At Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, California, everyone has puppy fever. This is because the establishment has a “Chief Canine Officer” named Buster Posey, who will happily snuggle with visitors.
News of the canine concierge room service went viral after a Twitter user uploaded photographs and a caption of the neat experience. @EvansPosts wrote: “The hotel I’m staying at puts a stuffed puppy on the bed. They allow their guests to dial the operator and they will bring the REAL pup to your room.”
The hotel I’m staying at puts a stuffed puppy on the bed. They allow their guests to dial the operator and they will bring the REAL pup to your room pic.twitter.com/KVREqVfG8j
— Evan (@EvansPosts) December 28, 2017
All one needs to do to take advantage of the service is to pick up the phone and dial ‘0’. An employee will then check Buster’s schedule and set up a time for him to visit your room. After a proper cuddling session, the popular dog will head back to his home.
The service is great for those who travel for long periods of time. Whether venturing to new locations for work or because one lives on the road, it isn’t easy being away from family and fur babies for long. This acknowledged, it makes sense why Buster is such a celebrity at Hotel Nikko.
Being able to cuddle with Buster isn’t just fun, it’s medicinal. Studies have shown that spending time around pets benefits a human health in more ways than one.
1) Cuddling with a pet helps ward off allergies
After conducting a number of studies on the subject, University of Wisconsin-Madison pediatrician James E. Gern concluded that having a pet in the home actually lowers a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent! In fact, his research (published in the journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) shows that kids who are exposed to animals early on in their lives tend to develop stronger immune systems as a result.
2) Animals make you more social
Everyone needs social interactions. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know can be hard, however, which is why having a dog is beneficial. As Animal Planet reports, being responsible for a pet means you can easily use them as an “icebreaker” when meeting new people. After all, who can resist puppy eyes and playful antics?
3) Owning a pet improves overall health
Based on studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. All of these can minimize one’s risk for a heart attack down the road.
Pet lovers are believed to experience these benefits because pets lower overall stress, as well as need regular exercise.