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4 Websites for Earning Extra Cash
Good news, animal lovers: You don't have to pound the pavement to become a pet sitter. Use this site to advertise your availability and daily rate (starting at $15 a night) and let dog owners come to you.
DogVacay.com Offers Alternative to Kenneling Your Canine
Fran Goulet is known to her clients as "Mommy Fran," an in-home or in-your-home dog sitter who treats your furry ones as if they were her own.Goulet says business has been steady since she was approved as a DogVacay host last June.
Offbeat ways to make money: DogVacay
As a life-long dog lover, Jay Koblenz couldn't imagine going too long without a pet. Now Koblenz is semi-retired but earning about $1,000 a month watching people's pets while they go on vacation through a company called DogVacay.
Getting to Market: 4 Crucial Steps
To get some perspective on go-to-market strategies, I decided to talk to the founders of DogVacay, a start-up that offers a real home for dogs when pet owners are away. It's a new form of dog boarding that's offering an alternative to the traditional kennel.
Aaron Hirschhorn of DogVacay: Building the Next Big Pet Business
Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn know the pain of high dog boarding cost. On a little faith and a lot of credit card debt, the couple launched DogVacay as a company that would enable anyone (who qualified with an in-depth screening process) to offer in-home dog boarding for a fee.
All eyes on the sharing economy
Why pay through the nose for something when you can rent it more cheaply from a stranger online? That is the principle behind a range of online services that enable people to share cars, accommodation, bicycles, household appliances and other items. Variations on these models include DogVacay a dog-kennel service.
The Art of Science
DogVacay founder Aaron Hirschhorn said that the value of having Science help develop his idea was twofold. First, Science helped him make DogVacay into an actual, usable product and interface. Second, the credibility and connections Science brought with fundraising were extremely valuable, both at the seed and Series A levels.
Slay That Holiday Debt
Got bills? Plenty of us do, if the National Retail Federation is to be believed. Look for a "microjob." Sites like Gigwalk, Freelancer.com, PeoplePerHour, TaskRabbit, DogVacay and Fiverr offer short-term jobs -- some traditional, some unconventional.
A Home Away From Home for Pets
While the owners are away, the dogs will play.That's the concept behind DogVacay.com, which offers dog owners an alternative to boarding or pet sitting while traveling.
Local Service Offers dogs a home away from home
For pet owners who would rather leave their little critters in the comfort of a home rather than a kennel during their work day or when they travel, there is a scarcity of options in Santa Monica. Local company DogVacay is looking to change all that.
DogVacay: Locals Earn Extra Cash While Dogs Vacation Too
Are you a dog lover looking for a new income opportunity? Maybe you want to be a dog owner but not quite ready for the full-time commitment? Or maybe you want to introduce your children to pets, but want to see how they handle a new addition to the family? If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, Santa Monica-based company DogVacay may be for you.
It Takes a Village to Raise a Pooch
While the old adage, “it takes a village” refers to raising children, these days it may very well refer to the dogs in our lives. With dog ownership at an all time high and more households looking at dual incomes to stay afloat, finding an alternative to caring for our pooches when we are away or unable has taken a new twist.
Year One: Dogvacay Barks Its Way Up
Dogvacay is one of the startups leading the charge in Silicon Beach. It's unique and practical concept has proven to be an easy, convenient, and positive experience for all…especially dogs!
Airbnb Declares No Vacancies for Anonymity
Authentication requirements for some travelers looking for shared accommodations around the world will be getting a little tougher.
The Airbnb For Blah: Why Startup Analogies Aren't Going Away
The Pandora of art. The Netflix of voter registration. The Airbnb for dogs. New startup ideas are often difficult to explain, but in recent years, entrepreneurs, PR firms, and the tech press have turned to business analogies like these to quickly elucidate new concepts.
4 Ways to Find the Best Place to Board Your Pet
If you have a pooch, this site is for you. Dog lovers become Dog Vacay hosts by turning their home into a vacation retreat for other people's dogs.
How People Make Cash In The Share Economy
Sabrina Hernandez, a student at San Francisco State University, charges $40 per night through Web site DogVacay, to take care of dogs in her apartment.
