There are times in your life where you may love dogs but you can't have one. Situations like this include:
- Living in a place that doesn't allow pets
- Being in a relationship with someone who does not like them at all
- Not having enough money to sufficiently care for a pet
- Dog Sitting
- Volunteer at a shelter
- Participate in a fundraiser
- Go to the park or beach
Dog Sitting is a nice way to break out of your usual routine and make a little money at the same time. You need to be comfortable staying in another person's house. It's just like babysitting but this is a great way to be around dogs without having to make a huge commitment. Most importantly, you need to be honest and responsible. Anything that goes wrong and the dog owners will hold you liable if something goes wrong.
Many shelters are understaffed because they have such an abundance of pets. Just stopping in to visit can do both human and dog, a whole world of good. When I used to work in the city, I would take time to visit the local animal shelter on my lunch break just to see the little guys. It may have not been much, but at least it was more than they would of had.
This is a great way to give back and there are usually quite a few animals the organization has on hand for publicity. Usually, it's doing something enjoyable like running a 5K, cycling or a huge party.
Depending on where you live, you can encounter many four-legged friends this way. I live in a temperate climate, so the best time for this is in the summer. Still, it's a great way to spend your day.