we wanted the terrier, but it was checked out.

August 23, 2007 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

i have ideas like this all the time, but i always stop myself because i think, “no one would ever pay as much as that would cost to do.” maybe i’m wrong though.  copying almost precisely the business plans of flexcar/zipcar comes flexpetz, a membership-based dog rental service. they offer a variety of makes and models and even include a pet bed, toys and food. but this is not for the casual pet-lover:

$150 – initial membership fee
$100 – annual “account maintenance” fee
$ 50 – monthly membership fee
$ 40 – weekend daily doggy charge ($30 weekday)
$ 35 – delivery fee r/t (optional, but really? your lifestyle is so cosmopolitan you can’t own a pet, but do own a car in the city?)
Totaling $375 for your first day with “your” pet.

Now, i’ve never had a pet of my own, but i understand they are expensive. a chef friend of mine once renamed his cat “paycheck” following a few unfortunately timed catfights. but $120 a month for one day a month with a dog? that better be one charmin’ motherfucking pet.

flexpetz is now only in LA and San Diego, but coming soon to NYC and SF, later to Boston, London and DC. pre-registration is available now.

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