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Wh…what’s this? A TL;DR on a non-serious topic? We’ve been talking about Korea’s stereotypes against foreigners, Korean sexuality, and Prostitution in Korea, three difficult topics, and now we can talk about puppies and kitties! Yay!

So, this topic was pretty straightforward. We’re talking about some of the things we noticed about pet culture in Korea, and how things have changed over the past five years. All in all, things are getting better for animals. Spudgy’s much more welcomed by people and shops now than he was when we first got him. That’s great! There are a few things we didn’t talk about that we can talk about here:

Non Cats and Dogs in Korea

We haven’t really seen anything for rodents, fish, and lizards in the pet shops here. The only place we actually see stuff for them is in the big supermarkets, like Emart and Home Plus. We’ve seen bunnies and hamsters for sale there as well, and cages for these animals, and wood chips, and such. We couldn’t really check out that much more on it, because Martina had a bunny and two dwarf hamsters growing up, and I know if we spend a few minutes in that section we’ll buy all the animals there and Meemers will torte them since he is a kitty. BAD KITTY! So, from a distance, that’s what we’ve seen, they’re around $5.00 – $30.00. Our friend also once bought a hedgehog from HomePlus! It wasn’t the ideal pet. They’re a lot noisier than you might imagine, what with them running around and collecting all your coins and stuff. Also, Korea has a strange obsession with fish and aquariums so if you’re into that, Korea has got you covered.

Pet Food in Korea

It’s difficult for us to compare the prices of pet food in Korea to pet food in Canada, because we rarely buy food in Canada (except when visiting with Spudgy). So all we can really do is tell you the price and then you can compare it to your own prices. Basically, an average bag of food (not those huge jumbo sacks) costs between 16,000 won to 29,000 won, depending on the make. We try to get Spudgy food whose first ingredient isn’t rice, because that’s just not all too healthy. Something starting with meat is best, it usually starts at 27,000 won or so. Is that expensive comparatively? I’m not sure. We also get Science Diet (Mobility Support) from the local vet, but we can’t get it from most pet stores. We get cans of beef and chicken for Spudgy that costs between 1,500 – 3,500 won depending on the size. For Meemers, the dry cat food is the same price, and we get him wet food that costs between 1,000 won (for a single pouch) to 3,800 won for a big can of fish. The pet stores stock Korean brands, Japanese brands, and American of both cat and dog food and treats.

Info On Dog Care

If you’re looking to adopt an animal in Korea or you want some advice on bringing a dog/cat to and from Korea, we recommend checking out Animal Rescue Korea which have great resources in English/Korean for advice on animal hotels, vets, oversea pet travel, house training, and so on. They have a forum that can help you out as well, and if you’re looking to spend your weekend doing some good, they ALWAYS need extra hands to help walk and play with the animals!

Travel to and From Korea with a Pet, New Quarantine Rules in Korea

As of December 2012 Korea changed their quarantine rules in an attempt to be a rabies free country so the rules are a lot stricter now. At the airport I got a pamphlet from the quarantine office with info on what they need, so feel free to save the picture in this blog post and print it out if you need it! I can’t give you the forum to fill out because, as per Korean tradition, they only have it downloadable as a HWP file, which stands for Hangul Word Press. It really makes me angry because HWP is totally fine for people living in Korea, but when you make an entire website for the government run quarantine office that’s supposed to be for WORLD TRAVEL, why would anyone OUTSIDE of Korea use HWP? They could have put it in a PDF or TXT format, which most people around the world could open no matter what type of computer! Why? WHY?!

Second mini-rant, Korea, STOP USING INTERNET EXPLORER 6 AND ACTIVE X! You have the fastest internet in the world with some of the crappiest, picture-bogged down, un-loadable sites. AND you need to accept that PEOPLE USE MACS! Stop making websites built for Windows only! And on top of that, after we got a brand new PC, we find out we STILL can’t do online banking because our version of Windows is TOO MODERN FOR YOUR SHITTY WEBSITES TO HANDLE!!! *arrrghhhhhhh* AND I can’t register to do anything because my name is too long for your log in spaces which are made for Korean length names only! Yet, it’s the special “foreigner English page” and I must type my exact name into that space as found on my alien card to register. My full name is longer than 6 letters! WHO INVENTED THIS PLATFORM!!?? *ARGHHHHGHHHHHHHH*

Haha mini-rant over, sorry. Foreigners living in Korea, you know what I’m talking about. *Martina breathes calmly*

Also, it is really important to note that if you’re traveling from Korea back home to your country that the quarantine office at the airport is NOT OPEN 24/7!! If you arrive after they close, you can’t get the papers you need to travel with your pet and you will be totally screwed.

ADVICE:
1. Call the airport and ask the hours of the office that day
2. Call the airline you’re travelling with two weeks in advance and let them know you’re bringing a pet (some places have limited pet allowances)
3. The quarantine office accepts Korean cash only for the paperwork to be completed (last time I checked, let me know if it’s changed)

Here’s the quarantine picture. Click on it for ULTRA MEGA SIZE!

Pet Quarantine Info

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  1. huski815

    https://www.koreanair.com/local/na/gd/eng/cs/sn/eng_cs_sn_pt.jsp . I found this on the korean air website, they allow pets (dogs,cats or birds) under 5kg to be carried on for w200,000 and pets over to be stowed away. There is a lot of info on the page that might be helpful.

  2. So… I came back to see this again, because… Well, because. It’s a good informative video. So where is it? Why is it gone? D:

  3. Jessica

    I know this is kind of an old video. But I was wondering where you guys get your cat food in Seoul? I’m considering moving there sometime this year, and I have a cat I’d be bringing with me. I’m not sure where I’d be living exactly, but there have to be more places that sell cat food other than in ‎‎Itaewon.

    Thanks in advance, to anyone who can answer this question.

  4. Selene Gongora Baltazar

    hey guise! What airlines have you used to travel with your Spudgy and/or Mr. Meemers? I just adopted a cat through ARK, and I’ll be visiting California this summer, but I’m finding that not many airlines allow pets as carry-ons, and I’d hate to put my cat in cargo. thanks!

  5. Sohee Yoon

    If you are looking to bring a pet or ship your pet abroad, HIGH PET RELOCATION can help!
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Puddleduck

    I was actually quite surprised that you see so many people who are afraid of cats in Korea, because Korea has a bunch of “cat cafes” where you can buy tea and/or a snack and pet a bunch of cats. Obviously, people who are afraid of cats likely just don’t go to the cat cafes, but perhaps they’re catering to an even smaller group of people than I realized if cat-phobia is that widespread. I like to go with my sister-in-law to these cafes when we visit my husband’s family in Korea because I love cats but he’s allergic so we can’t own one.

  7. Kimdition

    Hey guiseeee!

    Thank you for this video :) I am in the process of seriously looking at job opportunities in Korea for next year, but I have a question that few sites seem to answer. Apartment rentals and pets – are pet-friendly places hard to find? What sort of fees are associated with it? If the hiring company is initially paying for the apartment, will they be able to accommodate me bringing a dog if I notify them in advance?
    (On the exciting side of things, if I get a job in Korea, you might see my not-so-small 50 lb pushover of a dog wandering around Seoul! haha)

  8. CamilleCS

    Go on! Adopt a dog from a shelter! When I adopted mine, no one wanted her because she was ill and didn’t had any fur. Everybody thought she wasn’t gonna last. She’s been three years with me <3 Here's a pic of her after a month of treatment.

