When I was single, I had a rule: if you dated me, you dated my dog.
So it was only fair that when I went out on my first date with my fiance, Derek, I brought along Sunny, my then-1-year-old toy fox terrier-Pomeranian mix pooch and roommate.
I mean, if this guy was going to like me, he may as well start by liking my dog.
Apparently, I’m not alone in this.
According to new research, a woman is more satisfied in her relationship when her partner feels the same about her pet as she does. Meaning, if she’s close to her dog, he’d better be, too.
It’s like anything in a person’s life. If something is important to you, it should matter to your mate. Pets included.
Derek was a good sport about the date. We went hiking with Sunny and another dog I was sitting. And he took to both dogs right away, earning him enough bonus points that we went out to lunch after and dinner a couple of days later.
Some pet owners would even go as far as saying the way a potential mate takes to their dogs or cats is a deal-breaker. If they get along, he’s in; if not, the dog gets dibs on the bed.
Anyone feel the same way — or is it just me?