Dog breath filled the steamy air inside the Woodmark Hotel's tent normally reserved for lakeside weddings. It was a raucous cacophony of yips, yelps, ruffs and barks, with pups of all shapes and sizes mingling.
More than 120 pet owners RSVP'd for the Howl-At-The-Moon Muttmixer sponsored by CityDog Magazine and held on Tuesday night at the Woodmark Hotel. The Halloween-themed party inspired pets and owners alike to don their scariest (and silliest) costumes in hopes of fetching a prize. It also celebrated the retirement of the hotel's Labradoodle Woody, its longtime "director of guest satisfaction," who will move on to a new home wthe famiy in Renton.
General Manager John Murphy took the opportunity to wish the Woodmark's dog, Woody, a happy retirement.
"We'll miss his sweet disposition and dreamy eyes. He's an adorable dog -- we're going to miss Woody," says Murphy. His favorite memory of Woody is when the dog would come back after a swim in the lake and go crazy rubbing off the water on the lobby couches.
Woody was happy to show off his betrothed -- six-month-old Rosie, the Golden-Doodle whom he will join at his new home in Renton.
The evening concluded when the winners of the costume contest were announced.
- Best Pack: American Gothic
- Best Dog/Owner Pair: Shrek and Fiona
- Funniest: Marilyn Monroe
- Scariest: Rummy the Mummy
- Most Original: The Hulk
- Best Overall: Pirate Lady