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Yesterday, the Times printed a fluffy piece on disturbing dog rental service Flexpetz, which is now operating in our city. “'There are a lot of people out there looking for companionship,' said Chris Haddix, 28, who runs the New York branch of Flexpetz. There are usually five or six dogs available for rent, many of them on display in the Wet Nose storefront window, attracting crowds. Ms. Stevenson explained why she was a customer: 'I’m single and moved here from Scotland two years ago, and it’s been difficult to meet people because everyone in New York just kind of goes about their business. But when I’m walking around with Oliver, I seem to get into so many conversations about him. It becomes a nice way to meet people.'' [NY Times; previously]