femail takes a wary chihuahua to America's most legendary pet groomer Jorge Bendersky
who is a part fur stylist, part dog whisperer and is America's most
discerning celebrity pet groomer. Trusted by canine owners from Ralph
Lauren to P. Diddy, who rely on him to coif the fur of their precious
companions on a weekly basis, Mr Bendersky charges $300 an hour, and
boasts a very long waiting list. These days, he's so at the top of his
game that he will 'only' groom small dogs for a minimum appointment of
two hours.Luckily for me, I happen to own a scruffy-furred, pint-sized
Chihuahua in desperate need of a bath. So I took Pringle for a two-hour
grooming session with Mr Bendersky at New York's Dog Spa & Hotel, to
see whether he lived up to his reputation as the Edward Scissorhands of
Pringle, I should mention, is a stubborn seven-year-old long-haired
chihuahua, who despises sharp objects to such a degree that she would
rather clatter around on claws the length of matchsticks than have them
Mr Bendersky calls this his 'burrito wrap', and as well as helping
Pringle feel more secure, it gives the hair cuticle time to seal and
absorb the shampoo's nutrients.
Pringle's scruffy fur and knotted ears were pruned and trimmed to perfection.She might not like it one bit, but Pringle behaves remarkably well as she has her fuzzy paws trimmed and her coat de-tangled.
Mr Bendersky mutters sweet nothings into Pringle's ears for the duration of the doggie makeover.
By the end her ordeal, Pringle is so accustomed to Mr Bendersky's
gentle touch, and his casual wielding of extremely sharp objects, she
even lets out a relaxed yawn.