Forget the ruff life. Parker the pug is living the luxe life.

That is, she's taken up residence at a Magnificent Mile hotel, where, in Eloise fashion, she's got free reign over the place, from the lobby to the rooftop garden. She even sleeps in her own plush (doggy) bed, and gets pampered by the staff and treated like a celebrity by hotel guests.

"She's a very quiet, reserved pup, and she loves everybody," said Walter Brindell, Park Hyatt general manager who adopted Parker from PAWS Chicago, or formally Pets Are Worth Saving. A member of PAWS' development board, Brindell said he wanted to provide a home for a dog who might have trouble getting adopted.

The pooch is part employee, part schmoozer. Dressed in a Burberry bandanna, she greets guests at the front door like a hotel employee, or jumps up on the couch next to guests sitting in the lobby. She follows employees to staff meetings, rides the elevator to the NoMI Garden on the seventh floor rooftop and escorts guests to their rooms.

Guests love her, posing with her for photos, asking for her at the front desk and even mentioning her by name in surveys, said Anderson Foote, director of rooms for the hotel.


Parker arrived at PAWS in November from Tennessee after she was found with an irreparably damaged left eye and painful oozing skin tags, said Sarah McDonald, a PAWS spokeswoman. The PAWS veterinary team removed the damaged eye and sutured the socket to alleviate swelling and infection, removed her skin tags and rotten infected teeth, treated her for a urinary tract infection and performed surgery to help her breathe better, she said.

Parker spent time in a foster home recovering before getting matched with Brindell, McDonald said. Parker was a perfect fit for the pet-friendly hotel: not aggressive or overly energetic. A sweet, plump couch potato was how Brindell described her.

The staff, some of whom trade photos and videos of Parker, takes care of her 24 hours a day. There's a chore checklist, and a number of hotel employees volunteer to take her on regular walks, feed her at scheduled times and give her daily medication.

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