Fairmont Hotels and Resorts happily welcome pets with beds, treats, walking maps and more, but what if you still aren’t able to bring Fido on vacation? Fairmont Hotels and Resort have yet another solution: Canine Ambassadors.
Most of the resident dogs come from a guide dog association, and don’t actually live night and day at the hotel; they’re owned by one special staff member who takes the dog home in the evenings and two days a week for a respite. The staff member also handles all vet care. At least five to six days a week, however, these pups are ready to take that “home away from home” experience to another warm and fuzzy level. Meet the Canine Ambassadors of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Beau and Hunter are Yellow Labs who hold down the lobby-fort at the Fairmont Vancouver. Beau is happy to take a visiting family for a walk. “When I first allowed Beau to go on walks with guests, I was nervous,” explains Debbie Wild, Beau’s owner. “But we give the guests a doggie treat to hold and if there’s any problem, Beau will go to the hand holding the food.”
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
Sisters Tusker and Grammy are both a Labrador and Ridgeback mix who work at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. Guests can spot the two taking walks together, jumping into ponds and chasing birds on more than 100 acres of gorgeous landscape.
Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
Smudge, a Yellow Lab, owns the general manager, Garrett Turta, at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Her main claim to fame: she she didn’t try to eat the hotel’s enormous gingerbread display once during the holidays! “We think we’re allowed bragging rights for that,” says Calan Hobbs, concierge and part-time Smudge-sitter.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Marcus is a Golden Lab — nicknamed Marc — and has been dubbed the Director of Pet Relations at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. Marc loves to hike and play with guests.
Fairmont Copley Plaza
Carly Copley likes to ride the hotel bell carts at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. She has followed in the footsteps of her big sister, former canine ambassador, Catie, a black lab and the star of two children’s books (“Catie Copley” and “Catie Copley’s Great Escape” by Deborah Kovacsv).
Umi — a three-year-old black Lab — greets guests at the Fairmont Tremblant in Quebec. Umi is relatively quiet in the hotel lobby, but becomes a different dog — energetic and very happy — when taking guests for walks. “She seems to think she’s on-duty in the lobby — and off duty when she’s outdoors and getting a workout,” says a Fairmont staff member.
Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello
Black Lab, Bello, greets guests of the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello. Trained by the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind in Ottawa, his favorite activities include hiking.