The two women met through the online business networking group Ryze.com, which posts photos of its members.
“She saw my picture with my Greyhounds,” says Sheryl, “and she wrote me and mentioned her love of animals.” Though Ryze has members all over the world, Michelle and Sheryl soon discovered that they lived only ten minutes apart and decided to meet for coffee.
Michelle Kennedy, co-founder of Leashes and Lovers, a New York company that organizes singles mixers for dog devotees, knows first-hand about finding romance on the end of a leash.
Rollerblading in Central Park one day, she came across a man walking a Golden Retriever puppy.
“It’s a chance for people to see a side of you that they don’t get to see otherwise in the kind of world we live in.
Your dog allows you to express your emotions, and show tenderness and playfulness.” If you area real dog lover, Wood has many great ideas and thoughts on how your dog can enhance (or possibly dampen) your dating potential.
There still aren’t many places where you can do that.” If there are no Leashes and Lovers- or Fetch-style events where you live, you might find the internet a viable alternative. allow you to find other dog lovers by including certain keywords in search criteria, whereas other sites are specifically designed for people who keep dogs or other pets. Animal People.com, which allows members to search for suitable matches based on a variety of criteria including location, age, appearance and religion—but also (and most importantly) by what kinds of pets they have. Love Unleashed.com, which gives you the opportunity to search for romance or friendship, and also has online articles, a “flea market” where you can buy or sell dog-related items, a K9 forum with numerous discussion categories such as training and health advice, and a variety of other useful features. Date My Pet.com, which allows you to search for dates for yourself or your pet. As the dust jacket states, “Dog trainer Deb Wood offers encouragement and inspiration to the romantically challenged dog lover, providing a list of the best and worst date breeds and activities you can do with a dog to meet new friends.
Even if the initial contact is online or otherwise sanslive canine, you still have an instant, mutually engaging, and virtually inexhaustible topic of conversation—dogs!
LIKE MANY SINGLES, YOU CAN’T STAND THE BAR SCENE, FEEL awkward making small talk at parties—and if your parents try to set you up with one more aesthetically-challenged loser, you’re going to put yourself up for adoption.
Does this mean you’re doomed to remain perpetually single, forever adrift in a sea of smug marrieds and other annoyingly happy snugglers?
“We met one morning at ten, and by seven that evening we had come up with the whole concept of Leashes and Lovers,” recalls Sheryl.
When asked to explain what Leashes and Lovers does, Michelle says, “Leashes and Lovers is where dog lovers meet.