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While certainly not the most economical way to “own” a dog, FLEXPETZ provides a novel option for a pet lover trying to determine if a full-time pet can fairly fit into her lifestyle. As its name implies, FLEXPETZ is a flexible pet ownership program providing rescue dogs with a carefree, loving environment and providing people with busy schedules or restrictive pet ownership rules the opportunity to spend QT with canine pals. Catering to high-end clients, this service rings in at a price of $299.90 for registration with a monthly membership fee of $49.95, plus $24.95 to $39.95 per daylong excursion. The program is currently offered in Los Angeles and San Diego and will expand to Manhattan, San Francisco, and London by the end of this year, and to Washington, DC and Boston by Spring 2008. While surely a creative alternative, you may be better off borrowing a friend’s dog for the day—both will appreciate it, and you may even make a buck doing so!
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poom poom 8 years
yeah, totally wrong. we're talking about a pet, not a movie.
Huckleberry Huckleberry 8 years
I'm sorry but this is just wrong. If some one doesn't know if they have time for a pet then they probably don't. this is horrible for an animal. to get attached to someone then get shipped back to a kennel. how imhumane.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
poor things are likely to be confused mal-adjusted and freak out
chancleta chancleta 8 years
the problem with this scenario is that dog's (much like humans) aren't themselves with new places and people the best way to jive with a dog is for him to get to know you
Ashes20 Ashes20 8 years
I feel so bad for the dogs, terrible idea.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
not into this idea! poor dogs.
bellanatella bellanatella 8 years
Not loving this idea.
StarryEyed StarryEyed 8 years
Agreed, this is not a good idea.
rothchild rothchild 8 years
Not so great idea. Just another moneymaking venture without concern for the actual pets. Very sad..
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
This is, IMO, wrong. I know I'd get attached, how could you not? And who knows what it does to the poor dogs. I would think they'd get attached to certain people, too. I think this would create highly anxious dogs over time. Also, where do the dogs live? I bet they live in a shelter-type environment with caretakers who are more take than care. Ugh, just no.
Pepper Pepper 8 years
I agree, this just doesn't seem right. Animals need a loving and stable home, especially those that have been abandoned to begin with.
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 8 years
Totally against this idea. I think its cruel. Animals have feelings and need to be in an environment thats consistently supportive of their need to feel secure, and safe. Sad.
MissMolly MissMolly 8 years
Yikes, I don't like this idea. Renting dogs? Renting is something you do with objects; you know, cars, furniture, apartments; not living, breathing things with emotions! It seems this business was created to benefit (profit) the business, definitely NOT for the sake of the dogs. The best way IMHO is to volunteer at your local shelter or rescue organizations.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I agree with everyone on here. I think this is cruel to the animal is actually catering more to those "too busy" people than what is actually best for the animal-which is what we should really be doing. Imagining borrowing a baby for a few days because you feel the need for some companionship, human or animal it's wrong and actually upsets me to know this is taking place. A pet is not disposable and anyone who thinks that way shouldn't be allowed to own OR borrow one. If you can't dedicate the REAL time it takes for a pet you shouldn't be allowed to do either.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
Oh, and jsut to add, don't rescue dogs need a stable environment with same owners so that they can learn to trust again?
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I'm with kiddylnd - this is just another disposable pet problem!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
I agree with Jen22! DEf need to go volunteer to be a dog walker or caregiver at a shelter! Those pets need the extra TLC. and you may end up giving one a wonderful home! :-) Oh yeah, AND IT'S FREE! Haha, petsugar, thanks for this article. I can see that it does infact cater to the high end, but i really don't see why people won't just volunteer.
jen22 jen22 8 years
Too pricey! Its better to just volunteer at a shelter.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
Although I totally appreciate this idea, and the want for a pet when you can't actually own one, I think this is wrong. A person could just as easily get some QT with a shelter animal by volunteering as a dog walker, cat cuddler, or whatever needs they have. I get the whole I'm too busy to be bothered, but look what they are spending money on! If you want to spend, donate it to an animal welfare cause!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
So I take it this is for people with extreme ADD??? Hahaha!
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