In Search Of Fairmont’s Cutest Canine on Travelocity’s Window Seat Blog
When the Fairmont Pittsburgh announced last week the appointment of Edie, a white Boxer/Labrador Retriever mix, to the role of Canine Ambassador, naturally I thought it was too cute for words. A lover of both dogs and the Fairmont brand, I was vaguely aware that the hotels were pet friendly and that a few – The Fairmont Copley Plaza in particular – had dogs on staff. After finding out there are in fact 12 canine employees at 10 Fairmont properties around the world, it seemed only natural to hold a contest on The Window Seat to find out which doggie employee was in fact Fairmont’s cutest canine.
Read on for photos and a short bio of each canine employee and cast your vote for Fairmont’s Cutest Canine on the right side of this page under ‘Travel Poll.’ The winner of the Fairmont Cutest Canine Contest gets his or her very own Travelocity Roaming Gnome statue! Cast your vote by Wednesday, September 28 and look for an announcement of the winner on Thursday, September 29 on The Window Seat.
Learn more about Fairmont’s Canine Ambassadors at: http://www.fairmont.com/promotions/canineambassadors
Edie, a boxer/lab mix, was born in March 2010. She loves tennis balls and can bounce them and catch them by herself. She plays fetch in the lobby and loves sliding on the marble floors. She has an adorable kink in her tail and her own e-mail address. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairmont St. Andrews, Scotland
She spends most her day in the hotel lobby when she’s not walking with guests and has a real love of carrots! Before crossing the pond, Smudge welcomed guests at the Fairmont Algonquin.
Fairmont LeManoir Richelieu
Jordy, a Black Labrador Retriever, is on-call for special events and group functions. He also serves as a community liaison. His favorite activity is exploring the outdoors and taking walks on the trails through the forest and along the river shore.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Marcus is a Golden Labrador Retriever, but is known to his friends as Marc, and is the new Director of Pet Relations at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. We haven’t come across anything yet that Mark doesn’t like! Cats, dogs, rabbits, kids, old folks, hiking, sleeping, swimming, Mark loves it all!
A Golden Labrador, Gracie, joined the staff at the Fairmont Tremblant this past summer. Although she was trained by the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind but will not be used as a guide dog, she is committed to her new goal of making every guest smile. Gracie enjoys going for runs or taking leisurely strolls through the picturesque village of Mont-Tremblant.
The Fairmont Copley Plaza
With two children’s books inspired by her adventures, she often visits libraries, schools and museums for book readings – when not strolling through Boston’s Back Bay or greeting guests in the hotel’s lobby. Catie also enjoys corresponding with her friend Santol at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac via e-mail.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Originally bred and trained to be a guide dog by the Mira Foundation. Santol, a St-Pierre, is amazingly kind and incredibly social. He loves taking a walk to the park des Gouverneurs just next to the hotel where he can meet a few of his four-legged friends also.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Mavis & Beau
Mavis is the most senior of Fairmont’s canine ambassadors. She’s 10 years old and has been working at the hotel since 2002. She has played host to famous guests such as Elton John, Robin Williams, Celine Dion, Cindy Crawford and the last three Prime Ministers of Canada.
Beau is Mavis’ sidekick. He’s six years old and started at the hotel in 2006. Like Mavis, he also came to the hotel from BC Guide Dog services. Beau has also met several celebrity guests including Vice President Biden, Halle Berry, and just recently both he and Mavis had the opportunity to meet Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer) and his dog Junior.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Zeus’ motto is “Apply Dog Logic to Life: Eat Well, Be Loved, Get Petted, Sleep A lot, Play and Dream of a Leash-Free World”. The pampered pooch prefers Frette linen duvets to cedar-filled doggie beds, Marin Sun Farms sirloin to kibble and commuting to work via the scenic (dog-friendly) Sonoma bike path.
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
Tusker & Grammy
Sisters Tusker and Grammy are a mix of Labrador and Ridgeback. They can be found around the Club taking walks together, jumping into ponds and chasing birds over 100 acres of picturesque landscape. Just mention the River Liki and it will result in a tail wagging frenzy of pure excitement.
Image Credits (Top to Bottom): “Edie – Fairmont Pittsburgh” by Kaitlin Bledsoe Photography.
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