By Sophia Rahman
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Videographer / director: Adam Gray
Producer: Sophia Rahman, Ruby Coote
Editor: Sonia Estal
D Pet Hotels, in New York’s affluent Chelsea neighbourhood, caters for the pets of the rich and famous, and its rooms and services are fit for the world’s most pampered pups.
With basic suites starting at a cool $84 a night and featuring an orthopaedic bed, TV, and 24-hour care, patrons include some of the world’s most famous dog lovers.
Co-owner Kerry Brown said: “We have dogs that come in for daycare with parents who are attorneys or bankers.
“We’ve got a pop star princess who uses us, [and] some famous movie actors, so we are fortunate to get to care for that client as well.”
When only the very best will do for their furry babies, clients book an ‘uber suite’, coming in at $200 a night, with a double bed and 42-inch TV - playing doggie-friendly programming, naturally.
Kerry said: “[The uber suites] are nicer than my bedroom at home.
“We’ve got a lot of regular clients who only want to use uber suites for their dogs because they want their dog to feel as much at home as possible.”
For the fitness-conscious pooch, there’s the specialised doggie gym, playfully dubbed PANT, but sometimes it’s imperative dogs maintain their usual routine.
Kerry said: “[There are often] certain times of the day when we have to walk the dog, even if it’s the middle of the night.
“Certainly they have very catered meals for them, [such as] fresh chicken with rice and vegetables. We’ve even had to place treats on the dog’s pillow before bedtime.”
Kennels fit for kings don’t let any old riff-ruff in, so dogs hoping to board in the lap of luxury have to pass a temperament test.
Eliana Goldman, a private chef, said she loves the fact her French bulldog Nacho passed the test and is part of the ‘canine elite’.
She said: “It feels good knowing that I am raising a nice gentleman.”
She added: “You know that your dog isn’t just playing with any random hooligan. He is with refined and tempered dogs.”
Guests enjoy playtime at the several indoor dog parks, rest and relaxation with bedtime stories read to them when it’s time for a lie down, and pawdicures if they require a little extra pampering.
Ronald Gardner, a dog keeper at the hotel, said he doesn’t think it’s silly to give dogs such a nice place to stay.
The 26-year-old said: “We should be treating them the way we would want to be treated, so the fact that we can provide something like this is sweet. It’s nice.”
Eliana, a regular client, said: “The minute you walk in the door, everyone’s smiling. They greet your puppy as though it was the only one here in daycare.”
Kerry said a lot of New Yorkers have chosen not to have children and their dog is their child.
She said: “Parents know when they bring their dog here that they can expect the very best, and that we are going to treat them just like family.”