Doggone delightful

WAG country is full of animal lovers, as our April issue – the 2019 edition of our annual salute to the animal kingdom – will reflect once again.

A story for this “Fascinating Animals” edition brought us down to a new regional attraction that’s already captured the attention of many a dog lover.

As easy walk from Grand Central Terminal, the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog opened its doors in February and, within its first few weeks, executive director Alan Fausel gave us a one-on-one tour of the impressive space, sharing his thoughts – and behind-the-scenes details – as we walked the museum’s three floors.

We would see paintings and photographs, sculptures and memorabilia. There’s the chance to train a dog virtually and a library filled with resources at the ready. And, of course, there’s a gift shop stocked with everything from reference books to stuffed animals.

Visitors will no doubt come away with their own favorite features, but we remain impressed by a few things.

Most tangible was the multi-story vitrine filled with countless dog figurines, some straightforward homages to a particular breed and others downright playful incarnations complete with hats.

We were also impressed by the countless interactive and educational elements scattered throughout the museum, which explore a wealth of canine history, facts and figures in a most easygoing manner.

The full story of our tour will appear in our April issue, in print and online, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, why not start planning a visit?

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— Mary Shustack

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