  9. so if i come with my full wolf-dog mix people will run i see………

  10. Elissia

    What about parrots? Have you ever seen any parrot or small bird stuff in the stores? I’d like to come to Korea but I’d honestly be heartbroken if I had to leave my cockatiel behind.

  11. Gabrielle

    We’ve got a cat here in Korea. First we had one that we brought, which died of old age, and we got a new one. Few points which I would add, that are cat-specific: Cats are always free, regardless of race, because nobody wants them. Even at the vet, they are struggling to find – decent and responsible – owners for the litter they have. They are fewer cat-specific vets. All the vets know how to tend a cat, of course, but some are more cat-friendly, which can be reassuring. Those also have more choice of cat products, litterbox, cat tree, scratchers, although nowadays those can be found in bigger marts and online (emart, homeplus, etc.).
    The litter – for the litter box – is very expensive (10000wons for 5kg), so having a cat trained to go to the toilets is even better (but very hard to achieve).

  12. sylphia

    As someone who had their small dog attacked by a larger dog, resulting in a $9000 vet bill and a lot of stressful situations, I really do share Martina’s sentiment about leashing your dog. If you know your dog is aggressive towards other dogs, do not put them in a situation where they can or will attack another dog–they’re animals and can snap without warning. You as a pet owner have a responsibility for the safety of your pet and others around you. My dog was really lucky that he came out of that attack alive, albeit disfigured. However, that other dog is now awaiting trial because the County has decided he has to be put down. People really need to understand that responsibilities in having a pet goes beyond just giving it food and water.

  13. Tiery and Cheryl

    Hey guys,

    Thanks so much for doing a video about this. I’m bringing my 50 lb lab/boxer mix and my 7 lb fat chihuahua to Korea in 2 weeks and a lot of my family have been asking about pets in Korea. I’m happy that now I’ll be able to show them this video, so thanks for making my like easier! Lol

    When we’re in Korea, I would love to meet up with you guys sometime so you can see a big well trained dog in Korea! My big girl, Yubin, is very well trained. And she knows Korean and English too! Lol Pretzel the Chihuhua is very spoiled, but he still listens to his mom pretty well. ^^

    My dogs were also rescues, and I’m so happy you guys mentioned not to buy a puppy from those places! Pretzel was saved from a puppy mill at 4 months old, so I like to say I saved him from a life of prostitution, lol. Yubin was also a rescue, even though she was a puppy. Friends of ours hadn’t fixed their dogs, and they had puppies. Yubin got really sick with parvo and almost died because they didn’t want to spend the money to save her, so I jumped in. About $600 and two weeks later, she was my baby. I’m trying to spread the word to all my friends and family about how not to buy a dog and to adopt instead. Thanks again for putting that out there. Maybe some people will remember that when they go to get a dog. <3

    Here's a picture of my babies cuddling! I hope you like it. ^^ And again, thanks so much for doing this topic.

    Love from Texas (soon to be Jindo Island!),

    Yubin and Pretzel's mom <3

  14. Hi Simon and Martina. I was wondering if you could talk about plastic surgery in Korea and how it has affected the people there. Is it really a common practice, and do teenagers often do it to improve their appearance? How is it viewed as in Korea compared to the U.S? Thanks Simon and Martina. Eatyourkimchi fighting! ~ :)

  15. Tracy Hoang

    i know this might soud like an immature question but simon and martina, i was wondering if it is possible for a fan who is not korean and isnt planning on joining the entertainment industry to be able to be in a relationship with their biased idol? so basically cana fan and an idol get married

  16. Speaking of pets and animals, have you ever seen horses in South Korea? How do people react to them? I’m trying to imagine, since even where I live (semi-rural US) most people are afraid of my horse (granted, he’s 8 feet tall and roughly the weight of a small car, but still. :P) I’m curious because even in the big US cities where there are no horses, there is still this “omg horses” thing that a lot of girls are into.

    • Gabrielle

      I’ve seen horses here in Korea twice, which is not a lot given the amount of time I spent in various Korean countrysides. I was always very suprised because It is not a common sight. 2 were in a box in a village, one was in a small pasture (extremely rare sight! Animals are not usually roaming freely in pasture). There’s also one in Gyeongju which is used for carriage tour

      As for a the reaction of Koreans, they weren’t afraid, but they weren’t going on a detour to pet it either.

  17. Seoulfood02

    Hi guise. How does parenting in Korea differ from parenting in North America? Oh and before I forget, do you want babies? When?

  18. Synjari

    Hey! Having been a mommy of a cat for awhile now and gone through various medical emergencies, I have to say I wish I knew about cats and dry food back when we first got him. We’ve been through several instances of urinary blockages. Those, of course end up in a huge scare (their bladders fill up quickly and their lives are on the line.. becoming listless and in pain etc) and very expensive (The vets have to put them under in order to drain the bladder and clear the blockage).

    Having said that, if I had come across this website when he was younger, I think we could have saved ourselves a few vet bills. I wanted to pass it along to everyone because I think overall it will result in a much healthier cat.

    http://www.catinfo.org/

    Its a vet that gives you a very clear explanation of what a cat’s diet should be (or at least try to get as close to as possible). Prior to this it never dawned on me that “Oh hay.. my cat should be eating meat and not dried food.” I think it explains there how cat’s digestive systems tolerate dry food even less so than dogs.. so its really unhealthy for the poor lil kitties. I hope this info helps some or many of you. Obligatory peekshure of Munchkin, our little baby. He was found in a parking lot as a teeny kitten. He grew up so big lol.. but full of love and adores humans for they are sources of pets and fishies for his belly.

  19. Brazil Lewis

    What are some qualities that makes a man “manly” in Korea?

  20. Rachel Allen

    Molly’s (in Emart/Emart Traders) has large dog items, like bones, leashes/harnesses/collars, beds… :)

  21. Meaghan Préfontaine

    What is exercise culture like in Korea? In North America, it’s all about “getting big” and lifting weights. I’m curious to know the exercise culture is like in Korea, and if it’s almost purely for aesthetic reasons like in North America. Thanks!

  22. Mariel Elizabeth Abella

    I’ve got a question for the EYK crew :3
    i was just wondering about the television programs over in Korea and what kind of shows are aired.

    like, what’s the censorship over there and yes, i know about the korean dramas, variety shows, etc. but is there other stuff like anime or cartoons?

  23. I have a question about pets … sometimes i’m just walking around and i see a dog or a cat and i just go and stroken them (? (i’m sorry i don’t speak english so i don’t know if you’ll understand ) so..what happens in korea? can you just go and do that? :(

  24. ashtenmorgan

    This video makes me sad. My dog for 10 years just die on Monday, it broke my heart, and I don’t think I can have another dog for a while. So, for pet owner, cherish all the memory. It’s very important, and you will never know when your love one leave you.

    On another note, I’ve a super fear of cat (for good reason), so if I now of someone who own a cat or there is a cat shop, I shall not even go near it or if I’ve to go somewhere, I will take the long route instead.

