BY Riki Altman-Yee | June 19, 2019 | Lifestyle
The Wigwam’s Pet Experience Manager Archie Von Wigwam does a doggone great job at a historic hotel.
Archie Von Wigwam says his owner, Elaine Johnson, a PBX Operator at The Wigwam, believes her Chihuahua/Jack Russell/schnauzer mix is a perfectly delightful companion. “My parents tell me I remind them of an old friend,” Von Wigwam says. “I try not to cause any trouble and be a good boy.”
Just six months after he was rescued in 2016, Archie Von Wigwam became pet experience manager at The Wigwam (300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, 866.976.6894), one of the Southwest’s most historic and iconic resorts. This year the 440-acre property celebrates its 90th anniversary, and while human guests will enjoy significantly reduced rates and themed events and specials, Von Wigwam will ensure visiting pets are comfortable while keeping his co-workers in top form. “I think I bring great energy to The Wigwam,” the pup explains. “Every morning I greet the front office, say hello to the bell desk and eat breakfast. (I’ll eat dry kibble if I must, but what I really prefer is a nice grilled chicken or steak.) Then I’ll take my morning nap before heading to accounting and reservations for lunch. But my favorite spot is the lobby. From there, I help furry guests obtain comfy pet beds, treats and water bowls, and I suggest where they can go to chomp and play at the resort and around Phoenix’s West Valley. I always suggest Wigwam’s Red’s Bar & Grill’s Bark Bites menu and pet-friendly patio for views of our championship golf courses. After all that socializing, it’s time for my daily treats, followed by my afternoon nap. Otherwise, I regularly visit the groomer. And, since I like to roll in the grass, I also get my mom to brush my coat daily to keep it shiny. That’s the way I like it.” Though he has lots of four-legged siblings at home, Von Wigwam says he enjoys spending most of his days leading the pack at the resort: “All my co-workers tell me I make their day brighter. I’m always greeted with big smiles.”
Photography Courtesy Of: Fully Alive Photography | shot on location at the wigwam