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Walking a dog is a great way to meet new people, but owning a dog is a lot of responsibility
The cafe that I hang out at is across the
street from a park where many people
walk their dogs, and it's clear that dogs
are a great conversation starter. If two
people have dogs, the dogs will want to
interact (hopefully in a friendly way), and
even non-dog-owners will often want to
other people's dogs, ask what breed
they are, etc. I even know several married
couples that were introduced by their
However, many people don't have the
space or time to keep a dog. A well-
located rental agency would provide a
useful service to such people. Dogs could
be rented by the hour, with premium
prices charged for puppies, unusual
breeds, and exotic animals (e.g. parrots,
iguanas, ferrets, leash-trained cats).
People who wanted the same dog each
time could make reservations for a small
This idea could also be a fundraiser for
animal shelter. In that case, the fee could
be a "volunteer administration fee" and
might even be tax deductable.
I think this has been done before in a couple different variations.
Susen had a "Loaner Dog". [blissmiss, Dec 05 2004]
Certainly been thought about before
An idea for dog rentals [bristolz, Dec 05 2004]
||I hope that I never meet a man smarmy enought to rent a dog to pick up chicks, but I like that the proceeds would go to charity...
||I was thinking this about two days ago: I was walking the dog belonging to a friend of a friend while she was on holiday and although I love dogs I am not around enough to have one full time. Resued dogs that might otherwise be put down would be the obvious candidates. Definitely a flakey pastry idea.
||You can rent guard dogs. Does that count?