For those looking for love, ditch the Plenty of Fish account and get a dog.
Seriously. Having recently become a dog owner it has forced me to go out on near daily trips to dog parks around the city and I can’t believe how many new friends I’ve made already. And so easily, too, because we all share a mutual interest. It’s a whole world I had no idea existed ’til now.
Men and women, young and old, congregate at these places for hours everyday of the week to watch their pooches play fight and pick up their poop. It’s the perfect place to meet new friends or better yet — a flame.
Got me thinking that it would make a much more romantic, “How did you guys meet?” story, rather than the increasingly common, “We met online,” response. (Like this dog-loving couple featured in the Washington Post).
A neighbour of mine says the dog park is his main social outlet. Admittedly he said he knows more of the dogs’ names than their owners, but it’s a start.
I often hear about how frustrated people are with online dating. How men send hundreds of messages and rarely get a response, and when they get messages it’s from women they wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole. Similar story from women, how they get inundated with messages from creepy men, most of whom they’re not interested in.
To be fair, there are creepers at the dog park, too! I heard about a young guy who trolls for women at the park in my area and apparently he said something inappropriate to a few of the women who regularly go there. He stopped going ‘cuz things got weird.
Maybe he forgot to study the eHow article appropriately titled: How to Meet Women at the Dog Park. I especially like this tip:
“Keep a spare plastic bag and hand sanitizer ready. Don’t shake hands with a possible suitor if you’ve just grabbed a handful of doggie doo.”
Regardless, I figure if you’ve been trying to date online and haven’t had much luck, it’s time to get out of the house and mix it up a bit.
No dog? Borrow a friend’s dog or better yet volunteer at an animal shelter and take it to the dog park! A woman’s heart would ooze on that one.