The Many Pawsome Ways to BorrowMyDoggy

Written while working for BorrowMyDoggy. Originally published on their blog in September 2013.

We’re still a young pup of a company and we’ve been delighted by the number of doggies, borrowers and owners who’ve made each other tail-waggingly happy so far. We’ve seen so many different arrangements between owners and borrowers, ranging from regular pooch time and casual walkies to holiday time. These have all led to “Pawprints of Happiness”. We wanted to share some of them with you so you can see the different ways BorrowMyDoggy can work for you too… :)

Regular pooch time

One option is for an owner and borrower to agree on a regular arrangement, leading to a borrower taking care of a furry friend at the same time every week.

A good example of this is borrower Alice & owner Guy’s agreement. Juno (a cute Labradoodle) spends every Friday with Alice. This includes a sleepover, as Juno spends the night at Alice’s home, and lots of walks, always full of wagtastic fun.

Alice also looks after Juno when her owners are away for holidays and long weekends. When Guy is out of town, Alice makes plans for fun days out and furry friendly activities. This way Juno gets to have a holiday too rather than spending time cooped up in a kennel.

Alice and Guy owner plan to continue this relationship indefinitely as it works so well for all; as Alice says, “Juno has become part of her family too”. Plus Juno’s owner now has a trusted go-to person to look after their beloved pooch, where they know their dog will receive a lot of ear ruffles and attention when they cannot be there themselves. A definite win-win (or woof-woof) scenario!

Casual walkies

Some of our borrowers have more sporadic arrangements when it comes to pooch time. Often this means playdates when borrowers have free time or when the owner has a specific need for their doggy to be looked after, so as to fit fun into a busy schedule. This works really well for borrowers who aren’t available on a regular basis and owners who have occasional events they need to attend to that will take them away from their cute pup.

Jody is one of our many borrowers who’d rather fit in walkies if and when she and doggy both have the time, instead of striking up a regular schedule. Jody and her boyfriend used to have dogs and would love one of their own but can’t right now. Instead, they borrow different furry friends from time-to-time and take them on lovely long walks, giving owners a bit of extra help with their pooch when they need it.

Hannah’s dog Monty has also benefitted from casual borrowing. This arrangement lets Hannah get out and see friends more often, while giving her knees a rest from all the walkies Monty needs (she recently had knee surgery). She let BorrowMyDoggy know that introducing borrowers into their lives has made her and Monty even happier. We are so thankful to hear this and happy to be able to help. High paws!

A final example of an owner who casually uses borrows BorrowMyDoggy is Emma, who has a toddler and sometimes needs extra help. She has teamed up with a borrower who has a small son and whose family would love to have a dog of their own. The borrower taking care of Emma’s dogs occasionally gives Emma some time off to be with her toddle, and the borrower and her son get to enjoy some pooch time.

Holiday time

As lots of dog owners know, kennels aren’t necessarily the most fun place for a beloved pet to be, and they can be quite expensive too. Some of our owners are looking for new borrower friends who can take care of their fuzzy pals while they’re away, giving them peace of mind knowing their doggy is in safe paws!

Claudia is one of our borrowers who has puppy-sat for a few nights while Elvis the dog’s owner was on holiday. She loves dogs and has had them most of her life, but can’t get her own pooch at the moment because of work. Longing for a bit of canine company and surrounded by doggies in her local area, she signed up and was soon matched with Elvis. Elvis stayed with Claudia over a bank holiday weekend while his owner was away. The new friends had great fun, going for walks, visiting local pubs and meeting new people. After the weekend, Claudia dropped Elvis back with his owners when she went back to work and they came back from holiday — pawfectly easy! Elvis plans to stay with Claudia next time his owners are away.

These are just some of the arrangements our borrowers and doggies have come to so far — all of them leaving Pawprints of Happiness on those involved! How will you BorrowMyDoggy?

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