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A close friend of mine lost her dog last spring. A recently retired dog lover, she dearly missed the companionship and impetus for walking, so she asked if I'd consider dropping off Sheldon at her home on my way to work every day.

It has been such a wonderful situation for us both - we are essentially dog-sharing. I get free doggie day care, and she gets kisses and companionship during the day with some more flexibility and without the expense of dog ownership.
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How wonderful for you, your friend, and Sheldon!

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That is a win win. Interesting that this has happened for you and your pup, I just watched a show where they are pairing seniors in nursing homes ( 80 years old plus), with daycare aged children. The seniors are the caregivers of these little ones and apparently both the seniors and the children are showing all sorts of benefits from this pairing. I think our seniors are an overlooked asset and we should reconsider their value.
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What a great idea!

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I agree! I think it would be a wonderful service to pair stay-at-homes with working adults with dogs. Or maybe cats - I'm not a cat person, so don't know as much about that. Obviously, one would want to vet the people and the physical circumstances, but it just seems like a win-win. In my case, I live in a condo, but my friend has a home with fenced-in back yard, so Sheldon loves to run around in the yard, something I can't easily give him.

Maybe when I retire I'll dream up a way to get this organized. Something like a baby-sitting co-op!
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I do home care and just yesterday my patient, who is 86, was saying how much she misses her dog and what great company he was. She also said he "forced" her to get up more often and she needs that type of motivation to move. She is considering getting another dog but she's often in and out of the hospital so it's really not practical for her to own a dog. This type of situation would be perfect for her. There needs to be some kind of organization for this. Thanks for sharing. You've got my wheels turning.
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