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Winter Date Nights: How To Include Your Dog On A Date 

Written by Etta Grue | January 9th, 2018

We have heard endless of stories of both men and women who have spent time to get to know each other over a couple of drinks at a bar or who have spent an enormous amount of money at expensive restaurants. The same goes for couples who have been dating for years and continue to cherish their relationship, but many end up going to the movies and then straight back home. These dates can be very romantic in many ways, but at the same time boring, right? Why not spice it up a little and make 2018 more adventurous? And who said dates have to be at night time anyway? The key word about dating is to have fun! But there are even better ways to make your date more fun, and that is when you bring along Fido. When your furry friend is with you it helps to increase the conversation between you and your date and it encourages playfulness. Here are 5 date ideas that are dog-friendly:

1. Go on a hike

Many couples admit that working out together make them stay together. Not only do you get to see a beautiful scenery, but also you get to spend several hours together to get to know each other on another level and to climb a mountain. It is said that a shared goal brings couples closer to each other. Nothing is probably better then to get fresh air and to hike in a winter wonderland. 

2. Drink hot cocoa under the stars

Imagine to bundle up with a warm winter coat, boots, and gloves, and to find a cliff by the ocean or a park where no one is around and when the sky is filled with stars. Lay out a blanket and place tea light battery candles around the blanket. Bring hot cocoa (if preferable, spiked) and lay down close to your date (and dog!) to keep each other from not freezing. Probably, one of the best Instagrammable moments. Don't forget to dress Fido accordingly.

3. Cuddle by the fireplace and make s'mores 

Who can resist the temptation of this classic must-have! Open a bottle of a vintage red wine and enjoy the company of your date. Your dog will guarantee to drool behind your shoulder and beg to try it out so make sure to have pre-baked dog-friendly s'mores made of carob chips, cream cheese, and dog bone biscuits and everyone will be happy.

4. Cook together

 

Let both of you buy five of your favorite ingredients without communicating beforehand and cook a nice meal at home with what you have. Be creative! Not only will you learn about your date and what they like, but also you will have a lot of fun together. Don't forget about your furry friend, who wants a special treat too.

5. Play Dog-opoly

What is not better than to share a bottle of Malbec while you play boardgames? You can learn a lot about your date by how they play, if they pick up rules easily, if they get frustrated easily, how competitive they are, or if they are bad losers. 

 
 
10 Truths About Dogs And Dating

Written by Etta Grue | November 9th, 2017

In today’s society, with tons of dating apps and social gatherings, it is said to be more difficult to find that special one, someone we are compatible with. Millennials have become pickier with whom they want to spend their time with and many times they rather choose their pets over people as they believe that pets are a good source of affection. According to American Pet Products Association (APPA), pet ownership keeps to increase among Americans. Sixty-eight percent of American households now own a pet and it is the Gen Y and Millennials who contribute to that growth.  

It is almost inevitable to find a partner without any baggage stemming from previous relationships. Dating these days seem to always come with a package deal such as former marriages, children, etc. But what if we meet someone being a pet parent and we are just not that crazy about pets? Dating a pet parent is probably one of the best things in the world. Although, there are things to know before we invest the time into the new relationship:

1. They believe in long-term commitment

Pet parents have committed themselves to care for their pets for the next 10-15 years. Hence, they are less likely to get scared away by someone who wants a relationship, thus easier to commit to a relationship with someone they really care for.

 

2. They love to cuddle

Dog ownership means they spend a lot of snuggle time with their dogs. Trust me, they all do. Snuggle strengthen the bond between the dog and the dog owner. Be prepared to spend lots of time on the couch with your partner having a bundle of fur between the two of you.

3. There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes

A dog owner will never say no to fun moments just because of rain or snow. No matter how bad it looks outside the window, the dog still needs to go out for a walk. They will always be open to explore the world with you no matter what the temperature says. A dog owner also frequently visit new places as they need variation on their walks with their four-legged friends and would love the company of a loved one to go on the walks with them.

