Montreal-based company spreads puppy love, but not everyone is convinced

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Karly Estey has been a member of Dogtime Community, the Montreal-based company that allows users to reserve dogs for events or walks.Her three-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Clarence, has been a working play-dog for around two years.He’s attended over 72 events and averages three dogtime community walks per week.“I thought it was a good idea to have him exposed to other people as well, plus it’s really convenient for me — it’s like having another dog walker,” said Estey.Story continues below

The dogtime community website and app originally only allowed members to walk the dogs.READ MORE: A licence on every dog: Montreal cracks down on pet ownersBut now, participating dogs can be booked for office parties, photoshoots, therapy sessions and even birthday parties.“People were reaching out to us,” said Dogtime Community co-founder Hugo Houyez.“We had a lot of companies in Montreal asking if we offered such a service, which was bringing dogs in their office space for therapy use case.”Estey said she’d gotten a lot of backlash in the past from people who thought it was unfair and cruel.“This dog is my baby, I wouldn’t just let him go off with anybody,” said Estey.Johanne Tasse, founder of Companion Animal Adoption Centres of Quebec, however, warns this business can be to detrimental to dogs.READ MORE: Therapy dogs soothing patients at the Montreal Neurological Institute“With the law that was adopted in 2015, it was a step forward for the animal welfare community in Quebec. With this business venture we’re going back again,” said Tasse.WATCH: (June 14, 2018) Therapy dogs at the Montreal Neuro

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