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Hotel Dogs

Concierge dog? Have you ever checked into a hotel and been greeted by a pooch? If you haven’t already, you just might in the future.

Recently, I was scrolling through Facebook when I stopped to read an interesting post. It showed a picture of a dog and read, “The coolest and best concept of life…this hotel has a dog. Absolutely awesome.” Reading further, I found you can play with him, take him for walks, bring him to your room and he’s always in the lobby ready to greet you! This, of course, piqued my interest and I immediately had to do some research. Why does a hotel have a dog, and where is this located?

As it turns out, I didn’t have to do much digging. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have what they call “Canine Ambassadors” at some of their locations. On their webpage, you can see which cities have dogs, and it gives the background on each animal. They say that their guests appreciate the thoughtful and welcoming service provided by the dogs.

There, travelers missing their own pets can find a furry friend to take a walk with them, or just chill out in the lobby. However, these hotels aren’t the only places that employ these friendly canines. Hotel Indigo in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has Huey, a mixed breed that also acts as a greeter. Huey mingles with guests and staff alike and has almost free reign of the hotel property (everywhere except areas that serve food, as you might imagine). Hotel Indigo worked with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine to rescue Huey from a local animal shelter.

Animals are cropping up in more and more public settings, such as stores, the workplace and now hotels. Would you like to have a canine ambassador at a hotel, or not so much? Tell us your opinion in the comment section below!

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