Charlotte the Rescue Goes on a Blind Date With Manny the Frenchie

To promote pet adoption, Bon Appetit magazine set the two dogs up and treated them to a fancy French meal by famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

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Jean-Georges Vongerichten is a famous chef and restaurateur in France. In this tasty little video, prepared for our consumption by Bon Appetit magazine, Vongerichten prepares a scrumptious three-course meal for a pair of ravenous pups: Manny the Frenchie and his date, Charlotte the rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

In the video, Manny the Frenchie, already a social media star with ruff-ly one million followers on Instagram and adorned in a bow tie, sits patiently at the table decked with a checkerboard tablecloth, a vase of flowers, and candles. Next to him is Charlotte, who is described as liking the park but disliking the vacuum cleaner.

Both are served by Vongerichten, who has prepared a first course consisting of a cheese omelet with caviar, followed by short ribs with glazed bacon and sweet potato. Early in the video, the question is posited: Will the pups like it?

It only takes a few moments after the lids are removed to get the pretty obvious answer. The omelet took a little convincing, and the short ribs were a little messy. But clearly the winner was the glazed bacon. Paw-licking good!

Good luck to whomever gets the job of brushing those teeth.

Jeff Goldberg

Jeff is a former editor for and sportswriter for the Hartford Courant who covered the UConn women's basketball team (Huskies!) and the Boston Red Sox. He has authored two books on the UConn women: Bird at the Buzzer (2011) and Unrivaled (2015). He lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue pup, Rocky, in San Diego.


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