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Friendly Former Guide Dog Gets A New Job As Hotel’s First-Ever ‘Canine Ambassador’

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

Whenever I travel, there are always a few things I miss about home.

As much as I love exploring other places and going on vacation, I miss sleeping in my own bed.

I also miss having access to all of my clothes. But most of all, I miss my dog.

Other pet parents can probably relate to my sadness over a general lack of canine-friendly hotel options. I’m the type of person who would probably take my furry pal everywhere with me if I could. Unfortunately, that’s just not an option in most hotels.

But the Park Hyatt in Melbourne, Australia, has come up with a brilliant way to help puppy lovers who may be missing their own dogs while traveling: the introduction of a “canine ambassador.”

The hotel dog “concierge” is named Mr. Walker, and I want one of him at every hotel I ever go to for the rest of my life.

Scroll through to learn more about this awesome program!

Thumbnail Photo: Instagram / Park Hyatt Melbourne

[H/T: Mashable]

According to the Park Hyatt’s press release, Mr. Walker joined the team on July 31, 2017.

The friendly blonde Labrador is the hotel’s official “canine ambassador.”

Mr. Walker was trained by Guide Dogs Victoria, a nonprofit organization that trains support dogs for Victoria residents with low vision or blindness.

“Mr. Walker embarked upon a career change after deciding his affectionate nature and extraordinary people skills were better suited to the life of an Ambassador,” Park Hyatt explained.

At just 18 months old, Mr. Walker is still technically just a puppy. But for being such a young dog, he’s doing an amazing job working at the hotel.

Visitors just can’t seem to get enough of him — not that I can blame them!

Many have even shared their photos and stories of interacting with Mr. Walker on Instagram under the hashtags #BarkHyattMelbourne and #GuideDogsVictoria.

According to Travel Weekly Asia, hotel general manager Brett Sweetman is acting as Mr. Walker’s official foster carer.

“We are very proud to be able to count Walker as part of family, and confident that he will make everyone feel at home here at Park Hyatt Melbourne,” Brett said.

In addition to lounging near the front door of the hotel, Mr. Walker’s daily duties include using his plentiful people skills to greet arriving guests.

Guests can also take morning walks with Mr. Walker or just pay him a visit in the hotel lobby, where he spends much of his time.

He’s even got a custom-made Tasmanian Oak bed just for lounging-in-style purposes.

He also occasionally engages in some dog yoga out by the pool deck, when the mood hits.

What a life!

Hospitalitynet says that Mr. Walker was born on December 3, 2015.

From the age of 8 weeks, he lived with a volunteer-puppy family, who raise guide dogs in training for Guide Dogs Victoria.

In January 2017, he returned to Guide Dogs Victoria to begin his training to be a guide dog.

At that point, it was decided that the guide dog life didn’t suit him best — the full-of-personality pup was better off putting his people-friendly affection to use as an ambassador dog.

In case you’re not up to traveling all the way to Australia to experience the services of a canine ambassador, there’s good news: Other Park Hyatt locations have them, too!

Park Hyatt Chicago, for instance, is home to rescue dog Parker the Pug.

Don’t you wish every hotel had a Mr. Walker or a Parker the Pug to welcome you?

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