From the state that popularized drive-thru dog washes comes the latest in canine convenience - a company that contracts out dogs by the day.
Marlena Cervantes, the founder of FlexPetz, bristles when people refer to her business as a rent-a-pet service. She prefers the term "shared pet ownership," explaining the concept is more akin to a vacation time share than a trip to the video store.
"Our members are responsible in that they realize full-time ownership is not an option for them," said Cervantes, 32, a behavioral therapist.
FlexPetz is currently available in Los Angeles and San Diego. Cervantes plans to open a new location this month in San Francisco.
Shari Gonzalez said she was thinking about getting a dog when a dog trainer suggested part-time ownership. At first, she had reservations.
"I was thinking, 'How is a dog going to bounce from house to house and be OK with that?'" she said.
Her misgivings were allayed after she spoke with Cervantes, who explained that only dogs with suitable temperaments were picked for the program.
Since signing up, Gonzalez said a black Lab named Jackpot has become a treasured part of her social network. They spend an average of one day each weekend together.
Melissa Bain, a veterinarian at the University of California at Davis, said she had concerns but no hard-and-fast objections to a service like FlexPetz.
Advantages include giving people who might want to own a dog a chance to test the waters, Bain said. A possible downside would be irresponsible members.
"It depends on the people and it depends on the animal. Some dogs may be fine and some may become stressed," Bain said.
Seymour: Where have you been, Victor?
Victor: I haven't left the house because I've been as sick as a dog.
Seymour: What did you come down with?
Victor: First I had a case of the flu and then I came down with the chicken pox. It really wasn't a good week for me.
Seymour: It sure sounds that way. I'm glad you're up and about now.
as sick as a dog 病得很厲害
Someone who is as sick as a dog is very ill. For example, "Raul went to Mexico for spring break and came down with typhoid fever. He was as sick as a dog for weeks."
形容某人「as sick as a dog 」代表此人病得很厲害。例如：「魯爾春假到墨西哥，並染上傷寒。他大病了好幾個禮拜。」
彈性寵物飼養FlexPetz的創辦人瑪琳娜: 賽凡提斯對於有人把她的事業稱作為寵物出租服務感到不悅。她偏好使用「分享寵物飼養」的字眼，因為這樣比較類似分享假期的概念， 而非只是到影音出租店。