The female candidate Gemma, 35, saw an astounding jump in the number of matches (117%) and Super Likes (100%) on Tinder, with another major increase in messages (150%) and also messages directly about her dog, Ralph. On Bumble, Dan saw an increase in matches (42%) and messages (40%), and more than a third of his matches commented on Ted. Gemma also received more matches (22%) and Super Swipes (100%) on Bumble when Ralph was in her profile photo. As girls have to message first on Bumble, that statistic wasn't counted for Gemma. Both singletons found their pet dogs played a major role in helping them to find potential suitors, with Gemma even going on a date with another dog owner after striking up a conversation about their canine companions. Both singletons found their pet dogs played a major role in helping them to find potential suitors... The Manchester-based actress and presenter said: “Ralph really is my pet wingman! Not only did he help me secure more matches, I couldn’t believe how many times he was mentioned in messages. “I also found that it was a good conversation starter, particularly for men who had dogs themselves, as it instantly gives you some common ground. I’ve already been on a date with a fellow dog owner so watch this space!” Dan said one of the most frequent comments he received was how a dog makes a man seem more approachable and easier to relate to. The e-commerce manager from West Yorkshire said: “Ted has been the star of the show - I think some women actually swiped right more for him than me! It’s so much better to start a conversation with ‘your dog is so cute’ rather than a standard ‘hey’ or ‘hello’. “Although I’m still single, it’s showed me that there are some lovely people out there. Who knows - the next time I go on a first date we could swap a drink in a bar for a dog walk!” To view the full results of Pet Wingman, visit: https:// www.webbox.co.uk/petwingman/. Vet Pets Magazine
Paw Leave! Vet DR DAVID CLIFF, Managing Director of Gedanken, a company specialising in coaching-based support and personal development, on why he supports paid leave for new pet parents. Apparently, the Brewdog company are allowing their staff a week's paid ‘Pawternity’ to leave to allow people to integrate the new puppy into their homes and families... This very animal-centric policy, is laudable in many ways. I suspect as a cat lover, unless the same is extended to felines, it may however create an equal opportunities issue! I suspect rabbit owners will not be far behind! There is a serious note however in this, animals are for most, part of our families and make a Pets Magazine major contribution to our quality of life and our mental health. The touch is in ways that activate unconditional love, help us keep fit, offer unswerving companionship and, in a world of increasingly single households, are often the emotional glue that holds people together when human relationships just don't cut it. Let's face it, animals offer less complicated relationships. Sure, they may be tying in terms of if one wants to jet off to foreign climes, but typically, we become the centre of their lives, and that importance resonates with us and calls upon us to be better people.
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