APP ofthe WEEK

ROVER – DOG SITTERS & WALK­ERS (iOS and An­droid, free)

Llanelli Star - - Tech Now -

ONE thing the in­ter­net ex­cels at is con­nect­ing peo­ple who need a ser­vice with those that pro­vide it, and you won’t find a bet­ter ex­am­ple of that than Rover.

It’s a new ser­vice, pow­ered by a smart­phone app, that al­lows dog own­ers to hook up with dog sitters and dog walk­ers.

It sounds sim­ple, and it is

– but the app pro­vides some bonus fea­tures that make this ser­vice a de­light to use.

You can keep up with how your dog is do­ing while you’re at work or away as your sit­ter or walker posts up­dates for you to view.

You can even see GPS gen­er­ated maps of your dog’s walks…

The ser­vice is al­ready

pop­u­lar in the US, with over 200,000 sitters and walk­ers reg­is­tered.

Each sets their own prices.

Rover is at pains to point out its safety fea­tures, too – not just any­body can sign up to look af­ter your dog. In fact only 20% of

those that ap­ply are ac­cepted, af­ter a rig­or­ous screening process. At the mo­ment it’s only avail­able in Lon­don, Manch­ester, Birm­ing­ham and Leeds – but watch out for it ap­pear­ing in your area as it con­tin­ues its ex­pan­sion across the coun­try.

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