Fairmont Home to Canine Ambassadors

Whether you’re lonesome for your own dog during your travels or looking for a four-legged friend to take on a walk, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has the answer: a Canine Ambassador. This summer the luxury hotels add four new resident hotel dogs, each trained by the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, at properties in Canada. These new resident dogs join the pack of Canine Ambassadors that already serve at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in the US, Mexico, and Canada.

New to the Canine Ambassador Pack

Fairmont Algonquin, New Brunswick
One of the newest members of Fairmont’s Canine Ambassador team is Smudge, a Golden Labrador Retriever who works at The Fairmont Algonquin in New Brunswick.

Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, Quebec Another new member of the Canine Ambassador team is Jordy, a Black Labrador Retriever at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in Quebec.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta Also new to Fairmont this summer is Sonny, a Yellow Labrador Retriever who serves as Director of Pet Relations.

Fairmont Tremblant, Quebec Golden Labrador Gracie joins the staff at the Fairmont Tremblant, ready to meet and greet guests, be available for scheduled walks and runs, and serve as community liaison.

Pack Leaders

Jordy, Smudge, Sonny and Gracie join several four-legged colleagues already serving as official members of the hotels’ Guest Services Teams.

Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston Catie (photo, above), a Black Labrador originally trained as a guide dog with the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in New York, changed careers to become the famed Canine Ambassador for The Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston. Endearingly called Catie Copley, she’s a community liaison participating in story hour at the South End branch of the Boston Public Library and has spent time with guests who are ill. Catie has been such a delight to children that she’s even been the star of two children’s books. The newest book is Catie Copley’s Great Escape, a follow up to 2007’s top-seller Catie Copley. The new book follows adventures of Catie as she takes her first trip to Canada to visit Santol (see below).

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City Santol (photo with Catie, above) co-stars in the second children’s book with Catie Copley.

Fairmont Waterfront and Fairmont Hotel Vancouver In Vancouver you can meet Holly, a Yellow Labrador and Golden Retriever mix at The Fairmont Waterfront. Mavis – Holly’s half-sister and also a Lab/Retreiver mix – and Beau, a Yellow Labrador greet dog lovers at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. All three are former BC Guide Dog trainees that were better suited to the social life of a hotel ambassador. The Fairmont Waterfront was the first hotel in the company to introduce a K9 Ambassador — welcoming Morgan, a Black Labrador, in 2002. He is now enjoying his dog days of retirement.

Fairmont Acapulco Princess Two Golden Retriever Concierges have also taken up greeting and walking duties at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess in Mexico. After spending months in a specialized training program, Chunki and Kimi are on hand to play, greet and guide guests around the hotel and even relish the opportunity to be accompanied by other guest’s pets.

Staying in Touch: As personalized relationships are at the heart of Fairmont service, guests can stay in touch with their furry friends, by sending some “ani-mail” either by snail mail to the hotel or via email at: smudge.algonquin@fairmont.com, catie.copley@fairmont.com, mavisthedog@fairmont.com, sonny.louise@fairmont.com, hollythedog@fairmont.com, beauthedog@fairmont.com, cmt.gracie@fairmont.com and lcf.santol@fairmont.com. Guests who want to stay in touch with Catie, Santol and Sonny can keep up with them on their own individual Facebook pages as well.

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