The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - SO­PHIE CHIRGWIN

DOG own­ers are scram­bling to se­cure a spot at a ken­nel for the school hol­i­days, and pet re­sorts are al­ready booked out or close to it.

With Septem­ber hol­i­days com­ing up next week, in­ner-city ken­nels are full or fill­ing fast – and most are al­ready booked for Christ­mas.

As­so­ci­a­tion of Pet Board­ing and Groom­ing pres­i­dent Glenn Elin said the closer to the CBD, the more im­por­tant it was to book early. Most ken­nels need to be booked months in ad­vance for school hol­i­days, Christ­mas and Easter.

“In some places, when you pick your pet up this year, you book for next year,” he said.

Brit­tany Gir­ven, owner of one-year-old mar- emma sheep­dog Ru­fus, prefers to hire a pet sit­ter. “Pet sit­ting def­i­nitely books out quickly over school hol­i­days. I pre­fer a pet sit­ter over a ken­nel be­cause Ru­fus is in a home en­vi­ron­ment so we like to keep it that way when we go away,” she said. “The last trip I did I was for a week and I was look­ing for a pet sit­ter about two months in ad­vance. It was al­ready pretty full then.”

PAM­PERED POOCH: Brit­tany Gir­ven prefers a pet sit­ter so her maremma sheep­dog Ru­fus can stay at home, but finds that op­tion also books out quickly. Pic­ture; Tara Croser

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