I Really Want A Dog

I Really Want A Dog

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I really want a dog – BUT I’m out of the house all day

Like me, have you had those conversations with yourself that go, “I really want a dog” followed by a massive BUT ….??

I can remember begging my mum for a dog when I was a little girl and alas, my dream never came true.  Quite rightly, she said that as the house was going to be empty during the day, it really wasn’t fair to leave a dog alone for all that time.

What’s more, dogs are expensive to keep and they need a regular commitment to exercise.  Fitting a dog around a job, a family and other commitments isn’t for everyone and I can really understand and appreciate that now.

Ultimately, you have to remember that a dog can live for 10 – 15 years so you’ve got to be in it for the long term.

I really want a dog – So what do you do now?

Even though I couldn’t own a dog, that didn’t stop me loving dogs and making every effort I could to include them in my life.  For nearly 10 years I borrowed a neighbour’s dog and the pleasure, comfort and happiness it brought me [and the dog!] was immeasurable.

For me, it was a ‘win win’ situation as I was working full time and couldn’t commit to looking after a furry friend.  I also didn’t have the financial commitments attached to owning a dog but I could help out my neighbour by taking their dog on extra walks and giving him lots of extra love and attention.  I even got to dog-sit for a whole week when my neighbour went on holiday and trusted me to live in their house.  What a fantastic treat that was!

Getting friendlier with your neigbours is not only great from a community point of view but you could also end up helping each other out.

Why not go and borrow a pooch?

I Really Want a Dog

I Really Want a Dog

I really want a dog – BUT there’s someone who’s allergic in the family

Rikke Rosenlund, the founder of BorrowMyDoggy, once said that one of the unexpected bonuses of setting up the company was that she discovered that not only lives could be enhanced by borrowing a dog but problems could be removed too.

If it is impossible for your household to have a dog on a permanent  basis because, for example, someone is allergic to dogs and you’re not able to arrange something informal with a neighbour, why not consider signing up for BorrowMyDoggy?

A basic profile is free but for only £12.99 per year for borrowers, you can upgrade to Premium level.  This would give you full insurance cover, access to a 24/7 vet line, unlimited messaging and more.  That equates to 3.5 pence per day which I’m sure you would agree, fellow dog lover, that this is a deal not to be sniffed at [if you’ll excuse the pun].

I really want a dog – what are the benefits?

It really depends what you’re looking to get out of the experience.

For some, it’s company and the incentive to get out there into the great outdoors with a companion.  For others, it can be an effective way of getting to know their children again and encouraging them to leave their electronic devices behind and actually talk about their day.

Whatever your reason, a dog seems to be able to bring out the best in people.  What’s more your health can benefit too with lower stress levels and lower blood pressure.

Also, for children, learning responsibility as a child is a huge learning curve but when you borrow a dog you are getting all the benefits without the worry that you might end up looking after a dog full time once the ‘novelty’ might have worn off.

I really want a dog – BUT what if I don’t like the dog I get?

Before anything is set in stone, you get to have a ‘Welcome Woof’ which is basically a meet and greet with the owner and dog.  You should get a very good idea straight away as to whether you’re going to get on but, if further down the line things didn’t work out, you just inform BorrowMyDoggy and they can help you find a more suitable match.

The beauty of the whole borrowing journey is that it is designed to work and fit around everyone involved.

Now you really have no excuse at all to not get a dog into your life!

Here’s to life on your terms,

 

Rachel a.k.a The Life Hack Tutor

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2 Comments

  • Rufus The Red

    Reply Reply September 1, 2017

    I loved my walks with you as well. Thank you

    • rachelalexandrahill

      Reply Reply September 3, 2017

      I really miss him Ged and still think about him all the time!

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