If the Chicago Marriott Downtown were a ship, it would have added a poop deck for the best friends and working canine partners of many of the 600 people who came to The Foundation Fighting Blindness national conference August 22 to 25. The hotel, which normally is not dog friendly, did the next best thing for its guests’ seeing-eye dogs: It created a high-flying dog walk. "It took a little creativity and a lot of teamwork," says Cindy Ruchman, the hotel’s director of marketing, "but we ...

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