250 dogs visit the Cockapoo cafe at the Revolución de Cuba in Norwich
6:30 a.m. February 21, 2022
Dog lovers are urging places to level up and allow four-legged friends through the door.
It happened after more than 250 people and their furry friends flocked to the city’s first cockapoo cafe.
A cockapoo is a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle.
The event at Revolución de Cuba on Queen Street on February 20 was hosted by couple James Morgan and Anushka Fernando who are behind the Pug Cafe project, where pug owners and their pets can meet .
In addition to allowing cockapoo owners to meet like-minded people and giving their pets the opportunity to socialize with other dogs, the cafe included canine treats.
Mr Morgan said: “Having a dog gives you a reason to go out for a walk.
“It could be better for dog owners in terms of being able to visit places. Dogs become part of the family and you wouldn’t leave a child home alone.
“People think we’re crazy but what’s the point of having a dog if we keep them locked up at home?”
He added that the city’s first cockapoo cafe had gone exceptionally well and wanted to start a cockapoo social group in Norfolk.
Liz Williamson, 56, from Attleborough, who visited her pets Henry and Tilly, said: “Sometimes it’s hard to come to the scene with a dog.
“It’s good to go to a place that accepts dogs. A lot of stores are anti-dog.”
She added that having dogs has helped her mental health during the lockdown.
Heather Mills, 66, from Newton Flotman, south Norwich, visited her pet Trixi and described the cafe as ‘wonderful’.
Mark Elvin, 63, from near Kings Lynn, who brought his pup Trigger, which he got after Christmas, helped him see what his pup has the potential to become.
And Karla Mace, 48, from Hethersett, was also at the event with daughter Kaitlyn, nine, and son Charlie, 12, and their cockapoo Fudge.
The flat-coated dog was their first pet and the family hired him last year to help Charlie, who has autism spectrum disorder, cope with his anxiety.
Ms Mace said: “Fudge helps focus on Charlie. He’s been amazing.”
Want to cook your own treats?
All dogs need a balanced diet and here is a peanut cookie recipe for dogs that pet owners can cook at home.
(For the cookies)
300 g plain wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 stock cube
150ml hot water
(peanut butter frosting)
120g peanut butter
2.5 teaspoons plain flour
1 tablespoon of water
1) Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C for the fan-assisted oven).
2) Dissolve the bouillon cube in hot water.
3) Add the remaining ingredients.
4) Knead the dough into a ball.
5) Roll the dough until 1 cm thick.
6) Cut into slices or bone shape.
7) Roll out the dough on parchment paper.
8) Bake for 20-25 minutes (or until golden).
9) To make the peanut butter frosting, heat it in the microwave until smooth.
10) Add the water and mix before adding the flour and mix well.
11) Spread over cookies.