According to Klooff, what I need to do is get a golden retriever, or a Siberian husky, or a French bulldog — and then just wait for women to line up in hopes of dating me.
Based on findings in a survey conducted by Klooff, a new iPhone app for pet lovers, those are among the dog breeds that best attract women.
“Pets are great for lots of different things; for companionship, for fun romps at the park, and even for getting a date,” said Alejandro Russo, co-founder of Klooff. “That’s why we built Klooff, so people can express themselves through their pets. And possibly even find a little romance while at it.”
I find it revolting — maybe not Klooff itself, but this particular avenue the humans behind the app have chosen in a quest for publicity.
It’s dogsploitation at its worst. It reduces dog to an accessory — one that can help you “express yourself” and get you dates. It makes dogs the equivalent of those Axe products that purport to attract women, like flies to dog poop.
If the main reason you are getting a dog is to attract humans of the gender you are seeking — be it for a date or a long-term relationship — don’t get a dog.
If you are getting a dog for other reasons, but want to factor in which breed would serve you best as you go about your courting and woo-pitching, don’t get a dog.
If you think that a dog’s breed is all you need to know — that breed alone determines every facet of a dog’s personality and behavior, thereby making him 100 percent predictable — don’t get a dog, at least until you do a little more research.
Here’s a sample of their pun-laden press release:
Just what are the best breeds for singles?
It’s no secret that taking your dog for a walk during these upcoming dog days of summer is a great way to meet other singles, make a connection, and potentially land a hot date. But what dog breeds give men and women the best chance of getting a “leg up” on the competition in the “dog eat dog” world of dating and romance?
A new international poll on what goes on in one of the hottest singles scenes – at the dog park – suggests certain breeds are the “cat’s meow” in navigating the “ruff” world of dating, whereas others hinder their chances of success. The survey illuminates what types of dogs men and women should own to attract their next girlfriend, boyfriend, hookup, or soulmate…and which dogs to completely stay away from.
I will point out here that my dog Ace has gotten me dates — in fact, pretty much every date I’ve had in recent years. I would go so far to say that, while he smells much worse, he works much better than Axe deodorant, or body spray or hair styling products. But that’s an unexpected benefit, not the sole or even main reason he came into my home.
Although it was once the case, in today’s society most of us no longer choose dogs based on the work they can do for us – unless you are a shepherd, or a hunter, or a dog show ribbon seeker.
Today we choose them for companionship — for the love they bring into our homes, as opposed to the varmints they can chase away, or the potential suitors of our own species they might attract.
The Klooff app, though, is indicative of a mindset that still lingers – despite the evolution of dogs, despite the evolution of our thinking about them:
Looking at dogs solely in terms of what they can do for us.
The notion of getting a dog for the purpose of spicing up your romantic life is selfish — on par with ruining a pristine natural environment to feed your whims.
The notion that you should choose a dog based on how well its breed reportedly attracts humans of the gender you are seeking is equally unwise.
Klooff ranks breeds in terms of their ability to attract dates. The lists are based on a survey Klooff says is ”representative of 1,000 pet owners and non-owners.” It presents the results in countdown style:
The top dog breeds to attract men were:
2. Labrador Retrievers
1. Golden Retrievers
The top dog breeds to attract women were:
5. French Bulldogs
4. Siberian Huskies
3. Labrador Retrievers
2. Golden Retrievers
1. German Shepherds
Klooff is a newly launched mobile app that lets users create profiles for their pets, allowing them to upload pet photos and interact with other pet lovers, “and maybe make the dog park dating scene a little easier.”
According to Klooff, men who own retrievers are seen as “great dads,” men who own a Siberian Husky are seen as “manly,” and men who own bulldogs, boxers or Rottweilers are seen as “just a hook up.”
According to Klooff — and this is the one that bothers us most — the man who owns a pit bull or Rottweiler is seen as ”slimy” or “sketchy.”
Klooff calls their rankings “scientific.”
If you believe that, you probably own a Chihuahua.
(Photos by John Woestendiek)
Posted by jwoestendiek June 13th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alejandro russo, animals, app, appeal, beagles, breeds, chihuahuas, dating, dating scene, dog, dog park, dogs, dumb, exploitation, french bulldog, gender, german shepherds, golden retrievers, iphone, klooff, love, mates, pets, pit bulls, pitbulls, poodles, romance, sex, siberian huskies, sketchy, slimy, stereotypes
The owners of the home described themselves as dog breeders, but admitted their operation ”got out of hand,” The Capital in Annapolis reported.
