“Having a dog really says something about you,” Dr Helen Fisher, a senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute and a chief adviser at Match.com, previously told The New York Times. “It says you can care for a creature, that you can follow a schedule and get home to feed it, that you can walk it and love it and spend time with it.”
And even if you’ve never been on a dating app, don’t count yourself safe just yet. Just the other day I received a dogfishing e-mail from a colleague, and I’m afraid (and also delighted) to say it worked. In an attempt to catch draw my attention to their business proposal, the sender had attached a photo of their dog at the top – and I was immediately intrigued.
There’s no denying that it’s hard to resist a small fluffy face and a pair of puppy dog eyes, but next time a sausage dog called Ralph pops up on your dating app, think twice before you swipe right – you might end up sorely disappointed.