Do you spend your evenings scrolling through Instagram pictures of impossibly photogenic puppies and their glowing owners? Perhaps you’re used to falling asleep – phone in hand – dreaming of having your own canine companion, before waking up to the reality that you have neither the time, the money, nor the space for a pet of your own. You wouldn’t be alone. But that needn’t be the end of the story. Hundreds of thousands of would-be dog-owners are satisfying their canine desires by borrowing instead, on the dog-sharing platform, BorrowMyDoggy.
How It Works
First off, create a profile and search the platform for ‘matches’ based on distance and availability – this is the bit where you get to look at cute dogs. Once you’ve got a potential match, you can pass on your details, submit your annual subscription fee (£44.99 for lenders, £12.99 for borrowers) and start chatting to the other party. Finally, it’s up to you to arrange a meeting with the lender – a time for you to get to know each other and perhaps more importantly, meet the pup in question.
Try Before You Buy?
For many, BorrowMyDoggy is the perfect way of scoping out a particular breed before they invest in a dog that will likely be dependent on them for the next 10+ years. Those who fancy themselves as a Cocker Spaniel owner would do well to spend a weekend caring for one in order to gauge whether their stamina for pup-maintenance is up to scratch.
Rested Owners. Happy Dogs.
On the flipside, there are significant benefits for owners who want to maintain a social life and make their dog even happier. To dog-owners with demanding jobs, the thought of being tied to a weekend walking schedule and saying no to the odd weekend away is perhaps a little oppressive. With a dog-sharing platform like BorrowMyDoggy, you’re able to leave your loved one in the arms of someone you can trust without paying your week’s salary on kennel accommodation.
Whether you’re a dog-owner in need of a break or you’re up for some dog-sitting Sundays, it’s worth taking a look at potential matches in your area. Another benefit of dog-sharing that you may not have considered is that it’s a fertile platform for meeting new people with similar interests. Click here to get started.
For advice on raising an urban family dog, check out Tales of Teddy.