Animal Control officers visited the home in the Green Gables neighborhood after receiving an anonymous tip.
Because homeowners Chuck Richard and his wife, Pam, didn’t have a dog fancier license, laws required they have no more than four dogs. The county plans to give the couple a citation and a $50 fine, police said.
Officers seized dozens of poodles, Yorkshire terriers and other dogs from the two-story home in the 1800 block of Choptank Road. The animals are being housed at the animals at the county shelter in Millersville.
Other than being dirty, the dogs seemed in good shape, and all but one appeared to be well-fed, animal control officials said.
The Richards were visited in 2006 by animal control officials who counted 24 dogs, but didn’t give the couple a citation.
Richard told The Capital that when the recession hit, it became harder to sell dogs.
“It just got harder and harder to find homes,” he said. “You hear about people hoarding, but it wasn’t like that. This just got out of hand.”
“I’m sad to see them go,” he added, “but in a strange way, it’s a relief.”
County Executive John R. Leopold is urging residents to visit the county shelter and adopt the animals. The animal shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 23rd, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, animal control, animals, annapolis, anne arundel county, breeders, choptank road, chuck richard, county executive, dogs, hoarding, john leopold, pam richard, pasadena, pets, poodles, seized, seizure, shelter, surplus, yorkshire terriers
Cooling my heels in Phoenix, I’ve been trying to catch up with the latest on SB 1070, the new legislation that will turn Arizona’s police officers into immigration officials, requiring them to check the citizenship of anyone they confront in the course of their duties.
The law makes violating federal immigration laws a state crime, if that makes any sense, and some fear it will lead to large scale profiling and deportations as Arizona takes into its own hands matters it feels the federal government isn’t addressing.
Of course, the law applies to humans, and not dogs, but what if? What if the motivation for it — to keep undocumented foreigners from the shores of a country pretty much built by undocumented foreigners — was applied to the dog kingdom?
What if all the Irish setters –or at least those who lacked the proper paperwork — were sent back to Ireland; or if all the German shepherds were deported to Germany; or if Labrador retrievers, Tibetan Mastiffs, French poodles and Afghan hounds were all sent back to their place of origin?
The dog kingdom would be a much more boring place.
If all of them were required to live where they originated, we wouldn’t have anywhere near the magnificent diversity of dog breeds — not to mention hybrids and mutts — that we enjoy today. It would be so long, Welsh Corgi; seeya, Belgian Malinois; goodbye, Bo, and all other Portuguese water dogs.
Go back to Rhodesia, you Ridgebacks.
Probably, in our haste, we’d even deport Great Danes to Denmark, even though the breed didn’t originate there. (Once local law enforcement and state bureaucracies get involved, mistakes are bound to happen.) And, Siberian huskies, you don’t even want to think about where you’d be banished to.
A valid argument can be made that Siberian huskies shouldn’t be living in Arizona’s heat in the first place – but banishing them, or pestering them for their paperwork so often they decide to leave, obviously isn’t the solution.
If that were the case, I never would have met Sasha and Kodi, brother and sister huskies belonging to Sandy Fairall, who we hung out with yesterday at “Bark Place,” the dog park at Quail Run Park in Mesa.
No pedigree is required to enter, and dogs of all sizes, shapes, backgrounds and colors were playing together nicely. No one was asking anyone else to leave, no one was questioning anyone else’s pedigree, and everyone, dog and human, seemed happy to share the shady spots.
Sandy admits Phoenix is not an ideal locale for the cold weather dogs – something she’s reminded of whenever she heads to the mountains in winter to let them experience their more natural surroundings and play in the snow.
I say – paperwork or not — let them stay.
Posted by jwoestendiek June 23rd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: 1070, afghan, aliens, arizona, bark place, border, breeds, citizenship, deport, deportation, diversity, documentation, dogs, foreigners, french, german, heat, hounds, huskies, husky, illegal, immigrants, immigration, law, legislation, mastiffs, mesa, phoeniz, police, poodles, portuguese, profiling, quail run park, sb 1070, shepherds, siberian, state, tibetan, undocumented, water dog
The Humane Society of the United States says this dog — one of more than 200 the organization assisted in removing from a Tennessee puppy mill last week — is dancing for joy.
At the very least, she’s headed for a better life than that afforded at Gayla’s Poodle Palace, in Sparta, Tennessee, where dismal conditions led the White County Sheriff’s office to seize 225 dogs.
Nearly 100 of the dogs, mostly small, designer breed puppies, were shipped to Chicago in a trailer, with others being sent to shelters and rescues in Nashville and Bowling Green, Kentucky, WPTV reported.
