Super 8 Calgary sponsors three puppy guide dogs

CALGARY — The Super 8 Calgary Shawnessy announced in late November that it is participating in the BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Puppy Sponsorship Program, which breeds, raises and professionally trains guide dogs for the blind/visually impaired as well as au

Miguel, one of three guide dog puppies sponsored by Super 8 Calgary Shawnessy.

Miguel, one of three guide dog puppies sponsored by Super 8 Calgary Shawnessy.

CALGARY — The Super 8 Calgary Shawnessy announced in late November that it is participating in the BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Puppy Sponsorship Program, which breeds, raises and professionally trains guide dogs for the blind/visually impaired as well as autism support dogs for children aged three to 10.

To that end, the hotel has sponsored three dogs: Spruce and Lucas, Golden Retriever Labrador crosses, both born in 2015 and living in Calgary with their puppy trainers for 16 months, and Miguel, born Oct. 14, who, in mid-December, with be placed with his puppy trainers for 16 months. During the 16-month period, the three dogs will undergo extensive training to familiarize them to crowds, elevators, escalators, construction and public transit. Dogs in the program wear a ‘puppy in training’ jacket giving them access to anywhere humans can go, and attend obedience classes every two weeks with other puppies in the training program, all designed to ensure each dog has the best opportunity for success.

“We are always motivated and inspired to support and be connected to our community,” said hotel general manager Monica Stewart-Bittner in a release. “We know how important this program is and how significant the service work is in supporting individuals with special needs. We saw ourselves as a conduit to connect our guests who travel with their four-legged companions to this program by way of our Pet Policy. Guests love that they can stay at our hotel and for a nominal charge have their dogs stay with them while knowing that $5.00 of their stay goes back to the BC and AB Guide Dogs to further support the puppy sponsorship program. Our guests feel great knowing they are contributing to a larger and important cause and are delighted when they also received treats and (poop) bags during their stay at the hotel!”