Puppy Tail Cafe is a dog and human friendly cafe in Lane Cove. It is located adjacent to Blackman Park, an enclosed off leash dog park with a small agility course. There your furry bestie can have a delicious "Woofle" aka a doggy waffle or a dog latte while you can order coffee, tea, Japanese hot dogs, cookies or sweets.
Puppy Tails is a sister cafe to Chew Chew in Wollstonecraft which we visited many years ago before we had dogs. Both businesses are run by Naoko Okamoto who is a pet nutritionist who designs the dog treats and snacks to be completely dog friendly.
On our first visit to Puppy Tail Cafe, I ordered a small doggie latte and split it between Teddy Elliott and Teddy Roo because my Teddy isn't a big drinker. However Teddy Elliott loved the doggie latte so much that he finished his and then nudged Teddy Roo out of the way to finish his bowl. The dog latte is plain goats milk that they explain has a similar composition to dog's mother's milk and is much easier for dogs to digest. And if Teddy's reaction to it means anything it's one paw up.
Then it's time for the woofle made with eggs and free range lamb and carrot. Each waffle is served in an adorable hand drawn packet.
Both Teddies adore this and it is gone in around a minute. And I try a little bit (it's human compatible too) and it is pretty tasty. Teddy asks for more after it is long gone.
The next time we visited with Teddy he was supposed to have a play date with his "twin" Jamun the black Labrador. Jamun wasn't able to make it that day but Ahana, Sagaar, Mr NQN, Teddy and I sit outside on the chairs.
The merchandising is very home spun at Puppy Tail and very Japanese. There are lots of hand drawn signs and if you had a quick look at the window you'd see just two hot dogs on offer plus a range of doggy snacks. It's only after I order my hot dogs that I realise that there's toasted croissants and a variety of toast on offer.
I really like the lemongrass and ginger latte as well as the cinnamon and ginger latte. They're strong in flavour and a nice alternative to caffeinated drinks.
The katsu hot dog has a fried crumbed pork fillet in a hot dog bun with otafuku or okonomiyaki sauce. It's not bad but it's a touch dry. We both much prefer the plain hot dog with extra onions and chilli sauce.
Their sweets are bought in but they are very tasty. I enjoy the raspberry lamington cube that is soft, fresh and moist inside the coconut coating. I also really like the wholesome seedy cookie with yogurt dip as well.
After eating we take Teddy to the dog park. This park doesn't have a huge amount of shade with no trees and just one canopied area so midday is best avoided during summer. There however an agility course and Mr NQN shows Teddy how to do each agility stop which he picks up very quickly. Am I one of those dog mums that says her dog is very advanced? I guess I am ;)
After a few rounds of agility, a little wade in the mud pool and a little play with a troupe of Schipperkes, Teddy tires himself out and sleeps all the way home in the car.
So tell me Dear Reader, do you have a pet? Do you feed them special treats?
Puppy Tail Cafe
Lloyd Rees Dr, Lane Cove West NSW 2066
Open 7 days 7am–5pm