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Dana
June 30th, 2008, 11:00 AM
Should people be allowed to rent dogs like cars or videos?

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2008/06/ban_proposed_fo.html

Tamara
June 30th, 2008, 01:24 PM
I have never heard of anything so ridiculous in all my life. Poor dogs,they need routine and stability of a true home, and that would not happen being taken from home to home!!!

I'm sorry, but who are these loosers that want to rent a dog???:thumbdown:

Rebecca
June 30th, 2008, 04:04 PM
Oooh... I hope nobody yells at me for this, but I don't think this is a bad idea if it's carried out properly. If these are shelter dogs that would otherwise be euthanized or kept in a cage forever, they may well be better off as rent-a-pets, since there are more homeless dogs than there are permanent homes.

I think that most dogs are very adaptable to new situations, environments and people and would do just fine with this. Of course, dogs with more sensitive temperaments wouldn't do well and shouldn't be candidates for this kind of setup.

Even pet dogs change hands a lot these days... they spend time at the doggie daycare, go out with the dog walker, go to the groomer, spend the night at the vet, go to the kennel or to stay with a friend when their owners travel and they do just fine. Most dogs aren't as married to routine (or their owners!) as you'd think.

I think that as long as the dogs are well cared for and the people are screened properly and educated well about the care the dog requires that this would work out well in most cases. I'm sure there would be the occasional creep who might not do what he's supposed to with the dog, but this can happen in permanent homes, too.

Am I crazy? :confused1:

Dana
June 30th, 2008, 11:56 PM
I don't think you're crazy, just realistic. This sounds pretty creepy and weird to me- the author of the article compared it to an escort service :unsure: I can't imagine paying money to walk someone else's dog, but obviously some people can and if that keeps dogs from being euthanized, I guess I can live with it. The thing that was the most reassuring is that they claim to adopt out the dogs after a couple of years. That makes this a sort of job for these dogs, with retirement right around the corner. They will eventually end up in permanent homes, likely with one of their renters I'm guessing. Weird, but probably not abusive.