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Fairmont Loves Your Dogs & Theirs

Written by Leaders In Travel
Portrait of Catie Copley
Fairmont Boston Copley Plaza's Canine Ambassador, "Catie Copley"

One of the most pet-friendly upscale hotel chains, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts knows that for many pet lovers, travelling without their four-legged friends isn't easy. That's why Fairmont invites pets less than 20 lbs to join their owners on their hotel stays. To ensure that best of care, the hotels have procedures in place to inform housekeeping of rooms with pets, so they don't get startled when they open the door! The cleaning staff will check the pet's water during their visit and make sure they keep warm with extra blankets for bedding. Fairmont's numerous hotels also offer a welcome package that includes information explaining that the pets should not be left alone in the guestroom and other amenities including water bowls, pet biscuits, doggie bags, bandanas, toys, dog tags, etc. Pet fees range from $25 - $40 per day, depending on the hotel. Extra services such as dog walking, grooming and pet sitting can be arranged through the concierge.

  • Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in charming Quebec City, caters to an average of 12 dogs per month, tagging along with their owners. The landmark castle invites pups to stay with their owners for $25 per day. The dog program includes a delivery of healthy treats made in-house and their own blanket, feeding and drinking bowls, a carpet proportional to their size, and practical information such as local vets, walking maps to nearby parks, pet-friendly attractions and a dog sitting service.
  • With acres of stunning Canadian Alpine forest to run and play, at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Lake Louise, Alberta), Fairmont Banff Springs (Banff), and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Jasper, Alberta) pets can join their owners on some of the most exciting outdoor adventures there are to offer, including: white water rafting, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, or biking (while towing them in baby chariots or running beside bikes). Instead of leaving your best friend behind on your next vacation, bring them to a heaven filled with squirrels, birds and lakes to lap it up in. When you check into the hotel, your pooch will receive a pet-friendly collar to show how royal he truly is, as well as a tasty rawhide treat. While you may be out for a romantic candle-lit dinner for two, a certified Dog-lover can take your dog for a walk at an arranged fee, and provide him with all the love and attention he deserves.
  • Ranked #1 in the top 10 in DogFriendly.com's annual ranking of the best dog-friendly cities in North America, Vancouver has proven to be a place that is welcoming to everyone, including pets. With plenty of wide-open parks, miles of winding trails and a population full of active people, it's no surprise that Vancouver is known for being a dog-lover's city. Dogs are so popular in fact that the city boasts dog spas, dog beaches, and even a dog bakery. Water dishes placed at storefronts is a common sighting, and some shops welcome four-legged shopping companions with treats!. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver welcomes your best friend with open paws. Beds, dishes and the essential amenities are available to ensure your pup will feel utterly pampered.
  • For a minimal charge per night, pets experience the ultimate doggie-treatment with the "Going to the Dogs for VIPs" program at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York; and the "Paws On Board" package at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. These pooch pampering getaways offer a large "welcome" biscuit; specially-designated pet rooms with comfy plush beds, doggy-bone printed food bowls, toy rubber balls, pampering gift sets; informational materials about nearby parks and grassy areas; a menu of ‘pawsitively' yummy treats; and ‘Stoop n' Scoop" pick-up bags.
  • The Fairmont Washington, D.C. offers an "It's a Dog's World" package to let guests on the road with their dog share their puppy love with some of the homeless animals of the Nation's Capital. Every time a guests checks in with a dog or cat in tow, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. will donate five percent of their room rate to the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL). Dogs are greeted with healthy treats handmade by the hotel's Executive Chef. The no-charge Pet Program includes other practical items as well, like walking maps to nearby parks, a list of pet-friendly restaurants, cafes and stores. The package includes overnight accommodations, homemade dog treats, a walking map to pet-friendly places, a special pet "do not disturb" sign and five percent donation to the WARL. The package is available through December 30, 2008.
  • At The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, the legendary Pyramid invites pets to stay with their owners for only $20.00 per day. All dogs that arrive to the hotel will receive a welcome kit dog friendly box which includes dog treats, a Fairmont I.D. dog tag, disposal bags and gloves, a door knob hanger to advise whether the pet is in or out of the room and one trainer clicker. The kit also includes information about this pet-caring program, with a specialized menu created by the hotel's recognized chefs as well as pet policy and a list of items available for rentals: dog beds, food bowls, etc. Now, pets can join their owners basking in the Acapulco's sun.

U.S. travelers are advised to check regulations before travel, giving ample time to obtain the required documentation. For Canada-bound guests, The National Animal Health Program sets the import requirements for bringing pets into Canada.

Luke loves celebrity "pooch" gossip, just like humans and Luke hears that James Belushi brought two German Shepherds (Cheech and Truly), to Fairmont Vancouver and were treated to 2-hour walks in Stanley Park. And he hears Robin Williams often brings his Boston Terrier to the hotel too, getting well looked after by Mr. William's assistant. When Shirley MacLaine (who may have already lived 9 lives herself) was at Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver for a speaking engagement, she brought her rat terrier, Terry. The hotel's mascot pooch, Teagan, got to play with Terry and what mischief and fun they must have had. Marlee Maitlin was at the hotel for the same event as Ms. MacLaine, and although she missed her chocolate lab back home, she took the hotel's other dog, Morgan, out for "walkies."

A number of Fairmont Hotels have gone to the dogs - with special on-staff doggie Ambassadors in place to welcome guests. Travelers missing their own furry friends or looking for a companion while walking through the city can walk these friendly and lovable dogs, have the dog visit their room - or give a tummy rub as they stroll through the lobby. Each dog has a wonderful and unique background story of his/her own, but the most famous is Catie Copley's.

 

All About Catie - Boston's most famous dog, Catie Copley

Catie Copley Book Cover

The Fairmont Copley Plaza's Canine Ambassador "Catie Copley" is a beautiful black Labrador who meets and greets hotel guests and can be taken out for scheduled walks and runs. When guests take Catie for a walk around the city, they receive a walk pack that includes a booklet highlighting Catie's favorite Boston walks, as well as the commands that she knows and a biscuit for a walk well done.

Originally trained to be a guide dog by the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., Catie later developed small cataracts. Although this medical condition should not affect her life in any way, the safety of the guide dog user is always a top priority for the Foundation, so Catie changed careers. "Catie is a wonderful companion animal, and we are delighted to be able to offer her services to our guests," said Paul Tormey, general manager of the Fairmont Copley Plaza. "Many guests, whether they are traveling on business or pleasure, miss the companionship they receive from their own pets. Catie makes guests feel more at home at the hotel. Our recent renovations have made the hotel feel very residential and our Canine Ambassador will make guests feel even more comfortable." Catie Copley regularly assists the bell staff, so don't be surprised if she's delivering room service.

Kids can read all about Catie with a children's book inspired by Catie's hotel adventures - Catie Copley (David R. Godine publishing). This 32-page hardcover book gives a glimpse into how Catie shares her unique breed of hospitality with guests and how she saves the day for one little girl and her teddy bear. Catie Copley was written by Deborah Kovacs, a Massachusetts-based author of more than 30 children's books, and features stunning illustrations by Boston-based Jared T. Williams. A portion of the proceeds of the book will benefit the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., the organization that trained Catie. And coming this holiday season is the second book in the Catie Copley series, as Catie introduces readers to Santol, the newly appointed Canine Ambassador from Le Château Frontenac. Follow these two lovable dogs on their adventures to and from Boston and Quebec in this publication also published by David R. Godine.