Dating site for people who like dogs
Even a man who loved animals as much as she did couldn’t keep up with her dog’s quirks.
On their first date, her Chihuahua, Hubbell, stole the man’s breakfast as they drove from New York City to Long Island. “I still wonder if Hubbell didn’t have something to do with that,” said Pelzer, 47, an actress who runs her own social media company and met the man on Pets
And it’s proving popular – the UK is the fourth biggest user of the app worldwide. Friends who were old hands at internet dating instructed me not to use my real name, not to use a photo that was anywhere else on the web and not to give away too much about myself.
I fell at the first hurdle and let the free app copy all my details from another social media site to save me typing it all in. My son William, 12, was equally horrified, worrying that Matilda might not like my potential Mr Right.
We used the app to exchange messages about the dogs and walking locations.
It was all very businesslike which, on the one hand, was reassuring as neither of us would turn up with expectations of anything more than just a walk. I knew nothing about the person I was going to meet beyond where they liked to walk their dog.
I had never done any sort of internet dating before – and the idea of Tindog both scared and interested me.
As a way of meeting new friends and potential suitors it seemed pretty risk-free and certainly preferable to traditional dating sites and evening meet-ups in bars and restaurants. Lots of people sign up simply looking for friendship and dog-walking companions.
Many dating sites cater to religious, cultural and political preferences, but won’t focus as heavily on interests like pets, music or travel, said Karen North, a professor of social media at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.“That was the last time we were together,” Pelzer said.An old red raincoat, mud-splattered jeans and a pair of wellies wouldn’t normally be my first choice of attire for a romantic meeting.Neither would I usually start a date by grabbing a lead and shouting “walkies” at my West Highland terrier Matilda, or hanging around a park, desperately trying to recognise a dog (and his owner) I have only ever seen in a picture.And yet there I was, a perfectly sensible 41-year-old single mother, standing in the rain in Richmond Park, south-west London, scouring the horizon for Will* and his dog Oscar. Tindog – a new dating app aimed at singleton dog-lovers.