A Midtown hotel is playing host to a doggie spa, catering to the finest competitors in town for the Westminster Dog Show. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
No great athlete goes into competition unprepared, so heading into the Westminster Kennel Club show the dogs need to be ready. Enter the Doggie Spa. It's for people too, sort of.
"Not only the dog but to me it's a really great warm up on the day, I get to relax and praise him. You know we have our one and a half hour moment here," said Friedrich Birkmar, a dog breeder and owner.
The spa is at the Hotel Pennsylvania and it's got everything the precious pooches could need. First, there's the physical preparation with an obstacle course and treadmill to make sure they're in tip top shape.
"You don't want a dog in there that's soft. You want a dog that can go out there and look like they can do what they were bred to do," said Tracey Hargis, an assistant trainer.
They pooches are washed, shampooed, clipped and cut. The owners, breeders and groomers do everything they can to make them glow - literally.
"The key is when you're showing your dog you want it to look its best. The idea is the fresher the dog as far as being clean, the coat really glistens," said Doggie Spa Operator Judy Davis.
Among those getting spruced up Tuesday morning was a black Russian terrier named Funlords Herriting Gavirillovich, his registered name.
"He meets all requirements and all I do is just to shape him," said Lucy Rezny, Funlord's groomer.
NY1 did manage to nab an exclusive interview with Waggles the Pug and his owner about what makes Westminster most exciting.
"I came all the way from Oregon and I was just thrilled to be here amongst the tops," said Waggles' owner.
The hotel even offers a "doggie concierge". Yes, they have one of those too.
"We're looking at between 600 to 800 dogs staying here at New York's Hotel Pennsylvania the worlds most 'pupular' hotel," said Doggie Concierge Jerry Grymek.