Skouters Tell All for International Kissing Day!

The results of the International Kissing Day survey are in, and we’re pawsitively shocked by the results – almost 1 in 5 Skouters told us they’d rather kiss their pet than their significant other! Nearly 5,000 Skouters took part in our recent survey in honor of International Kissing Day on July 6, and we discovered all sorts of kiss quirks about you.

Pucker up for the survey results!


You heard that right: Nearly 1 in 5 Skouters would rather kiss their pet than their significant other!

  • And 43 percent say they’d prefer to kiss their pet rather than family or friends.

In general, the majority of people pucker up for pets.

  • 75 percent of Skouters admit that they kiss their pets.

Dogs are the most kissable pet.

  • 70 percent of people say dogs are the most kissable pet.
  • 21 percent of Skouters purr-fer to kiss their cats.
  • Skouters choose paws over claws: Only 7 percent kiss their birds, and just 2 percent prefer their reptiles.

But enough about pets ...

When it comes to friends, the majority of us appreciate a “hello” kiss.

  • 61 percent of Skouters surveyed say they’re all for a quick kiss when greeting a friend.
  • Interestingly, men (64 percent) are even more likely than women (56 percent) to kiss when saying hello.

Get cheeky – but keep it to one cheek only!

  • The majority rules again. Among Skouters who appreciate a greeting kiss, 75 percent say a quick kiss hello on one cheek is the way to go.
  • A quick kiss on both cheeks goes too far for most (only 12 percent prefer it), and a simple air kiss isn’t as genuine (just 13 percent prefer that).

Kissing in the workplace? Not so popular ...

  • 13 percent of Skouters surveyed have greeted a co-worker with a quick kiss.
  • 11 percent say they have kissed their boss!

This survey was conducted online in June 2015 among 4,995 Skout users in the United States.


Because so many Skouters said they prefer to kiss their dogs, it was a natural fit for Skout to partner with Muttville, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs.  Muttville rescues senior dogs, the ones least likely to be adopted from shelters, and finds them new homes and a second chance at love.

Skout’s recent survey found that 52 percent of people would adopt an older dog, and on International Kissing Day – July 6! – for every virtual Muttville sticker friends give to each other in the Skout app, Skout will make a donation to Muttville that will go toward K9 care and kisses, including dental work, medical exams and grooming! This is a great way to participate in International Kissing Day, especially if you don't have anyone to kiss today – give virtual kisses, instead! Tap here to learn how to give a gift.

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To participate in the donation on July 6:


Looking for a companion to greet you with a kiss when you wake up in the morning as well as give you a warm welcome when you get home after a long day of work? Adopt a dog! But, not just any dog -- a senior dog! Senior dogs have the wisdom and patience to be the wind in your sail, the shoulder to lean on, and the light on your horizon. Senior dogs are straight-up golden!

Here are 5 reasons to adopt a senior dog ASAP:

1. They’re already trained! Most senior dogs have lived with people before, so they’ve developed good manners.

2. What you see is what you get. Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. They’re comfortable in their own skin, which makes them pretty chill to be around.

3. They won’t ruin your shoes. Senior dogs respect a tidy living space and don’t want to ruin that by chewing everything in the house.

4. Respect for personal boundaries! Because they’re used to living with roommates, senior dogs respect your personal space and leave you time for yourself - they don’t make the kind of demands that puppies and young dogs do.

5. Ready for love. Older dogs are good at giving love. Many people say, after they adopt a senior dog, the dog is grateful for a second chance, and the bond they build is unmatched.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area come meet the love of your life at Muttville’s adoption events almost every weekend, noon to 3 p.m. (check the website to be sure). Lots of kisses! Check us out online for a list of all our golden oldies.

Sherri Franklin

Sherri Franklin is the founder of Muttville, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. Muttville rescues senior dogs, the ones least likely to be adopted from shelters, and finds them new homes and a second chance at love.

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Sign up for the Muttville newsletter to find out how you can help senior dogs!



Win matching shirts for you and your pooch!

Want to look positively precious with your dog? Just follow these instructions to enter to win two Skout-Muttville raglan shirts – one for you and one for your doggie pal!

  • You must have a Skout account. You can join Skout here:
  • Post a photo of you and your dog on Buzz, tagged #K9Kisses.
  • Skout will choose our favorite photo and award the winner two Skout-Muttville shirts — you and your dog can be twinsies!

You could win a shirt for yourself and a matching shirt for your dog!


Thanks to your record-breaking gift giving, more dogs will now be able to have a second chance at love!

In honor of International Kissing Day, our resident mixologist Mikey concocted a few mutt-themed cocktails to celebrate our partnership with Muttville senior dog rescue. Cheers to the weekend, everyone! Enjoy these one-of-a-kind libations.

Muttville Manhattan

MUTTVILLE MANHATTAN 2 teaspoons Black Dog Scotch Whisky 2 ounces bourbon .75 ounces sweet vermouth .25 ounces Cointreau 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 dash orange bitters Garnish: Orange peel Directions: Add the Scotch to a cocktail glass and swirl it to coat the interior. Pour off any excess. Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well and strain into the prepared cocktail glass. Using a lit match, flame the orange peel over the drink and then drop it in.

The Hot Chihuahua

THE HOT CHIHUAHUA 2 oz. Añejo tequila 1 oz. fresh lime juice 1 oz. simple syrup 3 dashes Tabasco sauce Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

STRAY DOG 6-7 mint leaves 1 oz. simple syrup 1 oz. lime juice 2 oz. Dark Jamaican Rum 2 oz. ginger beer Mint sprig Directions: Add mint leaves, sugar and lime juice to a Collins glass. Lightly muddle the mint. Add the rum and fill with ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig and straw.

The Mixologist: Michael Chisholm is the User Acquisition Manager at Skout. His knack for libation creation began a few years ago when a family friend asked him to whip up some margaritas to complement their Mexican food dinner. Though he’d had many of them over the years, he had absolutely no idea what was in margaritas or how to make them. His curiosity to learn the ingredients of a margarita sparked his love for mixology.