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The real dog days of summer: Prize-winning pooch chills out at hotel pool, gets VIP treatment

Prize-winning pooch chills out at hotel pool, gets VIP treatment

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AKC award winning black Russian terrier, Varias, chills at the pool with his trainer, Dave Scheiris. Photo by Tom Weigand

For Varias, a 130-pound black Russian terrier, there is no such thing as the "dog days of summer." Check out the 130-pound AKC award winner chilling on a chaise lounge poolside at Hotel Granduca

Fresh from taking Best of Show at a recent Canadian Kennel Club competition, Varias made his first plane trip to Houston to be with his owners, Charlene Madison Cassidy and Dr. John Cassidy. They live next door to the Granduca at the Montebello.

Obviously, this is not your ordinary hotel guest. But GM Mary Grace Gray is a fan of canines and reports that Varias was one of the most well-behaved guests — animal or human — that the hotel has hosted. The three-year-old pooch, sure to grow some more, was accompanied by his trainer, Dave Scheiris.

Gray reports that when Varias arrived in the lobby, he "brought the Happy Hour crowd to a speechless halt."

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