  25. megsohee

    What about parrots? I plan to come to Korea after I graduate with my undergrad degree and I own a parrot that I would potentially like to move with me. Do people in Korea own other pets than cats and dogs and do you know if it would be possible to fly over with a bird?

  26. i want to know about sasaeng fans. i’ve been reading articles about some
    things that have happened with different k-pop groups and i want to
    know what people are doing about them. like is anyone trying to stop
    them at all? AND WHERE ARE THE PARENTS!? i’m really concerned about it
    because of some of the articles i read about them like when an Exo fan
    purchased the same van as them and Luhan almost got in and also the
    rioting at Changsha Airport when Exo arrived. i just recently heard of
    these “fans” and i’m surprised about what these people do and it really
    concerns me. to be honest i’m actually scared to go to k-pop concerts
    now because i know that there will be sasaengs there and i know that
    they will threaten and hurt regular fans as well as the idols. i want to
    know what people are doing about it. PLEASE CAN YOU GUYS TALK ABOUT
    THIS!?

  27. It’s so sad people aren’t educated enough to take care of their animals… but then again the same goes for being well educated before taking care of a baby… education is quite a big word… in my country people don’t clean after their dogs either T_T… argh sometimes I wish I was able to promulgate laws TT_TT…

    Thank you for the video! It was nice to see you talk about a more happier topic :)

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  28. Sarah Miles

    Dude, can our babies have a doggie playdate?? XD Although my Bernie might not be able to handle Spudgy’s suaveness. kkkk

    I must say that I can’t agree enough with how wonderful Animal Rescue Korea is. Not only did I find my dog through them, they have great information on everything about having a dog in Korea, from English-speaking vets to the international travel process. And it is possible to adopt a puppy, instead of an older dog (although older dogs are awesome!!), if that’s what you want. My dog’s mom was abandoned when she got pregnant, and one of the ARK regulars took her and her surviving baby in until someone could adopted them. Unfortunately, as Simon&Martina said, pets as family members, more than just pets, hasn’t become a standard here yet, so abandoning pets when they become inconvenient is a fairly common occurrence.

    It’s also true that it’s still hard finding things like doggie-daycare, although there is a pretty big pet-sitting/dog-walking network run by foreigners through facebook. I’m hoping the daycare especially will catch on more, so I can leave my dog to play with other dogs during the day~! It’d also be nice if apartment policy would catch up too. Most apartments here have a no-pet policy, so many people with pets have to try to conceal their existence. Luckily my current landlord is really nice, but worried about the next place… >.<

    Thanks for the great and informative vid, EYK~~ <3

  29. Michelle Kraft

    Very cool for raising dog adoption awareness! My heart shattered when it was mentioned puppymills are big business in Korea. I volunteer for the Italian Greyhound Rescue, and I understand wanting to rescue every last dog.

    On a happier note, here is my adopted family racing through the dog park. It’s true that the older dogs are easier to train and less stress than puppies!

    • yahnati

      My family had a retired racing greyhound for 14 years, and the deciding factor on my new vet was that they have several greyhounds in the staff-family. I’ve seen one of them every time one of the cats has to go in and it always makes my eyes well up a bit. Our Maggie was one of the best dogs ever. After she learned how stairs work and how not to poop in the house, anyway. =D

  30. Marta_Loves_Spudgy

    Department of Reunion is apparently a country. Anyone know where that’s located? (See pamphlet in blogpost)

  31. Bronwen

    HI @simonandmartina:disqus maybe you shoud do a shoutout to TAEMAN today as it is his birthday :)

  32. *spudgy voice* “that’s right, bitches.”

  33. I’m really glad that pets are becoming more common in Korea because they gradually become accepted as being part of the family and then people start to care more about animal rights.

    I’ve noticed a big difference between Seoul and countryside areas. I’ve seen things that have made me want to cry for days in the rural areas of Korea…. dogs that are tied up for their entire lives so they can’t walk properly. Whole rows of dogs crammed into cages (not even the type of dog people eat), exposed to the weather and sitting in their own urine and faeces. I’ve seen such sad dogs with matted hair and fleas and bald patches that are treated like total shit… Rural areas especially need a lot of education about animals.

    I know what you mean about people not understanding the importance of training. We lived with this Korean couple in Sydney in a small apartment and they got a Malamute puppy! A huge puppy in an inner city apartment! And they work all day and think the dog will be fine by itself! So ridiculous. I was so shocked and tried to intervene a bit because I did do a course on dog training and animal care. The dog would never listen to them but would listen to me (because I went through basic commands with it).. it was only a puppy but already biting and drawing blood. The guy in this couple refused to take the dog to puppy school, he was very stubborn and arrogant. The dog of course became too much to handle and one day just disappeared…. so unfair and sad for the dog…. I don’t know what happened to it.

  34. speaking of vets,, I didn’t know it was much cheaper than western countries, but I do know that healthcare fees are much higher here than healthcare for people. How is it back in Canada? Are healthcare for pets more expensive than for people?

  35. Sara Lorenzen

    My boyfriend and I might end up moving to Korea in the next couple of years. Our dog is 75kgs & like 1m in height. Spudgy can horse ride him.

  36. Prisanny

    hello~ I think it would be interesting for the crew to talk about celebrities dating in korea. (not only idols but actors and variety people, etc.) because in the majority of countries this is something pretty normal, sure there’s always gossips and stuff, but in S.K. sometimes it seems like they are fine with it and other times it turns to be a completely scandal. I guess I’m curious about what conditions make it a scandal? :s thank you!!

    P.s: Eat your Kimchi is amazing`~~~~~ I love you guys!

  37. Gracie グレイス

    Some Australian’s eat Kangaroo :

    • scoon83

      Yeah, it’s delicious. You can find it in the big supermarkets now. Mind you, it’s farmed kangaroo not wild. But every now and then we do get times when there are kangaroo population explosions and professional hunters are sent out to cull the herds. I don’t see any problem with it as long as it’s done humanely. Kangaroos aren’t endangered btw.

      • Gracie グレイス

        I think it’s perfectly fine and at the end of the day, meat is meat. I just find it a bit different that we eat one of our National emblems. (I have tried Kangaroo pie before, which was pretty good!)

  38. Veta_K_C

    I am so happy you chose this topic! I have been nervous at the thought of bringing my dog overseas. She is a big 50lb mush and I remember in one video you said people were scared of Spudgy- they may have a heart attack with my dog then.

    Is the quarantine mandatory for any dogs or just those without microchip/vaccination proof? I couldn’t read the form very well.

  39. Chiller

    Look! Its Super Poop Man!

  40. Chiller

    Look! Its Super Poop Man!

  41. Christine

    LOL i was literally just about to google “iguana colostomy petsmart” before you said you were joking hahaha

  42. Jinet Reyes

    Hey you guys, I love watching your videos and I noticed that you guys talk really well in Korean. I am currently learning Korean and I feel like is going to take me forever! What did you guys do to learn the language ? How fast were you able to learn the language and what are some advice you give to others who is currently learning the Korean language ?

  43. When Martina was talking about the violent dogs attacking Spudgy, you can see how much those experiences bothered her. Like she is usually light hearted but when she started talking about Spudgy getting hurt or being put in the trunk she was very serious and not pleased. Ah Spudgy and Dr. Meemersworth are in such a good home!

