Finding canine companions can sometimes be tough. Luckily, there are really cool matchmaking dog apps out there that can help you meet dogs online!
Bark’N’Borrow is one of them— it connects dog owners with professional dog sitters. There’s also Rover and DogVacay and both of them help you find pet sitters close to you. BorrowMyDoggy, an app created in Ireland and England, is a community of local dog lovers that’s great for finding dog walkers and play dates. San-Francisco-based Walkzee connects dog lovers with local shelter dogs who need help.
But how do these apps really work? Jennifer Jolly of The New York Times went to find out. She made an online profile on Bark’N’Borrow and in less than eight hours she was matched with a 5-month-old French bulldog named Pickles.
She was absolutely thrilled with the adorable pooch and says that Pickles was everything they had hoped for and more:
“Pickles wrestled with my daughter’s long hair and snuggled on my lap. After a few barks when my husband got home from work (a watch dog!), Pickles ended up sleeping in our bed, right between our heads. The next day Pickles traveled with my family to a cross-country meet, where he mingled with other dogs, high schoolers and parents who wanted to know where they could borrow a dog too.”
You can read the full New York Times article here.