Bad day at work? This puppy will help.
Relationship woes? This lil pup will sort your mood out.
Loneliness? You guessed it, a puppy companion.
Sadly, though, it’s difficult to take your pooch on holiday with you, and while those stray dogs you always see on the beach are entertaining for about five minutes, they’re riddled with fleas and you feel they could bite your face off at any second.
But fear not! I have a solution, and while it may be on the other side of the world, I bet you’ve always fancied going to Bali.
Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud, Bali, offers guests free “puppy therapy” sessions twice a week, essentially allowing you to chill out by the pool and cuddle a bundle of cuteness.
The adorable pups are brought in by the Bali Dog Association, a charity working to end the unnecessary suffering of street dogs on the Indonesian island, and from 1.30 P.M to 3.30 P.M. every Tuesday and Thursday, the charity sets up a small enclosed area by the pool at Puri Garden, where guests can sit and play with the rescue puppies.
Apparently, the idea is that the playtime will help people relax and de-stress, and indeed, studies have shown that spending time with dogs really does help lower stress levels.
And not only that, you get yoga sessions, a hearty bar, live music, Balinese dancing thrown into the mix too.
Prices range, depending whether you want a dorm or private room, but the cheapest rate will only set you back around $35 a night. An absolute bargain to play with puppies. I’d pay double that. Nay, triple!
The highly Instagrammable hostel has been rated “superb,” with guests praising the hotel for its food quality and extra activities on offer, such as BBQs, traditional Balinese dance performances, and movie nights.
One person wrote: “Puri is one of the nicest hostels I’ve ever stayed in. From a spotlessly clean pool area, to massive double beds in the dorm rooms, to wonderful free brekkie and afternoon massages, it’s the sort of place you keep extending your stay!
This is what humans should be doing with their time.
Getting in touch with nature, relaxing, enjoying life and petting good lil’ doggos.
Working is wildly overrated.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.