“These animals are very relieved,” said Justin Scally, the manager of the Puppy Mill Task Force for the HSUS. “There’s a noticeable difference from the time that they were removed from the puppy mill and were placed in the emergency shelter, and each day they have gotten better.”
Volunteers were cleaning and evaluating the dogs this week before placing them up for adoption.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 29th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: adopt, adoption, animals, bowling green, breeder, chicago, dancing, designer dogs, dogs, gayla's poodle palace, hsus, humane society of the united states, joy, nashville, ohmidog!, pets, poodles, puppy mills, removed, rescue, seized, shelters, sheriff's office, sparta, tennesee, video, white county
Gayla’s Little Poodle Palace, on the outskirts of Sparta, Tennessee, wasn’t so little.
More than 200 dogs — 221, according to the Humane Society of the United States — were seized from the puppy mill last week by the White County Sheriff’s Department after complaints that they were being housed in unsanitary conditions and lacked proper socialization and medical care.
All of the animals have been surrendered by the owner to the custody of the White County Sheriff’s Department, according to an HSUS press release.
The HSUS assisted in removing the animals and transporting them to an emergency shelter set up and staffed by the HSUS, the White County Humane Society and United Animal Nations. There, the dogs will be examined by a team of veterinarians before being transferred to animal shelters for evaluation and adoption.
“These dogs were being sold to unsuspecting consumers over the Internet and through newspaper advertisements. This should be a reminder to anyone looking for a new pet to first consider adoption, and only purchase a dog if you have personally visited the breeder,” said Leighann McCollum, HSUS Tennessee state director.
The dogs, mostly toy poodles, some with serious medical issues, were all living living in a small home.
Sheriff Oddie Shoupe said puppy mill owner Gayla Jackson was cooperating with authorities.
“She said she needed the help and didn’t know where to turn, and that this was a blessing in disguise,” said Shoupe. “She started grooming dogs, then it blossomed into a breeding operation, and it was too much for her to take care of.”
Posted by jwoestendiek April 26th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: 200 dogs, conditions, gayla jackson, gayla's poodle palace, health, hsus, humane society of the united states, news ohmidog!, poodles, puppy mill, raid, seized, sheriff's department, sparta, surrendered, tennessee, toy poodles, unsanitary, welfare, white county
Texas police and Humane Society officials seized 500 to 600 dogs and about 15 cats Tuesday in a raid on what they say is a puppy mill in Kaufman County, Fox News reported.
The Humane Society began investigating the kennel when someone came to them inquiring about dog food donations for the operation. Authorities found poor living conditions and sickly animals when they visited the location.
The kennel operated in a large metal building in a rural area near the Prairieville community, about 45 miles southwest of Dallas.
The animals seized are mostly Chihuahuas, poodles and other small-breed dogs. They were examined by vets to determine which ones needed medical attention.
The seizure was conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), in conjunction with the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department.
“This day marks a new beginning for these animals, who are suffering from a variety of serious health conditions and have been kept in constant confinement their entire lives producing puppies for the profit of the mill owner,” said Scotlund Haisley, senior director of Emergency Services at HSUS.
The dogs were found to be living in filthy conditions. Many were severely matted and suffering from chronic infected wounds, internal and external parasites and serious skin and eye infections, officials said.
All of the animals were being transported to a nearby emergency shelter.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 12th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: breeder, cedar creek lake, chihuahuas, filthy, hsus, humane society, ill, kaufman county, kennel, neglect, poodles, prairieville, puppy mill, raid, rescue, shelter, sheriff's department, sick, texas
Nearly 400 neglected dogs were rescued Monday from an Arkansas puppy mill in a raid by local authorities and the Humane Society of the United States.
Dogs were found living in horrific conditions in dilapidated structures throughout the 82-acre property, authorities said, and at least 350 were removed. Also seized were 17 miniature ponies, six cats and several exotic birds and turtles from the property.
When rescuers arrived at the property, in Logan County, they found dogs, ranging from shih tzus and poodles to Akitas and Shelties — some only a day-old –suffering from serious medical ailments and housed in filthy conditions.
“Most people don’t realize that this is the cruel reality behind those cute puppies for sale in pet stores and online,” said Desiree Bender, Arkansas state director for The HSUS. “These dogs were kept in tiny cages and forced to breed continuously for the profit of the mill owners.”
“People were buying the puppies without knowing the cruelty they were supporting, Bender said. “It is vital that anyone buying a puppy go and see where they were born, meet the parent dogs and ensure they are being well cared for.”
