Michelle Kennedy, co-founder of Leashes and Lovers, a New York company that organizes singles mixers for dog devotees, knows first-hand about finding romance on the end of a leash.
Rollerblading in Central Park one day, she came across a man walking a Golden Retriever puppy.
Now, unless you’ve been living in a Nepalese nunnery, you are probably already aware of the proliferation of dating services accessible by telephone, on the internet, and through various print media.
“I’ve listed the ten best and the five worst ‘date bait’ breeds.“If it wasn’t for the dog, it would never have happened,” Michelle reflects.“She was a great icebreaker for me to meet and get to know Kevin, a man I otherwise would not have talked to.” A mutual love of dogs also brought Michelle together with her Leashes and Lovers co-founder and partner, Sheryl Matthys.One such store is Fetch in Vancouver, which holds its popular “Yappy Hour” events every few months.Though not specifically singles events, owner Kelly Josling says that most of the Yappy Hour attendees are younger people—and flirting definitely does occur. “We have wine for the people and appetizers for the dogs, and it gives people a place they can go besides the dog park to meet other dog lovers and talk about their dogs.