By Jay Jones
10:00 AM EDT, October 2, 2013
It wasn’t Pamplona, Spain, but Las Vegas. And those were bulldogs, not bulls, racing along a purpose-built track to promote pet-friendly accommodations.
A crowd gathered as more than 30 pooches participated in the Sept. 28 “Running of the Bulldogs” outside Caesars Palace, dashing -- or in some cases, dawdling -- toward the finish line at a dog house built to look like Rome’s Colosseum.
The first-place ribbon and crown went to Lola, who went home with a package of treats. Her owners, Anthoney Apalategui and Jamie Palazzolo, were awarded a two-night stay in a dog-friendly room at Caesars.
Guests checking in with their hounds receive in-room amenities such as food and water dishes and disposable waste bags. Each property has designated walking routes and outdoor relief areas.
Canine-friendly lodging comes at a price. In an online room search made on Oct. 1, I found a deluxe studio suite at the Rio for the night of Oct. 19 for $161. For the same type of room with PetStay included, the rate is $236.
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