Something I've mentioned quite a few times now (sorry not sorry) is Borrow My Doggy.
If you know anything about me, it's probably that I'm a huge animal lover. If it's furry & cute, that's where you'll find me.
My boyfriend & I have owned three pets together now; two ratties & one hedgehog, however, since our ratties passed away, there was an undeniable pet-shaped hole in our lives. Although we'd love more, it was a huge commitment, so we opted for something a little less constricting, but still a lot of fun. And that's where Borrow My Doggy came in!
One morning I walked into the living room to find an excited boyfriend, who had signed us up, after I'd dropped huge hints about how fun it could be the night before. It was safe to say I joined in on the excitement and instantly started searching the 'matches' closest to us.
I didn't have any particular breeds in mind really, it was just a case of finding small dogs that would suit apartment life and so I spent the next hour or so oohing & aahing at all the cute pooches in our area.
After a while, I spotted Alan the Pug. He had the cutest face & he'd lived in an apartment before, so I sent the owner a message telling her how much we'd love a dog of our own, how I'd worked in a kennel & that, if possible, it would be lovely to meet them!
It turned out Alan had a 'brother' called George, the Boston Terrier - but another doggy just meant more fun in our eyes. And so, one Sunday I met up with her & 'the boys' for a quick walk and a good chat. Since then, we visited their house and they visited ours. We learnt about their likes & needs and decided to take the plunge and 'borrow' them, by ourselves, for the first time this week!
It was so lovely. They're such little characters and it was nice to have a furry amigo to cuddle, take on walks and just have that interaction with animals again. They seemed to really enjoy themselves too and looked like they felt very much at home.
If you're considering using Borrow My Doggy yourself, here are a few things I'd recommend...
♥Only 'favourite' dogs you really could look after. If your house is small, don't go adding Great Danes & the like... It's tempting, when you see all those cute snouts, to get a bit carried away but be reasonable & pick matches you'd feel confident in looking after.
♥Unless you drive, try to contact owners that are within the recommended three mile radius. We meet half way between our homes, so it works really well that way, but if I ever have to, I know I can walk to pick them up. There are so many cute dogs to choose from, but realistically it would become an inconvenience to get a bus or a lift to some that are further away.
♥Be honest! My boyfriend is a little scared of dogs after a few bad experiences as a child, so we had to have a few meet ups to make sure all would go well. Alan does bark but only when excited & in a playful way, but is was worth mentioning - just in case.
♥Finally, be aware that some owners really should just get a dog-walker. I've read profiles where it seems the person my need more dedicated help than most people would be willing to offer - for free. ie. training puppies, being there wednesday to friday, etc.
I think we were very lucky that we met George & Alan and their owners are so lovely (as I'm sure most are) but it's worth checking out. This is a two-way street after all & it should be as easy and convenient for everyone involved!
Overall, I couldn't recommend it enough! I hope to see Alan & George maybe once every other week for a nice day of walkies and tickles. I already miss their little snores and comical faces!