Think of it as an escort agency for people who love dogs. And really, seriously, there’s no sex involved. Just heavy petting. Walks in the park. And maybe, if the service is really good, you can give them a bone. And the best part? No attachments! Just drop them off when you’re done, and you pay by the hour.
Damn you Thrillist for discovering this instead of me: Flexpets is, in their words, “a timeshare for dogs”. Which is nice way of saying you’re renting a pet because, for whatever reason, you can’t commit to being a full time canine owner.
Here’s how it works (per Thrillist L.A.):
…members take an hour-long, one-on-one class with a trainer to bone up on easy commands, basic dog psychology, and no-no’s like feeding the dog a pan of brownies. Once checked out, you can reserve a member of FP’s furry crew for anywhere from a few hours to a week. The service’ll deliver your buddy right to your home, and collect him when you’re done…
According to its website, Flexpets currently has locations in Santa Monica and San Diego.
While there’s nothing to compare it to, I feel unqualified to say it isn’t cheap:
- $150 registration fee + $99.95 annual account maintainence charge + $39.95 monthly service charge… and that’s just to get slobbery tennis ball rolling.
- The cost to rent the actual dogs starts at $19.95/day for weekdays, $29.95/day for weekends, with a two day minimum require per month of a minimum one year membership. Oh, and if you turn a dog in late, there’s a $75/day late fee.
- If you want the dog dropped off or picked up, its an additional $17.50 each way.
- No indication if happy endings are included.
I take that back. I do feel qualified to say that it isn’t cheap. Some people get paid to do the above: it’s called dogwalking.
But if I find out Flexpets is actually profitable, I’m sure I can find some suckers who I can charge to come over and water my plants.
…Thrillist’s coverage here… photo from Flexpets…