Louis L'Amour, the official canine greeter at Ruby Montana's Coral Sands Inn in Palm Springs, Calif., passes away at 21
Louis L'Amour, chief "greeter" at the Coral Sands Inn in Palm Springs, Calif., passed away last week.
L'Amour was 21 years old.
Ah, but don't mourn the death of one so young. L'Amour (better known among his guests as Louie) was a Chihuahua, something like 147 years old in human terms when he left this world — that must be some kind of record in the concierge world.
Louie was the constant companion of Ruby Montana, who for years owned the Pinto Pony — a kitschy, krazy shop in downtown Seattle — before she opened her Coral Sands Inn in Palm Springs in 2000.
Guests — countless numbers of them from the Northwest — made pilgrimages to the converted pink motel, where they were greeted by Louie's attentive barks and then tours of the rooms, designed especially for fans of an era gone by — see the Roy Rogers unit, for example.
Louie's role at the Inn was chronicled in The Seattle Times in 2002. You can read that story online by looking for this article at www.seattletimes.com/travel.
Farewell, Louie! Hope you'll consider this little recognition as "one more for the road."
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