Dog-sharing scheme a hit with retirees
From walkers, to dog walkers, a new dog-sharing movement is enriching the lives of retirees and pooches alike.
Its aim is to find every dog a new best friend.
Founded by Waiwera’s Sandra Walker in 2016, The Dog Share Collective is a community-led service that brings dogs and humans together online for a mutually beneficial companionship.
Users will create profiles for themselves or their pets to enjoy the benefits of the collective. which will include dog walking, dog sitting and networking.
The collective is preparing to launch officially in November, but has already achieved success connecting dogs with the elderly.
Residents at Maygrove Rest Home were this week visited by four furry new friends; Baxter, Sooty, Molly and Biscuit.
So thoroughly enjoyed were they at the rest home, the residents started plotting a dognapping.
‘‘This week we have been connecting with super-annuitants, retirees and rest home residents to advise them of our new online matching service which can find them local lonely dogs who would love a short walk to the park during the weekdays,’’ Walker said.
‘‘Dog owners whose dogs have long days at home while they commute, can connect with our retired people community who can have long days to fill and quality time to share.’’
Walker knows first hand the impact a dog can be in somebody’s
‘‘Our aim is to find every dog a new best friend.’’
Years ago, she enjoyed four years of dog sharing with a local border collie - an experience she calls ‘‘life giving’’.
‘‘Life was so busy with my career that I couldn’t have a dog. I felt like my soul was dying,’’ she said.
The Dog Share Collective is as much for people as it is for dogs, Walker says.
‘‘When people get busy, they’re not providing their animals with enough companionship, and if they choose to be selfish, the dog can end up effectively neglected at home all day,’’ she said.
‘‘Our aim is to find every dog a new best friend, our mission is to make the introduction, our vision is to improve the social lives of dogs.’’
The collective is not just for retirees, and Walker encourages those interested to register for early access today at thedogsharecollective.com or find out more on Facebook.
The Maygrove Rest Home residents prepare to walk, from left, Molly, Sooty, Baxter and Biscuit.