Love dogs, but don’t have the time, money, or space to own one? Try borrowing one. A new app called Bark’N’Borrow allows users to connect with dog owners and volunteer to hang out with their pups just for the sheer joy of canine companionship.
To borrow a buddy, you'll need to fill out a basic form and explain why people should choose you to hang out with their beloved pet. It comes with plenty of filters, so you can elect not to borrow dogs that are described as “aggressive,” for example.
When I tried out the app, it was fairly intuitive to use, and well-populated with potential new buddies. I logged in, clicked the “borrow” tab, and it introduced me to my future best friends, spunky Zoe the Yorkie, a bulldog who loves to nap, and a pup described as “the funniest guy you’ll ever meet.”
There were a few hiccups, like a dog who inexplicably lives in the Netherlands, but is listed as a New York resident. And it can also be a little awkward to contact a dog owner and inquire about stealing their pooch for an hour, though they have listed them as available. But it's better than showing up at the dog run and hoping someone will let me pet their labradoodle.