Loews Annapolis Hotel and Paws Pet Boutique will host "Canines and Cocktails for a Cause," a summer-long series of fund-raisers in Annapolis to benefit area animal shelters and other causes.
Each dog-friendly Friday night event will have its own theme (not to mention "cocktails, appetizers, mocktails and Snoopy snacks.") and will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hotel's Weather Rail's patio.
Here's the lineup, so that you may mark your calendars:
Friday, April 25 -- "Bark and rejoice." Prizes will be given for unique barks. With nearly 60 beagles seeking homes, representatives will be on hand to answer questions about Westminster's top dog. Proceeds go to Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland.
Friday, May 30 -- "Black is beautiful." Black dogs are the focal point, but dogs of all colors are invited to attend. Pam Townsend, a board member of SPCA and Humane Society of Prince George's County, has published Black is Beautiful: A Celebration of Dark Dogs, a book that touts the beauties and desirable traits of black dogs, which statistically tend to be the least likely to be adopted. Proceeds go to SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George's County.
Friday, June 27 -- "Canines for a cause." Luke, resident dog at the Loews Annapolis, invites fall his fellow working dogs in downtown Annapolis to join him as money will be raised for his favorite local charity – the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, several of whose adoptable pets are expected to attend as well.
Friday, July 25 -- "Wagging contest." Dogs will partake in a tail-wagging contest. Prizes will be given and guests enter raffle drawings. Proceeds go to Fidos for Freedom, which provides companionship to residents of the Baltimore-Washington area through specially trained service, hearing or therapy dogs.
Friday, Aug. 22 -- "Ice cream social." A doggie ice cream-eating contest will be part of this event, proceeds from which go to Mid-Atlantic Westie Rescue.
Friday, Sept. 26 -- "Fashion show." Dogs will take to the catwalk to model the latest fall styles from Paws Pet Boutique. Donations will be made to Modest Needs, the Loews Hotels corporate charity, whose mission is to help those local residents who have run into unexpected financial difficulty, fund grants that directly go to helping prevent a person from entering poverty and to restore self-sufficiency to individuals who are willing to work.