Ritz Carlton Has Gone To The Dogs!


If you have a 4-legged pooch and live anywhere near Laguna Niguel, CA, you might mark your calendar for August 24 and September 28 from 5-8 pm.It’s the cleverest bit of marketing I have seen in a long time AND there’s a good cause to boot!


Consider this YAPPY HOUR where dogs and two-legged owners converge seaside to lap up libations guaranteed to suit every muzzle and mouth.  For the pups, there’s water flavored with bacon, chicken, beef or vegan. (After all, this IS California). And for the owners, they can relax with Mutt Lynched Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, or Chateau d’OG Sauvignon.What a crack up!


Of course, my little brain can’t help but think of other drinks and food that might go along with a night of the dog. They might offer bulldog beer, Maltese martinis, or roll-in-stuff rum gimlets. There could be wiener dogs, Chihuahua cheese dip and puff pooch pastries stuffed with who-knows-what!  Actually, if the Ritz doesn’t already do this, I think it would be a fun activity to invite the guests to name food and drink.  Pick out the best ones (a decision by the hotel’s dog walker) and host the winners at the next Yappy Hour.


Seriously, I love the fun this affords local folks. Oh yes, Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel hosts a HOWL-O-WEEN night for dogs to come in costumes.  Sigh, I only have a two-legged pet but since we’ve been together for 37 years, he IS house-broken.


Best of all, proceeds support The Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.

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