Pet Rental?

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This month on AT we're looking at Escapes - the holiday destinations and experiences which always end up having a huge influence on our homes in terms of ideas and inspiration...and now, pet care? One of the more unusual (to say the least) ideas that we've read about is the concept of temporary pets being offered to guests at hotels...and other part time pet situations....

According to this WSJ article, "Popular pooches in existing dog-lending programs are often booked solid. At the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, in Beaver Creek, Colo., resident yellow Lab Bachelor is booked for dates with guests up to a month in advance. The Aspen Animal Shelter in Colorado, which allows tourists to take out dogs for a day, says it has to turn people away in the summer.

A short-term spark between man and dog can lead to a long-term friendship. In early July, while on a bus in Aspen, vacationers David Skibell, 67, and his wife, Rochelle, 66, noticed a woman with a border collie mix. The woman told them she had taken out the dog -- Sophia -- for a day from the Aspen Animal Shelter.

The couple took Sophia out the next day and expected to return her before the shelter closed. Instead, they fell in love and decided to adopt her. "

The piece covers all sorts of pet sharing situations, from the happy adoption story above to successful arrangements between friendly neighbors caring for a single pet to a very controversial business called Flexpetz. Flexpetz is a service which rented dogs for the day to paying members. Flexpets is currently being "shelved" by its corporate owner Asensia, due to legislation, such as that which was passed in Boston, prohibiting the renting of dogs.

Check out the entire article at the Wall Street Journal online and please weigh in - do you think "mans best friend" can be a part time gig?

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