New Dating App for Cleveland Dog Lovers

I think most single dog lovers have tried to use their dog to pick up someone, or at least hoped that their dog might spark a conversation with someone they want to date. Because let’s face it, a true dog lover has to involve their dog in the dating process. Not only are they your best friend, but if a potential partner doesn’t like your dog, it’s never going to work.

That’s why it seems so perfect to have a dating app that brings your dog into the love match. And good news for Cleveland dog lovers – a new dating app will be launching here soon to do this very thing! Fetch dating app, launching this summer, takes a new approach to meeting people via app and avoiding those awkward “Hi, how are you?” introductions. The app will encourage members to build profiles that include info on their dogs to hopefully spark a more interesting conversation and make a connection based on a mutual love for dogs.

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Photo courtesy of Fetch dating app – http://www.fetchdatingapp.com

I checked in with the developer of the app, Elisabeth Smith, to get the lowdown on the app before it launches. You can visit the website now fetchdatingapp.com to be added to their email list and find out when it launches. They will also be hosting some meetups this summer, so keep your eye on their website and Facebook pages.

HOW DOES YOUR DOG PLAY INTO FINDING A MATCH? Think about the interactions you have with people when your dog is involved. Having a dog is a great way to meet people in the real world – when you’re at the dog park, on a walk around the neighborhood, at a festival, you tend to have warmer and more open conversations. I’m trying to recreate the same experience digitally. My hope is to design the app so you share information about yourself at least partially within the context of your relationship with your pup. For instance, what’s the greatest adventure you and your pup have taken? Where did you get the idea for your pup’s name? Tell your favorite story of your pup.

These are just examples of the type of information I would like to encourage users to share.

WHERE DID YOU GET THIS IDEA FROM? I have always been a dog lover. I have a pup of my own named Dexter who does everything with me. Last summer, I worked at Purina and did a lot of research on the humanization of the pet industry. We treat our pups differently than in the past. They are more than just animals, they are our four-legged members of the family! I’m also single and have tried a couple of the dating apps. I find it really difficult to have meaningful conversations with people when the opening line is “Hey, how is your night?” I sort of just thought one day, what if you could connect over something a lot more interesting and important? And that’s when I came to the idea of connecting over something as important as our pups, who play such a big role in our lives.

Photo courtesy of Fetch dating app - www.fetchdatingapp.com
Photo courtesy of Fetch dating app – http://www.fetchdatingapp.com

WHY LAUNCH IN CLEVELAND? I am originally from the Cincinnati area of Ohio, but came up to Cleveland about 10 years ago to do my undergrad at Case. I fell in love with the city and am so happy to call it my home now. I love the revitalization that is occurring in Cleveland and I am thrilled to be launching my app here!

WILL IT GO TO OTHER CITIES? Absolutely! I want to use Cleveland as the launching ground, learn about what people do and don’t like, and launch in other markets.

WHAT IS THE COST? This piece hasn’t been finalized yet, however, it will be in line with the other apps on the market.

 

Cleveland-Area Dog Meetup Groups

As you may have guessed from my numerous Facebook posts, corgis are one of my favorites breeds. Every time I see a corgi I am just instantly happy. Those short stubby legs and big pointy ears never fail to bring a smile to my face.

So when I saw there was a new Northeast Ohio Corgi Meetup Group, I weirdly joined like the corgi stalker I am and attended their first meetup this past weekend. I was planning to tell people that Hunter is a Pomercorgian (I think he kinda looks like a corgi), but I didn’t need to since everyone was very nice and welcoming (and the park was open to all dogs too).

I was so excited to pet a bunch of corgis and have Hunter run around and play with them that I made the trek all the way down to the Wadsworth Dog Park. There were corgis everywhere!

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Hunter fit right in with the corgis and had a blast. There were contests, races and photos. It seemed like all the corgis had a blast. And despite one of them running up to me and biting me on the nose, my love for corgis is stronger than ever.

Side note – if you live anywhere near the Wadsworth Dog Park you have to go check it out! I was so impressed with how big the park was. The small dog area is huge! I had trouble keeping track of Hunter, especially when he jumped up on a bench with a family sitting with their dog and hung out like he’d just found his new family.

If you are looking for a dog meetup group for your dog, here are some other area groups:

Husky/Malamute group
Northeast Ohio Dachshund Picnic
Cleveland Italian Greyhound Meetup

And, I started a Pomeranian meetup group this year! Although I had a blast at the corgi meetup, I can’t wait to plan my Pomeranian meetup for later this month! Stay tuned pom lovers!

Let me know in the comments if I am missing your meetup group!

Pom Party!

On Sunday I organized my first fundraiser – a Pommie Brunch event to raise funds for Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue. I fostered for them most of last year and met my best friend Roscoe thanks to them (they don’t just rescue poms), so I am forever indebted to the organization. Kim Ray, COPR’s President, does great work rescuing poms and other small breed dogs across the state and surrounding states, often taking in sick and elderly dogs that typically have a hard time finding homes.

Since I haven’t been fostering lately since adopting Roscoe, I wanted to find other ways I could help COPR. Inspired by Northeast Ohio Dachshund Picnic, which is a dachshund meetup organized every summer to raise money for Northeast Ohio Dachshund Rescue, I started a Pom meetup group, Northeast Ohio Pomeranian Meetup earlier this year. I thought it would be good way to get pom owners together to plan meetups and fundraisers for COPR. Unfortunately it took me a while to finally getting around to plan an event. I contacted Around the Corner in Lakewood just a couple of weeks ago to see if we could use their patio for a fundraiser and was able to book it on very short notice (thanks ATC!) for a dog-friendly brunch. The staff at ATC was great and it was a perfect patio for a bunch of crazy poms! (Note: they are only dog friendly for special dog events).

I was so pleased with the turnout considering that it was only announced a week prior. We had several people from the meetup group plus a few of the local COPR fosters – and so many fluffy poms (and a few honorary poms, like Roscoe)! It was a like a dream come true for me.

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You can join our meetup group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1438046269843395/)

Or join one of these other Cleveland meetup groups. Let me know in the comments if I am missing your meetup group!

Northern Ohio Husky & Malamute Enthusiasts: http://www.nohme.net/
Cleveland Italian Greyhound Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/ClevelandIGMeetup/