Cancel a date if a dog is sick
30 minutes before your date, you get a call from your date saying that their dog is sick and that they have to reschedule. Or if they notice that their dog is in distress, they may cancel the date. Some people might think that this is their date trying to blow them off, or that they accept that the dog must come first. Instead of feeling bummed out, offer to go over and help them with their dog. The two of you can order food in or cook a meal and watch a movie on Netflix.
Profile picture is more likely to include the dog than you
The two of you may have gone to an awesome concert the other night and were even able to take a picture with the band. You check out Facebook the next day to see if they changed their profile picture to which they have. Only it’s of them and their dog. Don’t feel bad, chances are that they had a great time the other night but probably thought the picture of them with their dog was too cute to not post.
Dates may include going to the dog park
It may be a nice day out and you suggest having a picnic in the park. What they hear is letting their dog get exercise at the dog park. The two of you can compromise by having a picnic in the backyard after visiting the dog park. The dog gets his exercise and you and your date get to spend some time together, making this a win-win situation for everyone.
Expect dog hair on everything
Depending on the dog breed, you may start to notice a new addition to your wardrobe. Dogs are prone to shedding, especially when it’s time for them to get rid of their winter coat. Invest in a good lint roller.
The dog(s) may not like you at first
Depending on the dog’s background, he may not like you at first. Don’t let this deter you from pursuing your date. Maybe offer the dog a treat every time you visit, or leave an article of clothing behind so the dog can get used to your scent. Over time the dog will start to like you and within no time will be happy to see you when you visit.
You may need to stop them from rescuing more dogs
Any dog rescuer’s weakness is an animal shelter. It won’t be out of the ordinary for them to send you pictures of dogs at the local shelter that they want to adopt. While rescuing dogs is a kind gesture, your date may only be able to care for one or two dogs. Adding more dogs can create unwanted stress and may result in them seeing less of you. Also, the dog rescuer is most likely to share pictures of available dogs from the local shelter on her newsfeed, encouraging others to adopt them.
Their dog(s) will always come first
Chances are their dog was in their life long before you were. The two of them may have been on a set schedule and once their owner started dating you, it may have thrown the schedule off a bit. To the dog rescuer, the dog is their baby and they will do anything for them. You may offer to bring your date along on a camping trip with friends, but they might decline because they don’t want to spend a night away from their dog. Eventually there will be a balance between you and the dog, which will make everyone happy.