Starting in September it will be possible for New Yorkers to lease a dog. A California woman is bringing her rent-a-dog business to the city. Marlena Cervantes, who runs FlexPetz, says members will pay either annual, monthly or per-visit fees for their chance to spend time with a dog. This is for people who realize that full-time ownership is not an option and would be unfair to a dog. It prevents dogs from being adopted and returned to a shelter because the owners realize it isn't a good fit.
It soulds like a good way to find out if you really like, or have room for, a particular breed.