  44. Lexi_Lee

    All of our animals are either feral cats that happen to love us and are really sweet, or our rescued, like Lab. The only non rescue we have ever had is Nikki, she’s a Shi-Tsu and my dad’s coworker’s dog actually is her mother. They hadn’t been able to get her fixed at the time when she got pregnant, and so they sold the puppies (to ensure that they went to good homes rather than being used for other…purposes).

  45. Josh Chinnery

    Despite the non-serious topic, I found this TL;DR really interesting ^^ Funny fact about me – before I started EYK like a rabid fanboi, I did not want pets. At all. I’m more a cat person than a dog person (their seemingly enigmatic behavior sounds just like me :3), but I didn’t one at all. And then I started watching all kinds of EYK videos, and I started to realize how cute I thought Spudgy was and how much I wanted to huggle the Meemers. I know there’s a lot of responsibilities to having a pet (which is why I was content before to just playing with the pets of my friends), but now I’m not bothered by them. Thank you guys for opening up my eyes to the awesomeness of being a pet owner :D

  46. Lola358

    Simon, you don’t see friendly stray cats in the streets because all of them are in Xia Junsu’s house hahahahaha he’s obsessed with them XD

  47. Akira Miyashi

    Could you talk about what are the popular job occupations/fields among Korean students and is there a certain job that their parents pressure them to be (e.g. doctor)?

  48. scoon83

    I have a small dog (westie/jack russell cross) and I know EXACTLY what you mean about having problems with aggressive bigger dogs with lax owners. 99% of the time I have to run in and pull the big dog off while the owner stands by laughing / doing nothing. Meanwhile I have just literally pulled the jaws of the bigger dog off my dog’s neck. And when I confront the owners their responses range from silent embarrassment to “If your dog can’t handle PLAYING then you shouldn’t bring him to the dog park.” To me that’s the equivalent of saying “I’m just going to close my eyes and fire this gun randomly into the air, and if you get hit it’s your fault.”

    My solution has been to wear my boots down to the park, and when it happens I smile and say jokingly, “It’s okay mate, don’t worry about it, I’m wearing steel-caps. Ha ha ha!” At which point they usually leave before their dog does attacks mine again.This is ultra passive-agressive, but the only other option is to literally kick their dog – and why punish the dog for having a bad owner?

    I think this happens because people see a breed of dog, think it’s cool and then never do a single thing to train it. When you do that with a small dog, they get yappy and annoying; no big deal. But when you do that with a big dog, they get aggressive and dangerous. I’m in Australia btw. I think this just proves there are jerks everywhere.

    • scoon83

      This is him, by the way. His name’s Baxter :)

    • Caitlin Burrows

      I don’t have a dog (yet!) but lax dog owners piss me off. There was an article in The Daily Mail about a week ago about a Bull Terrier who savagely attacked a Pomeranian. The Pom was off-leash (because he was in his owner’s mother-in-law’s front garden) and the big dog (still on his leash!) somehow got into the garden and attacked it. The big dog’s owner pulled the big dog off the little dog and fled. She allegedly said: “It’s not his fault – he’s only a baby.” Really? ‘He’s only a baby’? What if another dog attacked and beheaded your dog and then said “It’s not their fault – they’re only a baby”? Would it be different because it’s your dog? So why was it okay for you to say that about your dog attacking the Pomeranian? To not discipline your dog correctly is one thing, but then to not properly deal with the fact that your dog did this horrible ting to someone else’s pet? I . . . can’t.

      It could have been a child.

      My heart breaks for that poor Pomeranian and for his family. I also feel bad for the undisciplined dogs, too. At some point, they’re going to do something bad enough that’ll end up with them seized and destroyed. And all that would have been avoided if they just, you know, disciplined their dogs correctly. Dogs aren’t bad. People make them bad.

      (The woman did not get away scott-free. Someone got a picture of her leaving the scene and the Pom’s owner posted it on social media. There’s been an investigation and the Bull Terrier has been seized.)

      Article here. Don’t click if you’re sensitive to this kind of thing: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2358224/Bull-terrier-dog-walker-covered-blood-animal-ripped-head-family-pet-horrific-attack.html

    • Diana Castillo

      I completely understand how you feel!! > : (
      I have (had) a friend who bought her dog as an impulse buy during Christmas (which already upset me, considering we go to a private art school where, after getting out of class, we usually have to lock ourselves in the labs and work ’til crazy hours because the workload is super intense). However, after I saw her making a good effort and taking it to puppy classes I gave her a lot of support and went with her to dog training, and helped her take care of it a bit when I had the time. However, I kept noticing she wouldn’t re-inforce any of the training outside of the classes.

      Basically, the biggest fights I had with her came when her lack of continued training really came out as the dog got bigger and we would go to the dog park and she’d let her dog just chomp on other dog’s necks and wrestle them to the ground to be dominant- and I and the other dog owner would literally be alarmed and she’d just laugh and say “They’re just playing” “Oh, she’s a puppy”, I told her, her dog was being too aggressive and that even bigger dogs would yelp very loudly, and told her she could let her dog play but also teach it not to be so rough. Despite being her FRIEND, every time she blew me off, saying “It’s natural dog behavior. She’s just trying to be alpha.”

      UH, excuse me, last time I checked it’s natural dog behavior to nip and herd, pee wherever the hell they want, and hunt small animals!! Last time I checked you don’t let her hunt people’s pet ferrets, or pee everywhere in the house, so just own up to being an OWNER and discipline your dog!!

      No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get her to see how WRONG that view was. Suffice to say, we are no longer on speaking terms.

  49. Victor Ha
    Victor Ha

    Torte? I know that torte is a type of cake. I think you mean “torture”. Hahahahaha just wanted to point that out. By the way awesome TL;DR as always! :)

  50. Guys, the video of you picking out Spudgy at the adoption center always makes me cry. The music does not help one bit!

  51. Lindsey Miller
    Lindsey Miller

    I’m thinking of bringing my rabbit with me to Korea. I know there are different specifications of actually getting him there but what about rabbits in korea in general? :D

  52. Amira L. Moore

    lol Iguana colotomy bags! I don’t think Fatman would like that

  53. Will you guys incorporate Leigh and Soozee into any of your TL:DRs? I know sometimes you ask them about stuff and then repeat it in the videos, but i think it would be kind of cool to have them chime in for a minute or so if they know something about the topic.

  54. i remember the video of you guys walking Spugdy in the snow and the girl freaked out. I think she had a panic attack or something.

  55. Milomio

    I have a jindo and even though he’s roughly the size of a border collie he’s considered huge here. I live in Bucheon and I see some big dogs at the park sometimes but they are definitely in the minority. You can get anything you need on Gmarket like crates but dog beds in what I would call normal sizes are hard to find.

    I also have a cat and they seem to be a fairly common pet but many people have told that they would be afraid to own one because cats eyes glow in the dark(wtf?). So there’s definitely a lot of misconception.

    As far as picking up poop I lived in Paris and let me tell you, they are way better here about picking it up….and keeping their dogs on leashes. Generally speaking people seem to love dogs even though a lot more people here are a afraid of them than at home.

