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Renting a best friend

Rick C
December 6th, 2007, 10:37 AM
Too busy to own a dog? Rent one for a few hours.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=3957969&page=1

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

want4rain
December 6th, 2007, 05:54 PM
how do you guys feel about that??

i think that Americans (my only perspective) are really bad about complusion pet buying. it seems like an elegant solution as long as no harm comes to the dogs. kind of the reversal of a dog walker??? (brilliant huh??)

-ashley

breeze
December 6th, 2007, 06:06 PM
this would be great for a fund raiser for the S.P.C.A or other resuces
don't you think??

the dogs and cats get companion for the day and the rescues get funding..

sugarcatmom
December 6th, 2007, 06:24 PM
There is something in the US called FlexPetz (http://www.flexpetz.com/how.html) that isn't a bad idea, especially since the dogs are rescues:

FLEXPETZ provides our members with local access to a variety of dogs, all of whom are rescued or rehomed, very lovable and fully trained. FLEXPETZ members can spend from just a few hours to a number of days with each of our dogs.

TeriM
December 6th, 2007, 08:35 PM
Hmmm, I'm not quite sure what I think about this :shrug:, I can see good and bad sides. I just hope that they aren't breeding more dogs to meet the demand and instead are "temporarily fostering" out dogs in need of homes.

I know that a few of the big Vancouver hotels have a resident dog that is available for guests to have cuddles with or even take for a walk.

Rick C
December 7th, 2007, 09:36 AM
Hmmm, I'm not quite sure what I think about this :shrug:, I can see good and bad sides. I just hope that they aren't breeding more dogs to meet the demand and instead are "temporarily fostering" out dogs in need of homes.

I know that a few of the big Vancouver hotels have a resident dog that is available for guests to have cuddles with or even take for a walk.

I was just at a conference in Vancouver and stayed at the Fairmont downtown where they have two, I believe, former guide dogs that now live there and have their beds in the lobby at the concierge station, cared for by the staff.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

SARAH
December 7th, 2007, 09:43 AM
My concern is that the dogs will get very confused and not have any form of stability at all, no one they can love forever :sad:

CearaQC
December 7th, 2007, 11:43 AM
My concern is the amount of profit to made from these ventures.

a total of $31 to rent Corona, which includes a onetime $18 membership fee and a $13 hourly fee.

Shelters should be doing this and then people can walk dogs for free! Shelter dogs would get needed socialization and exercise, and people would be performing a service.

SolaMio
December 7th, 2007, 12:18 PM
My concern is that the dogs will get very confused and not have any form of stability at all, no one they can love forever :sad:

I agree.... What about a stable home where the same people/person takes care of the dog each day? People obviously have different temperaments and the dog might not LIKE being an "escort" for just anyone :frustrated:

Also, I hate to be a pessimist but we all know there are very cruel folks who would be pretty hateful to an animal. We had a few incidents in my community that would make any animal lover (or compassionate person) sick.

On a lighter note, maybe this service is for people who like to use a cute dog (or baby or cute whatever) as a pick-up line to meet others :laughing:

S.