Borrow My Doggy - My Experience

Hey Lovelies,
I hope you are all well and that you are having an amazing weekend! Isn't it nice that the weather is finally getting better and we are actually seeing some sunshine. Long may it continue! Today's post is going to be a bit of a chatty lifestyle post about a website called Borrow My Doggy which I joined last summer.
Anyone who knows me, or spends more than 5 minutes talking to me, will know how much I love dogs and how much I want a dog of my own. However  I work full time, and do not have anyone at home who can look after my dog for me whilst I am at work. Sad times indeed! Then last year I came across Borrow My Doggy. It's a bit like an online dating site, except rather than meeting potential (or not so potential) partners, you connect with local dog owners in your area that are looking for someone who can help them look after their dog. This can include anything from dog sitting (at their home or yours), dog walking or looking after their dog whilst they are away on holiday amongst other things.
If you are someone looking to borrow a dog, it costs £9.99 per year to join Borrow My Doggy. The annual fee if you own a dog is £44.99.
With nothing to really lose, but unsure of what to expect, I decided to give Borrow My Doggy a go. After I paid my fee and created my online profile, I was able to browse local dogs in my area. Once you find a potential match, you can message the owners and arrange a "Welcome Woof" to meet them and their dog. If all goes well and the owners as well as their dog like you, they may let you borrow their dog!
I have met 3 very different but all lovely dogs through Borrow My Doggy, so let me introduce them to you all!
My first ever doggy date was with Dennis, an 11 year old border collie. Dennis was one of the most clever and sweet dogs I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and he will always hold a very special place in my heart. When I met Dennis, his owners did advise me that he was very poorly, but I still agreed to hanging out with him and we had a few lovely walks in the park together. Then one morning I got the sad news that Dennis had to be put to sleep. Dennis was so lovely, when you'd ring on his owners door he would greet you then go off get his ball for you to play with him. (He was obsessed with balls!). When I'd throw his tennis ball in the park for him, he'd fetch it for me and drop it a couple of feet in front of me, then push it towards me with his nose. I can't even begin to explain how cute that was! It is safe to say that it is because of Dennis that I am obsessed with border collies now. It made me very sad when I found out he had died, and I will never forget him and the time I got to spend with him.
I also met Suki, a 9 year old saluki rescue from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home through Borrow My Doggy. I walk Suki quite regularly now and she lives just a few roads down from me. Suki is very gentle and friendly. Salukis are a type of greyhound which means they are super fast, but Suki's recall isn't great, which means I can't walk her off lead. She has one of those extending leads though which means she still has the freedom to walk around and explore. Suki's favourite past time when she is with me is to sniff EVERYTHING.  I'm sure if it was up to Suki, she would quite happily spend hours just sniffing a particular flower or leaf (or whatever else takes her fancy)! Suki's nemesis is most definitely the squirrel, and as soon as she spots one her ears prick up and she gets ready to chase. This means I have to hold on to her lead for dear life so she doesn't send me flying haha! Suki is rather beautiful and she always gets lots of compliments when we are out walking together.
Last but by no means least we have the lovely Poppy, an 8 year old Parsons Jack Russell terrier who I also walk quite regularly. Poppy is a lot of fun and has so much energy, which is probably quite typical of her breed. Similar to Dennis, Poppy loves playing with her ball. She gets so excited when we play fetch. She will also quite happily chase after sticks, but every time I find a stick and throw it for her, she, well, destroys it haha! I can also play tug of war with her and spin her around when she has a stick. That's so much fun! Poppy also loves her treats, and you can probably get her to do just about anything in exchange for a biscuit!
You do not get paid to walk dogs through Borrow My Doggy, and quite a few people have asked me why I would walk someone else's dog for free. Well the answer is very simple really: I enjoy spending time with dogs but I am not in a position where I can have a dog of my own. What's more, making doggy friends is lots of fun. I don't understand why anyone wouldn't want to spend time with a dog haha!
Borrow My Doggy work in partnership with the Dogs Trust, who are the UK's biggest dog welfare charity which I think is great! Click here if you would like to find out more about this partnership.
So as you can see, my Borrow My Doggy experience has been a great one, and I have made some lovely canine friends through it! If you love dogs and have a bit of a canine shaped hole in your life, or if you are a dog owner who is looking to find some 2 legged friends for their dog, I would really recommend joining!
I hope you've enjoyed this post and until next time,
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  1. I saw this website last year! It looked so cool. I have a saluki cross dog and nobody has ever heard of salukis, they are very underrated!
    x x | daisydaisyxxo

  2. I love this idea! I'm lucky enough to have two dogs, a greyhound and a Jack Russell. But I would definitely do this if I was unable to have a dog!

  3. This is such a good idea! It must be really great for older people who struggle to get out as much - everyone's a winner! x

    Laura at Lola and Behold

  4. I absolutely love this idea and like you, work full time, we have three cats and a one bed flat so having a dog is not on the cards x

  5. I've read this post twice now, and I think it's such a lovely way for you to spend time with dogs :) You look in your element in the first pic xxx

  6. This sounds like such a great program. I recently got a puppy called Maia and she's a pug x Border Terrier. She's my families first dog and she's so playful that it often becomes a to to handle since I'm at University and my parents work full time. I'm definitely going to check this website out because they sound absolutely wonderful :) I'm a new follower and i look forward to reading more posts from you <3

  7. That is such an interesting concept and I would totally do it. I love dogs but prefer owning cats, which I do. But I definitely miss dogs sometimes. I'm sorry about Dennis, he seemed so sweet. x

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