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Wanted on Craigslist: Attractive Arlington Dog Owners

by ARLnow.com September 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm 4,369 57 Comments

Looking to attract attention from members of the opposite sex in Arlington? If the past week’s Missed Connections on Craigslist are any indication, all you need is a dog.

On at least four separate occasions in the past week, lovelorn admirers have posted messages in hopes of connecting with attractive dog owners.

It started last Tuesday, with a woman seeking a man she had met at the Shirlington dog park.

Hi. I met you at the dog park on Saturday or Sunday (the days seem to drift together). You have a young dog named Kai (I think I have spelled that correctly). I have three dogs, our dogs played in the water and we spoke briefly.

I know it was your first visit to the dog park, and I hope to see you again!

Then, on Saturday, another Shirlington dog connection at Caribou Coffee — this time, a man seeking a woman.

You tied your dog up outside of Caribou to get a coffee and some water for the pup. I was with my friend at the table next to you – I was the guy sitting closest to you in a red shirt. You walked away before I had the chance to really talk to you, but I would like to meet you back there and buy you a cup of coffee some time.

Also posted on Saturday, a man seeking the “cute blonde with the adorable dog” in Ballston.

You were the cute blonde with the adorable dog named Doobie. I guess he didn’t like us because he kept barking. Sorry about that. If it was up to me I would have just played with him all night. Let’s get drinks at the same place sometime so I can make it up to you two.

Finally, a female dog owner posted yesterday seeking a “blond and handosome” dog owner she spotted at the Shirlington dog park.

I know this is a long shot but I thought I’d try…
Tonight I saw you at the dog park with a retriever and an older gentleman. You were hard to keep my eyes off of actually but I didn’t want to weird you out. I was the brunette with a pink shirt and little beagle.

I think we live in the same sub division maybe because I was walking the same route home.

How about a playdate with the pups…or a regular one?

  • dog

    You were the cute Great Dane being walked by a Clarendouche in flipflops with a latte. I was the Poodle sniffing your butt in the dog park. Want to dig holes and chew on furniture together?

  • DarkHeart

    It won’t be long before someone will offer a “rent-a-puppy” by the hour service. Brown flip-flops for the dog are extra.

  • Tre

    I just puked up my lunch

  • G Clifford Prout

    Awe! A Sunny Dog !

  • Nunya

    i was glanced last time i worked it at donaldson run.

  • HA!!! Too funny. Well as a dog owner, I do agree we are one attractive bunch of folks. Just as my pups – they think I’m a knockout 🙂 🙂

    • Dog

      Can I hump your leg?

      • how old are you?

        • and I mean that sarcastically. Amazing how anonymity allows for rudeness.

          • Mickey

            Rude? A dirt pizza on your foot is rude!!

          • Tabby

            Get over yourself, princess.

          • R0bespierre

            As well as it allows for haughty narcissism.

  • CW

    I’d rather spend time with a four-pack-a-day smoker than most of the dog owners around here.

    “Look at me! Look at me! I’m the greatest thing ever! Why don’t you want fluffy to jump on you? Me! Me! Me! Fluffy’s poop doesn’t stink!”

    • KalashniKEV

      +1
      90% of the hot chicks around here with the little dogs are mentally deranged. It’s like the most important relationship in their pampered, self centered lives…

      • YellowSubmarine

        What a nasty comment.

        Regardless, your statement speaks more about the number of quality men (or, lack thereof) in Arlington than women and their relationship choices.

        • KalashniKEV

          I’m sure if Mr. Fluffy could talk he’d tell them the exact same thing…

        • R0bespierre

          No, really I think there is some truth to it. A lot of people seem to keep subservient pets so that they can conveniently fill that nagging space in thier lives which craves companionship without having to actually learn to resolve conflicts with a significant other.

          • I agree

            There is a lot of truth to this. Chicks with tiny dogs (or worse, cats) are baggage claims. Chicks with big dogs are generally well adjusted and fun.

    • statistician

      Sorry, I’m a Hyundai owner. Apparently, my poop DOES stink.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      LOL! I’ve run into plenty of responsible dog owners that don’t spoil their dogs rotten, but…..I’ve run into those that match what you’re talking about, and those are enough to make a person put Cesar Millan or Victoria Still well on speed dial. I’ve noticed that quite a few of these spoiled “little darling” pooches are the little dogs.

