Bark at the Moon: Enjoy Howl-O-Ween at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Celebrate Halloween at the hotel and bring your four-legged buddy with you for a special 'Yappy Hour' on Oct. 27.

Before you celebrate Halloween yourself, head over to the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel for tricks and treats with your canine.

The hotel is hosting Bark at the Moon in celebration of Howl-O-Ween on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4-7 p.m.  At this special Yappy Hour celebration, kick back and relax while your pup struts his stuff in his favorite costume on The Dana Lawn. Dogs will enjoy – Beastly Bacon, Creepy Chicken, Frightful Cheese, Ghoulish Beef and Ghostly Liver – while you enjoy wines from Mutt Lynch Winery. Featured Mutt Lynch Wines by the glass include Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, and Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Pet Project Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization formed in early 2004 with the merger of two animal welfare groups – Friends of San Clemente Animals and Animal Rescue Foundation of Dana Point. Pet Project Foundation’s shelter is pro-humane and no adoptable animal is ever euthanized. Lost and abandoned animals have a second chance at a good life, thanks to the Pet Project Foundation and The San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter.

Canines are complimentary; no host cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for their companions. . 

A panel of judges will determine which canine will take home the prize in the costume categories of Scariest, Funniest, Most Glamorous and, of course, Best in Show. First place prize in each category is a hand-painted dog bowl by Debby Carman of Faux Paws Productions.  Best in Show will also receive a Posh Pooch experience which includes a two-night stay at the resort, plush doggie bed, chew toy, doggie menu, vista view dog walking trail map, and dog waste bags.  Other prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Cost to enter the costume contest is $10 per canine.

 “Yappy Hour has been very well received by local residents and their canine companions. It’s this type of creative event that continues to bring us closer to the community, while also helping generate much needed funding for Pet Project Foundation,” said General manager Bruce Brainerd. “Howl-O-Ween will be the last Yappy Hour of the season, but canine fans can count on it returning in May 2012.”




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