Gabe Slate Looks at a High Tech Alternative to Dog Kennels
There's a new startup called DogVacay.com. It's helping dog owners board their dog for much cheaper than a kennel. Gabe Slate looks at the latest in high-tech dog sitting.
The Airbnb For Pets, DogVacay, Raises $6M From Benchmark
DogVacay, which launched in March this year as an Airbnb for dogs, has raised $6 million in new funding from Benchmark Capital.
Pack leader Benchmark Capital tosses DogVacay a giant $6M Series A bone
Not all investors are created equal, and pet services marketplace DogVacay has reeled in one of the best in the business as part of its $6 million Series A financing round.
DogVacay lets owners and sitters indulge their puppy love, worry-free
For dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and proclivities and their owners, DogVacay is here to help.
Dogs and drag queens: Hoda's search for new friends
With Kathie Lee busy, she hasn't had much time to spend with her co-host – so Hoda is turning to dogs to fill the void.
Need a Dog Sitter? There's an App for That
Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero has dog apps that will help you pamper your pooch.
New Website Finds a Home for Your Pup While You're Away...
It can be hard to enjoy your days on the beach when your best pal is spending his in a kennel. Enter DogVacay - a newly launched online community that helps you find a real home where you can board your dog.
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In Home Dog Boarding
Dogvacay.com - which has been referred to as a Match.com for dogs whose owners are out of town - offers a convenient means of pairing dogs with responsible, affordable, and reliable twenty-four hour home care.
Wall Street Journal
Dog owners previously had two options when they wanted to go on vacation but couldn't take the pooch along-send Fluffy to a kennel or ask a friend or family member to dog-sit. A start-up called Dog Vacay provides a third option.
High Tech Doggie Daycare
New sites like Dog Vacay are connecting dog-sitting hosts with local pet owners who can't travel with Fido this summer. Kara Tsuboi brings you the latest in high-tech dog sitting.
The 23 Hot Los Angeles Startups You Need to Watch
Los Angeles is quickly emerging as one of the biggest startup hubs. Angel investor Gary Vaynerchuk thinks it will eventually surpass New York and Silicon Valley as the tech capital of the world
Dog Vacation: Pairing Pooches with Homey Digs
Launched in March in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Dog Vacay now has thousands of users and more than 4,000 hosts. It's just arrived in a number of Canadian cities, including Vancouver and the Victoriaarea.
Dog Sitter Site DogVacay Expands Nationwide As Kennel Alternative
Startup DogVacay takes the concept of the "sharing economy" and throws it to the dogs. Unlike other companies that help people rent out their houses, like Airbnb, or their cars, like RelayRides and Getaround, DogVacay is a marketplace for people to find others to take care of their dogs.
Five Travel Websites You Need to Know About
What are the best websites to help you plan your vacation? CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the top five websites he recommends, from Tripit.com to DogVacay.com.
Doggy couch surfing? DogVacay has lodging for dogs
The site lets pet owners look up hosts in the area who will care for a dog in their own homes, giving a pet the food, exercise and attention you would give if you stayed home - sort of a doggy version of couch-surfing, for an average price of $25 to $30 a day.
A New Website Called Dogvacay.com Allows for Easier Dogsitting
BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) – Danielle Rapin doesn't just love her dog Baci, she loves pretty much all dogs. So much so, that she hosts other dogs in her Brooklyn apartment. She provides those services through dogvacay.com, a website that gives dog owners an alternative to boarding or relying on family and friends.
Doggie Vacation: Pairing Pooches with Homestays
Valerie Steiger, a life coach in Canyon Country, Calif., had a 4-month-old puppy and tickets for a 10-day trip to Thailand. Steiger knew that Joey, a cavalier King Charles spaniel-shih tzu mix, would need more attention than what a traditional stop-by-the-house pet sitter could provide, so she went online in search of a good boarding kennel.
Affordable Canine Care and Fix Your Own iPhone
A new site wants to help dog owners in San Francisco and Los Angeles find good help for Fido when they are away, and a popular car-sharing service just went nationwide. Get the gear to fix your own iPhone– for as low as $10 per toolkit. And this app makes it easier to sort through daily deal clutter.
