Red Rover, Red Rover, Send Woody Right Over.
Carlos has been gone now for two years. Recently, Carli has been hinting that it’s about time to get a dog. “What’s a better time to get a dog than Christmas?” Well, her wish came true, meet Big Ben:
Whoa, before you all get too excited, yes, we had Big Ben for the Christmas weekend, but we have to give him back. My point to Carli’s, What’s better than getting a dog for Christmas?
Answer: Getting someone else’s dog. Temporarily.
AirBnb for Dogs
ROVER works something like Uber or Airbnb. Your bookings are arranged on a ROVER app: you set your availability, and dog “rules”, money is handled online, and ROVER takes about a 15% fee. Rover is essentially Airbnb for dogs. The guest selects amenities (allowed on furniture, special needs, number of walks each day, etc.). After the stay, both the dog and the hosts are reviewed.
The day I signed up, I was booked. A simple background check, and a straightforward dog-care exam, and I was “in.” It happened so quickly I was a little unsure just exactly what I had signed up for! Families were leaving town for the holidays, and I started getting dog sitting requests right away.
After ROVER takes its cut, overnight care averages to about $1 an hour. Sure I could charge more, but it’s still $1 per hour more than what I used to receive, watching dogs for friends and family.
For the Love of Dog
Caring for a pup is something I get great satisfaction from. And, it provides a service to families needing inexpensive care for their dog. Being in a tourist destination, I also get a fair share of requests from people who are on vacation, enjoying the Disney parks and resorts – where their Rover cannot rove.
So, with that introduction… meet my friends:
Obviously it’s not about the paycheck. I am entrusted to care for family. A best friend. Whether it’s a couple days or a week, the responsibility is huge. A responsibility which is somehow greater than caring for my own pet(s).
Your Best Friend is my Best Friend
That’s my tagline. Hey, and let me know if you might be interested in joining Rover. There are some benefits if we work together, you know, if you scratch my back…
For Carli, a temporary dog is not the same as her very own dog, butt it’ll doo. . . for now.