The Fairmont Pittsburgh has appointed Edie, a white Boxer/Labrador Retriever mix, as the hotel’s official Canine Ambassador. Edie – whose name is inspired by Andy Warhol and his “superstar” Edie Sedgwick – provides guests with a warm welcome in the lobby and is readily available to accompany them on walks around the hotel.
Edie was born in March 2010, the same month that Fairmont Pittsburgh opened its doors. She began training in the assistant dog program at Circle Tail Inc. in Pleasant Plain, Ohio, as a puppy. After completing over a year of training, Edie’s friendly and outgoing personality proved to be better suited to the hospitality industry, where she gets to meet new people every day.
At work five days a week, Edie is stationed in the lobby where she relaxes on her cozy bed near the concierge desk. She wears a nametag, keeps an appointment book and even has her own email address so that guests can keep in touch. Edie is looking forward to hosting her own events at the hotel with other canine companions and getting involved in the community at schools, nursing homes and local events. At the end of the day, Edie heads home with Julie Abramovic, public relations manager, where she spends her free time going for even more walks, playing at the local dog park and chewing on her favorite toys.
Fairmont Pittsburgh is a pet-friendly hotel and encourages travelers to bring their own furry friends when they visit. Dogs arriving at the hotel are offered healthy treats made by Executive Pastry Chef Naomi Gallego, along with walking maps and complimentary pet beds and dishes.
Guests are also encouraged to visit other canine ambassadors at Fairmont properties throughout North America.
(Photo credit: Kaitlin Bledsoe Photography)