Judi Perez, an executive with the Siegel Group, the hotel’s parent company, got the idea while lamenting the fact she couldn’t bring her dogs when heading out for a drink.
For the last two years, she has invited both people and their pets to join her at the once-a-month bash.
Yappy Hour is held in a large, fenced courtyard at the hotel. Sofas, tables and two portable bars are moved into the space.
Last month’s event drew 175 humans and even more dogs. Pets are not required to be on leashes.
“We ask our customers, ‘Please keep an eye on your dogs,’” Perez explained. “They all run around together and have a great time.”