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Hazel the hotel dog, an Instagram hit

Home* Suite Hotels, caused a few tails wagging at the mention of their plans to adopt a resident dog at the opening of their first hotel in Bristol Road, Rosebank, last year. Honouring that promise, the hotel recently welcomed a 2-year old rescue dog from Oscars Arc via the Woof Project, with the prospect of extending her stay. Naturally, the smart pooch found her weekend at the designer-hotel quite satisfactory and decided to give the hotel a bash as home.

Hazel made her social media debut when the hotel asked followers to give her a name via their Instagram page. Suggestions poured (or pawed) in and voters agreed that the brindle, staffie-mix suited the name Hazel. Since her arrival, Hazel has become a key talking-point at the hotel, enjoying many a spoil and an abundance of attention from staff members and guests. Loving the limelight, Hazel’s a pro in front of the camera too, as her Instagram appearances confirm.

Hazel the dog

Hazel is a pro in front of the camera!

Hotel Manager and adoptive (doting, we might add) mother Hilois Greyling says that she was initially reluctant to carry out the task of finding a suitable pet for the hotel. “It’s not every day that you are tasked with adopting a dog for the ‘office’,” she says, “and I knew that we had to be very careful in our selection, given the fact that guests would not be impressed with a puppy chewing on their luggage.” Turns out, Hazel has been a perfect fit for the hotel; her calm, unobtrusive and patient nature steals the hearts of guests. The pet-friendly hotel has added a doggy-treat jar at reception because guests are always trying to sneak her a nibble.

Hazel the dog

Hazel waits at the hotel front entrance, tail wagging for new guests to arrive.

Hazel, who waits at the hotel front entrance, tail wagging, for new guests to arrive, can be found living the high life on the hotel’s social media pages. She’s available too for any morning run or afternoon walk and recently completed the Adventure Tails 10km Barn Walk/Run with manager Hilois.

Home* Suite Hotels plan to keep the doggy love flowing by including a resident pooch at all of their pet-friendly suited pipeline hotels.  “We aim to create a welcome, homely feel to all of our hotels and what better way to be welcomed home than by an adorable dog?” says Gidon Novick, founder and chief dog campaigner at Home* Suite Hotels. 

Home* Alone Hazel, living it up during lockdown

While the hotel is in lockdown, Hazel can be seen living it up, ‘home alone-style’ on the hotels social media feeds.  Celebrity Hazel can be found on the hotel’s Instagram feed  and dog-lovers everywhere will agree that Home*Suite Hazel deserves all the attention coming her way! 

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