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Welcome Smudge, Our Canine Ambassador

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is a pet friendly hotel and is pleased to welcome Smudge, our Canine Ambassador to the team! 

Smudge is a enine-year-old Yellow Labrador that is already known for her warm and engaging service. Originally trained to be a guide dog by Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, Smudge was unable to overcome anxiety and distraction while working and therefore could not continue in the program.   

In partnership with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, Smudge started her hospitality career at Fairmont Algonquin as their Canine Ambassador before emigrating to The Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland. Now joining us at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Smudge is officially the first Canine Ambassador to be employed in Edmonton, Alberta!

 In her role as Canine Ambassador, Smudge welcomes guests in the lobby with a wag of her tail, making them feel right at home. Guests can request to have Smudge accompany them for a walk downtown or along the North Saskatchewan river valley. She is a great partner for a stroll and provides a relaxing break between busy schedules!

After a long day at work, Smudge heads home with the hotel’s General Manager, Garrett Turta, to enjoy the evening with a loving family.  



Keep in Touch!

Smudge loves to stay connected with our guests. Like her Facebook Page, “Smudge the Dog” and follow her various hotel adventures. Write on her wall or send an email to

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