“I don’ t have the luxury of having a dog myself because I travel too much, but I like walking and cuddling somebody else’s dog.” – Ingrid Newkirk
Last Wednesday’s challenge on blogging partner Susan and my alternate website was DOG WALKING.
Can you still remember those nerve wracking days when, due to the Covid virus, we were all confined to our living quarters and would give anything to get outside, stretch our legs and breathe in some fresh air and change of scenery?
Well surprise. Have you ever imagined or considered the possibility that many dogs held in animal shelters might enjoy that same sense of freedom if only they had a human companion in their lives for even a few hours a day?
I don’t really know if a Rent – A Dog service exists where you live but in Edmonton, where I live, the animal shelters offer potential dog lovers the opportunity to visit the location and for a modestly nominal fee walk the homeless dog about the grounds for a brief period of time.
This is a win-win-win situation for all parties. The dog enjoys the companionship of a human; the human gets to greet and meet a dog of his choosing; the shelter gets a modest financial offering to continue operating the shelter.
AT times the dogs cared for in these shelter must feel like prisoners held in solitary confinement. They need a break and what they need is you to give them the much needed change of scenery they require.
Do yourself a favor. If this idea appeals to you take a risk, contact an animal shelter near you and find out if this option is part of their game plan.
You really have nothing to lose but might discover a new friend you’ve gained.