Man Joins Tinder As A Dog, Gets Sent Some Pretty Bizarre Messages

Hero, the golden retriever, proved a very popular match.

1. Journalist Joe Veix was feeling bored and lonely one day, so he decided to join Tinder. As a dog.

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2. Veix set up a profile as both a male and female golden retriever named Hero.

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The profile stated the 26-year-old pooch was looking for both men and women within a 100-mile radius.

Veix said he liked every profile he came across as Hero and pretty soon people began getting in touch.

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3. Some played along with the joke.

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4. Some people bizarrely decided to act like dogs when talking to Hero.

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5. Others pretended to be cats.

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6. Some of the Tinder users tried some old chat up lines on the pretend dog.

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7. Inevitably some started posting explicit messages.

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8. Hero’s responses were slightly varied.

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9. Some people got a little too into it.

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10. Veix said the male Hero received 206 matches — 154 men and 52 women — after just four days on Tinder.

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11. But the profile really took off when he switched Hero to a female dog.

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12. In just two hours the female profile received 300 male matches.

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13. Veix told BuzzFeed that when he was a male dog “the responses tended to be more lighthearted and people played along with the joke”.

However, when the profile was switched to a female dog, “pretty much every message was aggressive, sad, and weird”.

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14. Veix said he stopped being a female dog after just a day and subsequently deleted Tinder from his phone.

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He said afterwards: “Even if you’re a dog, online dating is terrible.”

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Richard James is the UK news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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