Is Your Pet Your Sweetheart?

Sanchez and Gina wish you a Happy ValenDog Day!

In 2006, there were more than 72 million pet dogs in the U.S. and nearly 82 million pet cats, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook (2007 edition). In the same year, nearly half of pet owners, or 49.7 percent considered their pets to be family members.

How many of those consider their pets to be their sweethearts? In a poll taken of 3,000 British dog and cat owners, 19 percent stated that they would rather have a pet than be involved in a romantic partnership. For 81 percent of the dog owners polled, it would be an instant deal breaker if their date didn’t like their pet. And 79 percent polled stated that they wouldn’t give up their pet for a romantic partner.

A study by the National Institutes of Health revealed that having a pet can help to diminish feelings of loneliness, particularly for women living alone, and compensate for the absence of human companionship. However, owning a pet doesn’t have to disallow meeting a human mate. In the British study cited above, 5 percent of dog owners have been on a date with someone they met walking their dog, with 1.5 percent still dating that person. I am in the U.S. and am amongst those who have been on a date with someone I met while walking my dog (while not being in the 1.5 percent still dating that person.)  I have been known to fall in love with a Golden Retriever in a heartbeat, and it may have been possible that I confused who my attraction was for when I looked up at the other end of the leash. However, I believe that how you do anything is how you do everything. So, observing someone’s relationship with their pet can also reveal a lot about the person.


That may account for the recent popularity of online dating sites for pet owners. and are two examples. On the latter, I read a success story from a woman who met her match when she fell in love with a man who also rescues dogs. Yet, once in a human relationship, people often state they crave the kind of unconditional love they receive from their pets. Can Pets Improve your Relationship?, an article by Dr. Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP, states that all the qualities we often want in our mate appear similar to those we experience with our pets. Her reports show that a person in a relationship often wants to be spoken to with the same affection shown to their pet.

According to a survey by Sealy mattresses,  67 percent of people regularly bed down with their cats and dogs, and many prefer to share their beds with their furry friends than with human partners. Why is that? 51 percent say their sleep is disturbed by their partner, compared to 38 percent who claim their canines and felines wake them up constantly. But, does the real answer go much deeper than quality of sleep? What do you think? Have our beloved pets replaced human partners or enhanced those relationships? Thanks for clicking on “comment” below and sharing your thoughts. Also feel free to share stories if you met your human partner because of your pet or if you stayed away from someone because you listened to your pet.

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4 Responses to Is Your Pet Your Sweetheart?

  1. Kim says:

    I have 2 cats and a teenage dog (10 months) – they so not snore, steal the covers, get frustrated if I cannot sleep and in the morning my Molly will give me kisses to wake me and take her out. My husband doesn’t even bring a cup of coffee :-). I definetely prefer my furry “kids” in bed than a night of waking every 15 minutes or so to tell my hubby to roll on his side because he is snoring.

  2. Tina says:

    I have 4 dogs, but only one sleeps in the bed every night. She’s the only one who has mastered the art of sleeping “up and down” rather than “sideways” in bed.

    The other whippet comes under the covers when it’s cold, but clains the guest room bed the remainder of the time.

    The Italian Greyhound boys are not comfortable to share sleeping quarters with-how one little dog can own so many sharp elbows and poke-into-you toenails remains a mystery to me!

    They are great to nap with though, espicially if I’m feeling a little chilly because they are like little furnaces. They have their own plush beds for the rest of the time.

  3. Lyne Charlsen, CPDT-KA says:

    Both my dogs sleep with me; once in bed they stay put & don’t move. Sigh of relief! Boppa Hutchens, a Lhasa, and Yippee-Ki-Yi-Yay, Beagle/Blue Heeler mix both adopted from shelters. I live alone, no family in-state; I’m kind of a hermit. We enjoy each other’s company immensely. I’d be so lonely without them & their antics. Playing TADE Vol 3 is our cue it’s time to hit the hay!

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