Friday, June 08, 2007

All of The Doggy, None of The Doo

Recently I have been reading about a rent-a-dog service for busy professionals with lots of disposable income called FlexPetz. You too can borrow a dog for an afternoon to pick up chicks at the park or give your kids the illusion that they are ready to care for a pet. In an attempt to lift the miasma of crass commercialism from the enterprise, they emphasize that these dogs are mostly rescues. And can you guess the first locations? That's right, California followed by NYC later this month.

I've come across reactions ranging from livid indignation to tongue-in-cheek curiosity. Being profoundly jaded myself, FlexPetz just elicits an eye roll and the hope and expectation that the service remains small, fails quickly, and finds good permanent homes for the dogz.

Meanwhile, this coming week we are abandoning Pappy again to traipse off to yet-another-wedding (YAW). We have new housesitters in the form of our dog walker's visiting parents. But, heck, Pappy would be probably be as happy to have a limo come by and carry him off to a new renter each day. We should probably sign him up with FlexPetz-- as long as he gets to bring his ball for a little fetch action.

P.S. Get your leashes ready, June 22 is Take Your Dog to Work Day. So sayeth the governing elite at Pet Sitters International. (Thanks Chocolate Dog.)


Bella said...

Here's hoping the rent a dog fad goes away real quick - sounds like pimping dogs for profit to me!!

Thanks for the notice that it is international take your dog to work day on 22 June - I'm excited & off to tell mama straight away !!


Sweets-littlebigman said...

FlexPetz, who'd a thunk it? I'm neither livid, nor curious, just completely confused. Well, it doesn't take much, lol. Enjoy the wedding! By the way, the video was hilarious. Totally enjoyed it.


Nugget said...

Better to rent a dog for a day than to buy or adopt and then discover a dog isn't for you. However it is kinda creepy.

Toby said...

Hi Pappy!~

Mommy read about this rent-a-dog service in a magazine recently. People will do anything to make a buck. But what bothers her even more are the ones that pay to rent a dog!?!?!

Um, dogs aren't cars.

Four paws up to yah for posting this. People really have to think sometimes...


Stella and Annie said...

I don't know about renting dogs (some days I'd gladly PAY to have someone take my rambunctious two for the day), but I am totally interested in the prospects of taking dogs to work. We just had take your kid to work day last month and those kids were BORING. One thing is for sure, no one would find MY dogs to be boring!

Dory and Liza said...

Oh dear god! Please, please don't let anyone else in Boston read about flex petz!!! ICK.

Thanks for sharing - all our friends who we told are rolling their eyes too.

Dory and Liza

Pappy's Fella said...

Bella, Sweets, Nugget, Toby, Stella & Annie, and Dory & Liza,
What's the modern world coming to. Well, enjoy take your dogs to work day!