    The paper work for taking dogs on planes looks kind of daunting so I’m really not looking forward to it. Especially since he’s a big dog and his crate is huge.

  56. ur audio is messed up :/ sounds wierd with headphones

  57. I adopted my dog Blanche here in Korea, and she’s the best :3 reactions from people on the street range from coming up and petting her and giving her kisses to screaming and running away (actually)

  58. Laura Anderson

    What about pets in apartments? Are they all pet friendly? Is there a limit to the number pets (I have 3 cats and I ain’t leaving with out ‘em! )? Does it cost extra?

  59. MidnightEkaki

    pffft why would you be scared of cats?? they should go to australia or africa and see that house cats are the last thing you should be scared of… We get some nasty strays here and the worse they do is scratch you which doesn’t even hurt that much. Cant believe they asked to put your dog i the boot : regardless of their nationality, people everywhere need to respect animals.
    Also I own three cats who were rejected by our neighbours and they’re the best cats in the world <3 (though it was also because they already decided that we were their new owners… we've had so many random cats and dogs show up at our house..)

  60. TheArrowPen

    Oh man, it’s the Day We Got Spudgy video.

  61. What about religion in Korea? Any Muslims? Christians? Jews?

    • Sachimi

      There’s a lot of Christians in Korea, I don’t know about the rest but I’m sure there are some.

    • Julie (주연 洁页俐 じゅり)

      The dominant religion in Korea (and Koreans outside of Korea) is Christianity. There are a small majority of Koreans who believe in other religions or are non-religious. And just a side note, it seems as though going to church or believing in God nowadays is just a social gathering within the younger generations.

      • “There is a small percentage of Koreans (..) who are non-religious.”
        This is not true.

        First of all, the number of christians is higher than the number of buddhsit but the difference isn’t that big. Second, most koreans are non-religious/atheists and it’s not frowned upon and there’s no pressure of becoming christian unless you make friends with priests or something like that lol

    • Most are atheist (around 40%) but the two main religions are christianism and buddhism. There’s other religious but they’re minorities (for example, there’s a mosque in itaewon)

  62. AnaiCheri Cymone Choi

    Note to self. If my mini doxie ever needs to go to the vet, flying to Korea may just be cheaper XD

  63. 코알라

    On the topic of vet costs:
    I’m in the USA and recently my cat had bladder issues. It wasn’t possible to tell if it was a blockage or something else, we just knew that he was having a really hard time using the litter box! So we took him to the vet and luckily the first visit was free. They removed his urine for about $50 (and $5 extra to test the urine) but if we wanted to test for a blockage there was 2 more tests that were over $100 each. And if it was a blockage, it would cost a couple thousand dollars to have it removed. So we decided, if it came down to that, we would have to put him to sleep because there is no way we can afford such a surgery, especially since I had just been in the hospital literally 1 week before and had a couple thousand dollars worth of medical bills myself. So she put him on a couple different medicines (which we could not get him to take them without spitting it out! eventually we switched him to an injection for the antibiotic, and mixed the other 2 medicines with his food). Luckily the urine test came back positive for crystals, and all he needed was the antibiotics to fix it. He’s all better now :) I wonder what the costs would be like in Korea.

    On the topic of adopting pets:
    All of our pets are either adopted from a shelter/rescue or for free from someone who found kitties outside (my cat in particular was one of those). But the closest situation I had to Spudgy was when I “adopted” my dad’s little dog (under 10 pounds) named Shelby. She was old (13 or so) and almost completely blind. I loved that she was already trained, knew how to potty outside and everything. We skipped right over obnoxious puppy stage, and yet because she’s a small dog, she still looks like a puppy. I think that’s something people forget when they want to adopt a puppy. Of course she had to be put to sleep about 6 months later, but since taking care of her I only want to adopt an “older” tiny dog. It is so much easier than adopting a new puppy and you are helping out an older dog rather than promoting puppy mills.

    On the topic of going to Korea with a pet:
    I am planning to apply for graduate school in Korea and one of the saddest things will be leaving my cat behind for 3 years if I get accepted :( I think we are required to stay in a dorm so even if I could afford a pet friendly apartment, I don’t think I can take him. But if I ended up staying in Korea after getting my degree, I’d for sure want to take him. It’s just that he hates everyone but me and I don’t want to leave him alone for 3 years. It’s pretty much the only thing making me kind of afraid to see if I get accepted or not, as much as I really really want to go, I’ll feel bad for leaving him. ;A;

  64. I have hermit crabs. I just CANNOT see that jiving in Korea! XD

  65. Tru O-c

    I had two mice that I adopted from the “snake food” container at a pet shop…i named them chicken and rice…I miss them…

  66. Sarah Wilson

    Uhh well I dress my Saint Bernard up

  67. kwon_sarang

    You guys are so right about vets in North America. I went with my budgie after he’d had a really bad night and was feeling sick and the vet just touched him a little, said she couldn’t really give a diagnostic without X-ray (which cost 100$ each + the 70$ basic fee) so she recommended a treatment for metal ingestion but he nearly got a nostril infection from that. Anyhow, he died about a month later after a terrible coma. I don’t know whether it was the medicine that made it worse, but I am really frustrated with the medical system (I live in Montreal, Quebec).

    Now I wanna take my two cockatiels for a checkup, ’cause they’re pretty old, but that’s gonna cost me at least 140$ and I’ll just get ambiguous answers.

    Feel free to share your veterinary experiences, I’d like some input. Thanks.

    • I feel like bird care is soooo… sketchy. ;_; My sister had some finches (well, she still has finches, but not those ones…) and one day one of them had a seizure. O_O We hoped he would be okay, but the next day he had another. ;_; So we took him to a vet (in Canada), and she was reeeeally nice. Unfortunately though, while she was handling him, which I’m sure was even more traumatic than anything else for him (our birds are not hand fed AT ALL, we neeever handle them; finches just don’t jive with that), and… He got loose and flew all around the exam room. Which was bad. And he crashed into the walls and fell to the ground. ;__; She was really apologetic and kind and she quickly retrieved him and rushed him out of the room to get him some oxygen, but iunfortunately it was all too much.

      In the end, they sent us the “bill” which actually rescinded any cost because our animal died, technically, in their care, which was really amazing of them. I kind of regret bringing him though; it would have been a lot less traumatic for him to have died quietly at home, but we really didn’t realize how little help can be offered to small birds at the time.

      Personally for birds I find looking online for answers and adjusting diet and such to make things the best for them possible and making sure they have adequate vitamins is the best, since, as you said, ambiguous answers are probably the best you will get unless your vet actually specializes in your kind of bird.

      • kwon_sarang

        Wow that’s a really sad story. Hmm my budgie only had seizures the night before I took him to the vet. But he and my cockatiels have flown into walls before and nothing major happened. Well, they haven’t flown violently into a wall…

        But the hospital I had taken him to was for exotic animals and birds, so I feel like they should’ve known what they were doing. Or maybe was it just the doctor that took us in charge that was especially bitchy…

  68. noseefood

    when r u guise gonna tldr on pets as food? aka eating dogs?

