It’s #NationalPuppyDay!

Today is #NationalPuppyDay. A day that fills our social media feeds with pictures of adorable puppies from across the globe. What’s better than that?

But behind the cute pics, there’s a deeper meaning. National Puppy Day was created in 2006 by home and lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige, “to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills. According to the ASPCA, 3.9 million dogs enter shelters each year. Sadly, many of those are euthanized.

We’ve often talked about our commitment to working with shelters and adoption agencies to raise awareness of the shelter situation and get more pups into forever homes. As we move forward with our plans to do this, today provides a perfect opportunity for you to help too. Stop by your local shelter and play with a pup, or do a bit of your own research and share what you learn to help raise awareness for just how many dogs are in shelters today waiting for a chance to be loved.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give you a look at some of the most adorable puppies available to borrow today on the Bark’N’Borrow platform! So share this post and spread the “omg’s”, “aww’s”, but most importantly, the cause.

Love,

Liam & the B’N’B Team

 

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Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions by Borrowing a Dog!

Many of us are entering 2016 with resolutions and goals that we hope will make our lives better. And if we achieve them, they very well may. However, keeping resolutions is harder than making them. Which is why, despite their best efforts, so many people end up breaking or abandon them altogether. Here’s how borrowing a dog can help you stick to some of the most common resolutions out there.

Lose Weight

Not surprisingly, losing weight is one of the most commonly broken New Year’s resolutions. It takes extreme dedication and sticktoitness to change your diet and keep an exercise regimen. Working out with a partner can have significant benefits towards reaching your goals. In fact, some studies have shown that people who work out alone have as low as a 43% success rate, opposed to those who work out with a partner who show up to a 95% success rate.

There’s no partner more loyal, eager and full of energy than a dog. If you’re looking to hit the trails with a furry friend (which is how the idea of Bark’N’Borrow originally came about) or just shake up your weekly exercise routine, having a dog to be active with can help you keep your weight loss resolution.

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Be Happier

Being happier is another popular resolution and something we should all strive for in 2016. While there’s no shortage of steps that can be taken towards increasing your overall sense of well-being, being around a dog is a great one to take.

Studies have shown that pet ownership has the ability to fulfill people’s social needs and even provide them with as much support as they’d receive from as their family members. While borrowing a dog may not give you as deep of a bond as owning one, and thus may not have the same impact on your well-being, it could lead to you wanting to become an owner. And there’s no doubt that even weekend kisses and doggy hugs will put a smile on your face in the meantime.

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Find Love

Polls have shown that people are more likely to interact with strangers who have a dog then those who don’t. Dogs can break down barriers and help introverts in social settings. Think about it — how many times have you stopped to pet an adorable pooch on the street and ended up talking to their owner?

While there are plenty of things to do to make 2016 the year you find love, borrowing a dog will give you a reason to be more active and may even make you more approachable. You never know where you’ll find love. Who knows, it could be waiting for you in the dog park, or at the next BNB event 🙂

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Lower Stress at Work

A 2015 Society for Human Resource Management survey found that 8% of American workplaces allow employees to bring their furry friends to work, up from 5% in 2013. It seems that employers are starting to realize that allowing pets at work can actually lend itself to more focused and less stressed employees.

Research has also found that simply being in the presence of a dog can decrease blood pressure and pulse rate. So rather than stepping out for a smoke, or pouring yourself a glass of wine as soon as you get home, borrow a pup and destress your entire office. Your colleagues will thank you for it, and maybe it’ll even help you reach your 2016 goal of getting a promotion.

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Give Back

Many people resolve to give back in the New Year. Whether that’s joining an organization that helps those in need, or donating to a charitable cause, giving back is one of the best ways to make your New Year better an enhance your life overall.

Borrowing a dog not only provides you with a whole host of individual benefits, but it also enriches the lives of the pooches themselves as well as their owners. When you borrow a pup for a doggy date you help that owner manage their schedule and ensure that their furry loved one is getting the love and exercise they need, which in turn makes for a happy doggy — a win-win situation indeed.

Whatever your resolutions may be, we wish you a happy and healthy 2016 and hope the Bark’N’Borrow community helps makes this year a little extra special!

Happy New Year!,

The Bark’N’Borrow Team

 

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What’s the Best LA Area Beach to Take Your Dog This Summer?!

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As the temperature rises, bikini season approaches, and people begin trading in their sneakers for sandals, there’s no better time to take advantage of one of the biggest perks that comes with Los Angeles living: the beach.

Sand between your toes, the sweet sound of waves crashing onto that perfect west-coast sandline, and nothing but the relaxation that comes with tossing a frisbee to your favorite–wait–something’s missing! Where’s your four-legged furry friend??

With dozens of parks and beaches in the Los Angeles area, many officials have grown to fear that letting our favorite furry friends into the public’s beach domain pose liabilities to both the beach and its attendees. Why, you ask? Because non-dog lovers feel it causes “conflict“ (cue eye-rolling).

However, with local advocacy groups like Unleash the Beach promoting off-leash zones at city beaches and scientific evidence supporting that dogs actually help improve the fecal profile of the water and prevent major pollution problems, the tide is beginning to turn in favor of dog-friendly beaches in LA. In fact, the Los Angeles City council is currently in the middle of a 30-day study to examine if Cabrillo Beach should be the city’s first official off-leash dog beach. One small step for LA, one giant paw forward for canine-kind.

Cabrillo Beach would join other “dog-friendly” beaches in the broader LA area including Rosie’s Dog Beach (Long Beach), Huntington Dog Beach (Huntington), Leo Carrillo State Beach (Malibu) and Topanga State Park (Malibu).

To give you a better idea where you may want to take your pooch this summer, we’re currently polling local dog-lovers on what LA area, dog-friendly beach they’re most likely to take their own or borrowed dog to next.

You can take the survey here and we’ll report back in the coming weeks on what beach came out on top!

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Take Your Dog to Work Day Infographic: What Pup is Best for Your Office?

 

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With Take Your Dog to Work Day taking place today we decided to take a look at what pups and breeds match up the best with different work environments. Is your lively, easy going and playful French Bulldog perfect for the crazy roller coaster ride at your Silicon Beach tech startup? Or is your colleague’s outgoing, even tempered and gentle Labrador ideal for bringing some smiles and stress relief into your government office building? We polled dog lovers to find out and the answers are visualized in the above infographic.

Studies have shown that having dogs in the office can result in numerous positive results for companies. Not only can they lower stress levels, but they can also improve the dynamics between coworkers. A 2010 study by Central Michigan University found that employees were more likely to trust and collaborate with each other when dogs were present in the workplace.

Corporate America has taken notice. In fact 20% of American companies have adopted different types of pet-friendly policies according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. Dog-friendly companies today include Google, Ben & Jerry’s, Procter & Gamble, Etsy, Amazon and even TBWA/CHIAT/DAY here in Los Angeles.

What is your favorite dog to bring to work?

Thanks for partying with us!

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Very huge and warm thank you to all who came out to celebrate with us this past Saturday, May 30th at The Oinkster in Hollywood! We are proud to host such a great community of dog-loving Los Angeleans. Special thanks to PawPack and Vet On Demand for their on going support as well. We couldn’t have asked for a better day full of sun, friends, dogs, and burgers.

Some of you may be wondering where our app is.. We are, too! We worked our tails off the past few weeks to get our app launched fast, but the review process can be complicated and time consuming. We cannot wait to share it with you. Thanks in advance for your patience as these things sometimes happen. We stand by our promise to provide you with an awesome, unique approach to dog sitting for all our fellow pup lovers!

 

— Liam and the Bark ‘N’ Borrow Team