JoAnna Lou
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Dating with Dogs
One in 14 people have used their pet to attract a mate

Dogs are social by nature, so it’s no surprise that our pets help us make connections with our fellow humans. Dog parks and pet lover dating web sites have become popular places to meet new friends and even spark romantic relationships.

Recently statistics web site, the Book of Odds, calculated the chances that a person has ever used his or her pet to attract a new mate as one in 14.29.

This tactic must be a fairly successful one. If I walk down the streets of Manhattan by myself, no one so much as glances in my direction as they rush to their destinations. When I take my dog for a walk, hardly anyone passes without stopping to give him a pat on the head or, at the very least, smile in our direction.

And I’m not the only one who feels this way. An American Kennel Club (AKC) survey of dog owners found that 46 percent of women said that they would stop to chat with anyone accompanied by a cute puppy.

Meeting a fellow dog lover means you already have something in common. I’ve met some of my closest friends through our pets.

Who have you met through your dogs?

JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

Photo by B Rosen, Flickr.

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