Who's a good dog? / Qui est un bon chien?
July 22, 2017 8:36 AM   Subscribe

On Wednesday, the premiers of Canada's provinces, gathered for a meeting, held a press conference at the Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton. They were upstaged by Smudge, the hotel's "Canine Ambassador," who decided to photobomb the press conference.

Smudge is also on Facebook.
posted by mandolin conspiracy (21 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
Excellent title
posted by bq at 8:44 AM on July 22 [3 favorites]


Moi! Moi!
posted by carter at 8:59 AM on July 22


Like, she's implemented a carbon tax and done other great stuff too, but I'm still impressed by my premier's tweet on the subject.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 9:21 AM on July 22 [32 favorites]


I'm worried that Smudge may be one of those populist demadogues that seem kind of quirky and harmless, but then take a hard Rightist turn, and there's nothing but trouble.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:09 AM on July 22 [13 favorites]


Ils sont tout bons chiens, Brent
posted by briank at 10:58 AM on July 22 [28 favorites]


GenjiandProust: the technical term for that is a Milkshake Duck.
posted by ambrosen at 11:43 AM on July 22 [3 favorites]


Like, she's implemented a carbon tax and done other great stuff too, but now she'll always just be remembered for photobombing one lousy press conference.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:56 AM on July 22 [4 favorites]


I'm worried that Smudge may be one of those populist demadogues

Some kind of Labrador secessionist faction, no doubt.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:03 PM on July 22 [7 favorites]


Who's a good dog? / Qui est un bon chien?

All of them. They're all good dogs.
posted by blue_beetle at 2:11 PM on July 22 [1 favorite]


Note that our previous PM, notable for his uncomfortable efforts at looking nearly human with cats once also encountered a dog. The dog intuitively sensed that the proper thing to do was to tear at the PM with its teeth (his wife as well).

Sadly, the dog was taken back to their residence and never seen again. Rumours about the Harpers refusing all food and not being seen in public for the next four days were swiftly denied by the PM's office.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 3:13 PM on July 22 [2 favorites]


Dogs disrupting things is my favorite genre.
posted by Brittanie at 5:58 PM on July 22 [2 favorites]


Smudge is an excellent ambassador yes she is. This is consistent with my Fairmont experience-- they really do let their ambassadors wander freely, with full diplomatic immunity befitting their status.

One of my favorite things of working downtown is that I'm three minutes away from the Pittsburgh Fairmont. We're currently between doggos since Edie finished her term last year, but hopefully this important perk will return soon. She was also a "failed" service dog; too friendly, if I remember correctly, with a personality like an opinionated marshmallow. Wandered all around the lobby and also into the lounge/dining area, though the employees would call her away if she became too interested in the food. The first time we met, she introduced herself with a plaintive request for some of my pulled pork sandwich. After I explained to her that I was using it, she accepted ear scratchies and lay down on my foot. A five star doggo in every way.
posted by notquitemaryann at 7:07 PM on July 22 [18 favorites]


A five star doggo in every way.

They're all twelve-star doggos.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:28 PM on July 22 [3 favorites]


The Buzzfeed link in the FPP led me to this excellent post:

Anyways, Here's A Cat Using A Fidget Spinner
posted by cynical pinnacle at 7:40 PM on July 22 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: a personality like an opinionated marshmallow.

Not really, of course, but it's a great line and it was just sitting there.
posted by bryon at 9:00 PM on July 22 [2 favorites]


So Smudge's first job-track was to be a guide dog for a blind person, but she "failed" that, and now instead has been consigned to staying at 4 Diamond hotels, while traveling around the world?

"Failed", my ass.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 9:25 PM on July 22 [7 favorites]


Boston has these, too! Catie Copley, who had a career change when she developed cataracts, died earlier this year after a 10-year run at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. She has been succeeded by Carly Copley. To my knowledge neither has meddled in diplomatic affairs, but Elvis Costello is among the celebrities who walked Catie.
posted by pxe2000 at 8:18 AM on July 23 [2 favorites]


Ok, I did not know hotel dogs were a thing, and now I want to only stay at hotels that come with a dog.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 11:00 AM on July 23 [2 favorites]


Marriott Platinum here. May just switch to Fairmont if they don't step up their game...
posted by mikelieman at 12:28 PM on July 23


More doggo ambassadors from the Fairmont chain.

I stayed once as the Fairmont Montebello in Quebec, and loved how Monte's dog house in the lobby was decorated with kids' drawings for the dog.
posted by Kabanos at 4:40 AM on July 24 [1 favorite]


awww, Catie! I didn't know she'd passed away. I saw her sometimes when I visited guests there, and I wanted to give her attentions, but she was very old and dozy so I let her be. I know it was a good run for her.
posted by Countess Elena at 10:37 AM on July 24


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