Four-Legged Friends Enjoy Tricks and Treats for “Howl”-O-Ween at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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Canines and companions are invited for tricks and treats in celebration of Howl-O-Ween on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. This seasonal Yappy Hour celebration is a chance for pups to strut their stuff in their favorite costume and enjoy lapping up water in their favorite flavors – Beastly Bacon, Creepy Chicken, Frightful Cheese, Ghoulish Beef and Ghostly Liver. Dog parents can relax with a selection of wines from Mutt Lynch Winery including Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, and Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Canines and companions are invited for tricks and treats in celebration of Howl-O-Ween on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. This seasonal Yappy Hour celebration is a chance for pups to strut their stuff in their favorite costume and enjoy lapping up water in their favorite flavors – Beastly Bacon, Creepy Chicken, Frightful Cheese, Ghoulish Beef and Ghostly Liver. Dog parents can relax with a selection of wines from Mutt Lynch Winery including Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, and Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon.

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. Cost to enter the costume contest is $10 per canine.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, serving the residents of Laguna by providing temporary care for lost, stray and sick or injured animals rescued by Animal Services Officers within the city limits. At any one time, the facility houses dogs, cats, and a small number of other animals. Dogs and cats that remain unclaimed are seen by a veterinarian, bathed and groomed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered/spayed and then put up for adoption. The aim of adoption is to place the animal in the most compatible situations possible and ensure an appropriate match between pet and owner.

Yappy Hour is part of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Community Footprints program. It is an event that brings the local community together, but also generates awareness and support for charitable causes. From the first Yappy Hour in April 2011, the event grew in popularity with more than 1,200 guests attending the 2011 Howl-O-Ween where a check for $7,500 was presented to Pet Project Foundation.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel premiered as the first luxury resort along coastal Orange County in August 1984. Today, the resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. The resort is the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury. The resort offers many extraordinary luxury experiences including Raya, 180blũ, The Market Place, enoSTEAK, Bar Raya, The Spa and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment. For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit the web site at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/lagunaniguel.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 79 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at http://www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR)

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