TORONTO — Fairmont is getting attention for its Canine Ambassador program, which gives guests the opportunity to walk or play with a furry friend during their stay.

One such pooch, Marcus, a Golden Labrador Retriever has been a Canine Ambassador and director of Pet Relations at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for the past three years. He was previously trained as a seeing-eye dog for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind but wasn’t cut out for the job. “Unfortunately, Marcus didn’t pass the final test,” hotel spokesperson Lori Cote told CBC News. “He’s just a little too friendly. He likes to give kisses and play fetch and all those kinds of things — not really what you look for in a seeing-eye dog.”

Other Canine Ambassadors include Jordy, a Black Labrador Retriever at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Que., Monte, a Golden Retriever at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello in Montebello, Que., and Smudge, a Golden Labrador Retriever at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton.

Guests can keep in touch with the dogs after their stay through their personal email and Facebook pages.

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