DogVacay Connects New York City Dog Owners With People to Watch Their Pets While the Owner is Away
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -...the options are board it or perhaps have a friend or neighbor take care of it. A new service hopes to expand the alternatives. DogVacay.com sets people up with someone who will watch their dog while they're away.
Capital Buzz: A New source of Protein for Washington
Web-based dogsitting services DogVacay, headquartered in Los Angeles, has invaded Washington. The service, which helps dog owners find local residents to dogsit, will be in nine cities by the end of the month. DogVacay is backed by former MySpace Chief Executive Mike Jones.
Aaron Hirschhorn, Dog Vacay: Because Dogs Need Vacations, Too
New Yorkers scrambling to find a place to put their dogs before jet-setting now have the option to set their loved ones up with a local, pet-friendly paradise all their own.
Valley Talk: Yelp IPO Edtion
"DogBnb," is the latest from Los Angeles-based accelerator/startup studio Science, the guys who brought you another name that rolls off the tongue.
Shock and Paw: Adopting a Dog. For the Weekend.
"Sit." "Roll over." Go by that jogger and do something adorable.Congratulations, you're now ready to own a puppy. Well, short-term-lease a puppy. Presenting Dog Vacay, an online service that connects traveling pooch owners with responsible pooch sitters, available now.
Dog Vacay Boarding Service
Ever since we learned how to massage a puppy, dog walkers in Washington Square Park have learned how to avoid us. A less creepy way to make friends with animals: Dog Vacay, now live in New York. Essentially the humane version of Rent-a-Pup, the site hooks owners up with willing sitters to avoid the stress and cost of kennels.
DogVacay.com Sends Fido on Vacation
DogVacay.com is a newly launched Santa Monica-based website offering the services of real people in your city as dog-sitters while you go away on vacation. With all the dog-friendly developments – clothing lines, gourmet organic treats that look like cupcakes – it should come as no surprise that dogs are getting their own vacations now, too.
Doggie B&B Service Places Pets in Homey Spots
If traveling with your pooch is simply out of the question, new online service will let you leave them in the creature comforts of home. At someone else's home, that is. Dog Vacay, which is set to go live this week in the New York metro area, will help you find a home for your dog to stay in while you're away.
Just in time for SXSW, Dog Vacay Will Help You Find a Home-based Dogsitter
Love the idea of having a dog, but hate the guilt of leaving your pet behind during business trips or vacations? Dog Vacay, the latest launch from L.A. incubator Science, speaks to exactly that problem...
Dog Vacay Launches a Community Marketplace for Dog-sitting
Last Sunday morning, I was lonely, lying in bed and really wishing I owned a puppy. But considering my travel schedule, I could never own one. So I "Pathed" (shared a thought on Path): "I wish there was an Airbnb for Puppies." Lo and behold, a few days later I was pitched "The Airbnb for Dogs."
Daniel Vasquez: DogVacay.com Coming to South Florida
DogVacay.com, the online doggie boarding booking service, is headed to South Florida. Pet owners can search DogVacay.com's database for nearby homes (not kennels) of professional pet-sitters or plain pet owners willing to take in a pet for a temporary stay – and cash.
Traveling Dog Owner? Meet the Airbnb for Dogs
Leaving your dog at a kennel can be heartbreaking, and asking a friend to dog-sit can feel intrusive. So what is a traveling dog owner to do? A new site called Dog Vacay hopes you'll instead find a local home for your dog while you're away. On Thursday, it's launching Airbnb-type listings for dog boarders.
Dogbnb: DogVacay Wants To Help You Find A Boarding Alternative For Your Four-Legged Friends
As a former dog owner, I know how challenging it can be to find the best care for your four-legged-friend when going on vacation or taking a trip. While boarding dogs at kennels is an option, I always prefer to have a dog sitter at an actual home take care of my pet to ensure one-on-one care.
Dog Vacay is Airbnb for Dog Boarding
One of the big problems with having a dog is that when you travel, you need a place to keep it that will be responsible but not too expensive. Dog Vacay is working to solve this problem, by connecting dog owners with dog watchers, and lowering the average cost of the stay.
