New Dating App for Cleveland Dog Lovers

I think most single dog lovers have tried to use their dog to pick up someone, or at least hoped that their dog might spark a conversation with someone they want to date. Because let’s face it, a true dog lover has to involve their dog in the dating process. Not only are they your best friend, but if a potential partner doesn’t like your dog, it’s never going to work.

That’s why it seems so perfect to have a dating app that brings your dog into the love match. And good news for Cleveland dog lovers – a new dating app will be launching here soon to do this very thing! Fetch dating app, launching this summer, takes a new approach to meeting people via app and avoiding those awkward “Hi, how are you?” introductions. The app will encourage members to build profiles that include info on their dogs to hopefully spark a more interesting conversation and make a connection based on a mutual love for dogs.

Photo courtesy of Fetch dating app –

I checked in with the developer of the app, Elisabeth Smith, to get the lowdown on the app before it launches. You can visit the website now to be added to their email list and find out when it launches. They will also be hosting some meetups this summer, so keep your eye on their website and Facebook pages.

HOW DOES YOUR DOG PLAY INTO FINDING A MATCH? Think about the interactions you have with people when your dog is involved. Having a dog is a great way to meet people in the real world – when you’re at the dog park, on a walk around the neighborhood, at a festival, you tend to have warmer and more open conversations. I’m trying to recreate the same experience digitally. My hope is to design the app so you share information about yourself at least partially within the context of your relationship with your pup. For instance, what’s the greatest adventure you and your pup have taken? Where did you get the idea for your pup’s name? Tell your favorite story of your pup.

These are just examples of the type of information I would like to encourage users to share.

WHERE DID YOU GET THIS IDEA FROM? I have always been a dog lover. I have a pup of my own named Dexter who does everything with me. Last summer, I worked at Purina and did a lot of research on the humanization of the pet industry. We treat our pups differently than in the past. They are more than just animals, they are our four-legged members of the family! I’m also single and have tried a couple of the dating apps. I find it really difficult to have meaningful conversations with people when the opening line is “Hey, how is your night?” I sort of just thought one day, what if you could connect over something a lot more interesting and important? And that’s when I came to the idea of connecting over something as important as our pups, who play such a big role in our lives.

Photo courtesy of Fetch dating app -
Photo courtesy of Fetch dating app –

WHY LAUNCH IN CLEVELAND? I am originally from the Cincinnati area of Ohio, but came up to Cleveland about 10 years ago to do my undergrad at Case. I fell in love with the city and am so happy to call it my home now. I love the revitalization that is occurring in Cleveland and I am thrilled to be launching my app here!

WILL IT GO TO OTHER CITIES? Absolutely! I want to use Cleveland as the launching ground, learn about what people do and don’t like, and launch in other markets.

WHAT IS THE COST? This piece hasn’t been finalized yet, however, it will be in line with the other apps on the market.


Happy 4th of July!

As much as I love the 4th of July, it comes with some anxiety knowing that it is far from my dog’s favorite holiday. For the last week or so as people have been randomly setting off fireworks in my neighborhood, my dog has been hiding under various pillows and running to my bedroom to hide out. And forget it if someone lets off one while we are on a walk. It’s likely I’ll have to carry him back to the house.

If you’ve found something that helps your dog with his fireworks anxiety, please let me know! I’ve tried to distract him, give him toys, but really all I can do is comfort him. This is a very common fear among dogs. In fact, sadly, they say that the 4th of July is the most common time for dogs to run away and go missing after being scared by fireworks.

Because of this, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with the Missing Pet Partnership, recently developed an app to help you find your lost pet. The app helps you find your pet by providing an individual search plan, customized by your pet’s behavior and circumstances. For example, if your pet is social and loves people, it is more likely he or she sticks close to your neighborhood. To determine your customized plan, you answer a series of questions about your pet and where he was last seen and then you get a checklist of what to do. Users will also be able to create a digital lost pet flyer to share on social media networks.

The app is available for download on Apple iTunes and Google Play. Look for “ASPCA Lost Pet.”

Here’s more great tips courtesy of the Dogington Post:

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Hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!


Raise money for local shelters just by walking your dog

Even if you can’t adopt, volunteer or donate money, there are still other ways you can help out local shelters. I recently came across one interesting way to do this using an app called “WoofTrax.” This app lets you donate to your local shelter simply by taking your dog on a walk. The app is free to use and allows you to choose from several local shelters. In the Cleveland area you can donate to The Cleveland Animal Protection League, Secondhand Mutts and The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. You can also go in and switch it easily if you want to change who you are donating to periodically.



After you download the app, you’ll just need to take your phone with you on your walk. You’ll hit start at the beginning of the walk and the app will keep track of how far you go. For every mile that you walk, a donation is made for the shelter of your choice. According to Wooftrax’s twitter page, in January the app donated 25 cents per mile to local shelters.

I’ve found the app to be pretty easy to use. You can customize it by adding a picture and some info about your dog. You can also add multiple dogs and choose whichever one you are walking with if you want to track your times separately. In addition to knowing that I am donating money to shelters, I also like knowing exactly how far I’ve walked. It records the time, distance and average mile per hour in the history section of the app.

Definitely seems worth a try considering you have to take your dog on a walk anyways!


The free app is available for download on the App Store. Currently it is only available for iPhones, but it’s in testing for Android phones now.

My Five Favorite Dog Apps

Hunter-approved pet apps

There really is an app for everything, even your pets. From pet fitness tips, cute puppy pictures to pet emergencies, there’s an app that can help with you with many of the issues you deal with as a pet parent, plus some ones that just fun.

Here are some of my favorite dog-related apps:

Pet First Aid App

Released by the American Red Cross, this app provides you with videos and step by step advice for most pet emergencies. The Pet First Aid app also gives  information on maintaining your dog’s health. Cost: 99 cents.


This app helps you stay on top of all the things that may be harmful to your dog. Many common plants found in your yard or on walks may be toxic to your dog, so this app will help you should you come across something that you’re not sure about. It also lets you save your vet’s number so you can connect to them easily in the event of an emergency. Cost: 99 cents.

Weather Puppy

Weather Puppy

You probably have a weather app on your phone so why not have one that gives you the forecast and pictures of cute puppies? This might be my favorite pet app. It really softens the blow of seeing -4 degrees on your phone when it’s accompanied by a cute puppy. Cost: free.


This app helps you track your dog walks, view a history of walks as well as receive a list of recommended exercises for your dog. You hear a dog barking sound when you start and stop your walk so you are alerted to the tracking. You can also connect to social media to share your walks. Cost: free.


You probably wouldn’t know this considering the abundance of pictures I post of my dog, but I actually have a hard time getting Hunter to pose for pictures. I was intrigued when I came across this app, as most of the noises I make to get him to stay focused don’t work that well. PetSnap lets you choose from a number of different noises, such as dog barking, paper crumbling, door bell (if you want a picture of your dog going crazy, I guess), cat noises or squeeze toy, among others, to get your dog’s attention. Cost: $1.99.

Here’s Hunter looking confused by the cat sounds coming from my phone:

I don’t see a cat…

Do you use any apps for your dog? What are your favorites?

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