Borrow My Doggy: A life improver

Many of you will be aware that I am an avid 'Borrow My Doggy' fan. When I’m not spending my evenings cuddling or walking dogs, I'm talking about it. To say I’m obsessed is a bit of an understatement.

Instead of rambling on about how excited I am about Borrow My Doggy, I decided to write down some points on how it has changed my life and why I'd recommend it. If you fancy joining before you've read the article, there's a link at the bottom.

1. You get to walk/cuddle/play with dogs

You got it! Obvious, right? Upon signing up and making a profile, you get to see lots of doggy profiles and message them. You get all the excitement of online dating, without having to worry about boring conversation or unwanted, naughty pictures. It does become a little addictive and you do have to hold yourself back from messaging every dog, but once you have messaged the dog (well, the owner - unless the dog is really clever) then you can arrange to meet from there. It's so much fun to take a dog out and see the endless joy in their faces. Borrow My Doggy definitely provides you with the best part of pet ownership.

This is Poppy - she has the softest fur I have ever felt and is always up for a cuddle. She loves playing with other dogs and making new human friends too! Poppy also has a habit of taking other dogs' toys - which is fine until you are chasing her across the park to get it back. Poppy is a big cuddler, and if you stop rubbing her belly she will pat you with her paw, as if to say "did I tell you that you could stop?!"

This is Poppy - she has the softest fur I have ever felt and is always up for a cuddle. She loves playing with other dogs and making new human friends too! Poppy also has a habit of taking other dogs' toys - which is fine until you are chasing her across the park to get it back. Poppy is a big cuddler, and if you stop rubbing her belly she will pat you with her paw, as if to say "did I tell you that you could stop?!"

2. You get to meet humans too!

With the wonderful dogs come the wonderful owners. Borrow My Doggy gives you the opportunity to meet new people wherever you are who are also dog-crazy. When you meet the owners and the pooches, you begin a relationship with them, and eventually the friendship becomes equally as valuable as the dog-borrowing. Not only do you get to meet the owners, but you get to meet other dog walkers too. Borrow My Doggy is an excellent way to meet neighbours and other people in the community.

3. It's great exercise

I’m very lazy… but walking dogs is an enjoyable way to get out of the house and burn a few calories. It doesn’t even feel like exercising, but believe me it really does pay off! You can lose weight (if that's something you're looking to do), tone up and get all of the positive endorphins when really, the dog is actually putting in all the effort.

This is Flossie - energetic, adorable and very cuddly. She loves to make sure your face is clean by giving you lots of kisses and always makes you feel included in "her pack" when you take her out for a walk! She is incredibly intelligent and we often practise her tricks with a clicker and treats. Flossie also wears the cutest harnesses - she's such a fashionable dog!

This is Flossie - energetic, adorable and very cuddly. She loves to make sure your face is clean by giving you lots of kisses and always makes you feel included in "her pack" when you take her out for a walk! She is incredibly intelligent and we often practise her tricks with a clicker and treats. Flossie also wears the cutest harnesses - she's such a fashionable dog!

4. There are loads of dogs to choose from

Whatever breed of dog is your favourite, you are more than likely to find a profile of it near to you. There are so many dogs on the website that, even when you choose any necessary filters such as size of dog, availability or whether they are good with children, you still have an unbelievable number of dogs you can message. This really allows you to find the right dog, or dogs, for you.

This is Wilbur - when I first met him he jumped on my lap straight away. I think it was love at first sight if you ask me! He gets so excited when I knock on the door - but I'm pretty sure he's like that with everyone that comes by. What I love about Wilbur is that he always makes sure to turn around and wait for me during a walk if I can't keep up with him!

This is Wilbur - when I first met him he jumped on my lap straight away. I think it was love at first sight if you ask me! He gets so excited when I knock on the door - but I'm pretty sure he's like that with everyone that comes by. What I love about Wilbur is that he always makes sure to turn around and wait for me during a walk if I can't keep up with him!

5. It can be as flexible as you want

Something that is great about Borrow My Doggy is that every experience is different and every owner wants something different. If you’re a creature of habit and like routine, then you can write that in your message to the dog owner and find an appropriate time each week to borrow the dog. On the flip side, if your life is quite chaotic, it’s really easy to find an owner that lets you borrow the dog as and when you feel like it. I have a bit of both, I walk Smilo every Friday after work, however with all my other dog-friends it’s totally flexible!

This is Smilo. You can't see his gorgeous face in this photo but I feel this picture sums Smilo up completely. He has so much energy and will always be up for playing his favourite game, fetch! I've never met a dog who loves a ball/toy as much as Smilo. We spend half of the walk running after him trying to get the toy! Smilo's name suits him perfectly, because he is such a happy and smiley dog.

This is Smilo. You can't see his gorgeous face in this photo but I feel this picture sums Smilo up completely. He has so much energy and will always be up for playing his favourite game, fetch! I've never met a dog who loves a ball/toy as much as Smilo. We spend half of the walk running after him trying to get the toy! Smilo's name suits him perfectly, because he is such a happy and smiley dog.

6. It’s only £12.99 for the year to join as a borrower!

Borrow my doggy is really affordable. For borrowers, it is £12.99 for the year - that’s a little over £1 a month. So cheap! So if you’re looking for a new hobby that doesn’t break the bank, then Borrow My Doggy is definitely for you!

7. You are fully insured

When thinking about borrowing dogs, I never really thought about a situation where something could go wrong, but Borrow My Doggy has got your back and will cover you at all times, no matter the cost. It also has a 24 hour helpline in case you need advice. It’s great to know that Borrow My Doggy is there to help you out, no matter what time or what the situation is.

This is Boycie. Boycie gets a little nervous when his mummy and daddy go out, so I make sure he's got a little bit of company :) He loves a snuggle on the sofa - and makes sure to give you the occasional lick when he thinks you are missing his attention!

This is Boycie. Boycie gets a little nervous when his mummy and daddy go out, so I make sure he's got a little bit of company :) He loves a snuggle on the sofa - and makes sure to give you the occasional lick when he thinks you are missing his attention!

8.  You get to help others

My final point is that you get to help others. I really get a buzz from helping others in need. Smilo’s mum and dad have just had new born twins so are very busy, and Flossie’s mum is pinning down 2 jobs! Borrow My Doggy allows you to help other people and also help the dogs out. It’s a win-win!

If you want to invest in this life-improver, you can sign up to BorrowMyDoggy here!

Written by Imogen. She loves dogs (duh).

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