First Dates with Your Canine Companions are Great Ice-Breakers, Says Online Matchmaking CEO
Are you looking for an afternoon or evening out that’s both fun and different? Try taking your best friend on a double date, says avid dog lover Kris Rotonda, CEO of www.YouMustLoveDogsDating.com.
“If you really want to get to know someone you’re dating, then have them meet your cherished live-in companion, your dog – or, in my case, dogs,” says Rotonda, who runs a dating site for singles who love dogs.
“Better yet, if your date has a dog, too, why not double date with your dogs?” says Rotonda’s girlfriend, Denise Fernandez. “It’s an effective, natural and unpretentious way of getting to know each other and the significant four-legged others in your life.”
With so many potential romances starting online, that first face-to-face meeting can be even more nerve-wracking, Fernandez points out. Conversations have occurred; expectations have been built.
“Even though folks get to know about each other’s background, actually meeting for the first time can be kind of tough,” Rotonda says. “Bringing your dog is a great way to break the tension.”
At a loss for where to take a doggy double date? Rotonda offers three ideas with lots of potential for a good time.
• Look up the nearest dog beach or park: Dog parks and beaches are full of interesting sights and smells, particularly if you’re a dog, and room for running and playing games. You and your date can toss Frisbees, take a leisurely stroll with your dogs, or just kick back for some entertaining dog-watching.
• Dog-friendly bars and restaurants: More and more establishments are realizing the value of setting a place at the table for dogs. For those who aren’t yet dog lovers, a dog-friendly restaurant or bar is a familiar setting and neutral place.
When Rotonda and Fernandez first got to know each other, Rotonda was shocked that his would-be girlfriend, having no previous experience with dogs, wasn’t a dog lover. Over time, however, Fernandez came to love Rotonda’s four dogs, which helped strengthen the couple’s bond.
• Go shopping together. Pet stores are also dog-friendly zones. Check out fun new products together, scope out the fish and birds available for sale, you may even get a little paw mani-pedi together!
Kris Rotonda owns four dogs and created www.YouMustLoveDogsDating.com, a dog lovers’ matchmaking website, after discovering that dating dog lovers prevented a lot of romantic disappointment. Denise Fernandez, Rotonda’s girlfriend, is now a dog lover and a forensic toxicologist. Rotonda is a competitive body builder and successful real estate agent who experienced a number of challenges as a bachelor and dog owner and saw the need for a dating site geared toward like-minded dog lovers.