Must love dogs: Wisconsin pet owner turns to dating app for dog lovers to find potential mate

Posted at 12:24 PM, Sep 30, 2019

MILWAUKEE — Emilie Rackovan, 23, has swiped a lot but is still single. Her ideal match has to love dogs.

She works full time at a doggy daycare, Camp Bow Wow in Waukesha, and she works part time at the Wisconsin Humane Society.

The love of her life right now is her dog, Jada, a rescue pup.

"She is the most important thing to me," Rackovan said.

But now, Rackovan is ready for a human companion, so she joined a free dog person’s dating app called Dig.

"I was like, 'Well, I might as well get myself on this and find someone who loves dogs as much as I do,' " Rackovan said.

One of the app’s creators, Leigh Isaacson, said she and her sister Casey started the app after Casey had a relationship end because the guy didn’t let her dog into his apartment. They both felt dog lovers need to find partners who feel the same way about pups.

"You don't have to have a dog to use it. A lot of people just want to date someone with a dog," Leigh Isaacson said.

Fifty-five percent of single adults in the U.S. are pet owners, with dogs leading the way, according to the co-founder of Dig.

"When people are taking the steps to go onto this app that is specifically for dog lovers, you know that they are really committed to finding someone that is a dog lover also," Rackovan said.

Rackovan said she's talking to a couple of potential partners. The real test she said is making sure her dog, Jada, likes them.

This story was originally published by Kristin Byrne on WTMJ.