Cassadee Pope's love life is going to the dogs ... or maybe she owes it to the dogs. People recently confirmed that Pope and actor Sam Palladio (Nashville's Gunnar Scott) are dating, and the singer says it all started at a dog park.

In an interview with Taste of Country Nights, Pope shares that she and Palladio went on their first date at a dog park, where, according to the singer, things got off to a friendly start. Along with Pope and her French bulldog Cuppy met up with Palladio and his whippet, named River, for a doggie play date, and it went well for everyone.

“It was December of last year, where we decided we’d take our dogs to the dog park and hang out at the dog park," Pope shares, "and we hit it off ... for now."

Pope and Palladio actually met years ago, at a CMA Awards after-party, but didn't reconnect until late in 2017, a few months after Pope's engagement to (and preceding long-term relationship with) All Time Low drummer Rian Dawson came to an end. While the Season 3 winner of The Voice says it's still too soon to tell where things are headed, the couple made it Instagram official on March 24 with a post from Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd's wedding.

"Watched my two buds get married yesterday. My heart is so full for you @marenmorris & @ryanhurd! Also, I’ll pay you later for being my date, @sampalladio," Pope joked in her post.

Palladio posted on Instagram his own hint about his and Pope's relationship back in February. He previously dated his Nashville co-star Chaley Rose.

Pope will return to her old stomping grounds -- the set of The Voice -- this April, as an adviser to Kelly Clarkson's team of singers as the contestants prepare for their Knockout Rounds. Her tenure begins on April 2.

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