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Humans aren’t the only ones working for some of the world’s biggest hotel chains. With more and more lodgings becoming pet-friendly—and more and more travelers yearning for the companionship of the furry friend they may have left at home—animal mascots are increasingly among those on “staff,” helping guests and their traveling pets have an adorably comfortable stay. Here are some of our favorite hotel “pet ambassadors”—in no particular order—you’ll want to cuddle up to next time you check-in.

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Park Hyatt

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1. Parker
Where: Park Hyatt Chicago: Chicago, IL
This luxury hotel on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile adopted Parker, a one-eyed pug, from the city’s largest no-kill animal shelter, PAWS, in June 2016. The five-year-old pug has her very own bed behind the front desk and attends meetings regularly with the rest of the hotel staff.


Charley | Photo courtesy of the Kimpton Hotel

2. Charley
Where: Kimpton Onyx Hotel: Boston, MA
Talk about top dog! Charley is so important at this Boston hotel that she’s got a title (Director of Pet Relations) and her own email address ( Human guests can email her ahead of time with dog-specific requests.This five-year-old beagle was also integral in helping to select the dog beds now offered as part of the hotel’s “Pampered Pet” program.

Chance and Sunshine | Photo courtesy of

Chance and Sunshine | Photo courtesy of Palms Hotel & Spa

3. Sunshine and Chance
Where: Palms Hotel & Spa: Miami Beach, FL
Not many parrots (or humans, for that matter) can brag about being trilingual. Sunshine and Chance, who have been a fixture at this Miami Beach resort for more than 20years, speak bird, English and Spanish. The colorful dynamic duo has its own open-air tiki area with thatched roof near the pool where guests can chat them up. They’re the most popular “society birds” on Miami Beach: Sunshine and Chance have appeared on Kloe and Kourney Take Miami, and the hotel gift shop even carries their stuffed animal likenesses.

Photo courtesy of Wellington Lobby

Photo courtesy of EVEN Hotel Times Square

4. Wellington
Where: EVENHotel Times Square South: New York, NY
Wellington, a French Bulldog, comes to work daily with the hotel’s Chief Wellness Officer, which has earned him the title of “wellness dog.” When he’s not taking a break on his customized dog bed in the hotel lobby, he’s greeting canine travelers at this (obviously) dog-friendly hotel.

Maola | Photo courtesy of Colley Communications Inc. for Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Maola | Photo courtesy of Colley Communications Inc. for Four Seasons Resort Whistler

5. Maola
Where: Four Seasons Whistler: Whistler, Canada
Maola is an Alaskan Malanute puppy that joined the Four Seasons Whistler team in 2016. Her name translates to “racoon” in the Lil’wat language, an homage to the area’s first native tribe and the distinct markings on this pup’s face. While she is still in training to become a full-fledged resort ambassador and getting acclimated to her new home, hotel employees say she has recently developed an insatiable love of sock stealing.

Feather the miniature horse | Photo courtesy of

Feather the miniature horse | Photo courtesyof Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

6. T-Bone and Ribeye; Yogi and Boo-Boo; Patch and Feather; Blackjack, Boots
Where: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines: Austin, TX
Giddyup! The cowboy culture is alive and well at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines thanks to its team of animal mascots. All are “on staff” as part of the resort’s “Hooves and Horns” program, which pays homage to the ranching culture of Texas. They reside in an onsite corral, ready to greet curious guests. The team includes: Texas longhorns T-Bone and Ribeye; miniature horses Apache Dancer and Little Feather; Boots the dog; a mustang named Blackjack; and two alpacas, Yogi and Boo-Boo. (Watch out: Boo-Boo loves giving kisses.)

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Indie | Photo courtesy of Hotel Indigo

Indie | Photo courtesy of Hotel Indigo

7. Indie
Where: Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown: Atlanta, GA
Indie is a 12-year-old rescue from the Atlanta Humane Society who came to be “Head Dog in Charge” (HDIC) shortly after the hotel opened in October of 2004. The feisty Jack Russell Terrier is the official host of “Canine Cocktails,” a weekly dog-themed reception at the hotel to help bring attention to animal rescue efforts.

Amelia | Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

Amelia | Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

8. Amelia
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: Amelia Island, FL
This nine-year-old macaw was born at the resort and was named after Princess Amelia, daughter of King George II and the namesake for Amelia Island. She has a vocabulary of 30 words, and her favorite trick is to say “High Five” and lift her claw. She’s part of the onsite Ritz Kids program, where kids can visit and play with her. She’s also star of resort “pirate parties” and makes cameos during nighttime “tuck-ins” for children.

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Liberty | Photo courtesy of Hotel North Woods

9. Liberty
Where: Hotel North Woods, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member: Lake Placid, NY
Liberty, a 13-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, serves as an ambassador to other pooches whovisit this dog-friendly hotel in Lake Placid and happily serves up the Nutty Maple Bacon dog treats that canine guests receive at check-in.

Bachelor | Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton

Bachelor | Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton

10. Bachelor
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch: Avon, CO
This Saint Bernard began his role as “resident pup” for The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, in November of 2015. Arriving at work daily with the resort’s general manager, Bachelor greets guests and their canine companions at check-in and leads guided group hikes alongside the resort’s resident naturalist. The resort’s special package for four-legged guests, inspired by Bachelor, includes doggie massages and toys, with a portion of the proceeds going toward the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Tom and Jerry | Photo courtesy of

Tom and Jerry | Photo courtesy of the Alisal Guest Ranch Resort & Spa

11. Tom & Jerry
Where: The Alisal Guest Ranch Resort & Spa: Solvang, CA
Brought to the resort as kittens to help keep critters away, their original home was intended to be a barn. But Tom and Jerry had other plans. They befriended the hotel staff and found a plusher home in the resort’s main office. Today, they are the Alisal’s official “greeters,” inspiring repeat guests to enthusiastically ask upon check in: “Where are Tom and Jerry?”

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Maddie | Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton

12. Maddie
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage: Palm Springs, CA
Maddie is a five-year-old Labradoodle who is afixture at this Palm Springs resort. Among the courtesies she extends to herfour-legged guests, Maddie gifts traveling canines with a “paw-written” note upon arrival and a custom menu for doggie in-room dining.

Photo courtesy of Casa Magna

Teresita | Photo courtesy of Casa Magna

13. Teresita
Where: CasaMagna Marriott Cancun: Cancun, Mexico
Teresita the “Good Luck Dove” has resided at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun since 2012. A couple hosting its wedding at the resort brought her in as a good luck charm for the beachfront ceremony. After the nuptials were over, the white dove made the Mexican Riviera paradise her permanent home, finding a “father” in one of the resort’s bellboys, Alberto.

Archie | Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

Archie | Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

14. Archie
Where: Mandarin Oriental: Paris, France
Archie is a loyal Border Terrier who’s been accompanying the General Manager to work since the hotel opened in 2011. Archie greets guests with a special welcome card that provides pet-specific policies as well as recommendations on where to go for a walk in the nearby Tuileries Garden.

Snuggles | Photo courtesy of the Econo Lodge

Snuggles | Photo courtesy of the Econo Lodge

15. Snuggles
Where: Econo Lodge at the Falls North, Niagara Falls, New York
This 10-year-old Persian cat is the star of the front lobby at this Niagara Falls hotel. He lives onsite, greeting guests with healing purrs and fluffy cuteness. He’s also a bit of a diva when it comes to his diet: He only eats tuna fish.

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