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Puppy Love

14 October 2005

Dogs are well known for bringing people together. The number of relationships that have resulted from a conversation over a dog on the end of a lead, or two dogs on the end of two leads, is most probably in the brazillions. When you get right down to it, dogs are like furry little cupids. (Chihuahuas of course, are the exception which proves the rule. Chihuahuas are marriage-wreckers.) So it's hardly surprising that those funny money-from-love Germans have set up a new online dating agency called Date-a-Dog. Their motto is translated as 'a date on all fours', which we feel certain is not supposed to sound quite how it sounds.

The idea is simple. Dog owners post photos of their dogs - some of the braver ones creep into the photos themselves, but most don't, and next to the photos is a brief description of what they like to do and what they're looking for. The description, unusually, is written from the dog's point of view. Or perhaps - anything is possible - it is actually written by the dog.

You might expect that to fully enjoy the site, a knowledge of German - at least to a lower intermediate level - would be favourite. You'd be wrong. No one needs German now that there's Google's translation tool. Not even Germans. Here, for your rather childish delectation, are a few examples of the things German dogs and their owners like to do best:

Nico (7), on behalf of Thomas (30): 'I play dearest with my ball and go gladly bathing and after so much movement make I gladly an extensive midday sleep.'
Vicky and Sunny (both 3), on behalf of Juliane (23): 'In the dirt roll, holes dig, swim, hunt, with other dogs rumtoben, at the bicycle run.'
Daisy (4), on behalf of Sigi (51): 'We rave gladly to and water and mount large and small mountains. Sometimes we are appropriate also only putridly for rum.'
Whisky (1), on behalf of Sabine (24): 'I love it herumzustromern and in mouse holes too schnueffeln.'

But when it comes to what the dogs are looking for in a potential co-walker-cum-partner, it rather hots up a little:

Schroeder (5), on behalf of Winni (29): 'Thus me fallen actually all dogs however some gentlemen with raised tail may not approach me. I love girls completely doll. I hope that my Zweibeiner with the Gassi go finally also a female become acquainted with.'
Charly (4), on behalf of Anja (22): 'Mainly naturally nice dog ladies with other Rueden it can come to kleienen brawls it is it is kastriert.'
Roxi (2), on behalf of Peggy (24): 'A man pleases us that before all I pleases, because who does not want me comes also not to my Frauchen ran.'
Neo (4), on behalf of Roobi and Gundi (both 26): 'I like dog girl each age, only with young understand myself I not in such a way, because one did times very much pain there to me.'

So, there it is. As you can see, there's not actually that much difference between dogs and humans.

Sadly the whole site doesn't appear to be translated, but you can access all the dogs in Dresden from here.

Great idea. Well done, the Germans. Makes you wonder why the Americans haven't cottoned on to this niche in the embarrassing singleton market. Oh, they have. Bugger.

Here are a couple of our favourite lonesomes on Date My Pet dot com.

Divorced Protestant.

Single Methodist.



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