A Michigan dog owner is proving that sometimes it takes a village to raise Buddy, her Maltese poodle mix.
Janet Eggen, 59, of Ferndale, Mich., is participating in dog sharing, the latest trend in the sharing economy where three different families also care for her high-energy dog through arranged playdates, impromptu games of fetch and overnight care.
She found the families by posting an ad on private Facebook groups and on Nextdoor.com, describing her 18-pound Buddy’s needs (sleeping with a human and being the only canine in the house) and her requirements — no young children, a home visit and an interview.
Technology has caught up with the growing trend. A couple of apps, including Dogtime Community and Share a Dog, help others find such an opportunity.
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