Click here to learn more.
New York City. Population: 8 million. Ever wonder what happens when you throw in another 2,721
We did. So we took a trip to the Hotel Pennsylvania, long regarded as the consummate hotel for canine contenders at the Westminster Dog Show. It opened its doors 94 years ago, directly across from the show's hallmark institution, Madison Square Garden.
We got a chance to tour the hotel with Jerry Grymek, the "Doggie Concierge" of Westminster — and he told us some great stories that we wanted to share with you.
Of all the wild requests the Doggie Concierge has gotten over the years, this is our favorite: Last year at Westminster, the team behind a Spinone Italiano requested an opera singer. For what?
Turns out that Ecco (Ch. Sweetbriar's Ecco D'Oro JH, to be exact) likes to be serenaded before he goes into the ring. So, naturally, an opera singer waited in the lobby to send Ecco on his way.
Remember in Best in Show, when Beatrice the Weimeranier couldn't compete without her Busy Bee toy? OK, this isn't quite like that, but owners here definitely have their rituals and good luck charms. People call the Hotel Pennsylvania months in advance to book a certain lucky room — this year's is Room 212. Can you figure out why? The date for the second night of the competition (and Best in Show) is Feb. 12. So, Room 212.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
Manatees risk losing their endangered
status — and one organization needs
your help to prevent that from happening.
Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay
their respects to Kye, a police K9 killed in
the line of duty in Oklahoma City.
Jiff landed two Guinness World Records titles: fastest 10 meters on hind legs and fastest 5 meters on front paws.
Dr. Marty Becker shares feline breeds known for their brains and trainability, from the Abyssinian to the Siamese.
Patrick, who's believed to be the oldest wombat in the world, celebrated his big birthday at a wildlife park in…
The 274 experts we surveyed wouldn’t call these dogs lazy, but these pups may have better things to do than learn a…
The friendly and inquisitive LaPerm has an easy-care coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.