Another great mention for yours2share on Channel Four’s Superscripmers last Friday.
A personal note from Sophie Garrett, who owns and runs yours2share: “I deliberated for months about creating a section to share dogs earlier this year. I had been asked repeatedly if yours2share enables people to share dogs: it has been raised more than any other category. Here are the current dog share listings.
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Six months ago Dr Barbara Langford and her husband Robert unexpectedly lost their beloved dog Charley. He was a black Cookerpoo, one of a kind and they adored him – they were three of a pack. When Charley died, they weren’t able to commit to the full responsibility of another dog at that time in their lives. Here are the current dog share listings.
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Pioneering website yours2share has launched a new “dogs” category for people who want to share their dogs. Friends and families often informally get together to care for a dog and some people find dog minders to look after their dogs during the day. Sharing your dog with a stranger is a new idea and yours2share makes it easy to find like-minded partners.
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One alternative to dog sharing is being a trainee guide dog boarder. During guide dogs last few weeks of training, trainers have found that they perform best if they live in a home rather than kennels. They are happier and respond better to training. In addition, feedback from the people with whom they board enables the trainers to understand their temperament. This helps them a better match to their eventual blind or partially sighted owner.
The dogs need a home at weekends and in the evening, which suits many families and other people who would like a dog, but cannot commit to owning one full time.
yours2share also provides a dog share service. Owners with a dog that needs company during the day can get together with families and people who can’t have a dog because of other commitments to share a dog. This is commonly done within families and between friends, but can work just as well between strangers, provided that time is spent at the beginning discussing how the arrangement will work. There are some sensible guidelines here together with the list of current dog shares.
Do you share a house, car, motorhome, boat, aircraft dog, horse or anything else? I’m always looking for examples of sharing in action to blog about on yours2share and, if they are really good and two or more partners are willing to be interviewed, for case studies. If you are happy to tell me about your experiences, good or bad, I’ll blog about you and include a link to your website.
Examples could be straightforward: you own a quarter of a boat, a fifth of a light aircraft, half a motorhome. Or maybe your daughter goes to someone’s house to practice on their piano, or you swim in someone’s pool for an hour once a week. Maybe you rent a room from Monday to Friday because you are working away from home, or you’ve found someone to ride your horse on Tuesday and Thursday in return for some mucking out. It could be that you’ve found someone to help sort out the vegetable patch you’ve neglected for years, so you get a quarter of the produce, or you’ve found someone who is happy to look after a dog during the week when you are at work, so your children can now have the dog they have been pestering you for.
There are so many ways of sharing: nearly everyone does it they just don’t realise it. And they could do so much more.
I’ve just had an email from Barbara Langford in Toronto, Canada, who I wrote about in my last blog post about dog sharing. She and Kristen were interviewed by CBC Radio in Toronto earlier this week. You can listen to the CBC radio interview here for the next few days.
Barbara shares a cockerpoo called Charley with Kristen and is very keen to promote the idea of sharing dogs. yours2share is very pleased to help her.
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