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.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.Shouldn't our devoted four-legged friends have an opportunity to find love online?Would you post a social media profile for your pet?
We schedule neighborhood dog walks, and dress our pets in outfits and booties worth being viewed on Rodeo Drive.
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.
There's something infinitely cheering about scrolling through dog after grinning dog, even if they don't want to match with you.
A lot of Tinder's popularity seems to stem from how easy it is to use, and Tindog has definitely recreated that. There will be dogs out there who want to match with you, we know there will. Nobody matches after only a day on these things, do they?
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.