A Dog Christening with R. Couri Hay and Friends: Animal Weddings, Mad Russians, and Music

(Cassandra Seidenfeld, R. Couri Hay, and Wendy Diamond)

“Have you ever met the Mad Russian?” Animal Fair founder and dog lover Wendy Diamond asked The Observer at dinner last night. We had been covertly smoking outside on the lush patio of publicist R. Couri Hay‘s Upper West Side apartment after watching “Buddhist Priestess” Robin Cofer christen Mr. Hay’s dog, Webster Westbrook Alexander Hay, by rubbing behind the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s ears and whispering something in his ear.

Webster was being named after Mr. Hay’s good friend, Roger Webster, who died last year. Earlier in the evening, Mr. Hay had lead a group sing-along to classics like “No Business Like Show Business.”

We had not heard of the Mad Russian, but it seemed like that kind of night.
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