Lovable Yorkshire Terrier joins Meteorologist Ron Trotta to forecast for the Rhode Island coast and lead pet-friendly events
New York City’s own Schmitty The Weather Dog will be barking weather reports this summer as “Weather Dog in Residence” at the pet-friendly Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa. The loveable Yorkshire Terrier is known for her unique weather “pawcasting” and she’s bringing her talent to the coast of Rhode Island. Schmitty will also oversee the hotel’s “Mutt Mocktail Hours” on the Great Lawn with “Doggie Brew” beer for the pets and “Salty Dog” cocktails for owners.
Meteorologist and ABC News weather producer Ron Trotta is acting as “human interpreter” during Schmitty’s weekday weather reports, which can be viewed online at Hyatt Regency Newport’s website, at Schmitty’s own site, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. The hotel’s new Activities Director, Daniella Giorgio, will be part of the action, leading activities with Schmitty and living up to her nickname as the hotel’s “Director of Fun.”
“We’re thrilled to have Schmitty The Weather Dog as our summer guest,” says Hyatt Regency Newport’s General Manager, John Karchner. “Schmitty and Ron will be an entertaining source of weather and what-to-wear information for our visitors, guests and area residents too.”
Schmitty isn’t the only animal drawn to the hotel’s pet-friendly ambiance. The hotel’s mascot and goose-chasing Border Collie named Darby will join in hosting “Mutt Mocktail Hour,” and every four-legged guest in attendance will leave with a Hyatt Regency Newport Doggie Bag.
Schmitty has more stories to tell than just the weather. Weighing nearly five pounds, the pooch earned fame posing for Schmitty’s New Yorkie™ Greeting Cards to help raise money for the families of firefighters who lost their lives as heroes of 9/11, with profits donated to the Uniformed Firefighter’s Association Scholarship Fund. Now through DOGS WHO CARE, a non-profit started in response to Hurricane Katrina, Schmitty raises funds to help pets in need find loving homes.
Schmitty’s weather career started on her 8,000-mile BARK THE VOTE campaign during the 2008 presidential election, with the dogcaster and Trotta reporting on the “climate of the election” while visiting animal shelters to get out the vote.
Along with daily online weather updates, Schmitty and Trotta have been invited to report the weather for the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, the NYC Pet Show, and Woofstock in Toronto, California. A portion of the proceeds from Schmitty’s New Yorkie™, Schmitty The Weather Dog™ and BARK THE VOTE™ products go to DOGS WHO CARE to help pets in need.
Hyatt Regency Newport rates start at $199. For reservations or information on additional activities, please contact Hyatt Regency Newport at (401) 851-1234, or visit www.newport.hyatt.com