All of the animals were swiftly removed and transported to a nearby emergency shelter and checked by a team of veterinarians, the HSUS reported.
Volunteers from United Animal Nations assisted with the temporary shelter, and supplies were provided by PetSmart Charities, which sent its Emergency Relief Waggin’ full of wire crates, dog food and bedding.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 24th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: akitas, arkansas, birds, cats, desiree bender, dogs, filthy, hsus, humane society, law enforcement, logan county, medical ailments, miniature ponies, petsmart, poodles, puppies, puppy mill, raid, seize, seized, turtles, united animal nations
The 15 dogs were among about 300 rescued during a raid of Thornton’s Kennels in Wayne County, North Carolina, after a year-long investigation by the Humane Society of the United States.
The breeder was accused of trying to maximize the amount of puppies born, while minimizing the amount of care they received in order to increase profits.
Mostly small breeds — Yorkies, poodles, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians and shih-tzus — many of the seized dogs were emaciated, severely matted, had overgrown their collars and were suffering from dental and other serious medical ailments.
“It is appalling that any breeder would allow animals to be raised this way,” Montgomery County Humane Society (MCHS) President and CEO Cris Bombaugh said last month. “These dogs are now getting the medical attention, grooming and TLC they so badly need with our staff and volunteers.”
This week, MCHS reports that two of the dogs have been adopted.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 13th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adopted, chihuahuas, dogs, homes, hsus, investigation, maryland, montgomery county humane society, north carolina, pomeranians, poodles, puppy mill, raid, seized, shit-tzus, thornton's kennels, wayne county, yorkies
Three puppy mill raids in two Washington counties in recent weeks resulted in about 600 dogs being seized — but those 600 are expected to soon become 1,500.
Four of every five dogs rescued are pregnant, authorities say.
“We’ve already had two litters born,” said Bud Wessman, director of Everett Animal Services, which is caring for 155 dogs seized from a Snohomish County property on Jan. 16. “We have six that will give birth over the weekend and probably another 10 litters coming up in the next week.”
The Snohomish County kennel is linked to another in Skagit County, where authorities seized 135 dogs on Wednesday and returned Friday to seize the remaining 308. The owner of the Skagit County property, near Mount Vernon, is the mother of the woman who owns the Snohomish County property near Gold Bar, the Seattle Times reported.
Animal control officials are struggling to care for the crush of animals, most of which are Chihuahuas, shih tzus, poodles, and Yorkshire terriers.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 26th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: 600 dogs, animal control, chihuahuas, county, dogs, investigation, litters, mountain view kennel, poodles, pregnancies, pregnant, puppies, puppy mills, raid, rescue, seattle, skagit, snohomish, yorkshire terriers
According to the latest results in a Washington Post poll, 46 percent of those responding — whatever they may think of Obama and McCain — feel that allowing your dog to poop in someone else’s yard is “the height of incivility.”
The poll accompanies the Post’s continuing coverage of a dog poop controversy in Calvert County, Maryland.
I’m not sure which is more depressing — that this neighborhood spat has become a court case, that the Washington Post is covering it (with two reporters, no less), or that upwards of 10,000 people had voted in the poop poll within hours of the story hitting the Internet.
In any case, to break it down: 46 percent believe “allowing your dog to defecate” in someone else’s yard is the height of incivility, 42 percent consider it a “minor offense,” and 11 percent say it’s “perfectly okay.”
We feel obligated to point out that the poll is faulty — in that it does not get into whether said poop is picked up by the dog’s owner (which would make the minor offense much more minor) or simply left there, which, while maybe not the height of incivility, is pretty darned rude.
The case is headed for trial in Calvert County District Court, where Linda May Johnson stands accused of repeatedly allowing her miniature poodles to miniature poop on her neighbor’s lawn in St. Leonard.
The neighbors, James and Jennifer Barth, said in court documents that they repeatedly asked Johnson to walk the dogs — named Ollie and Hershey — on the other side of the street.
In May, Johnson was arrested, shackled and charged with trespassing, harassment and disorderly conduct after the two families exchanged words.
The Post’s online story today, unlike its earlier piece on the controversy, (“a classic tale of suburban strife”) did not mention that Mr. Barth is a state police sergeant.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 17th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, barth, calvert county, court, coverage, defecate, dog, dog owners, dogs, hershey, james barth, linda may johnson, neighbors, news, ollie, poodles, poop, responsibility, scoop, sergeant, st. leonard, state police, washington post, waste, yard