The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is pleased to announce the arrival of Ranger Ainsley, a people-loving Labrador retriever who has become its official Guest Ambassador. A member of the resort’s Ritz Kids Rangers team, the two-year-old pup is now officially on the job, welcoming guest arrivals and accepting hugs from visitors of all ages.
Ainsley was adopted from Canine Companions for Independence®, a non-profit which grants highly trained assistance dogs to military veterans and children and adults with disabilities. The organization provides two full years of training for each service canine, with just a small percentage of these trainees actually making the cut and receiving assignment to an individual in need. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has partnered with CCI as a community service partner and, related to this support program, was able to adopt Ainsley -- who has joined a team of desert critters calling the resort home.
Goofy, engaging, kind-hearted, sweet and playful, Ranger Ainsley has undergone mandatory Ritz-Carlton orientation and, like all members of the team, has learned where he can and can’t go (kitchens, dining areas and swimming pools are off-limits). He has also been allowed to experience a variety of resort specialty offerings from In-Room Dining to a popular In-Room Camping tent experience created just for kids.
Available for guest photo ops and serving as an official Lobby Greeter and taste tester for the pet-friendly resort’s specially curated canine menu, Ainsley also will participate in Ritz Kids reading sessions presented in the Ranger Station Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activities in this educational and entertaining station allow guests to interact personally with the resort’s fascinating abundance of animal life. From a beloved desert tortoise to gentle reptiles and fuzzy furry crawlers, critters at the Forbes Five Star Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain are nurtured in their own special habitat and are introduced to resort guests during daily Meet Our Desert Friends gatherings.
Ainsley will be a key member of the resort team’s Community Footprints program as well. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Community Footprints initiative provides support to area non-profit organizations with a focus on assisting at-risk children and families and those in need of food, shelter and basic human care.
Ainsley will also provide gifts to dogs staying at the resort, including canine amenities, pet-logoed gift items and snacks -- and he will actively participate in the property’s welcome activities, guest engagement programs and holiday events. A special highlight for Ainsley this year will be the resort’s December 8 holiday tree-lighting festivities, to be followed by a season of events for which the pup will serve as a huggable holiday ambassador.
Ainsley is also the perfect antidote for young travelers in need of a special friend -- and for guests of all ages missing their pets at home. Kids can even participate in Recruit a Ranger craft sessions, creating and then taking home their very own stuffed animal inspired by Ranger Ainsley himself. To follow Ainsley as he settles into his new job at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, please visit
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About The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain enjoys a spectacularly scenic high Sonoran Desert setting in Marana, Arizona, situated just north of Tucson and south of Phoenix, and it is the only Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond property in southern Arizona. Highlights include three swimming pools, one with a 235-foot water slide and splash pad, multiple dining outlets including the top-ranked CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar and Cayton’s Burger Bistro, one of the top-ranked spas in the United States complete with its own infinity pool and tanning island, adjacency to 63 holes of World Championship Match Play golf terrain on two award-winning courses, a robust menu of recreation and outdoor exploration activities for all ages and ability levels, and the acclaimed Ritz Kids Rangers program, presenting adventure, cultural and nature days inspired by the flora, fauna and unparalleled Southwestern heritage of the region.