Brooklyn startup hopes to spare dog owners from having to leave pups waiting outside

After growing up in Charlotte, NC, with a large backyard for her dogs to play and run free in, Chelsea Brownridge went through some culture shock when she moved to Brooklyn with her rescue terrier Winston.

Brownridge likes to take Winston on long walks around New York City, but she experienced a dilemma when including errands in her routine: either leave Winston cooped up at home all day, or save the shopping for another time.

“I thought ‘What if there were literally dog houses everywhere you went so that no matter where you are, your dog has a home away from home, a safe place where they’re protected from the elements, protected from theft?’,” said Brownridge, the founder and CEO of Dog Parker, a pay-by-the-minute dog kenneling service.

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