If you’re a dog lover but for one reason or another can’t quite commit to having your own dog, then you’ll know only too well it can be a tad frustrating at times. For example, you may work long or unsociable hours or your landlord may impose restrictions or bans on you having pets. Either way, if you’d like to experience some of the joys of having a dog without any of the long term commitments, then our latest startup of the week might be worth a look.
BorrowMyDoggy is an innovative new platform which connects dog owners with local people who would like to borrow them.
Here’s how it works:
If you’re a dog owner you simply create a profile on the site for your pet pooch and include as much info as you can. As well as the usual details on the breed, dog’s age etc, you should also include info on things such as the dog’s personality, its temperament and its exercise needs.
If you’d like to be a borrower, again you’ll need to create a profile. In your profile however , you’ll need to outline as much info as you can about your experience with dogs, when and where you are available and of course why you’d potentially like to be a dog borrower.
The basic premise of the site is that users can search for potential matches for their needs - be that identifying people in their local area who could for example take their dog for a walk or be that identifying dogs in their local area who need to be walked and tended to if their owners are busy or otherwise engaged.
As you’d expect, this isn’t a free service - users must pay an annual subscription fee in order to avail of the matching service and thereby to network with each other. All users must also go through a verification process so that the community is fully safe and trusted.
Borrow My Doggy is a very simple idea and one which seems to be growing in popularity all the time.
If circumstances dictate that you can only commit to having a dog on what is effectively a part time basis, it’s the perfect solution. Of course the reverse is also true - if you’d like a little support with dog walking or want an alternative to kennels for when you’re on hols, it’s the best option by far.
All in all, another great example of the sharing economy, don’t you think?
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