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Hotel staff and guests care for missing dogs to keep them safe

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Posted at 10:30 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 23:42:11-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Even in the middle of this winter storm, our community is banding together offering a helping hand wherever they can -- and that includes help for man's best friend.

It started last night when two pups plodded their way inside the Element Nashville Airport hotel, and parked themselves, getting the attention of hotel manager Tonya Goodale.

"I ran and chased the guests in the elevators," Goodale said. "I said 'We'd like your dogs on a leash if possible,' and they said, 'Oh, those aren't our dogs, they just followed us in'."

None of the hotel guests claimed the dogs, so with only one collar and no tags between them, Goodale had to figure out where these dogs would sleep.

"My guests just all came down, like, 'we'll take them, we'll take them, we'll take them!'," Goodale said.

The hotel is frequented by flight attendants and pilots, who gave the two huskies the temporary names of SkyWest and American.

On Tuesday, Goodale posted about the dogs on the Hip Donelson Facebook page.

One member has already offered up a place for the dogs to stay for the night.

"This community, man, they're here for you," Goodale said. "I wish we had some more of that in larger cities, It just shows you how tight knit this area is, it's remarkable."

But until these dogs' true owner can be found, who better than a hotel manager to offer up a home away from home.