Don’t be alarmed if you’re walking down the street and hear a dog crying, barking or whining from a plastic cube outside of a restaurant or grocery store — that’s just a pup in a Dog Parker.
Part babysitter, part weird animal Flexicar service, this innovative venture allows humans to leave their pooches in a safe place while they run errands, without fear of a dognapping or running away incident.
To use these neighbourhood dog houses, you’ll need to sign up for a $25 yearly membership and a keycard. Parking your mutt in one of the shelters on the street costs 12 cents per minute ($12 an hour) and each house is equipped with a webcam and temperature monitoring, so your doggie can stay as relaxed as possible when cooped up in a tiny shed on the footpath.
Currently, Dog Parker is only available in Brooklyn, New York, but will soon be launched throughout the whole city.
I don’t know about you dog owners, but I never let my pooch out of my sight when outdoors, and the thought of locking him up in a tiny plastic box while I go and do things is just… bizarre.
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