    • Skeptical

      +100, oh, and don’t forget — as a dog half your size jumps up to body-slam you — “He’s ONLY a PUPPY!”

      • Bluemontsince1961

        Exactly, Skeptical. Responsible dog owners with balanced, disciplined and well behaved dogs are great. I have no problems with those dogs, they respect boundaries because their owners are the “pack leader” and make clear galloping up and jumping one someone is not acceptable. Those dogs I don’t mind approaching me or sniffing me if I am talking to their owners or greet them in passing if it is someone I don’t know.

        • drax

          Oh, wait, you mean dogs. I thought you meant kids for a minute.

          • Skeptical

            Those too. Leave them both at home, preferably tied up, and we’ll get along fine.

        • V Dizzle

          Fact. ALL dog owners are horrible people.

          • Actually, I find those who dislike animals to be horrible. To each his own.

          • Patti

            EXACTLY! They are the worst kind of people, except for the following:
            1. fish people (closest to normal)
            2. bird people
            3. reptile people
            4. rabbit people
            5. guinea pig people
            6. cat people
            7. gardeners
            8. fake flamingo people
            9. mouse/rat people (most weird)

            Tree people seem okay.

          • Ferret Person

            YAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!

          • V Dizzle

            Agreed completely. Oh, and I only commented about dog owners and don’t see the connection to the comment about disliking animals, so will chalk it up to a random thought. I’d put dog owners between 5 and 6, although I’m allergic to cats and therefore inherently biased. 🙂

      • CW

        Yeah, half MY size and TWICE the owner’s size. I’ve seen owners dragged down the street like they were water-skiing.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          I’ve seen the same thing, CW. I’ll contrast two experiences I’ve had in the past couple of years on my walks. First, I was walking down Wilson Blvd and saw a guy that was likely military by his haircut and the way he walked. He had a Golden Retriever on a leash walking right beside him, a dog clearly well loved and well cared for. The dog stayed right at his side when I moved aside to let him go by since the side walk was narrow. He thanked me and I complimented him on his beautiful dog (Goldens are one of my favorite breeds). He grinned and said “thank you, sir”. The second instance was along the W&OD trail in Bluemont park. A woman had her dog off leash and the dog came galloping toward me like a bat out of hell. I turned away from the dog to keep from knocked over and all I got was “oh, he’s just being ‘friendly’ he won’t bite”. How the [email protected] do I know that when as strange dog off leash comes bounding toward me. Needless to say I gave her a rather dark look and told her there are leash laws in Arlington, before I continued on my way once she got hold of her beast. She apparently thought it was just okey-dokey for her Fido to gallop up to anyone and everyone and a leash law was just a suggestion.

          • John Fontain

            Bluemont, I read ‘beast’ as ‘breast’ and couldn’t figure out what the heck was happening in your encounter. It took me about three re-reads before I realized I had read the word wrong.

          • I agree

            Bluemont1961, I agree with you on almost every point. I’ve run into the same things routinely. The only minor point I will disagree with is Goldens. I’ve spent some time around them, and they often are neurotic, noisy, manic, clingy dogs that with little provocation can (shocking as it sounds) actually be aggressive. Much moreso than other large dogs.

            Tiny dogs are the worst, though!

          • Bluemontsince1961

            I agree – I’ve run into wonderful Golden Retrievers and others that were exactly as you described. I think part of the problem is that whenever any breed becomes popular, puppy mills start churning them out and that can make for a lot of problems. Like any other breed, smart buyers will get their puppies from reputable and responsible breeders. Tiny dogs…..a lot of them are spoiled and have the small dog “napoleon” attitude. I’ve seen small dogs to up to big dogs yapping and getting all up in the big dog’s space. That’s like a small guy in a bar getting drunk and going up to a big guy and getting in his face – something unfortunate for the smaller one is just waiting to happen.

    • I’d rather spend time with nearly anybody than a 4-pack a day smoker.

    • porkchop_milkshake

      I clicked through to the comments hoping to see CW bitching about dog owners. I was not disappointed. [SCNR :-)]

      Seriously, I wonder what the attraction is? Why do so many dogs jump on you?

