What is the saddest truth about dogs

Finding love in San Francisco - only works with a dog

At Ocean Beach, the almost five kilometer long sandy beach on the west coast of San Francisco, the two predominant types of young, single men can be observed very well: one carrying a surfboard, the other a thrower. (In other words, elongated plastic projectiles that you can think of like an ice cream scoop with a very long handle. This allows you to fork balls without having to bend down - and then throw them very far. And yes, surfboards are cooler.) At first I thought that the people and especially the men here just like dogs. After a week on various beaches, in parks and on bike tours through the city, it became clear to me that there are almost only men with dogs. And you see them everywhere.

On the Internet, I came across some kind of urban legend pretty quickly: According to this, there are more registered dogs here than children. This was proven in 2016 by the US census "American Community Survey": At that time 115,000 children were registered in San Francisco, at the same time around 150,000 dogs. However, it was not really clear how many dogs there were, because the municipal animal welfare association "Animal Care and Control" estimates that only 30 percent of all pet owners have registered their animals at all. If you look at the nationwide comparative figures, the people in San Francisco actually seem to be more dog-loving than in other American metropolises. According to a Nielsen poll in the Scarborough Research 2017 Survey, only Tusla, Oklahoma, has a higher dog-per-inhabitant rate than it does here. (By the way, Seattle is the stronghold of cat owners.)

Every third person describes himself as "Dog Dad" in dating apps

The best source of research for the mood among singles in a city: dating apps. When I stumbled upon the description "Dog Dad" on the first profile, I was thinking of a joke. Then I noticed that almost every third person posted a photo of himself and his four-legged friend and referred to himself as “Dog Dad”, in a group of “Heteroflexible”, “Pescetarian”, “Tech Guy” or “Weed Lover”.