Dog Vacay is a community where dog lovers can connect with one another to find and provide safe, convenient and affordable ways to care for their best friend.
Interview With Aaron Hirschhorn, DogVacay.com
Do you have a pet dog, and do you travel a lot? If so, you're probably familiar with the travails of having to find a kennel to place your dog into, are constantly worrying about how your dog is doing in that kennel, and probably are feeling a little guilty, too, about having them locked up all week while you are away. To address that worry, Los Angeles-based DogVacay lauched last week [...]
Dog Vacay is Basically Airbnb for Dog Boarding
For most dog owners (like me!), finding a place for your dog to stay while traveling can be a huge pain. You can put your dog in a kennel, but most of the time that means your best friend spends several days cooped up in a cage with only limited time to play.
Dog Vacay.com - Dog Boarding Service
Finding reliable people to look after your dog when you're going away on vacation should stop being a problem now that a service like DogVacay is here. This new dog boarding service lets you find qualified people to look after your four-legged friend, for a price you're sure to afford.
DogVacay: Who's Having the Most Fun This Holiday?
Before I came to live to Israel I had a great concern for a member of my family: my precious dog. I was going away for a long time and my mother wasn't really excited about looking after her for six months. Suddenly, I found a solution. I bought twenty pounds of dog food and trusted that without the expenses my mom would finally agree to take care for Wendy. And so she did.
Online dog fight: Rover.com rival DogVacay launches Airbnb for pets
This could be one very interesting dog fight. A new startup company out of Los Angeles by the name of DogVacay is getting some attention today after it launched an online marketplace for pet owners to find nearby lodging for their dogs. Basically, it's an Airbnb for pet care.
Dogbnb: DogVacay Wants To Help You Find A Boarding Alternative For Your Four-Legged Friends
As a former dog owner, I know how challenging it can be to find the best care for your four-legged-friend when going on vacation or taking a trip. While boarding dogs at kennels is an option, I always prefer to have a dog sitter at an actual home (or at my own home) take care…
Website of the Day: DogVacay.com
As dog owners know, the hardest part of traveling is the stress of leaving a beloved pooch at a kennel filled with strange dogs and confined spaces. To save the day is Dog Vacay, an Airbnb for the four-legged set. With a design interface strikingly similar to the human vacation site, seasoned travelers will feel like they've used the site before.
DogVacay Is the Air BnB for Canine Friends
Take, for example, this bit of awesomeness: In the same way that Air BnB has made it easy to rent out our spare bedrooms to trustworthy travelers, or Relay Rides has made it easy to share our cars with other drivers, DogVacay is helping dog owners find a safe, happy home for their dogs to stay while they're off traveling.
Tech Life: Sending Your Pooch on a DogVacay
As any dog owner knows, vacations - or the complications thereof - are one of the few serious drawbacks of animal companionship. Long car trips are tough on many pets, and few owners are eager to take a dog aboard a plane or train. Then there's the question of where your pet stays when you get there.
Pet Owners Seek Alternatives to Traditional Boarding
What were these pet parents going to do with their "children" when they went on vacation? In Virginia Beach, they had friends who would pet-sit for the two dogs, but they didn't know many people yet in Doraville. The couple began searching for pet sitters on Craigslist.com, emailing sitters until they found someone they felt was affordable. They visited the person's home before ...
Pet Owners Seek Alternatives to Traditional Boarding
How does a beachfront weekend in South Beach for only $50 a night sound to you? Not into surf and sand? What about a five-star hotel in Coconut Grove, surrounded by parks and lush mangroves, for $40 a night? Oh, and by the way, these vacation spots aren't for you. They're for your dog. Dog Vacay is a dogsitting service set to launch May 23 in Miami, providing bed and breakfast listings for the city's canine companions.
DogVacay Matches Dog-Sitters, Pet Owners in Orlando
For $20 per night, Meagan Hackley will treat your dog to an Orlando vacation. She offers a home on Lake Arnold with a half-acre of plush, green lawn and her dog Gunner, a fawn-colored lab and red hound mix, as a friend. Hackley is part of a growing group of Orlando-based dog-lovers who have opened their homes to vacationing dog owners in exchange for side money through DogVacay.com.
