Test drive a dog before owning one? There’s an app for that

Test drive a dog before owning one? There’s an app for that
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Anna Browne has a thing for corgis, but she’s not ready to get her own. “I live in a studio… I work late most nights,” said Browne, who works in financial services. So she found an app that lets her borrow one.

Bark’N’Borrow is a service that connects dog owners with dog lovers who don’t or can’t have their own furry companions. The dog lovers can borrow other people’s dogs for short visits or even overnight stays.

“This is the next best thing between not owning a dog and committing to one,” said Bark’N’Borrow CEO and Founder Liam Berkeley.

Browne now regularly “borrows” Sam the Corgi. His owner, Weiling Chen, decided to start a profile for him after reading about the app’s launch.

“I did want him to be a little more socialized,” Chen said. Though she did have some initial hesitations about letting a stranger hang out with Sam. “It sounded a little odd but you kind of figure if they’re dog owners or dog lovers than it shouldn’t be too bad,” Chen said.

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