Blondie likes the good life. Particularly four-star hotels and room service. "I was a bachelor, living in the hotel," says Matthew Kryjak, 47, manager of Loew's Giorgio Hotel in Denver, who adopted Blondie, a white bull terrier, then 6 weeks old, in 1992. "She moved in with me."
Like Eloise at the Plaza, Blondie quickly settled into hotel living. Seeing Blondie around the hotel, guests began asking if they could bring their pets to the Giorgio. They could, on designated floors. "The company," says Kryjak, "saw it as a very nice thing for people to be able to travel with their pets."
But that's not all Blondie has done for her fellow four-legged travelers. In 1993, when Kryjak took his pal to veterinarian Cindy Fox-Daniels, he quickly learned that Blondie's diet of room-service treats like filet mignon and chocolate ice cream were way too rich. "It can be a loving-your-pet-to-death type diet," says the vet, "because both chocolate and richness can be fatal."
So with her input, Tim Fields, the Giorgio's chef, created healthier fare that evolved into the chain's six-item pet-room-service menu, which made its debut in June. It runs the gamut from Kitty's Salmon Supreme to Bow Wow Tenderloin of Beef. As for Blondie, she and Kryjak have moved out of the hotel, and, except for an occasional treat, she now has to content herself with dog food. But while she has lost room service, she does have a live-in veterinarian—Dr. Cindy Fox-Daniels, now Dr. Cindy Kryjak, who married Blondie's owner in 1994.
Some dogs know how to live.
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