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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts appeal to dog lovers

The Fairmont Hotel & Resort chain is keeping lobby dogs at many of their properties around the world, making the upscale environment more comfortable and welcoming for dog lovers, MSNBC reports.

The newest pooch at the hotel chain is Edie, a white boxer-Labrador retriever mix, who stays at the Fairmont Pittsburgh as its "canine ambassador," the news source reports.

"Her main job is to just sit around and be cute," Julie Abramovic, spokeswoman for the hotel, told the news source. "She has such a soothing effect on our guests. We're a pet-friendly hotel and people are delighted to walk through the doors and see a dog just roaming around the lobby."

Edie gets plenty of attention, going home with Abramovic each night. Guests to the hotel can also sign up to take her on 20- to 30-minute walks.

Hotels are not the first facilities to incorporate dogs for the comfort of their guests. Dogs have often serve as volunteers at nursing homes, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, giving the residents comfort and companionship. At OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois, adopted dogs serve as volunteer service dogs and visit patients in the orthopedic and pediatric floors, as well as on the oncology and postcardiac and medical surgery floors, the Rockford Register Star reports.
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