Doggie Diva Reigns in Portland

 Georgie, a curly-faced Havanese has been hired as new director of pet relations

Georgie is Portland's Doggie Diva // (c) 2008

The Hotel Vintage Plaza’s newly hired director of pet relations is a bit of a clotheshorse. Or, perhaps we should say “clothespooch.”

That’s because Georgie, a curly-faced Havanese adopted by the pet- friendly Vintage Plaza, has a killer outfit — complete with matching accessories — for just about every occasion. Naturally, it was at a people-and-pets fashion show that Georgie made her official Portland debut last month.

Georgie, who can be reached at, spends most days having her photo taken with guests, modeling outfits, and, according to her online bio, performing “crumb patrol” after staff meetings. But her presence is really a sign to guests that their own pets will be heartily welcomed by this Kimpton property. Upon arrival, the names of visiting pets are highlighted on the lobby chalkboard. And, for an additional $75, any guest can upgrade to the Lap of Luxury package, which includes amenities for both canines and caretakers:

Water and wine (spring water for dogs; bottle of wine for caretakers)
Two boxes of truffles ( Bone Jour Gourmutt for pups; Moonstruck for humans)
Fashion collar (only for the dogs)
Frosty Paws pet ice cream
Pet basket with complimentary treats
Food bowls, mat and bed for use during hotel stay
Valet parking
For an additional fee, the hotel can also arrange in-room doggie massages and/or grooming treatments at LexiDog boutique.

The Hotel Monaco Portland, the Vintage Plaza’s sister property in Portland, also has a director of pet relations on staff. Art, a golden lab, serves as the Monaco’s pet concierge. Unlike Georgie, however, Art has a more laid-back approach to fashion, rarely sporting anything more daring than his favorite leather collar. Art can be reached at

The Hotel Vintage Plaza is located at 422 S.W. Broadway, Portland 97205; 503.228.1212. For more information on the hotel and its pet- friendly packages, visit The Hotel Monaco Portland is located at 506 S.W. Washington St., Portland 97204; 503.222.0001;