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Well, I was waiting in a rainy car park to go walkies with Will and Oscar.

To be fair it was the picture of Will’s dog – an appealing white fluffball with expressive brown eyes – that really drew me in, rather than his own photo (tall, darkhaired and posh-looking in a Hugh Grant way).

An old red raincoat, mud-splattered jeans and a pair of wellies wouldn’t normally be my first choice of attire for a romantic meeting.

Neither would I usually start a date by grabbing a lead and shouting “walkies” at my West Highland terrier Matilda, or hanging around a park, desperately trying to recognise a dog (and his owner) I have only ever seen in a picture.

I fell at the first hurdle and let the free app copy all my details from another social media site to save me typing it all in. My son William, 12, was equally horrified, worrying that Matilda might not like my potential Mr Right.

But I refused to be put off and just a couple of weeks after installing the app on my phone, I was on my first date.

But I have a theory about dogs and their owners: they are usually pretty much alike so a playful-looking cute dog is most likely to have the same sort of owner, even if they do look a little staid in their mugshot.

After all, most dog lovers think nothing of approaching and talking to a total stranger, provided that person is holding the leash of a friendly-looking dog.

Michelle Kennedy, co-founder of Leashes and Lovers, a New York company that organizes singles mixers for dog devotees, knows first-hand about finding romance on the end of a leash.

Rollerblading in Central Park one day, she came across a man walking a Golden Retriever puppy.

As a way of meeting new friends and potential suitors it seemed pretty risk-free and certainly preferable to traditional dating sites and evening meet-ups in bars and restaurants. Lots of people sign up simply looking for friendship and dog-walking companions.

And it’s proving popular – the UK is the fourth biggest user of the app worldwide. Friends who were old hands at internet dating instructed me not to use my real name, not to use a photo that was anywhere else on the web and not to give away too much about myself.