    • 코알라

      I just wanted to say that “pets as food” isn’t an accurate description. Koreans who eat dog meat usually eat dogs that aren’t bred to be pets but instead are bred to be food. It’s not like they are taking your average chihuahua and eating it, or raising their own dogs as pets and then killing them and eating them.

    • The dogs that are eaten are a specific breed and are treated like cattle, they aren’t anyone’s pets.
      Also, eating dogs in korea is not even legal. You can find it if you search for them but regular restaurants won’t randomly put some of it in your meal

  69. Sara Suzanne Berg

    I have a follow up pet question which I hope you can answer!! The 16,000 won to 29,000 won average size of pet food bag. How long does it last Memmers and Spudgy? I’m thinking about adopting a cat while I’m in Korea and, from what I’ve seen, that cost is quite a bit but it is a matter of how long it lasts too…

    Also: I totally f’n agreed with the IE crap. It’s so annoying when I was trying to get a job over there (i have one now. Yaay!) and they would give me the website of the company to look at it and I’d open it in chrome and be like. “uhh. …… what the?”
    However. I have also found that the US FASA..? FSA? whatever. website works best in IE as well.
    Stupid.

    Anyhoo~ This was a great TL;DR especially for me!! I should be in Korea in 11 days and I hope to have a cat before Christmas~
    I’ve been looking at the rescue site you posted and I keep falling in love with different cats on there. It’s horrible. I want to adopt them all and become a crazy foreign cat lady in Korea. u__u!!

  70. Savannah

    Hello! I was wondering if you could explain the difference in Korean age and American age? I just watched your 1st interview with U-KISS, when Kevin said he was 19 in the US but 21 in Korea. How is that? Thank you so much!!!

    • in Korea we go by the lunar calendar, and it says that if ur born around dec 31-jan 3 or so u are basically 2 years of age when u are born. So thats why Kevin is 21 instead of the usual +1 age difference.

    • 코알라

      You start as 1 year old, and then you gain 1 year every new year. So if your bday has already happened in 2013, you add +1 to your real age to get your Korean age. If your bday hasn’t happened yet, you add +2 to your real age to get your Korean age.
      So for example, someone born December 31, 2012 would be considered “0 years old” or “6 months” but since it’s now 2013, their Korean age would be “2 years” (+2). Alternatively, someone born January 1, 2013 would be considered “0 years old” or “6 months” but since their bday in 2013 has already happened, they are only “1 year” (+1)

  71. Iriessa

    I’m not surprised that Veterinarian care would cost less in S. Korea. :S Vet care cost so much in N. America. I had to take one of my dogs to get his ears cleaned, the Vet’s Secretary told me it would be around 70 bucks for it. I dropped him off since they were adamant about it and when I went to pick him up, the bill was about 200 bucks. How in the heck does 15 minutes of cleaning a dog’s ear of wax constitute $150?!?

  72. Nina Johansson

    Having seen your video today, is really different from what my mom told me about the Lotte store in Seoul selling dogs and cats for food in 1988, when I was born. Sure, it’s been 25 years since my parents picked me up from Korea, but that picture followed my brains until 2005 when I revisited Korea and went to Lotte to find it was just a regular clothing store now.

    And yes, big dogs are not popular. Didn’t see a single animal in 2005 pretty much. I am happy there are more pets now in Korea that aren’t on the menu.

  73. FriedChickenOnew

    I have guinea pigs ^_^ I heard you can have them quarantined at a local vet but unsure…

  74. superhero

    What about horses? I know they’re not really pets or anything, but do you know if there are like any equestrian facilities or something where you can accommodate a horse? Really curious! ;O

    • Jennifer Strzelecki

      If you google horse back riding in Seoul you can find several stables. I haven’t been to any, yet, but i am goign to check them out when i move over! :-) (I work and own horses in the states so i can’t be totally with out them when i am in SK!) And when a I was in Jeju last year, my friend and I went on a “trail ride” (lol or a w/t/c through all the paddocks on the property) Which was a lot of fun. We rode smaller horses/ponies, but i don’t know the breed name. Super cute and comfy. :) There were also a bunch of places to go on “pony rides” for 5000 won. All the horses looked really good and in good weight and what not. So i was happy :)

  75. ClosetHippie1010

    I just signed up to the website! :D hoping to help them out whenever I get over there!

    • Welcome to EYK. Hope you have a great time interacting here. Are you planning to move to Korea sometime soon?

      • ClosetHippie1010

        Ah, I meant I signed up to the Animal Rescue Korea website just now hehe, but thanks so much for the warm welcome :D I plan to move to Korea just as soon as I get my TEFL certificate and finish all my other schooling, which may take some time, but I plan on studying abroad before then :3

        • Natz

          Ahhh, that makes so much more sense. I was trying to figure out why you were so excited. :-p. Good job anyway! Heh, I considered doing that TEFL thing but seeing as I am already a teacher with over 5 years of experience of teaching language to students I sort of put it aside in favour of working on my Japanese.

        • ClosetHippie1010

          Hehe thanks! :3

          Ah I see, so what’s your game plan after your studies are complete? Do you plan on teaching English in Japan?

        • Natz

          It isn’t exactly ‘studies’. I am a full time qualified teacher who happens to have a Japanese minor. I just don’t have real cause to use my Japanese on a daily basis so I need to keep continually studying in order to keep up my comprehension. I have already been accepted to JET. I am just awaiting an assignment now actually.

        • ClosetHippie1010

          Oh wow! Congratulations :D you’re all set! ^^

  76. In Costa Rica people don’t pick up dog’s poop aether. I was surprise when I visited Colorado, USA, and people did pick up the poop.

  77. thisisjustforfunval
    thisisjustforfunval

    Ha Ace Venture of stray cats, good one Simon! My friends call me the Kitty Cat Whisperer. I can get any cat to come to me, even the most mean stubborn ones that have a disdain for human beings. It was really nice that you guys had a much more lighthearted subject this week. Tough topics are great but I’m sure it’s nice to take a break from the once in a while and talk about fluffy puppies and kitties.

  78. Omg Martina your hair was so short back then, It’s been so long since your 200th video

  79. Elina Peyda

    I have a parrot and I’m wondering if it’s more popular to have small birds than a dog/cat in Korea (even though it sounds like fishes are most popular?)? Small pets might be easier to have I guess?
    I have a Korean friend who lives at my brother’s friend’s place, and I remember that she was terrified when we let our bird fly around a little. Another friend I have, from Japan, was also scared at first. Do you think it’s common to be scared of birds in Asia or is it just considered ‘girly’? :3

    One time when one of my brothers followed me home from school, five cats were following us almost all the way to our house! I think we smelled parrot..! ^^’

    • I don’t live in Korean but having a parrot isn’t a girly thing a lot of my guy friends were actually terrified of my parrot when they met it for the first time… some of them still are, where as my girl friends actually adored my bird. But then again most of my male friends are from China so I can really speak for the Korean guys.

