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Aug 27 2007   3:44PM GMT

Netflix, Zipcar … Flexpetz (rent a pooch online)

SarahCortes Sarah Cortes Profile: SarahCortes

While I’ve never used the Zipcar service, I was, at one time, a loyal Netflix subscriber.  I’d love to check my mail and look for that red evelope among the piles of junk mail in my mailbox.  Now, a service called Flexpetz allows would-be dog owners to rent a dog.  Now granted, the delivery of service doesn’t come to you quite as conveniently as a Netflix envelope, but the concept is real interesting.  I know plenty of dog lovers who (for assorted reasons) do not own a dog — but would love to spend some quality time with one.

The following Business 2.0 article describes the service in more detail:

http://money.cnn.com/2007/08/23/technology/rent_pooch.biz2/index.htm 

You can also visit the company’s web site for more info:

http://www.flexpetz.com/

And here’s an idea for the company — how about pairing dog owners in need of “dog sitting” (say, for a weekend) with would-be FlexPetz “renters”.  I’d love to send my dog to a pre-qualified renter while I’m away for a weekend

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  • SarahCortes
    I loved Zipcar, Dennis! I was one of the earliest customers here in Cambridge, before I went back to the dark side and bought a 4x4 for hauling gear and self into the mountains and onto the beaches. I miss the smartcard and wonder of not having to deal with insurance, excise tax, maintenance, registration or the rest of it. I immediately imagined a pool of dogs that you could "borrow" with the appropriate keycard, for some reason. I have to say, however, that being a dog owner myself, the idea of another service that removes what the dogs leave behind is pretty darn alluring as well. I can imagine the dog queues, too, and the ensuing conversations: "Hon, can we rent a dog for the weekened? Something small and cute?" "Well, dear, I was thinking of something a bit larger and quieter this time. Something that we could go offroading with -- maybe a bit of hiking? How about that white Lab I've been talking about?" "..." "You must have forgotten about tea with the Johnsons." "Oh, right. Ok, rent the cockerdoodle."
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