Hirschhorn’s idea was to create a website that would link dog owners with other dog lovers who wouldn’t mind taking in another dog as a guest while his or her owners hit the road.
The site is called Dogvacay.com and here’s how it works. You search your neighborhood or city for someone who has let DogVacay know they’re up for hosting a dog. Most of those folks, by the way, have a dog of their own. The host family makes a little money, DogVacay takes a small fee, and you head out of town knowing your dog is in a home where dogs are celebrated.
Some dog sitters will even send you pictures of your dog while you’re on vacation—how many kennels do that? And some hosts also offer grooming and dog training services. All hosts must complete an extensive on-line application, carry a pet-sitter’s insurance policy, undergo interviews, and have references that check out.
Heck, Fido may not even miss you.