      I’d wager I encounter a great many more dogs than you do and I often have freeze-dried chicken (“doggy crack”) on my person. But I can count on two fingers the number of times a dog has jumped on me in recent memory. Most of the dogs I encounter are more-or-less under close control of their owners and don’t interact with most of the people they pass on the street while I’m observing them, let alone jump on them. So what is it? Any theories?

      • CW

        Haha, sorry for the late response but a couple things might be that I walk/run a LOT so that increases the exposure time, and also I live in probably the highest dog-density part of Arlington, where the dog density is also tipped highly towards teacup dogs and other less controlled breeds. Although if you’re making the assertion that you encounter many more dogs than me, you must have a reason, so I don’t know. And why are you walking around with freeze-dried chicken on you? If those two statements are an indicator, maybe you work with dogs for a living? So maybe your tolerance of dog-jumping-on/at is different than mine? Idk.

        Either way, I’d rather not complain. I’d rather have dog owners actually control their dogs, thus giving me nothing to complain about. I grew up in an area with tons of dogs. Most of them were true family dogs that were well-trained. Here, 95% of the dogs are owned by deadbeat owners who spend all day at work and happy hour and then take fluffy out on the 20-foot leash while having a cell phone conversation and drinking starbucks.

        • porkchop_milkshake

          🙂 I totally missed your reply, and I suspect you’ll miss mine, but I’ll leave this here just in case you check.

          I don’t work with dogs for a living. I walk and run a ton in the Courthouse Ballston corridor. I walk around with dog treats much of the time because I own two dogs and find that they behave much better if they suspect I might have a treat on me. I also encounter more dogs than normal because I take my dogs places where dogs are welcome… Rockland’s doggy hour, dog parks, etc. I was really referencing dogs I see walking, though. I never see them jump on people, and never have them jump on me. That’s why I was wondering how your experience was different.

          I do share your distaste for the 20′ retractable leashes, though. I walk mine on 6′ normal leashes and can’t see why people would want to expose themselves or their neighbors to the hassle of the retractables 😛

  • The only dog I’d hang out with is Wilfred…

  • KARLington

    “I saw you at the dog park with a retriever and an older gentleman…”

    So many possibilities for the end of this story.

    • Tabby

      I thought the same thing.

  • charlie

    is this all code for something? because I’m not getting any of it (literally or figuratively).

  • mickey644

    I am an old dude with no dog…..but I have flip flops!!

  • arlingtony

    Did someone say something about heavy petting?

  • Brendan

    craiglist missed connections might be one of the creepiest things i have ever seen.

    • Dear Abby

      “might be one of the creepiest things i have ever seen”

      Don’t get out much do you ; >)

  • 2Wheels2Go

    People with crazy and ill-behaved kids usually have dogs with the same personality, and the converse is true as well. I think because I have both that I may have even less patience for rude behavior by either species than would otherwise be the case. Let’s face it: if a kid or a dog never hears “no,” they’ll both be unpleasant to be around.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      That has been my experience, 2Wheels2Go.

  • info81

    I dated a woman with dogs once. We met at a bar and got along right away,she was the type of woman I liked, well read, tall, nice build, but maybe a little heavy.

    She said she had a couple of dogs, but during the next month we would go out to dinner and movies and back to my place to spend the night. She would leave my place early to take out the dogs, which was great for me.

    We had talked a little about past relationships she mentioned she had dated a couple guys in the past. Well, one day we take the dogs to the dog park and she is talking to these dogs like a drill sergeant, talking really loud ,yelling our commands. Both the dogs were male and had regular guy names like Frank and Bill or something, I can’t remember.

    I became a bit scared by all of this, I could imagine myself in the future having to take orders, so I quickly bailed out of the relationship. I asked some friends about her a few months later and they said she had bought another dog. I don’t know if it was named after me, I did not want to ask….

    • Too much info, info81.

      • tabby

        Too much info? It could be worse. A lot worse.

  • FW

    I like people who get dogs and then hire dog-walkers during the day because they are too busy.

    • AVer

      Exactly. Same with kids and daycare. I mean, if you can’t afford to take care of a dog or child without any income than you really shouldn’t have them.

      • V Dizzle

        I totally agree, although kids do pretty well with some food and water after around 3 or 4 years old. Well, that’s my experience anyways.

  • T-Bone!!!

    I LOVE dogs.

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