A.C.'s Showboat Goes to the Dogs

Showboat throws dog owners a bone with pet-friendly hotel

By Barry N. Dima
|  Monday, Feb 28, 2011  |  Updated 10:34 PM EDT
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Meet the pup who became the first ever dog to check into the Showboat Atlantic City Casino & Hotel's PetStay program.

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Atlantic City is going to the dogs, and some pet-lovers couldn’t be happier.

As of Thursday canines will be allowed to check into Showboat Atlantic City Hotel and Casino -- making it the first casino in A.C. with a pet-friendly program.

So which pup was the first to take advantage of the Showboat's PetStay program?

Early Thursday afternoon, Baci, a 10-year-old male Maltese from New York City was the first pup checked in at the Showboat. He will get to enjoy all the amenities of PetStay: food, a water bowl, treats and a roped-off area on Pacific Avenue to conduct, ahem, doggy business.

The package also includes disposable waste bags for said business.

People wary of dogs shouldn’t worry, though; there are restrictions on the pup policy. Guests are limited to two dogs, which have to be under 50 pounds, and they must be leashed at all times.

To keep things clean, dogs aren't permitted in food and beverage areas, the spa or retail shops. They also cannot walk through the casino and hotel.

The Showboat hopes that this new trick rolls over into even more fun for guests, who no longer have to worry about leaving their pet at home.

There is a $40 a night dog fee but the fee is being waived for the next two weeks.

This is the latest attempt to attract visitors back to the nation's second-largest gambling market.


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