There's an app for that
Through the years I have written about a lot of start ups on the Rent-a-Dog idea but most of these schemes don’t seem to get very far. The idea may be good to allow people to have the benefit of a dog without a commitment.
But anyone in need of a serious dog fix can volunteer at the nearest animal shelter or humane society.
Called Bark’N’Borrow, the iOS app essentially lets you rent a dog from a dog owner. Those who have a canine companion create a profile for their dogs and coordinate a meet and greet with a “borrower” to see if they are compatible.
The borrowers are “vetted,” according to app creator—though I can’t imagine that much investigation is conducted by someone offering a free app. Would you let your dog walk off with a stranger that someone else had vetted?
The app also matches dog owners with professional dog walkers and pet sitters, which seems to me to be a more practical application.
But what do I know…There are 50,000 subscribers. It’s free now, but next month it will be $4.99 a month. If everyone stays on, that is $249,000 a month incoming.