Rent a...Dog?! Some Hotels Are Offering Loaner Dogs to Guests

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You can pretty much rent anything these days: wedding dresses, purses, clothes, jewelry or even an island if you're lucky enough to be able to afford it.

Now, we can add dogs to the available rental "items" list, at least for some travelers. A lot of hotels noticed that while they tried everything to accommodate their guests, many of them were still missing the canine friends they left back at home.

The Red Mountain Resort in St. George Utah, for example, allows guests to head over to the nearby Aspen Animal Shelter and pick themselves a pup to take out on loan. They can walk the dog or even take it out all day on a hike if they want to.

Other hotels and shelters have similar programs and some even let you "loan" the dog for the night, so the bed doesn't feel so empty if you're missing your own furry friend. In fact, some hotels will even waive the pet deposit if your puppy pal is from the shelter.

While these programs obviously do a lot of good for both the dogs and the people, some have expressed concern that the dogs won't be cared for as well as they would be by an owner. Think rental car vs. how you treat your own car.

Hopefully this isn't the case, but with the lengthy adoption process shelters generally go through, we can kind of understand why renting dogs out to just anybody might be cause for concern.

What do you guys think? Would you rent a dog on vacation?

(h/t TODAY) $74,000 Vacation Package Only for Dogs
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