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Edie Sedgwick Lives On, As a Dog, at Fairmont Pittsburgh

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September 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

We already know that Fairmont Hotels loves dogs--and has quite a few Canine Ambassadors. But most of them, apart from the infamous Catie Copley in Boston, live in Canada.

Thankfully, the latest addition to the pack is installed a little closer to home, at the Fairmont Pittsburgh.

This lovely girl is Edie. Just as the bar at Fairmont Pittsburgh is named after the city's favorite son, Andy Warhol, the newest staff member is named after Warhol's muse, Edie Sedgwick. Instead of appearing in incomprehensible art films, though, this Edie is on hand to welcome guests to the hotel, and walk them to their rooms if they so choose.

Edie is a white Boxer/Lab mix and was born in March 2010--the same month the hotel opened its doors. Canine kismet! Like many of the Fairmont dogs, she was in training to become an assistance dog but her exuberance made the school think she'd be better suited to hospitality than one-on-one service.

Guests can see Edie five days a week at the hotel (she goes home with the PR manager when not at work), although she is quite busy so if you want to take her for a walk you should put your requested time into her appointment book at the concierge desk. We can tell you that downtown Pittsburgh is a lovely place for a brisk stroll, and we're sorry Edie wasn't on the job yet when we stayed at the Fairmont last fall.

If you're not familiar with the city, don't worry--guests taking Edie out receive a walking brochure with directions and info on her favorite blocks to sniff. The concierge will also give you a biscuit to slip into your pocket so you can reward Edie for not getting you lost when you're done.

And if you're still not won over by this sweet young girl, try reading this without emitting an awwww: Edie has a bent tail. When she was a puppy, she was hit by a car and not doing so well before being rescued by the good people at her training school, Circle Tail. When Edie's tail healed, it stayed bent as a result of the accident. It no longer hurts her, though--just drop by to see her wagging it!

[Image courtesy Fairmont Hotels]

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