Originally created 03/31/02

Pet hotels full for Masters

Looking for a kennel for your furry, four-legged friend during Masters Week?

Augusta's kennels will be as full as a bulldog in a butcher Many have been booked up for months, according to kennel managers and owners.

Augusta's largest kennel, Paradise Kennels on Belair Road, still has a few spaces left Masters Week, but not for long, owner Richard Lord said.

"We will be booked up during Masters, but it's getting a little on the tight side now because we're juggling days in and days out," he said. "It really lasts about two weeks here. A lot of people rent their house for the Masters. They drop their dog off here, and they head to the beach for their vacation."

Paradise also boards animals for Masters guests, such as the Augusta National Golf Club member from Colorado.

"He brings two Maltese with him, boards them while he's here, gets them groomed and then gets in his plane and flies home," Mr. Lord said.

Paradise Kennels has been booking for Masters Week since the first of February, he said.

The 31,000-square-foot facility easily can house a couple of hundred animals.

Treatments such as shampoos, manicures and haircuts, and accommodations are available for dogs and cats, he said.

The Four Paws Bed & Breakfast, on Old Evans Road, has been fully booked for Masters Week since mid-December, Manager Tarrah Airaghi said.

"We are full from the Saturday before Masters to the Monday afterward," she said. "We've already started booking for next Masters."

Judy Tyler, owner of Katz & Dogues on Walton Way, said the cleaning is part of the routine.

"We always have to redo things and get cleaned up, but we do that anyway," Ms. Tyler said. "We're ready for them."

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylviaco@augustachronicle.com.


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