By Bethany Gleave
An unlucky-in-love student confessed that her DOGS receive more attention than her on Tinder – claiming she has to accept that the two shih tzu pups have a cuter face than her.
Con Morris, from Newcastle, joined the dating app a couple of months ago ahead of starting university and included pups Bruce and Brody alongside her in many profile pictures.
However the 18-year-old claims her inbox has been inundated with matches for her pets instead of her – with HALF of all messages from would-be suitors merely interested in complimenting her dogs.
But the animal behaviour student takes the love for her puppies in good humour and admits that even she is such a dog lover that she is prone to noticing a profile thanks to the dog before the person.
Con said: “I’ve only had Tinder for a couple of months but I’ve quickly figured out that people are definitely more interested in my dogs than they are me.
“I did join Tinder just for a bit of a laugh as I’ve just started university and I think almost everyone I know is using it.
“It’s the kind of thing I only use when I’ve had a couple of drinks and me and my friends want a laugh.
“We like to see what cheesy pick-up lines people use but all I’ve had so far are compliments on my dogs.
“I’m glad I can see the funny side of it though. It’s just part of the hard life of having a cute dog and not a very cute face.
“I do think it’s a bit corny to use my dog as a chat up line but then again, my dogs are my number one priority. I need to know that the people I’m talking to like dogs.
“Some people on dating sites have their children as their priority and their potential partners have to like kids but any potential partners need to love my dog.
“I’m not on Tinder that often to receive a lot of messages but I’d say 50 percent of my messages are just from people to say how cute my dog is.
“Some of them try and rescue it and add that I’m cute too but it’s always after the dog has been complimented.
“It would be nice to be asked about me first sometimes but dogs are the way to my heart.
“If I was on Tinder for a serious relationship I think it would start to annoy me. But I wouldn’t not reply just because they used my dog as a way in.”
And it’s not just on Tinder where poor Con is overlooked – she also has strangers on the street stroking her dogs before they acknowledge her.
Con said: “Even when I’m out and about walking the dogs people are more interested in them. You always get people who come over and go straight to the dog.
“I think it is just the way society is today. A large majority of the population love dogs and like to stroke them.
“People on the bus will just come over and sit next to me to stroke them. After a couple of minutes, they will acknowledge me.
“I don’t really mind though. Like I’ve said I’m a huge animal lover and I’m sure I would act the same if I saw a cute dog on the bus or on Tinder.”