Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Meet Pet Pooches You Can Borrow

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Meet Pet Pooches You Can Borrow

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Byline: MIEKA SMILES @MiekaSmiles

DOG-LOVING youngsters might have already made one wish to Santa this year...

But sadly, for many families who would love one, a pup for Christmas is not always practical.

With them comes so much responsibility, cost and time.

Thankfully, though, an ingenious website is hoping to fill the gap for those who would love to help care for a dog but can't quite commit to actually owning one.

Rikke Rosenlund came up with the idea for BORROWMYDOGGY in 2012 when she was looking after her neighbour's dog for the day.

Rikke is originally from Denmark and has been living in the UK for the past eight years.

She said: "I thought there should be a site where dog owners can have their dogs taken care of by people who absolutely adore dogs and miss having a hound in their life.

"All owners need to be away from their pooches sometimes. There is no need for a doggy to be home alone, to pay for a dog walker on a lovely Sunday or a kennel when there are lots of people who adore dogs but unfortunately can't have them due to work or travel who would love to take care of doggy for free."

BORROWMYDOGGY is now a trusted community of dog lovers, where borrowers help take care of dogs when the owners are busy for walks, sitting and holidays.

The site works by making a profile so you can search for matches based on distance and availability.

Once you've sniffed out a potential match, it's time to verify your details, submit your annual subscription fee and begin to message other members - PS44.99 for owners and PS9.99 for borrowers.

If you think you've found a potential match, you can get ready for your first meeting.

Rikke says the community includes everyone from families to students and everyone in between.

There are also a huge range of dogs on the site - from labradors and spaniels to great Danes and dachshunds. …

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