From Russell Westbrook to Russian terriers. In case you hadn’t noticed, that’s what’s been going on the past few days in and around Madison Square Garden.
In honor of the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which wraps up at MSG tonight, Anne Kadet, New York columnist for the Wall Street Journal, has gone to town with her look at how Manhattan hotels are dealing with the influx of more than 1,000 canine guests:
[Hotel Pennsylvania doggie concierge] Jerry Grymek, an enthusiastic man dressed in a charcoal suit and dog-print tie, refers to himself as the director of pooch relations and barketing manager. “We are a five-paw hotel, the world’s most pup-ular hotel,” he crows, handing out pink-frosted dog cookies.
The hotel’s crowded lobby offered some fine dog watching. There were shiba inus riding luggage carts and puffy white Samoyeds in wire crates looking like caged clouds. A proud poodle in a black sweater and boots wandered unaccompanied. One Maltese wore a purple velour bathrobe, like a furry Hugh Hefner.
There are more than 600 four-legged competitors staying at the Pennsylvania, where a special relieving area with plastic fire hydrants has been set up and a “Best in Show” prize means the entire stay is free. The Midtown hotel is also where the Dog Writers Association of America held their annual awards banquet on Sunday night, handing out prizes in four dozen categories.
P.S. Kadet didn’t make the calculation, but we couldn’t resist. In dog years, Hefner is 12 1/2.
[Photo via: hotelpenn.com]