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Tasha and Coco

Borrower Tasha’s move to university prompted her to join BorrowMyDoggy where she swiftly found her perfect match, Coco. She originally spent one day a week looking after and walking Coco, but that soon changed to Tasha dog sitting Coco twice during the week and occasionally at weekends. As she says, BorrowMyDoggy is “the best way to spend your free time and make friends along the way.”

Coco’s owner, Sarah, joined BorrowMyDoggy to find occasional daytime care for Coco when she had a work conflict and now shares how “BorrowMyDoggy is making Coco even happier." You can also read owner Sarah’s lovely story here.

What do you enjoy most about your dog match?

The fact that I can’t have my own dog, yet I’m so close with Coco and her owners. We have been matched for over a year and it has been so nice being so close to a dog again.

What were you looking for in a match?

I was looking for someone close by as I didn’t have my car. I added a few dogs to my favourites, including Coco. I liked the way her profile was written and she sounded and looked adorable. Coco’s owner, Sarah, was the first person to get back to me, which was back in December 2013. I couldn’t wait to meet them both!

Why did you sign up to BorrowMyDoggy?

I used to have a Yellow Labrador at home. We had her for 10 years, but when she passed away my Mum said no to another dog as I was going away to university so it was the perfect time to for me to sign up to BorrowmyDoggy. Both the sign up and verification process were easy. It makes sense to make sure I am who I say I am!

How was your 'Welcome Woof'?

Our ‘Welcome Woof’ was really good. As the site recommends, we met in a public place. It was just so easy. We chatted, went for a nice walk and exchanged numbers.

What was your arrangement?

Initially, I looked after Coco every Tuesday as her owners work part time and it was just the Tuesday that they both had work so needed help. To start with, I would get the bus to theirs and just take her for a walk, but then when I got my car I could have her for the whole day. As we got to know each other, I then had her on Tuesdays and Thursdays and occasionally overnight, too. Now I’ve moved to Oxford and Sarah and Coco are moving to London, but we are still going to keep in touch.

How do you get on with Sarah and Coco?

Looking after Coco and arranging everything with Sarah was really easy and felt very natural. Both Sarah and her partner, James, are my friends now, as well as Coco!

Coco has the sweetest personality and she just wants to please you. She’s really easy to train, I have experience training dogs, and she picked it up quickly as she’s really intelligent. I’ve trained her to walk off the lead and do loads of tricks. I tend to take her for three walks in a day.

I get on so well with Sarah and James. My partner and I have been round to theirs for dinner and they have invited us to stay with them in London when they move. When I joined BorrowMyDoggy, I did not expect this at all! I thought I’d see a dog once a week. It was completely unexpected to make a great friend.

Describe your BorrowMyDoggy experience in one sentence.

The best way to spend your free time and make friends along the way.

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