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This in-demand veterinarian goes above and beyond to pamper the furry friends of the rich and famous.
They travel in limos and private jets, dine on gourmet food and get luxurious spa treatments. No, not A-list celebrities: their four-legged friends, who are living large thanks to Cindy Bressler, veterinarian -- and pet concierge -- to the stars!
"We do anything and everything for our pet clientele, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Cindy, who spent a decade w orking for animal hospitals in her native NYC before starting the Hamptons Canine Concierge in New York’s Hamptons in 2012. Cindy once rushed to the Real Housewives of New York City set when someone stepped on the paw of Jill Zarin’s Chihuahua, Ginger. “Cindy is the most loving vet,” Jill tells In Touch.
Her business caters to every whim of the pampered set and offers medical aid courtesy of Cindy. “When I help an animal, I'm helping the owner, too,” says the versatile doc, who also owns JetSetVet, which transports sick animals to hospitals around the US, and whose client list includes Jennifer Lopez, Puff Daddy and** Kate Hudson**.
“I love what I do,” Cindy says, and it’s clear when she shares stories from the many STORIES she HAS up her sleeve: fashion designer, Donna Karan’s dog once “ripped his ear. We had to suture it at the house. That was funny,” says Cindy, “me playing seamstress on her dog’s ear,” she recalls. As for client, Jane Lynch: “She only stays in pet-friendly hotels,” Cindy says of the Glee star, who’s a far cry from the tough-as-nails coach she plays on TV. “She’s very caring.”
No request is too extravagant. Cindy (whose house calls start at $250) arranges doggie surfing lessons, plans pricey birthday bashes for cats and even had kitty litter airlifted from NYC to Colorado for one finicky owner. She recommends organic food for pets -- along with facials and massages! “Animals benefit from that kind of touch, just like we do,” she explains.
Her attention to detail and care is unforgettable: Demi Moore was visiting one of Cindy’s Hamptons clients when her dog broke a nail. “It was minor,” recalls Cindy. “But I saw her recently in LA -- and she remembered me!”
For Cindy, around-the-clock care and luxe services were a natural pairing. “I had clients asking where they could get acupuncture or swimming lessons for their dogs, so I teamed up with other pet professionals -- a trainer, a canine chef, party planners,” she says. One of Cindy’s trusted collaborators is Bonnie Emmerich, owner and chef at Hampton Pet Chef, who is part of Cindy’s canine concierge service. The Hampton Pet Chef is a private chef service for pooches in the Hamptons. Emmerich and Bressler collaborate to throw pet-parties with the best food made from natural ingredients. Emmerich tailors her recipes and ingredients depending on pets’ needs.
Despite some odd house calls (a Moroccan prince once chartered a seaplane to rush her from the Hamptons to a NYC hotel to treat his pup for “a common cough,” Cindy recalls), she says her clients’ hearts are in the right place. “Some things they ask for aren’t necessary,” she says, “but I find people who love animals are, for the most part, kind and compassionate human beings.”