) is the latest craze to come from the US to Blighty, where singletons are shunning bars for parks hoping that their pets will be conversation starters - and show they're caring types too.
But if a guy heads out to meet girls with a mutt in tow, will he really be more attractive to the opposite sex?
Wouldn't girls in my local park think I was odd if I rocked up with one and started chatting? Depending on how my date goes, Ruby and I could soon be on the pull in a park near you!
But I've been single for five months, so I ran the idea past my female friends. In fact one even told me she'd been sunbathing outside the week before, when she'd got talking to a guy with a puppy (apparently it was 'sooo cute'). " Whether you're a Twaddict who is always on Twitter, or a novice who doesn't know their @ from their elbow, we have news: the social-networking site is the place to meet men.
Everyone on the site's been through difficult times, so we understand each other and have common ground.
So far, I've been on a few dates and I had one relationship which lasted a couple of months.
I'm not ready for that yet, so we ended it on good terms. I haven't met the right guy yet, but who knows what the future holds?
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After the dinners, they choose their favourite to go on a proper date with.
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Martin*, 37, had two young daughters and had been divorced for two years.
We had a great time, taking our kids for dates in the park, but he wanted to get serious.
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