Los Angeles: ZINGY LAUNCHES DOG VALET “DASH STANDS” AT POPULAR FARMERS’ MARKETS AND SHOPPING CENTERS

May 29th, 2015

ZINGY LAUNCHES DOG VALET “DASH STANDS” AT POPULAR FARMERS’ MARKETS AND SHOPPING CENTERS

On-Demand App-Based Dog Walking Service Zingy Expands to Convenient Location Service with DASH Stands

LOS ANGELES – May 18, 2015 – Zingy™, the app-based on-demand personal dog walking service, today announced an expansion of its existing service – Introducing DASH Stands, valet stands for dog owners. DASH Stands will be available at select farmers’ markets, shopping centers and office complexes beginning Saturday, May 23.

Unlike the traditional Zingy model, where the walker comes to your home, office or public location, dog owners just open the app when they’re near a DASH Stand and immediately arrange a walker. Service starts on the spot, while owners shop, dine or continue with their workday.

Put simply, you shop (dine or work) doggy-free while Zingy walks. DASH walks are available in shorter increments than the standard Zingy service to better convenience owners. DASH Stand users can choose from 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes and Zingy will notify owners via their phone when the walk is complete. If owners spend a little too long shopping, finishing off their meal or wrapping up a meeting, the dog will stay in safe hands until it is collected.

“DASH Stands enrich the lives of pet owners by enabling them to bring their dog(s) to the workplace and other public locations where it was previously difficult,” said Tobi Skovron, CEO of Zingy. “Farmers markets and shopping centers are the perfect locations to launch this program, because Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego residents love both – fresh produce and shopping trips. It’s improper to tie a dog somewhere or leave it at home – DASH Stands make the excursion that much more enjoyable for everyone.”

Zingy will be at select farmers’ markets, office complexes and shopping centers on a daily basis beginning May 23. The first deployment of DASH Stands includes 10 CCFM farmers markets located throughout the Greater Los Angeles, area as well as several shopping centers and large campus work complexes.

Tuesdays:

Sherman Oaks (3 p.m. – 8 p.m., 14006 Riverside Dr.)
Wednesdays:

Grand Farmers’ Market, Downtown (10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 350 South Grand Ave.)
Pershing Square, Downtown (10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 532 S. Olive Street)
Miracle Mile (11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5700 Wilshire Blvd.)
Thursdays:

Century City (11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 1800 Avenue of the Stars)
Saturdays:

Calabasas (8 a.m. – 1 p.m., 23504 Calabasas Rd.)
Sundays:

Brentwood (9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 741 Gretna Green Way)
Melrose (10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 8400 Melrose Ave.)
Pacific Palisades (8 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1037 Swarthmore Ave.)
Larchmont (10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 209 N. Larchmont Blvd.)
If you’re interested in having a DASH Stand at your office, shopping center, gym or farmers’ market in Los Angeles, Orange Country or San Diego you can request it via the Zingy website – other cities coming soon!

The free Zingy app is available in both the iTunes and Google Play app stores. The DASH Stands in-app option will launch later this week, and the Zingy dog-walking service for users in their homes or businesses is available now.

Walkers at DASH Stands are required to have extensive Zingy Academy training, and the Zingy service is covered by a multimillion-dollar insurance policy. Visit ZingyPet.com for more information. Press assets can be found here.



How Owning a Dog Can Improve Your Life

May 16th, 2015

If your social life could use a boost, ask your favorite four-footed friend for help.

Pet ownership benefits owners not only physically, but also socially and psychologically, according to a new study.If your social life could use a boost, ask your favorite four-footed friend for help.

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Top 5 Most (And Least) Expensive Cities To Have A Dog

May 16th, 2015

How much is that doggie in the window? More than you might think. While the cost of dog food and toys can be squeezed into most people’s monthly budgets, the costs involved in dog-friendly housing, veterinarian bills and quality pet care can really add up, especially in big cities.

To find out where you’ll pay the most to have a dog, Redfin, Trupanion and Rover.com analyzed data on 116 major cities, and found…

The most expensive cities to have a dog are:

San Francisco, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Aurora, Colorado
Portland, Oregon
Chula Vista, California

For the rest of the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/redfin/top-5-most–least-expensi_b_7274956.html

The least expensive cities to have a dog are:

Phoenix, Arizona
The Woodlands, Texas
Nashville, Tennessee
Detroit, Michigan
Fayetteville, North Carolina

For the rest of the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/redfin/top-5-most–least-expensi_b_7274956.html