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Dogs already have their own TV channel, they're communicating on Twitter -- so why wouldn't they have their own social network?
 
A crucial step in canine media integration has been made with the creation of MatchPuppy.com, a new site that finds play dates for dog owners and their pups. Founder Michael Chiang told New York's WPIX that originally the site was intended to create breeding opportunities, but he decided that not all doggy relationships need to be consummated.
 
He explained, "We realized there was a bigger need in the market, to help dog owners kind of facilitate play dates online."
 
Registrants provide their location and their dog's breed and age in the hopes of finding a compatible playmate. While some have similar concerns to human online dating, the response has been largely positive -- with owners noting that, "If there's a way for dog owners to interact and maybe set up play dates later, I could definitely see some value in that."
 
Chiang added that the site could have added benefit for owners -- pointing out that "Dogs are a great icebreaker. And using a website like ours, you find new relationships, new friends, so definitely the human aspect of it is very strong."
 
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