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Caesars Palace Hosts Inaugural “Running of the Bulldogs” Celebrating PetStay Program and National Dog Week

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Winner of the inaugural “Running of the Bulldogs,” Lola, and her owner, Anthoney Apalategui, pose with Caesar and Cleopatra at Caesars Palace
It’s not every day you see more than 30 bulldogs race in front of one of the most iconic resorts in Las Vegas – but that’s just what happened today when Caesars Palace hosted the inaugural “Running of the Bulldogs”  (Pictured: Winner of the inaugural “Running of the Bulldogs,” Lola, and her owner, Anthoney Apalategui, pose with Caesar and Cleopatra at Caesars Palace – Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage www.DeniseTruscello.net). 

Bulldogs compete in the inaugural “Running of the Bulldogs” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 28
Bulldogs compete in the inaugural “Running of the Bulldogs” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 28

Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage www.DeniseTruscello.net.

The event, in celebration of Caesars Entertainment’s PetStay program and National Dog Week, featured dozens of four-legged competitors racing toward a doghouse replica of the famed Colosseum in front of Caesars Palace.

Bulldogs race toward a doghouse replica of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during the inaugural “Running of the Bulldogs” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 28
Bulldogs race toward a doghouse replica of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during the inaugural “Running of the Bulldogs” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 28

Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage www.DeniseTruscello.net.

Caesar and Cleopatra welcomed pooches and guests alike with royal flair while comedian-juggler Jeff Civillico, who headlines the “Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action” show at The Quad Resort & Casino, entertained the crowd and called the races. After eight preliminary and two semi-final heats, the fastest four furry finalists competed in the championship round to determine the winning pup.

Cleopatra crowns Lola as winner of the inaugural “Running of the Bulldogs” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Cleopatra crowns Lola as winner of the inaugural “Running of the Bulldogs” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage www.DeniseTruscello.net.

Lola, crowned “top dog,” went home with a laurel wreath crown, a blue ribbon and, of course, some treats, while her owners Jamie Palazzolo and Anthoney Apalategui were given accommodations for two nights in a PetStay room at Caesars Palace along with dinner for two at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. All participating pooches received a PetStay goody bag, which included a food and water bowl and treats, among other items.

“PetStay,” a dog-friendly hotel program is featured at eight Las Vegas resorts including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and The Quad Resort & Casino. Guests participating in the PetStay program are greeted by several canine-friendly in-room amenities including a mat, food and water dishes, disposable waste bags and dog treats. Each PetStay resort hosts a designated PetStay area within the hotel, equipped with welcome packets that direct guests to outdoor relief areas and dog walking routes. Additional information about dog-friendly items for purchase and nearby dog services (such as grooming, walking and veterinary care) is available upon check-in at each of the participating resorts.