That was perception. That was not reality.
We live in Hannam dong just beside the Itaewon section of Yongasn gu.
There are dog owners all around us.
Want an apartment that is pet friendly? No problem!
And dog food? It's EVERYWHERE. Pricey? You bet. but so is everything else in Seoul.
Not only all of that, but there is an area in Seoul with a couple dozen if not more pet shops and pet stuff shops.