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Getting A Dog For Free

How can you get a dog for free?

For years we have really wanted to get a dog but when we think about it, the initial cost of getting the breed we want is ridiculous not to mention all the essentials so we keep putting it off.

Last week I noticed someone was looking for a pet sitter while they are on holiday as all the local pet sitting businesses were full so I jumped at the chance. Little did I realise these businesses can charge £20 per day for boarding, I said I'd do it for free as long as food, treats etc were covered. I think I made her day as we will be looking after her dog for about a month in total.

So I'm quite looking forward to tomorrow when we will be introduced to the new addition to our family. This gives them the opportunity to meet us, ask questions, we can find out more about the dog and ensure we can meet all her needs while they are away and they know she's safe with us as we've never met them before.

So we will get a free dog, it will probably mean I get more needed exercise (a great thing) and a little extra company/distraction from work.

There are actually sites that encourage this such as - I think I'll probably end up doing this quite a few times! I will miss them when they're gone though!

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PineMartens wrote on June 14, 2015, 8:02 AM

They certainly do which is why pet sitting makes a great alternative.

CoralLevang wrote on June 14, 2015, 8:23 AM

I look forward to hearing more of your stories with the pooch. What a great idea!

DWDavisRSL wrote on June 14, 2015, 8:36 AM

I think pet sitting for different dogs will be a fun way for you to experience several different breeds and temperaments to help you decide what variety of dog may best suit you when you do decide to adopt your own furever friend.

msiduri wrote on June 14, 2015, 8:42 AM

This could be nice way of getting companionship of a dog for a while. I read that in Japan there's service where they rent dogs to people for a weekend or so for that reason. People can't keep a dog, but they want a little companionship. Hope to read more how your dog-sitting goes!

CalmGemini wrote on June 14, 2015, 10:15 AM

Though it is fun and a new experience,it is a very big responsibility too.So take care,Hope you will write here about your experiences.

WordChazer wrote on June 14, 2015, 11:10 AM

You're the second person to mention Borrow My Doggy in a couple of days. I had a long conversation with a Twitter contact yesterday about the therapeutic effect of dogs and she mentioned the site as an option for people who didn't have dogs. I'll probably look into it when work aligns itself again in a few months. Just not before the next audit deadline, at least!

WordChazer wrote on June 14, 2015, 11:12 AM

My Twitter contact told me her GSD cost £23k in vets bills over the course of his life after brain surgery, sigh saving surgery and medications were all taken into account. That's a sizeable chunk more than my annual salary.

Also, Abby, borrowmydoggy offers third party insurance as part of the subscription fee for owners and borrowers.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on June 14, 2015, 11:45 AM

That is a great way to enjoy one without all of the expense of owning one and helps someone else out also

suzzy3 wrote on June 14, 2015, 2:30 PM

The expense is what stops us from getting a dog. Enjoy your trial run. Just remember it is the days that are bitter cold and you still have to walk the dog. Or you don't feel well you still have to do it. That is another thing holding me back from getting a dog.

peachpurple wrote on June 15, 2015, 1:42 AM

Wow, i didn't know you can take care of other people dog. Here the dogs are left at home to fend for themselves while owners are at work or on holidays. A common practice

PineMartens wrote on June 15, 2015, 5:56 AM

Holidays? How are they getting fresh food and water?! Usually everyone will just get a pet sitter or take them to a kennel here.

PineMartens wrote on June 15, 2015, 5:57 AM

We've been warned this one doesn't like other dogs coming up to her but I'm surprised we rarely ever see people walking their dogs here. I think they're all cat people.

AliCanary wrote on June 18, 2015, 7:51 PM

It's not hard to GET a dog for free, but there are, of course, expenses in caring for a dog properly.

paigea wrote on June 25, 2015, 9:29 PM

My aunt used to do that, but she charged for it. I am thinking of checking out a website called dogvacay. It is supposed to be legitimate and matches pet owners with pet sittters. They provide insurance too. It is American but is also in the Canada.

nerdieeds wrote on June 25, 2015, 9:43 PM

this is a cool stuff. I am not comfortable taking care of other's pets though.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 13, 2015, 12:23 PM

Any animal , cat or dog, that is advertised as being free, that is false advertising. Pets cost a lot to keep, with buying food and taking them to the Vet when they are sick.