By: Kate Michael
Wags, licks and puppy love are the newest amenities at one of Georgetown’s most popular hotels. Already an exceptionally pet-friendly hotel, Fairmont, Washington D.C. recently took things a step further by adopting a puppy! Georgie, an almost three-month-old female Labrador pup, will serve as the hotel’s Canine Ambassador.
Adopted from Canine Eyes for the Blind, Georgie was born at the non-profit organization’s Canine Development Center in Patterson, NY with the goal that she would one day become a guide dog for a person with vision loss.
“Every Guiding Eyes dog is an extraordinary animal born with a purpose,” said Kathy Zubrycki, vice president of training programs at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. “Puppies receive a tremendous amount of early training and socialization during the first few weeks of life, and though not every pup is suited for guide work, many go on to other exciting careers or may become exceptional companions and pets. That’s how Georgie came to become Fairmont’s new Canine Ambassador, and we’re thrilled for her to join the Fairmont family.”
Guests can visit with Georgie at her part-time home in the hotel lobby. In the evenings, she’ll head home with “Dad,” Mark Huntley, the hotel’s general manager and regional vice president.
Georgie is not the first Canine Ambassador at a Fairmont Hotel. She joins a dozen or so other Canine Ambassadors — and pups with other fun titles — like Carley Copley, who was adopted by Fairmont Copley Plaza from the Animal Rescue League of Boston; Bear, a Black Lab that is living the not-so-ruff life at the Fairmont Banff Springs; Roux, a Golden Lab presiding over the parlor at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu; and Marcus, the “Director of Pet Relations” at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies.
Obviously Georgie is not the only canine that receives Very Important Dog treatment at Fairmont. Dog guests arriving with their owners are greeted with healthy peanut butter treats handmade by the pastry team and may experience so many other Pet Program perks, like receiving walking maps to nearby parks and a list of nearby, pet-friendly restaurants and cafés.
But while Fairmont patrons see other guests and their visiting pets from time to time, these permanent pups are truly adorable Ambassadors that bring an extra level of comfort and make everyone smile.
The much-petted pups interact with hotel guests, attend community events, pose for pictures, and may or may not get the occasional thrill ride on the bell cart. Their training and desire for socialization allows them to offer the ultimate in Fairmont-style service — to meet, greet and make guests feel welcome.
And Georgie continues to help with her original mission, too. Every time a Fairmont, Washington, DC guests books the “Puppy Love Package” and checks-in with their dog in tow, $25 will be donated to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.