The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋
Monday December 9th, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Down by the Breeze Center, I was passing the time before a movie at the Space Time Cafe. It felt a bit like walking into an American vintage and resale shop with cafe dogs!
Milk Tea 奶茶 is the Golden Retriever. (Incidentally, this is the texture when a Goldie grows back their coat after a summer shave.)
Latte is the Shiba (perhaps mix). Theyre both a little older, with mellow temperaments and white faces.
I got a cursory sniff out of Latte, but mostly she didnt pay me any mind. Typical.
Friday November 29th, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Film: Twelve Nights [Shier ye 十二夜] Director: Raye Producer: Giddens Ko 九把刀, Sophia Sui 隋棠 Cinematographer: Zhou Yi-hsien 周宜賢 Performers: Dogs at an unnamed shelter in Taiwan Breeds featured: Taiwan dogs, Shiba Inu, German Shepherd Production information: Atom Cinema, 2013 (Taiwan) ** Promotional photos come from the official Facebook site; others are mine.
Twelve Nights, a documentary about dogs in a Taiwan animal shelter, will be hitting the theatrical circuits this Friday, November 29th. I...
Wednesday November 20th, 2013 at 07:42 AM
I promise this is not turning into a Corgi blog. These are just very popular dogs in Taiwan. And yes, Im still in Taiwan.
Anyway, heres a quick hit-and-run update to sing the praises of Pillow Cafe, currently one of my top five favorite Taipei cafes (a list which gets rearranged every week, it seems). They are named thus for the super cozy cushioned seats and back pillows comfortably spread about the cafe (very conducive to glueing your ass in one place for hours on end and getting stuff done)...
Saturday November 9th, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Tucked away in a quiet alley behind the Brother Hotel 兄弟飯店, off Nanjing East Road 南京東路, youll find this hideaway coffeeshop:
The two head silhouettes on their sign are somewhat mysterious. Its actually the cafe proprietress and her dog, Jeeter 基特 the Corgi.
Jeeter is very welcoming and happy to greet visitors. Shes friendly, but also just fine staying out of your way after you acknowledge her presence upon entrance!
Traffic here is relatively slow, based on what I saw on a weeknight. Still, as...
Sunday November 3rd, 2013 at 08:10 PM
All black, medium sized Taiwan dogs supposedly dont suffer the same degree of black dog syndrome as American shelter dogs. If theyre stigmatized, its because theyre tugou, not because theyre all black. But if you like Formosan dogs, the black ones are rather classic models.
I find them rather dignified, bold, often downright elegant in appearance and movement. Plus, they match easily with any home decor.
Consider test driving one today!
Monday October 28th, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Different health ordinances and cultural standards for public hygiene allows for animals in Taiwanese cafes. Ive run into enough cafe dogs (and cats!) for a series of Taipei cafe pet sightings. Ill roll them out as time permits.
Meet the two cafe dogs at 4 a.m. Cafe. Oreo is black and white.
And Yang Meimei 羊妹妹, or Miss Lamb, is the one with ticking.
Their black heads dont make them very easy to photograph, especially at night, which is when they usually seem to make the rounds (or maybe thats...
Thursday October 24th, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Dogs with missing appendages are not an uncommon sight in the mountains of Taiwan
but theyre still faster than youll ever be.
This is what happens when you combine illegal gin traps* with population density and a profusion of abandoned pets and unaltered, free-roaming dogs. The lucky ones get saved by compassionate citizens who vet them and make the effort to find them a suitable home, if temperament allows. In the worst cases, the animal dies in excruciating pain (especially cats and smaller...
Wednesday October 16th, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Sort of related to my previous post on the communicative range of canine bodies
Im not denying the natural urge to anthropomorphize and to read, sometimes with great clarity, the emotional status of a dog through his head alone.
Its just that this is where we, as humans, typically refer when trying to interpret meaning. The eyes, in particular, are where we look in the absence of speech. Great communicators will often pick up additional facial cues, because words are frequently insufficient on...
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