In the Dog House
Like savvy travelers who forgo pricey hotels for budget accommodations on sites like Couchsurfing.org, easy-going pups now have an inexpensive place to crash, too. Two new services allow New York dogs to stay with a local pet-lover while their owner is away: Dogvacay.com and Rover.com both allow pet owners to create a profile with info about their animal, and can browse hundreds of hosts' profiles to see where Fido will fit in best.
Dog Vacay, the Airbnb for Dogs, Launches in New York City
Accumulate enough animal-loving friends and you're likely to find yourself on the receiving end of emails like: Anyone want to stay in a sunny 2-bedroom apartment next weekend FOR FREE . . . and watch Buster while we're out of town? We promise he doesn't bite! Or, even the occasional: Okay, so maybe he does bite, but we'll leave a six pack in the fridge.
New Startup Company Sets Out to Offer Dogs Dream Vacations
As humans, we have the ability to go on vacations and take trips to different destinations around the world. But why should humans have all the fun? That's the idea behind a new California startup called Dog Vacay, which is run by entrepreneurs Aaron Hirschhorn and Karine Nissim Hirschhorn.
First Round is Going To the Dogs
In a way, we are – with our latest investment – dogvacay.com. I'm happy to announce that @FirstRound has lead a seed round in Dogvacay.com – a community where you can have your dogs boarded in real home settings, not caged in a kennel. While I'm not a pet owner, I know many of them – and they all feel guilty whenever they have to put the pet in a kennel.
Husband and Wife Entrepreneurs Make Dog Boarding Make Awesome
Your flight is booked, bags are packed and your private paradise, oceanfront villa bordering a remote island awaits you. In the midst of eagerness for your next vacation, your blissful thoughts are interrupted by a deep pang of guilt and anxiety. Why? Because like most pet owners, you cringe at the thought of leaving your four-legged family member at a dog kennel or pet hotel.
Going on Vacation? What Happens to the Dog?
If you've ever gone out of town and left your dog behind, you know that special form of guilt reserved for dog owners. It's like dogs all have a degree in it. Jake, my normally cheerful, smiling yellow Labrador retriever, has a master's in Guilt. As soon as he hears a suitcase roll out of the closet, he knows someone from his clan is going to be leaving soon.
Dog Vacay: Connecting Hounds With Hosts
Whether you're looking for a homey environment in which to board your dog, or want to make some money by hosting one in your home, a new company called DogVacay.com is offering to help hook you up. The site launched March 1 in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and will soon be adding other cities to its listings, through which dog owners and dog sitters can connect.
Send Your Dog on Vacation
Leaving your dog at a kennel can be stressful and asking a friend or family member to dog sit can feel too imposing. So what is a vacationing dog owner's next best alternative? How about a community of great dog sitters right in your neighborhood through a new web site called Dog Vacay.
DogVacay.com Launches Superior Alternative to Kennels with a Community of Loving and Trusted Dog Boarders
Dog Vacay, the online marketplace that matches dog owners in need of pet-care services with amazing qualified animal caregivers, launches today in Los Angeles and San Francisco. With Dog Vacay's new service to find dogs local homes to stay when their owners are away, dog owners[...]
DogVacay is "AirBNB for Dogs," But I'm Thinking Bulldog Rental Service
Putting aside any reasonable skepticism one might have for any online service suffixed with "for dogs," the just launched DogVacay.com is pitching itself as an "AirBNB for dogs." Like AirBNB does for bedroom and home rental, the matchmaking service offers a place for regular folk to offer up their homes for dogsitting, as well as reviewing patrons and their mutts in return.
Dog Boarding Just Got Awesome?
We recently stumbled across a new site called DogVacay. The company allows anyone who wants to host dogs in their home to apply for a listing. It's up to the homeowners to set their own price, allows them to choose their own schedules, and even select what type and size of dogs they are willing to host.
DogVacay is the AirBnB For Your Pets
You are traveling with your 4-legged friend and it can be challenging to find the best care for your dog. You can always ask a friend or keep them at a dog-day-care center, but what if you have a dog sitter at an actual home to take care of your pet that ensures one-on-one care? The difficulty is actually finding dog lovers who want to babysit for dogs in their spare time.
