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Friday, May 04, 2012

Welcome to the Pooch Hotel!

Most people think of their dogs as family members. I know we do. The thought of leaving your much loved pet in a kennel can be downright scary! Last night we went to the Grand Opening of a 5 star hotel...for DOGS! I'm pretty sure it was my first time posing on a red carpet with a fire hydrant. The Pooch Hotel chain first opened their doors in Chicago in 2004 & their newest hotel is opening in Hollywood this weekend. They have beautiful 'Palace Suites' with furniture & TV sets! The hotel offers daycare service & has several huge play areas, where you can watch your puppy play via webcam. I loved the doggy swimming pool & our dog Zuma got a little exercise in the gym on the treadmill. The evening benefitted PAWS/LA (www.pawsla.org ) a wonderful organization that assists low-income seniors and individuals with life threatening illnesses by providing services to help them keep and care for their pets. The event was fun with celebrities & their dogs: including Dick & Jimmy Van Patten, Joan Van Ark, Maria Conchita Alonso & Rip Taylor. I should also mention the absolutely delicious cocktails & appetizers by the Kitchen For Exploring Foods. If you're in the Hollywood area stop by this weekend to see the Pooch Hotel for yourself & enjoy the festivities.
photo credit: Alexandra Wyman, WireImage

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