Opinion: Everyone should be on Rover

By Rylee Warner | September 25, 2016 7:19pm

I am the person who sees a dog on campus and becomes immediately enthralled.

I have been that person forever. When I first came to the Bluff my freshman year, I missed my dogs dearly. I was very anxious with all the changes that came with leaving home for freshman year, and being without my furry companions for the first time was really difficult.

I went home often freshman year because my family lives nearby, but I didn’t have as much time to do so my sophomore year. I began working nearly full-time that fall in order to raise funds to study abroad in London this past spring.

When I got back this summer, I almost immediately moved out of my parents’ house to a house where I couldn’t have pets. That was okay at the time, because I was working at a dog hotel and seeing tons of dogs every day.

One day at this job, however, one of our regular dogs came in with a walker from Rover. I was intrigued, so I downloaded the app to see what exactly was up with it.

Rover allows sitters to create accounts that specify what services they offer in terms of house sitting, dog walking, drop-in visits and a doggy daycare, where you can have owners drop their pups off at your home and watch them for a certain amount of time. You can go on to set your own availability and how far you’re willing to travel for a reservation.

So heck yeah, I made an account.

I use Rover regularly now and I have a few dogs I see regularly. It’s like getting paid to have a little bit of animal therapy. I love being around pups and I feel so much better after I get to hang out with one of them. It’s pretty much the best thing that’s happened to me, and honestly, who doesn’t need to spend half an hour petting a dog?