DogVacay, A Site That Connects Dog Owners to Dog Sitters
Dog Vacay allows you to find a real home to board your dog. It's better than a kennel where Spot will be stuck in a cage all day. Home boarding gives your dog individual attention, fun with a small number of well-socialized dogs, and supervision from a responsible pet owner – at a price that doesn't add up to more than your vacation.
Dog Vacay: Pet Care Alternative Launches
This new service finds local homes where dogs can stay while their owners are away, so dog owners who travel are no longer forced to choose between a caged kennel or burdening a friend with the responsibility of pet-sitting.
Need a Getaway? Book @ DogVacay
With Dog Vacay's new service to find dogs local homes to stay when their owners are away, dog owners who travel are no longer forced to choose between a caged kennel or burdening a friend with the responsibility of pet-sitting
DogVacay: An Alternative To The Kennel
I'm a dog lover. My wife and I treat our Corgi, Steve, like a child. And every time we have to travel, we feel awful leaving him at even the best kennel. See, Steve was a rescue dog. When we got him, the people at the rescue organization said there had been a rash of foreclosures in the area, and that people were leaving their houses and abandoning their dogs.
Worried About Your Pet While on the Move? DogVacay Will Take Care of Your Pup
The biggest difficulty dog owners face these days is that they find it tough to leave their pets unattended at home when they are away. In a bid to address the problem once and for all, DogVacay now offers to take care of your puppy – and that too for a nominal rate.
How to Rent a Dog and Get Paid For It
Today we learned there's an AirBnB for dogs which lets you find a temporary home for your pooch without going through pet hotels or the like. But where you pet owners may be seeing this as a good chance to get away, those of us who covet your adorable puppy see something else: puppy rental! And a rental you get paid for!
Dog Vacay Makes Vacationing Easier for Dog Owners
With Summer around the corner anyone with a pooch knows you'll have to shell out about $50/night to put your four-legged best friend in a cage while you are off on a beach. This can be distressing. Asking a friend or family to dog-sit can feel too imposing. A new site called Dog Vacay, will help you find a local home for your dog while you're away.
Dog Vacay Makes Vacationing Easier for Dog Owners
Luckily, my office is close enough that I can take a long lunch and run home to let my pups out as needed which is a huge relief for me. Now I have to think about who will watch my guys when I go on vacation this summer (wishful thinking). Enter Dog Vacay, a newly launched start-up dedicated to pet sitting.
DogVacay, an Airbnb Type Service For Dogs, Helps the Traveling Pet Owner
According to a report by Mashable, a new website called DogVacay is advocating that traveling pet owners find local homes to house their dogs in while they're traveling instead of housing them in a kennel
Finding Fido Temporary Digs While You Are Out of Town
There comes a time in almost every dog owner's life that you have to leave your dog for some reason or another. You might be traveling for work, taking a much needed vacation, or forced to leave town for a less enjoyable reason – either way, you've got to find some type of dog boarding to accommodate your four-legged friend.
Couch Surfing for Dogs
If you're planning on leaving your dog behind for a few days, you might want to consider leaving him somewhere he can feel at home. While kennels and "dog hotels" are always an option, what about finding something closer to a substitute home? Enter DogVacay, a new dog-boarding service that strives to provide dogs with the same comfort and care as they enjoy at home.
DogVacay, an Airbnb Type Service For Dogs, Helps the Traveling Pet Owner
The next time you're lounging poolside at your fabulous Turks and Caicos time-share, the last thing you want to be worried about is your pup's well-being. For those averse to kennels but remiss to spend oodles on a pricey sitter, there's now another option–Dog Vacay.
Because dogs need vacations, too.
Our friends have a dog, and every time they go on vacation, they're bummed to him in a kennel. So this new-ish site looks awesome.Dog Vacay lets you find a real home where your dog can stay while you're away.
New sites cater to canine couch surfers
DogVacay.com founders Karine and Aaron Hirschhorn loved getting away when they first moved in together but hated taking their dogs to the kennel. "Every time we traveled, the dogs hated the kennel and came back with kennel cough," said Karine.