Relationships with people are complicated. Relationships with our pets are simple. Maybe that's why Americans post more pictures of their pets online than they do of their spouses.
Michele Mantor, Editor and Publisher of the Monthly Magazine Houston Pet-Talk says "When you take a photo of your pet --- they don't say 'Let me look at it. Oh, my hair doesn't look good. Will you take it again?' Our pets are really cute and they let us put funny hats on them, They make us smile...and so many things on social media are negative." It has also been uncovered that we greet our pets longer when we arrive home than we do our family. Mantor testifies. . "My dog makes it impossible to greet anyone else when I come into the house. She's the happiest to see me, that great attitude and her tail wagging..."
54 million American households have at least 1 dog - and cats are even more common. Rover.com's report discovered that about half of dog people find it harder to leave their dog for a week than their human partner. They also spend more time saying goodbye to their pets than their significant other. Mantor: "I give my dog more dialogue than my husband. I feel this inexplicable need to explain to her that 'I'm just going to the drug store and I'll be back in 5 minutes.'"
The report, called The Truth About Dog People, surveyed thousands of dog owners to dive deeper into their minds, according to Rover.com. The study also discovered more interesting findings:
--54 percent of dog owners would consider ending a relationship if their dog didn't like their partner
--24 percent of pet parents make up songs to sing to their dogs
--One in four pet parents have brought their pet on a date
--47 percent of those with a significant other find it harder to leave their dog for a week than their human partner
--56 percent of dog people say hello their dog first when they come home before greeting the rest of the family