  80. yes Canadians eat moose, and deer(venison). the only place your actually allowed to sell moose meat is in Newfoundland. I had a moose burger when I visited there.. it was delicious

  81. I was really curious about pets in Korea, especially dogs. And now I decided I want to go to Korea… because of the vet fees! Man, my own pekingese had to have 3 separate surgery (for his back) and the grand total is over 5k. And that was after the fact that 14K of the total was already discounted… If i had to pay for it all out of pocket, he would have cost me over 20k in vet/surgery fees in the span of 6 months! For one night stay at the vet hospital, it was already one grand. T^T

  82. Nicole Krzys

    The price for food doesn’t seem that bad. I have 3 furkids, of the feline variety, so I exclusively purchase 5.2 oz cans of wet cat food that is split between the three of them 3x a day. I go to my local Pet Supplies Plus where I can get the namebrand cans on sale for .45 cents a piece. I usually stock up a months worth of food at once. The litter I buy is a 50lb bag of clay scoopable litter and I can get that for around 10.00. Hard cat food I spend a bit more on since I will only buy gluten free/organic brands like Wellness or Innova. A 3lb bag of that can run me between 12-15.00.

    I rarely shop in a PetSmart as they are WAY overpriced.

  83. Norwegians eat moose O.o
    I love Spudgy, he is the best!

    • Elina Peyda

      Yeah, we in Sweden as well! :D

    • Emma Andersson

      In Sweden, we eat moose too. And reindeers. We also have dishes in which we put blood. I don’t know, is this normal?xD It’s quite common in the north of Sweden, though far less in the southern parts. But, if you slip by the supermarket in the north, you’ll find these small, plain boxes signed with stuff like “reindeer blood”, “moose heart”, “lungs of a reindeer”. Kinda creepy? Yes, I would believe so.

      • Nina Johansson

        Chinese restaurants have a number of intestines in some of the more traditional cuisine, I think Scots have some sort of filled lamb stomach (I may have mixed this one up), liver and hearts aren’t too uncommon abroad and some cultures loves bugs. French eats frogs (froglegs) and snails (escargot). Some Eastern Asian countries love shark fin soup (I hate that very idea, poor sharks) So no, as Swedes, we are not that strange. One of the craziest traditions of Swedes and Nordics is our love for crayfish, because crayfish lives in and eats a lot of dirt, and to some asian people my parents once spoke to, this was revolting.

        Besides, you have to consider, southern Europe was in general a lot more richer than northern Europe, because of the better climate. While south europeans could frolic with science and church, a lot of everyday Nordics had to stock up for winter, so it’s no wonder we tried to eat an entire pig instead of the best parts of it. Though I have to say, blodpudding is still disgusting.

      • Eating animal blood in one form or another seem pretty wide spread, even though it’s not necessarily popular. English have their haggies and blood sausages, Koreans soondae, and Mexicans have theirs(I cannot remember the name though).

        • Minnetter

          Mexico’s “blood sausage” is called Morcilla and I really like it :P though I lived most of my life in the US and everybody here just assumes that my bland american diet would make it unpalatable to me, but NO I enjoy every little piece. Also another thing that I happen to enjoy is “sesos” which is brain. My friends tease me that I’m a cross between a zombie and a vampire.

    • MidnightEkaki

      Countries like to eat their special animals don’t they? Australians eat kangaroo and crocodile (well I dont but its available here)

  84. Zuzana Hlodavec

    How about pet rats? Are they common or would it be a huge/bad thing if somebody owned one? (I got kicked out my grandma’s house when I bought my rat, like literally…)

    • ClosetHippie1010

      Kicked out? D: What a shame! Rats are wonderful, if only granny could see that :c

      Since Simon and Martina haven’t seen anything for rodents aside from hamsters, there probably isn’t a big rat culture in Korea, but you could certainly start your own if you move there with a rat! :3

  85. Jennifer Strzelecki

    Thank you! This helps me for next year. I am hoping to bring my dog with me when i come out to SK…though I don’t know if i will be able to (she’s 13, blind, diabetic and now has blood platelet issues..sigh…but is still running around the house and running into stuff…yea i laugh I’m a mean mommy) but if i am able to bring her i will. :)

    Does SK have a parrot population? I have an Amazon, and i am not sure what i will do with him when i move. I would like to bring him with me, as i don’t know if my parents will be thrilled with watching him while Im gone. Has anyone seen anything for them? :)

  86. Emilie

    I adopted my dogs from a shelter. They were already 6 & 7 years old when I first got them and they came as pair because they had been together for so long already, but that was ok with me! They are really old now and losing their sight and hearing because I have had them for almost 10 years, but I am still soooooo happy I adopted them even though I missed out on the first half of their lives. <3 They love me and my family so much and I love them back just as much. I cherish every day I spend with them.

    And actually, I sent you two a photo of them when I sent you my fanmail package and you said their names on camera. ^-^ Belle and Little Man are the BEST!

    • Cari 캐리

      AHHH, time to share adopted pets :D I adopted Mia, the blonde kitty, from my friend’s rescue group. Sebastian aka BooBoo, the black and fluffy kitty, I adopted from the same group when he was a kitten to keep Mia company after she lost her whole litter :( So he’s had two moms his whole life, lucky guy :p

      Yes, that is World of Warcraft in the background in the last picture – that was entirely my boyfriend’s doing lol.

    • Sweet_Alina

      My Family and me adopted a dog (he was 1 at that time) too when i was really really small (i think i was 5 or so) and Ludwig was actually really really big and hairy but he loved me and my little brother so much and because my mother loves animals so much we always have cats (right now 3) but it was no problem for him. He really really liked them.

      Ludwig was kind of like a baby sitter for me and my brother and it didn´t matter what we did to him (you know how kids can be -.-#) he never did ANYTHING, not even barking or whining. And it didn´t matter who it was, he loved everyone. He even wanted to play with my rabbits…. But probably the coolest thing was that he never woke up before we did. My family really likes to sleep long at weekends and it was no problem for him AT ALL.

      A few months back he died unfortunatly after we had him for 12 freaking years and it was so hard for us, it was like losing a family member :(

  87. One of my dogs has cataracts in both eyes…We were going to get her surgery to fix them, but it costs thousands of dollars and sometimes, it doesn’t even fix the problem! So now she just walks around blindly and bumps into stuff ;-;

  88. NaToTheWak

    I found this video extremly dog-oriented. You’re offending the cats communitiy. I suggest you make it up for it by talking about A-Jax’s very cat-friendly video for Insane next Saturday. After having profusely apologized, of course.

    I’m kidding guise, I just thought the pet topic was the perfect opportunity to share this! http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/kpopcharts/a-jax-insane/

  89. 1.) …. it’s rings. Sonic the Hedgehog collects rings. Not coins. /nerdrant
    2.) It is difficult to have pets in Korean apartments? I’m coming over in August as an EPIK teacher, and our application noted that we aren’t allowed to have pets. :’( I was very upset about that, because now I have to leave my kitty here with my mom. However, they said it was because most apartments don’t allow pets. is that true? I’m hoping once I get over there and talk to my landlord, I can bring my kitty over!

    • Jennifer Strzelecki

      Im coming over next year as a teacher. I’ve been stalking apartments on http://www.seoul.craigslist.com (i think that’s it) check out the apartment section. LOTS of good prices and most allow pets.

    • Listen, we’ve told many people this. BULLSHIT. Bring your pet and ignore them. TONS of people have pets in Korea and I can bet money that you will be living in an officetel filled with Korean people and foreigners that have pets. We’ve been asked that question many times and people send us emails thanking us for ignoring those people. There is NO PROBLEM and most people never ever see their “landlords” face. It’s not like North American apartments. The only problem foreseeable is if you arrive in Korea and go straight to group orientation without going to your new home, then you might have to find a local vet to kitty-sit or sneak him into your room.

      • THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m so glad to hear this! XD I do have orientation, so bringing him could be a problem there. Especially since the orientation is outside of Seoul and I’m going to end up somewhere in Chungbuk Province…. but I think what I’ll do is either come home on winter break and get him or have my mother send him over once I’m settled. You’ve really helped ease my mind on this! I really want to live in Asia long-term, and was really worried that I’d have to leave my cat in the States long-term. So glad to know that is not the case! Thanks again!!!! :-D

        • guest

          Yay Chungbuk! Also, sidenote about bringing pets over. I was originally going to bring my cat over (or get him over Christmas break), but my apartment is quite small and I don’t think he would be comfortable here. He’s much better off staying with my parents and running around in their huge house. I say wait till you know what your living situation will be like.

  90. Could you touch on the dynamics of marriage in Korea? Are people pressed to get married early or are they encouraged to start a career first? Are they pressed to have children ASAP? Do most moms work or stay at home? Divorce rates? Arranged marriages? Infidelity between couples?
    Thanks :)

  91. In America, a bag of dog food is around ten dollars. Which causes bank breakage-…every month. T______T

  92. Jeri Watkins

    I window shop on the Animal Rescue Korea site ALL THE TIME despite living in the US, just to tease myself with all the cute and wonderful dogs and cats that I can adopt once I get there. 83 So cute!

  93. hooly O_O dem price differences
    On another note, WE HAVEN’T SEEN MEEMERS IN SO LONG! where is she :( ?

  94. PunkyPrincess92
    PunkyPrincess92

    hehe this goes well with the video Key put up on Instagram today!!
    http://instagram.com/p/b24_qQJg4y/

  95. Becca Wilt

    My aunt has a dog named Chicken!

  96. bbissou

    Could you touch on the dynamics of marriage in Korea? Are people pressed to get married early or are they encouraged to start a career first? Are they pressed to have children ASAP? Do most moms work or stay at home? Divorce rates? Arranged marriages? Infidelity between couples?
    Thanks :)

    • Nekochan

      I think arranged marriage happens more in dramas than in real life, but i don’t know the details. The question is definitely TL;DR worthy.

    • Rubyrues

      I can’t speak for every one, but three of my Korean friends who have been married in the last four years got pregnant immediately. Even an American friend of mine who married a Korean man just had their first baby after less than a year of marriage. It’s mind boggling for me.

    • Bridget Loftis

      I can only speak of personal experience about some of these things.

      1. children ASAP? I would say YES!! Not long after we got married it was pretty much all we heard from his parents..all the time!!! I am american and even a few members of my family would ask ..not my parents ..but some others. But i felt it was from everyone in his family especially his parents…and even sometimes from my husband. I just felt i wasn’t ready and wasn’t going to do it until i did feel ready. We live in America and not Korea so if i had to see them all the time not sure how the pressure would have been. Everyone from his family to friends that has gotten married after us had a kid within one year..a lot of times within months they were already pregnant….super fast in my opinion…felt like they didn’t even experience married life together at all..but to each their own.

      2. pressure to marry? My husbands sister is not married yet so she is defiantly pressured to get married. She is the same age as me so that is 30 in american age ..so 31 Korean age. Last time we were able to visit Korea in 2011 she kept having to go on those blind dates you see in dramas where the mothers have put it together. So most of the pressure is from her mother. But also she would not go to many of the family get together cause she knew all she would hear from everyone is “Do you have a man? When are you getting married?” and so on…so she just didn’t go. Their is also a female cousin who is a little older than his sister who does the same thing cause she doesn’t want to hear it anymore either. She owns her own hair shop but seems that doesn’t matter cause she is not married.

      I will add that this happens in America also. There are defiantly woman in there 30s that get asked all the time about marriage. But i feel through time it has become less of a big deal and probably in Korea through time it may change as well.

      • I think that in most countries women over 30 get asked about marriage all the time. And it is usually from other older women who are married. My coworkers are always asking me if I have found anyone yet. Luckily my family just doesn’t seem too concerned. Only one of my female cousins is married.

        • Cassandra Bosquet

          I would agree. It’s everywhere and in almost every culture. I’m almost up to the 30 age range and I’ve gotten the pressure and the question asked of me more times than I can count about when I’m getting married. I respond with “to whom would you like me to? Prince Harry is currently busy in England and Prince Charming is in a book..” And it’s always from extended family members or nosy people who have no business knowing.
          I think part of the stress comes from the assumption that women have but so much time on their biological clocks and it’s of the essence to marry early and young so as to make sure you are able to have a family. There’s a lack in the realization that everyone has a different “clock”, if you will, and a different purpose in life. While I am hoping and praying for the day that I’ll be a wife and mother, I’m okay working on bettering myself and moving along in my career so that I will always be able to support my family.
          Those who truly love you will support whatever you decide.

    • Nina Johansson

      Marriage, from my Korean foster mother, was kind of a step back from the career. There is generally a reason why single ladies are known as successful business women in Asia than a married woman. My foster mother used to teach until she married, but after her marriage my oster father took over the economical side so she could be at home to raise the family and take care of their home.

    • i think this would be an interesting topic! maybe even throw in how foreign-Korean marriages are viewed (or their commonness)

    • i really want Soozee to do a TL:DR for that instead of Simon and Martina. She would definitely be a better person to answer those kind of questions.

    • jayeon55

      Bridget below sums everything up pretty will but as for the Career first it does depend on the guy and the family your born into. a precentage of Korean familys are okie with you going to school graduating and finding a job. Pretty much by the time you 25, if you don’t have a good job by then you might have 2 years to get away with it if not then your parents (mostly the mom) will persure you into getting married. Plus even if you have a good job by 27 or older they will still pursure you and depending on the family they will focus you to quit your job to start a family.

  97. Paige Kosa

    Watching this video was a little bit painful! My Grama won’t let me get a pet, and it is because the vet bills are so expensive. Since I really want to teach English in Korea (Woot! Sharing my culture! Making an impact! Living in a country that fascinates me!), I hope that I’ll get a doggy or kitty too. Then I can finally stop petting my stuffed animals dogs!

  98. Chiller

    I’ve never had any pets : I’ve always wanted a dog but my parents and sister are asthmatic :( But thank you so much for the info! Really inspired me to adopt one of those dogs from our local version of Animal Rescue Korea. In the Philippines, I only know of C.A.R.A

  99. Leigh Smith

    COME TO ME MY ANIMALS!!! I almost snorted coffee out of my nose. I am the same way, no fear of stray creatures or barking dogs or strange cats. They all want to be petted and loved…right?

  100. bombombomshawty

    I had no idea Canadians said “meese” for the plural of moose until a friend told me about a year ago. It’s all just “moose” to most Americans. ;)

  101. HipsterTikal

    I thought Koreans would love cats because of the cafévideo x] Do you know why? Are there more of these cafés because I love cats and when I visit South Korea(Seoul) I’d like to go to one of these coffeeshops (: (Btw Ace Ventura, nice, one of my all time favourites)

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