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Valentino: Pug Lover
New documentary shines a little light on designer’s dogs.
Valentino decks out a decidedly furry, not-so-skinny model in Valentino: The Last Emperor, which opens today.

Best job in the world? Pug-sitter for Valentino.

“I don’t care about the collection; my dogs are more important,” declares Valentino Garavani during one of his regular tantrums in Valentino: The Last Emperor, which opens today. (New York Times film critic Stephen Holden weighs in.) While the documentary is not a dog movie, Valentino’s pugs steal every scene in which they appear—snoozing in the designer’s bustling atelier, sprinting through the gardens of his French estate, modeling diamond-encrusted jewelry, peeing on photography equipment during a shoot, chillin' on a private jet. With just the bling nature gave them, Milton, Monty, Maude, Margot, Maggie and Molly outshine the film's jaw-dropping dresses and Hollywood beauties.

Still, I wish there’d been a little more on the silver-coated sweeties—such as an interview with the lucky guy who takes care of them (proficiently brushing their teeth among other duties) as they sniff through elegant quarters in Paris, Gstaad and Rome.

For all you Pugophiles out there, the movie is sponsoring a Most Fashionable Pug Contest.

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

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