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Not exactly ruffing it in Bachelor Gulch

Melanie Wong
mwong@vaildaily.com
Bachelor Gulch, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyBachelor the Labrador gets an ear scratch from a young guest at the
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BACHELOR GULCH, Colorado – The biggest celebrity staying at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch has four legs and drools when excited.

Meet Bachelor, a three-year-old Labrador who is the main attraction of the hotel’s “Loan a Lab” program, which allows hotel guests to book the dog for hikes on Beaver Creek’s trails or games of fetch on the hotel’s back lawn.

When not on loan, Bachelor can usually be found wandering the resort grounds or lounging in the hotel’s lobby by the fireplace on his overstuffed dog bed, also known as “The Bachelor Pad.”

The friendly, energetic dog with the ever-wagging tail is often booked months in advance during the peak vacation times, and many guests, especially children, often want to meet him as soon as they check in, said John Garth, Bachelor’s owner and general manager of the hotel.

The goal of the program is to make guests feel at home, or like they’re on a family trip to the mountains with their faithful pet, said Andrea Woroch, public relations coordinator for the hotel.

“We’ve had guests say they chose this hotel because of Bachelor,” she said.

The Ritz Carlton is also the only hotel in Beaver Creek that allows pets, and this summer through Labor Day, the hotel will waive its usual $125 dog fee, which includes a dog bed and bowl in the room.

Bachelor’s popularity is such that he’s the only hotel employee to receive fan mail – kids have left countless drawings and notes for him, Garth said.

“Whether it’s a heartwarming note from a parent who enjoyed their family Loan-a-Lab hike or just a scribble of colors drawn by a toddler, the emotional connection he has made with all of our guests is real,” he said.

Bachelor was adopted to the hotel from the Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue last November and has since participated in quite a few charitable endeavors of his own, Woroch said.

Hotel guests can donate to the Eagle Valley Humane Society in honor of Bachelor, and the Lab also participated in the Mutts and Models fundraiser on the Front Range. The fashion show featured philanthropists and media personalities modeling with their dogs to benefit an animal hospital.

“He was a bit of a celebrity in Denver, too,” Woroch said. “He was on Fox News talking about the hotel’s program, and he modeled in a little bow tie with one of the ladies.”

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.