Can You Find Love Online? Yup.

Radcliff at the Venice Dog Beach, Fla., Aug. 2016
It's Not Always Easy Finding Love.
It’s Not Always Easy Finding Love.

Can you find love online? I was cynical and didn’t think I could. Seems as though others around me were having success in finding their best friend and love online and offline so, I joined the masses and registered for an online dating site that rhymes with “Patch.” When the guy who broke my heart kept coming up as a top connection, I decided it wasn’t possible to find love online, cancelled my membership and gave up.

My Online Love Enjoying the North Port, Fla., Canine Club Dog Park, Aug. 2016
My Online Love Enjoying the North Port, Fla., Canine Club Dog Park, Aug. 2016

It Was Love at First Megapixel
That is, until about three weeks ago when a Facebook group I belong had a post about shelter dogs urgently needing homes, otherwise, they were set to be euthanized the following Wednesday. I see these posts almost every day but this time, one dog caught my eye, a 29-pound black and white, terrier mix dog named “Radcliff.” I can confidently say, it was love at first sight.

“You travel too much to have a dog,” people have told me.

“You’re always on the go. You can’t have a dog,” others have said to me.

Radcliff and I On Our Way to the North Port Canine Club, Fla. #RadcliffSelfie
Radcliff and I On Our Way to the North Port Canine Club, Fla. #RadcliffSelfie

Making an Adjustment in My Life
You know what? Other people have lives and have dogs, too. In fact, many who have more active lives than I do have children so I’m pretty sure I can handle having a dog in my life again. (Last time I had a dog in my life was when I was married back in the early ’00s.)

I took a weekend to think about my decision and kept looking at this sweet shelter dog online. It broke my heart knowing he was set to be euthanized (as well as other shelter dogs) and knew I could give him a good home, although it meant changing my life. That Monday morning I began the paperwork of adopting him and the following Tuesday, I drove 90 minutes one way to meet in person for the first time and bring him home.

Radcliff at the Venice Dog Beach, Fla., Aug. 2016
Radcliff at the Venice Dog Beach, Fla., Aug. 2016

I’m the Lucky One
Yes, it’s been an adjustment with my two cats and with me, too. I’m up at around 5 a.m. taking him outside for his first walk of the day, am figuring out the social etiquette at the local dog park and in planning my upcoming Florida travels, I’m seeking Florida dog-friendly accommodations and things to do.

I’ve fallen quickly for my online love and I’m pretty sure he’s smitten with me. He seems to know I’m his human, especially at the dog park, and is a little love bug. People say he’s lucky because I saved him but I know I ‘m the lucky one and am pretty confident in saying he saved me. #ShelterDogsRock

Some of the dog products I have purchased:

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Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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