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By Paula Andruss • Dec 12, 2014 Originally published Dec 12, 2014

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As a tech executive who often traveled on business, Aaron Easterly was constantly asking friends and family to care for Caramel, his beloved Pomeranian. "I would never take her to a kennel, so I'd go frantically down the list of family, friends and neighbors every time a business trip came up," he says. "This was just one of those areas that felt frustratingly broken."

Intrigued by the growing popularity of peer-to-peer platforms like Airbnb and Uber, Easterly sensed that there was an untapped market for other dog owners who didn't wish to utilize commercial kennels or daycare services.

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