Dogs on the concierge staff

September 29, 2011
Vancouver is a beautiful city
and the Fairmont Vancouver is the grande dame of hotels,
all crystal chandeliers and antiques
–very old, elegant and beautifully maintained.
But what I like best? Its two canine concierges, Mavis and Beau.
Here they are, on the job Wednesday afternoon at their
stations at the concierge desk.
That’s right. On the job. Guests are allowed to walk the dogs,
take photos with them,
pet them and most of all, admire them.
The charming Mavis and mellow Beau
work a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift
and then go home with their manager-owners.

Notice that they wear the canine version of the Fairmont
staff uniforms: same color, same fabric.
But no tricky name tag pins: their names are stitched on the uniform.

Originally, these dogs were in the Seeing Eye Dog training program.
But they were just too damn…friendly. So they failed the course.
But hey, they were perfect for the hospitality business!
The hotel adopted them.
That’s right.
The hotel got them expressly for guest services.
And a couple of the managers became their forever parents.
They work with their owners and they go home together after work.
It’s fun to see these happy canines hang out with their owners
in the lobby, greet guests and just smile.
There are three Fairmonts in Vancouver,
and the Pacific Rim Fairmont here also has a dog.
Just one. (not pictured)
We heard that the Queen had her photo taken with it.
Because as we know, the Queen loves dogs.
I love staying in a hotel that offers its guests dog company. It’s a first for me!
Oh, and pets stay free this fall at the hotel. Yep.
And aren’t they just the cutest damn dogs?
Almost as cute as my Riley.
Sure do miss that little terror.

3 comments on “Dogs on the concierge staff
  1. Anonymous says:

    love it

  2. From your description of these dogs they are probably good for a stroll once in awhile. I hope the people who take them out, treat them kindly.

  3. I hope the people who take them out treat them well. I’ve seen people do some unkind things to dogs while walking them.

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