Sunday, February 10, 2008

Rick's Roadshow in New York: The Show Dogs Awards

Yesterday was day two of Rick's Roadshow in New York. I'm staying at one of my favorite hotels in the city, The Waldorf=Astoria. It's a legendary grand hotel that was built over 100 years ago, and has been a center of activity for the social elite throughout its history. The Waldorf is a registered historic landmark; and a fine example of American Art Deco style. It recently had a $500 million renovation to refresh the property, yet it still has many of its original interior designs and works of art. It is a fabulous place to stay in New York and is my home away from home.

The Waldorf=Astoria. above left: The lobby, & above right: The Park Avenue entrance foyer.
The Show Dogs of The Year Awards

Last night I attended the 53rd Annual Show Dogs of the Year Awards, held at the Grand Hyatt hotel on Park Avenue at Grand Central. The event celebrates the accomplishments of the show dog community, and is the "Academy Awards" for the top show dog handlers, owners and trainers. It coincides with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which is why I am in New York for the next few days. Many of the handlers I met will be among the winners for the various dog groups competing at the Westminster event.

above: It was a night of glamor, glory, and celebration.

above: A fine example of a top dog, Vikki, a toy Poodle who has won 67 Best in Show competitions. Her handler Kaz Hosaka was recognized as the top handler last night.

above: Me with friend Candy, an executive with Purina Pro Plan brand dog food, who is a major underwriter of the awards dinner. Candy is proud of telling me that 79 of the top 100 show dogs feed her brand of Pro Plan dog food, which is quite amazing. above right: An ice sculpture of the "Winkie" Award Statuette greeted attendees at the cocktail reception before dinner.

above: The Awards dinner was formal, and was quite elegant.
My Favorite Course: The Desserts

above left: some kind of delicious custard with caramel and apple sauce, topped with a chocolate dog. above right: trays of delectable sweets were passed along the table...
The After Party: The Bubble Lounge
above: we went to a place called The Bubble Lounge which was a hip place with comfy sofas and a fantastic champagne and wine list.

above: relaxing at The Bubble Lounge with a glass of champagne

above: a night of frivality and laughs...in no time we were dancing and having a great time into the wee hours. It was a fun evening in New York.
-Rick Rockhill

10 comments:

Seamus said...

That looks like such fun, partying with such interesting folks! Dogs rule!!!

Lilian said...

I turned green as I read your latest post... You are doing two things that I've been wanting to do for the longest time: stay at the Waldorf Astoria, and attend a top dog show, not to mention eat sushi at an extra-fine restaurant!! That's what I call living... So many things to do, so little time. Thanks for a delicious post ;o)

Everybody in the pictures looks beautiful and happy...

Greetings!

Dana said...

Um...who's the fellow in the bottom two photos?

C said...

*sigh* Ah, Rick! I am so jealous! What a fun life you have! ;) Very cool post!

Sheila said...

Wonderful photos. It's fun to hear about the parties.

Cheryl said...

I'm just loving this roadshow. Thank you Rick! Think of me while you're there, OK?

kenju said...

My cats eat Pro Plan!

If I had a dog like that poodle, I would never ever inflict him with a cut like that. The poor dog looks really dumb.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

I like the Elvis pompadour style they gave the poodle. I'm waiting to see a poodle cut mirroring the Amy Winehouse beehive in the future.

Tea N. Crumpet said...

Is Vikki real? That looks like a float for the Macy's parade-- like it should be floating in the air and be held on Earth with lines. . .

Alas, everything else looks amazingly, wonderfully real!

Olivia said...

Keeping up with the Joneses over here it seems: The Savoy London recently closed its doors for a £100m renovation and is not to reopen until some time in 2009.

The original art deco items were auctioned off at Bonhams in December. I spent ages browsing that catalogue...

Disclaimers...

This blog is about life experiences & observations and stuff I am interested in. It is simply a side hobby and creative outlet; generally, with a tongue-in-cheek tone. I don't take it too seriously, nor should you. I do not profess to represent every point of view. Nothing on this site is a paid post.

It is for entertainment purposes only it, so just lighten up and just enjoy it. Life is short, live in the moment.

As the author, thoughts/views have no affiliation to my clients, business colleagues or my company.

This blog is independent and free of any type of financial affiliations. Some images used are from the internet and sometimes hard to credit them, so if you own any and want them removed just send me a message.

No copyright infringement intended. I am not responsible for defamatory statements bound to government, religious, or other laws from the reader’s country of origin or residence. The intention of this blog is to do no harm, defame, libel or offend anyone.