Hotel Hires First Ever Canine Ambassador

A hotel in Melbourne, Australia, recenty hired its first ever canine ambassador. Mr. Walker, a handsome blonde Labrador retriever, has joined the staff of Melbourne’s Park Hyatt.

According to a press release, the affectionate 18-month old dog was trained by Guide Dogs Victoria, but he embarked on a “career change” after his extraordinary people skills were discovered.

Mr. Walker has taken well to his duties, which include greeting guests at the lobby, attending very important client meetings, and advocating for the Guide Dogs Victoria cause.

Suffice to say, guests are enjoying the hotel’s four-legged ambassador as well. Recently, the Instagram for the Park Hyatt Melbourne noted the support for Mr. Walker:

Thank You for all wonderful support we’ve received since introducing our new Canine Ambassador, Mr Walker!
Our furry ambassador is settling into his role nicely, seen here on duty at the hotel’s lobby entrance with his work jacket on and his trusty wombat to keep him company!

Comments on the post range from multiple, “love this!,” to “Must go to Melbourne ASAP,” and “I absolutely love this! Fantastic job, Park Hyatt Melbourne, what an incredible idea!!”

The hotel hopes that guests who encounter Mr. Walker will take a moment to share their photos and stories about him on Instagram with hashtags, #BarkHyattMelbourne and #GuideDogsVictoria.


Established in 1957, Guide Dogs Victoria provides vital support to enable Victorians with low vision or blindness to live independently and achieve their goals in life.

You may be surprised to know that Guide Dogs Victoria is so much more than dogs and delivers a broad range of orientation and mobility services for children and adults including white cane training, occupational therapy assistive technology and more.

In 2017, Guide Dogs was voted Australia’s Most Trusted Charity Brand for the 5th year in a row by the Readers Digest official poll.

The organisation relies heavily on the generosity of others to run their life changing programs. To learn more about how you can help, visit


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.

1 comment

  1. Elaine Whinston says:

    Wonderful! I loved Melbourne when I was there about 20 years ago, but there wasn’t such a beautiful welcomer!

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