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With the paws of a friendly Rottweiler firmly planted on the reception counter, guests checking in at the Summit Lodge are immediately aware they’re in for a dog-friendly experience.

The three-year-old gentle giant, Talitha, isn’t the only canine you’ll see gracing the Whistler boutique hotel: there’s also Astro Boy, a Shiba Inu employed in the in-house ski and bike tuning centre, and Micah, the husky-cross, who shares his adventures on its social media channel.

Talitha, the very sweet dog behind the reception desk at the Summit.
The independently-owned hotel is one of many in the resort town that touts itself as dog-friendly, but unlike many others, it’s free for your pup to stay, and offers amenities catering specifically to dog owners.

Pet perks at the Summit Lodge (voted best ski boutique hotel in the world in 2014) include a doggie treat basket in your room, a plush doggy-bed and food bowls. Oh, and there’s cute adoptable “ugly sock monsters” on the beds, with a portion of the sales going to WAG (Whistler Animals Gallore), the local shelter.

Did I mention they have a lobby deluxe hot chocolate bar and free bike and snowshoe rentals?