Pooch attention in multifamily dog spas, a growing trend.

New York Times staffer Jane Margolies reports on the dog's life in Manhattan multifamily communities, where amenity packages and pampering come in a close second to student housing atmosphere.

Margolies writes about new Dog City, a Related Companies proprietary program that offers training, vets, and structured play dates for the puppies. She writes:

Slop sinks for pet washdowns have been replaced by gleaming professional-grade tubs. Closet-size spaces have expanded into sprawling facilities where pooches enjoy “cage-free” day care and work off paunches on treadmills, not to mention getting dolled up in the latest hairdos. (Pomeranian lion cut, anyone?) And while these facilities are still most often associated with upscale developments — and, yes, widely mocked as an expression of the misplaced priorities of the privileged — they are beginning to show up in affordable housing, too.

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