BorrowMyDoggy connects dog owners with trusted local people who would love to look after their dog. We make it easy to arrange walks, playtime, overnight stays or holidays. Our aim is to help dog owners when they need it, provide new and healthy experiences for their dogs and to allow people without a dog to spend quality time with one. Rikke Rosenlund founded BorrowMyDoggy in 2012 after taking care of a neighbour’s dog “Aston” for the day.
She soon realised that dog owners could use a helping paw looking after their dog, and that there were thousands of people, just like her, who would like to take care of a dog, simply because they love dogs. BorrowMyDoggy is now the most active online communities of dog lovers, with over 500,000 members throughout the UK and Ireland. We’ve successfully connected thousands of owners and borrowers and the business is going from strength to strength.
Over 8 million people own a dog in the UK and Ireland. Dog owners come in all shapes and sizes – they could be families, retired people, students, professionals and more. Some may have gone through life changes, which drive their need for help – having a baby, moving house, changing job or maybe relationship changes. “Owners should be aware of the huge benefits that BorrowMyDoggy can bring to their dog. The positive psychological impact on the dog is the biggest thing that owners won’t realise un l they do it.“ Our Borrowers are often unable to own a dog, but just want to spend some time with one for the love of dogs, not money.
They could also be trialing caring for a dog before buying one – it’s a great way to test the water, especially with different breeds. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to test your kids with a dog, too. “I grew up with dogs all my life, but when I moved, I had to leave my two Dalmatians behind with my family. Work commitments and an inflexible rental agreement mean I can’t have a dog of my own.”