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“Love and the Single Dog (Lover)

Finding love in a dog eat dog world”

Leashes and Lovers hosts cocktail parties for dog lovers in upscale locales in New York City.(Leave your pooch at home, but please, bring photos!) Parties are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Get a chance to mingle with others who share your passion for pooches at these feel-good events, which raise money and awareness to benefit a ‘no-kill’ animal rescue organization or shelter.

Not satisfied with just a photograph? Gather yourself and your dog and traipse off to Leashes and Lovers “Sunday Afternoons” to play with others and their dogs at various indoor and outdoor dog-friendly locales in the city. “Sunday Afternoons” will begin sometime in the spring on the first Sunday of every month.

The parties, which draw an average of 30 singles in NYC, have generated interest worldwide. “We have had interest as far away as Australia, Ireland, Scotland, and Japan to name a few,” says founder, Sheryl Matthys. “Numerous dog lovers in various American cities have expressed interest in attending Leashes and Lovers events in their areas. We definitely have plans of expanding on a much larger level.” This will likely include an expansion of their website, allowing dog lovers everywhere a place to mingle online as well.

The success of these events is easy to explain: “Compared to other singles events, we anticipate that the success rates will be much higher since they all have one common bond or interest – dogs.”

If you can’t join Sheryl at the next Leashes and Lovers party on February 17th, at Onyx (supporting the Noah’s Art Project), be sure to tune in that morning as they join choice singles and their dogs on the CBS Early Show, showing all of us how to “mingle with a mission”.