As you’ll see in the next six weeks, as the video promos for AM I BORING MY DOG are posted, Frankie is a natural media star. I don’t doubt that he will soon be besieged by the puparazzi. But even in these pre-fame days, his opinion is already being sought after.
After July 13, many pups and their people will be welcomed at the Hotel Indigo, downtown San Diego‘s newest dog-friendly digs. Frankie got the jump on all of them (not literally; he’s very polite). Here’s proof that he was the first dog to tour the property:
Having deemed the lobby sufficiently stylish, Frankie wanted to check out a guest room.
Frankie being very eco-conscious, we next proceeded to the green roof, where drought-tolerant plants will absorb heat from the building, reduce storm water runoff, and filter pollutants.
I mentioned that Frankie was the first dog to check out the hotel for its guest potential. He is not, however, the first dog on the premises. That honor goes to Sandie, a Lab-mix puppy, who will serve as the hotel’s canine ambassador. She’s pictured here with Chris Jones, the hotel’s general manager (and Sandie’s co-guardian with the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, Pat McTeague):
Sandie — short for San Diego, thus the unusual spelling — came to the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA from a Mississippi shelter, where she’d been turned in by her owner. Strange but true: After Chris and Pat decided to name her Sandie — she’d been “Beazy” during the adoption process — they discovered that her original name in Mississippi was… Sandy! (Dogs don’t care about alternate spellings).
A blend of puppyish exuberance and Southern charm (Frankie was immune to the latter and frightened of the former), Sandie will be the perfect hostess for the hotel’s “Canine Cocktails” happy hour, slated to debut on September 8. The San Diego Humane Society will get the proceeds from these events, which will be held every Tuesday from 6:30-9:30pm in the main lobby.
For the humans, there will be cocktails and appetizers from the hotel’s Phi Bar and Bistro. For the dogs, water and perhaps an amuse-pooch or two?