You might sense a recurring theme in most of our summer blog posts, and that theme might sound something like this: travel, dogs, travel and dogs, travel with dogs. Call us one-track-minded, but it is a topic that we pet-parents are increasingly concerned with and interested in. Why? Well, just because there is a noticably increasing popularity in pet-friendly services and activities, and with that, more and more opportunities for us be with a furry friend, no matter where we go. Surprisingly, some hotels are even providing “Canine Ambassadors” for dog-lovers to befriend during their stay, proving that you just can’t overlook that special bond with the four-legged members of our families.
Just take a look at Catie Copley, the canine ambassador for the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. The Fairmont Copley Plaza already boasts some pretty dog friendly policies, welcoming tall and small pups alike at only $25 a night (guide dogs are exempt of this charge). But for those leaving their furry friends behind with a trusty sitter, it is quite a treat to to now have the option of bonding with this delightful girl.
Catie isn’t your average pooch. She is a canine jack-of-all-trades at the hotel, serving as a greeter, walking and running companion, community outreach ambassador, and children’s book star. Catie is a black labrador and has been trained as a guide dog. Because she is such an athletic breed, Catie is an eager and agile walking or running companion for the pet-parent guests who are traveling solo during their stay in beautiful Boston. Her best talent is to put a smiling face on all the hotel guests–a perfect greeter for the weary travelers arriving at the Fairmont Plaza’s font desk. Catie’s newest children’s book Catie Copley’s Great Escape, illustrated by Jared Williams, is pictured at the left. Catie is super kid-friendly; she loves to attend readings of her book at local elementary schools and libraries. Catie is such a popular and valued employee–she has her own email and even a Facebook page, check it out to learn more!
Catie isn’t the Fairmont‘s only canine ambassador. The hotel chain recognizes the importance of our canine compaions and offers several canine ambassadors to befriend. Canine ambassadors are stationed up north at the The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, and south at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess in Mexico. In Acapulco there are two golden retriever ambassadors–Chunki and Kimi–who serve as front desk greeters and cheerful walkers through the soft, snowy-white resort sand. So regardless of which dog is “stationed” at your hotel, be ready for some canine playtime. Chances are, you will be getting some puppy love whether or not you are able to bring your pup with on on vacation this summer.
Do you know of any amazing dogs like Catie and her fellow ambassadors? Bark at us about it here! Otherwise, happy travels, dog lovers!