Service Lets You “Borrow” a Dog

Bruno is one of the dogs available in Boston.
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What if you are a dog lover who lives in the city and can’t have a dog of your own? An app called Bark’N’Borrow matches dog owners with potential walkers or sitters. Here’s how it works:

users browse the free app for dogs in their area. Then they reach out to the dog’s owner, establish a line of communication, and set up a time to either “borrow” the dog briefly or “sit” them for a longer period of time. Borrowers do it for the joy; sitters, who tend to be professional and/or certified, do it for the joy and some money.

The service is the brainchild of Liam Berkeley, who loved to look after his friend’s dogs. When he saw how grateful that they were to have a trustworthy, reliable sitter, he saw a business opportunity. What do you think? Would you use such a service?

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