Chihuahua Cafe

What better way to beat the summer heat than a cuppa with some of the coolest and cuddliest critters around?

The human members of the Barking Cat crew joined eight delightful, tiny hostesses and some quite lovely people for the Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe‘s inaugural puppy cream tea party at the Melting Pot in Edinburgh.

The cafe hopes to find a permanent home later this year, but for now, is holding weekend pop up sessions at the Melting Pot to give folks a taste of the delights to come.

Cafe founder, Tanya Salitura, caught the chihuahua bug four years ago with her first chi puppy, beautiful long haired Ama, who was also “flower girl” in her wedding.  Since then, the couple have gradually added to their pack with Bee, Cleo, Duchess, Elsa, Faery, Gatsby and Hepburn.  You can follow their adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

The cafe draws on animal cafes of Japan and South East Asia, which have more recently become popular in the UK, like Maison de Moggy in Edinburgh and Mog on the Tyne in Newcastle.  However, this will be the first dog cafe in Scotland.

Although we thoroughly enjoyed the drinks and delicious scones, let’s face it, we were all there for the cute puppy antics!  The very well-mannered, tiny pack spent the time doing what little dogs like to do – playing, being cuddled, snoozing and giving lots of slurpy kisses, much to the delight of all the guests.

Animal cafes give those unable to have pets of their own to share some cuddle time and give people considering adoption a chance to get “up close and personal” with animals.

For some of us, it’s just lovely to snuggle and play with OPPs (Other People’s Pets).    Shhhhhhhh . . . don’t tell #MsEllaChihuahua and #CharliePapillon!  🙂

Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe is offering several more weekend pop up Puppy Cream Teas throughout the summer.  Find out more here.

Many thanks Tanya and everyone for a lovely time and hope to see you again soon!

If you would like to give a forever home to a chihuahua or other small dog, contact Many Tears Animal Rescue (this is where we adopted Ella from), Chihuahua Rescue UK or the Little Dog Rescue.

Enjoy a few snaps from our visit.  Click to enlarge and watch as a slide show.