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March 25, 2004

Fairmont goes to the dogs—for a cause

OK, I’m a dog person who fell totally fell for this story, but who couldn’t feel a little puppy love for The Fairmont Washington, D.C., which on Monday took in Marcie, a 13-week-old black lab, to raise for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

According to a press release: "For the next 14 to 18 months Fairmont Washington D.C. staff will help prepare Marcie for her future as a guide dog, following Guiding Eyes' comprehensive program. She will have a comfortable part-time home in the hotel lobby, where guests can visit her and assist with her socialization. Come evening, Marcie will head home with her foster mom, Director of Hotel Operations, Tracy Difulgo."

When she’s about a year and a half, Marcie will leave her plush hotel digs and go back to Guiding Eyes, where, if she proves to have the right seeing-eye-dog stuff, she’ll enter into the formal Guide Dog Training program.

To further support the cause, those who come with their pups to the hotel—-which offers its canine guests healthy dog treats made by the executive chef, along with bottled water and their own placemats--will be glad to know that 5 percent of their room rate will be donated to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

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