4. Excellent Non-verbal communication skills

As dogs cannot speak, dog owners excel in understanding their dogs and its behavior, as for example when they do not feel well or seek extra attention. They will instinctively understand just to look at your body language when something is wrong.

5. Planning is key 

Dog owners must plan ahead of time as they do not only care for themselves, but actually their best friends who happen to have fur. Even though they may want to be spontaneous sometime, it may be difficult as they may not have someone to look after their furry friends. Most pet parents will not just have a stranger to take care of them, remember, it is their baby. This is not a negative trait, it rather shows that pet parents know how to be responsible. 

 

6. Pet parents are fun

It is not a surprise that dog owners meet a lot of other people (and pets!) when they exercise and do activities with their dogs. Therefore, they have had the chance to practice on their social skills. With all the time dog owners spend with their furry friends playing, they tend to be very creative and have outgoing personalities.

 

7. Don’t mind to get their hands dirty

Dogs can get messy. They may destroy shoes, chew on the carpet, or role in mud outside on their walk. It’s not a big deal for pet parents as they know how to deal with this. The good things about it, dog owners tend to very patient people and it goes the same way into their other relationships as well.

 

8. The dog will be prioritized over you

Yeah, it’s true. But remember, the dog has been in their lives before you were. Sometimes things you have planned together may get canceled due to unexpected happenings to their dogs. But do not worry, they usually make it up to you!

9. Love me and Love my dog

After a few months or maybe years, dog owners will expect their partners to love their dogs as much as they do as well as to have the dogs being part of their daily life together.

 

10. Unconditional love!

Researchers have found that when humans and their dogs look at each other, the same oxytocin and hormone increase in their brains. Humans love their dogs as much as they love their own children. Pet parents love their furry friends unconditionally and the same goes into a partner. Falling in love with a pet parents will make you feel loved, cared for, and very special.

Finding Mr. Paws Lover

Written by Rachel B. | August 28th, 2017

It was 4:00 am, I wasn’t sure if that was considered being late at night or early morning. I was lying in my bed wrapped up underneath the comforter with my eyes wide open - I was sleepless in Seattle. Next to me, I had my boyfriend sleeping, breathing heavily. He looked very comfortable. We had spent a few months getting to know each other and only a few days earlier he had talked about engagement. He was a kind man with a warm heart and always treated me with respect and showered me with love and support. I had an amazing boyfriend who loved me for who I was, but the problem was it was not what I wanted.

 

As a crazy dog mom, it is hard to date a man who doesn’t love dogs as much as I do. Mr. O who I was dating at that time, once said to me: “I feel as you prioritize your dog more than me.” Dude, you must earn the love first! In all sincerity, I don’t think I will ever prioritize a man before my dog. Mr. O felt that my dog were in the way of his life and our lives. When he sat on my couch and my dog laid on the floor next to his feet, he sighed and moved his feet away from my dog. First time it happened, I brushed it off and thought he probably just had a rough day at work, but when it repeatedly happened, I knew he was not the right man for me. From that very moment I knew I needed to find Mr. Paws lover who would love having wagging tails around him and understand that my dog and I were a package deal. As one would expect, our relationship came to an end and soon after the break-up I felt such a relief. I could now focus on finding a partner who appreciated spending time at home on Friday evenings sharing a bottle of Malbec and playing Dog-Opoly.

How do you meet a man in IRL without going to PetPeopleMeet.com? Not that anything is wrong with that site; it’s just that I believe meeting him outside the cyber world is more of my style. Being a single woman in my late 20s, people have said to me more times then I can count on my both hands that my biological clock is ticking and that I shouldn’t be so picky when it comes to men. What people don’t understand is that I already share my life with a furry companion who gives me unconditional love and that is more than I could ever ask for. My kid have lots of hair and paws and I am perfectly fine being in my own company. I believe that some people have a subconscious fear of being alone and therefore settle into relationships that are not ideal for them. I just don’t want to be a person who is messing up the most important decision in my life, spending two-thirds of my life with the wrong person. He doesn’t have to be perfect; his emotional intelligence just needs to be above average and he must love sharing the bed with a dog. Is that too much to ask for?