when I was in college. Having said that, apart from spending time with the dogs, I was extra excited with having to visit something familiar.

The cafe opens at 12noon and since it is on a first come, first serve basis, I tried to be one of the earliest birds. One as when I came, there were already some guests. The area is divided into Humans Only and Dogs  Zones, quite expectedly I spent most of the time in the latter.

Php200 got me in, inclusive of a drink. There are certain types of drink that one has to be pay extra for but my surprisingly delicious peach tea did not require me. As in most cafes, sanitation was a requirement and I was asked to change into their slippers and leave my bag on a designated locker. The basic rules apply too – such as not having to wake the sleeping dogs, not feed them anything and keep the noise down.

20150524_122043This card given upon payment

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First thing I noticed was how different it was the chill in the cat cafe I was in the previous week. Dogs were running around so the first dogs I approached were the two quiet ones on this shelf next to the wall – a terrier and a pug.

20150524_122339Meet SMILE! 

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20150524_122453And now with MILO! 

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When I decided to sit down and had more time to observe the rest of the dogs, it was then I saw how brutal their play was – they were biting each other and bullying the smaller ones! It was a little bit scary because I was scared they would hurt each other or even break the glass they were at times banging into as they were busy ‘playing’.

20150524_122848In heat these dogs

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20150524_122924My yummy peach tea! 

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20150524_122957That dog lovin’ that rub

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20150524_123231It took me a second (and much longer look) before I realized the cafe’s name tucked in between these names

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20150524_124226And then there was more fighting/playing

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20150524_124815Hey there, CHEWY!

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20150524_125215Temporarily not brutally fighting

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20150524_125549And hello there, ROBIN!

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20150524_125559Waiting for the guests to come

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20150524_125633And now with the ‘I-like-to-chew-everything’ beagle PSYCHE

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20150524_130824Thank goodness, they were in slightly relaxed mode now

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20150524_130831Oh PIOLO, was  PSYCHE smelly?

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20150524_130843Quite that tongue, SKYE? 

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20150524_131412Closest to ‘nice’ to me is WOOKIEE

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20150524_131547ELLA the Chiweenie being all naughty! 

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20150524_131639Finally some time with this handsome husky! 

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20150524_131700Oh those eyes

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20150524_131743And he likes licking this chair

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20150524_131955And he actually is allowing him to hold him

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20150524_132029MILO kept on smelling CLYDE

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20150524_132128Told you

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20150524_132130And another joined the fun

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20150524_132446Black with a touch of pink

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20150524_132648The always composed FIONA

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20150524_133227Catch THE BEAGLES

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20150524_133237Make love, not war dog

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20150524_133429Chain playmate

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20150524_133917On his afternoon siesta

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HOW TO GET THERE: 

Barkin’ Blends is at 91 Rosa Alvero Street, Katipunan, Quezon City, Philippines.

To commute to there (just like I did), from Cubao, take LRT2 Train to Katipunan. Take the exit nearer Katipunan (opposite PSBA’s), walk for 5 minutes to the convenience store where the tricycles going to Katipunan are parked. Ask driver to take you to Rosa Alvero (which is the same street where McDonalds Katipunan is).

Cafe is open from 12NN-9PM except Tuesdays. Php 200 gets you in, with one free drink (some options require minimal additional fee).

For more information, you can visit their informative site here.

OTHER PRACTICAL TIPS: 

Based on my experience, the dogs were playful between 12 to 1PM then they started to get all sleepy as it was approaching 2 in the afternoon. I am not sure if it is the same for most days, but maybe timing is important depending on what mood you want the dogs to be in.

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5 thoughts on “[Katipunan, Quezon City] ~ Much barking and playing at Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe”

  1. Hi! Gusto ko lang po matanong how much po ung tricycle going to Rosa Alvero and paano po ung pabalik from barkin blends to lrt station? Do you have to take tricycle again or not? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi! Tricycle costs around 17-18 pesos if I remember correctly. Definitely less than 20. From Rosa Alvera, you may ride a tricycle again, ask to be dropped off at convenience store if you are to take LRT. (Sorry cannot remember whether it was a MiniStop or a 711). Then you need to walk your way back to LRT2.

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