Man's Best Friend or How I Found Canine Love

By: Julia Yarbough

Can I tell you?  I had a GREAT time meeting up for my “date”, ironically back in South Florida! Leave it to me, to pack up my car and head off on this crazy, hair-brained idea of searching for a husband all over the country, to then actually have a “date” with someone in my own backyard! 

I’m happy to report: I think it went pretty darn good! Keep in mind, I am not one to kiss and tell (No, really. Despite unveiling my life for the entire web to read about, that is...), but I will say, I was TOTALLY impressed with this man. In fact, I didn't want the evening to end.

Stats: HANDSOME! He really seems to have his act together. Successfully self-employed, well educated and well spoken, in great physical shape, funny, similar idealogical views, loves to travel and have adventures, has a beautiful (and CLEAN) home, and did I mention how handsome he is? I confess, I was a bit smitten. 

Date: It was simple and totally chill, which I love. That means no muss, no fuss for me of getting all “glammed-up.” In a cute, almost teen-date kind of way, he invited me over for movie and popcorn. That’s cool. We got side-tracked though (No, not that - get your minds out of the gutter!) We started channel surfing, and first found South Park, (TOTALLY COOL THAT HE WATCHES S.P.) then stumbled upon Man Vs. Wild. There must have been some sort of Man Vs. Wild marathon, because we watched 2 or 3 episodes and never did get to a movie. It was great just hanging out, chatting, munching popcorn and getting to know each other. Very cool. (See, I'm not one of those high-maintenance women that guys have to jump through fiery hoops to impress. A good-quality man will do the trick).

I've heard that men don't like to listen to us women chitty-chat, so I kept my odd-ball comments to myself. Was that smart or no? I asked him questions about himself - I want to know more about who he is - that was good, right?  OMG - I found myself just staring at him when he wasn't looking - just trying to take him all in. How much of that kind of stuff do men really notice? Do you think he could sense that I'm digging him? Oh - this is all so taxing - no wonder I've been single all these years! He did mention an ex-girlfriend several times - what do you think that means? I know, I know - DON'T OVER ANALYZE!

So anyhow, it was all good until...  um... how do I say this?  Well, until the assault. It happened so quickly. I was on the 3rd floor balcony - stepped out to get some fresh air. My first instinct was to look around to see if there were any witnesses. None! 

Thankfully, I was able to elbow him off of me fairly quickly. Phew, that was close.

“Down boy,” I shouted at my date’s VERY LARGE dog! “Get - off - of - me!”

“L” is a Mastiff. Go ahead. Look it up. They are BIG, BIG, BIG dogs! So, get this. Soon after my date stepped out of of the room, “L” made his move. Perhaps he was thinking something like this:

“Dad can’t see me, and I kind of like his date. (I was petting him all evening) I think I’ll lunge at her, wrap my huge, heavy paws around her shoulders, and hump-the-crap-out-of-her-leg! And if I move fast, Dad won’t ever know! WOOF!”

Hey, at least I know for certain the Dog is into me. Wish me luck with his owner!




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  • 3/23/2010 8:39 PM frankie wrote:
    He sounds very inmature, how old was this fellow.
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  • 3/25/2010 11:18 AM Susan wrote:
    What a great date -- does he read your blog?
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  • 3/26/2010 10:24 PM caryle kilgrow wrote:
    Hey girl. sounds like all was well. my friend Diane, is on dating sites (3) been on them for a year. 2 or 3 coffee dates. Nothing serious. she had a great suggestion. WHY isn't there\a protocal for guys to dump girls, on the internet or otherwise. what do you think? love me
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  • 4/16/2010 12:29 PM Charles wrote:
    Julia, Wow, I'm intrigued by what I've seen and read. From my limited perspective, you're a beautiful woman. Why guys would be intimidated is beyond me, don't take any wooden nickles and I wish you all the best.

    I'll try to keep an eye on ya!
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  • 4/16/2010 4:17 PM Perfectly Imperfect wrote:
    Hi, sounds like you did everything right. Were you able to have an input into what you two were watching on the TV or was it just anything he wanted to watch, there is a sign. Also, I don't like it if the guy gets too comfortable and the manners fly out of the window, such as paying attention to your drink, if you need another, how is the food, can I get you something to go with that? Or was the opposite with a head nod toward the fridge and saying..."the soda is in there, feel free". Those to me are all signs of attentiveness, respect and good manners.
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  • 4/24/2010 5:42 PM TwoNola wrote:
    OMG!! I have an Italian Mastiff and I've been thinking that maybe he (Atlas) is a turn off to the men I've dated. He's 4 y/o and has only met a few of my dates. I don't let him meet everyone. He doesn't do the humping thing. I'm following your travels and can't wait to get teared up when I read about the engagement and wedding.
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