A famous dog groomer who charges $ 300 an hour for his exclusive services has put the luxurious life of spoiled puppies and their owners to the test, revealing that his treatments include massages and sometimes even hair coloring for older pets.
New York City 52-year-old Jorge Bendersky has worked with A-list stars such as model Gisele Bündchen, rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and designer Ralph Lauren, and he will only hire a new client after meeting them and their dogs.
“I am very selective; I have to like the dog and the owner, ”he said Business insider. “All my business is through word of mouth and everyone has to do a few interviews. I am definitely a diva. ‘
Celebrity: Jorge Bendersky, 52, from New York City, is a dog groomer for the stars
Exclusive Services: The groomer is ‘very selective’ and requires a series of interviews with potential customers to ensure it likes them and their dogs
Bendersky grooming sessions usually last about two hours, costing the owner a whopping $ 600 per dog visit. However, being able to afford the expensive service doesn’t mean pet owners have an appointment with the stylist.
“I’ve denied dogs and I’ve denied owners in the past: some dogs are too territorial, and since I work in their space that’s not good for me,” he explained, noting that he’s not a fan of either. helicopter parents. ‘
He said that he usually only cares for dogs that weigh 20 pounds or less and can stand on a counter, but it isn’t always necessary.
The groomer said that many of his high-profile clients have “ built their own dog spa ” in their homes, complete with professional equipment, although he always carries his 32-pound bag when he makes house calls.
Famous Faces: Gisele Bündchen and her beloved dogs (photo) are among his A-list clients
Celebrity clients: Ralph Lauren (left) and Diddy (right) have also teamed up with the legendary groomer
Bendersky told Business Insider that as famous as his client is, he likes to take 10 minutes to talk to them about ‘hot topics’ such as dieting and politics.
“A little detail lost during communication can lead to a pet owner’s nervous breakdown – yes, some of them are really so dramatic!” he stood on it. “After those 10 minutes of chit chat, they have to leave so I can work.”
The author of DIY Dog Grooming begins his grooming sessions by giving the dogs ‘a good bath’ and a massage. Before styling their hair, wrap them in a towel and let them nap for 15 minutes to ‘absorb the nutrients into the skin and close the hair follicles.’
Depending on the wishes and needs of the customer, Bendersky will do everything from coloring gray hair to giving slimming hairstyles to make a dog look younger and thinner.
Spoiled Pets: Bendersky bathes the dogs, massages them, and wraps them in a towel for 15 minutes to ‘get the nutrients into the skin’ during each appointment
Looks Good: The striking groomer also colors gray hair and gives slimming haircuts to make a dog look younger and thinner at the owner’s request
Home visits: He usually only cares for dogs that weigh 20 pounds or less and can stand on a counter
“Middle aged single women prefer their dogs to look young and thin,” he explained.
“They don’t want them to look old because they think it’s a reflection of themselves, so I do henna treatments on dogs’ faces to remove the gray and model their hair so they don’t look like they’re on sat on the couch Watching TV all day and eating chocolates with mum. ‘
Before the coronavirus pandemic, he would groom six dogs five days a week. When New York City locked down, he did virtual FaceTime coaching to help his clients – many of whom had never had to groom their own dogs before.
After about six weeks in quarantine, Bendersky felt safe enough to return to home visits without “human contact.”
Pricey: Bendersky’s sessions usually last about two hours, which costs $ 600 per dog visit
Making it work: When New York City was stuck at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, he did virtual FaceTime coaching to help his clients groom their dogs
New protocol: Bendersky, who returned to home visits after six weeks in quarantine, will no longer kiss his customers’ dogs as a safety measure
As a precaution, he wears a mask during the entire grooming and no longer kisses the dogs on their noses as before.
Some of his wealthy clients left for the Hamptons early this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and they have established security protocols for when he comes to visit.
“When I drive up the driveway, my clients often drop the dogs at the guest house, so I can just go in and get to work without getting in close contact,” he explained.
According to Bendersky, his services are needed now more than ever.
“Since the pandemic started, dogs have been dirtier than ever,” he said. “Many of them spend more time outside than usual and are much less cared for.”