5 Rules For Dating Dog Lovers

We all know that if someone wants to date us, they also date our dogs. If you’ve met someone and they aren’t as pet crazy as we are, let them know there are at least 5 rules for dating you and your dog.

5 Rules For Dating Dog Lovers

  1. It’s the dog house, too – Yes, the dog does need that squeaky toy that is annoying. He also needs all the chew toys, 3 different beds, and a special blanket on the couch. But don’t worry the vacuum is new and a beast at picking up the pet hair off the rug and other areas.
  2. Yes, I do talk funny to the dog – It’s fine that you think it’s silly. I know it is but the dog gets excited, wags his tail, and knows something good is about to happen. So if I want to talk in high pitched and silly voice to my dog, I will. I will do it anywhere too, the park, the house, in front of your coworkers…anywhere.
  3. The dog is family – He isn’t just a dog. He has a name. He has doctor appointments, and he has his own food bowls. He gets to sleep on the bed with me and he’s always down for a walk or watching netflix. Just don’t ever refer to him as “just a dog.”
  4. Don’t insult my other dog loves – My love for dogs isn’t just for my own. I like all dogs and may buy gifts for my friends’ dogs, donate to the local shelter, and participate in events like a doggie dash. You don’t have to join me on these things but respect the fact that my love for dogs extends to any and all dogs.
  5. My dog licks me and I kiss him on the head – Yes, my dog licks my hand, sometimes my face, and yea it can be gross. But I also kiss him on his head and will smush his face against mine when I hug him. You don’t have to kiss my dogs but I do and if you think you can deter me, the door is over there.

Image from dogtime.com

Cat People vs. Dog People: Study Reveals Preferences Relate To Your Personality

Are you a cat or a dog person? Are you both? Perhaps you don’t like either one. Research done by the University of Texas found that those who define themselves as dog people are more extroverted, agreeable, and conscientious than cat people. In a recent article published by Mother Nature Network several other personality traits were also shown to dominate people who identified as dog or cat people.

In a poll conducted by Hunch.com conducted between 2008 and 2011, over 80 million users were asked if they were dog or cat people and what other creature comforts and habits they had. From the data crunched, a few things were revealed:

Dog people tended to be:

  • male
  • slightly conservative
  • more likely to live in rural areas
  • more likely to be active outdoor type of people

Cat people tended to be:

  • female
  • liberals
  • likely to live in a city
  • introverted people who may go to a party but stay near those they knew well as opposed to making small talk with strangers

I don’t personally believe all these generalizations truly encompass the complexity of what makes a person be who they are but it is a fun breakdown of how a pet can be a reflection of us. Dogs tend to be more dependent, more interactive, and demand more socialization than cats but there are cats that are very attentive, want a lot of mental and physical stimulation, and willingly want to go for walks and follow their owners around like a dog. There are also dogs that are independent, aloof, and prefer to be alone than running around a dog park. However, many dogs do like being out and about and many cats are quite happy being indoors and finding a comfy spot to nap or a window to perch in.

I asked a few friends who are pet owners, cat and dog alike, about some of their preferences and likes and dislikes. The results from my informal poll were aligned somewhat with the poll from Hunch but also had many shades of gray. I did not ask my friends who owned both cats and dogs.

Here are my results

Living Areas
4 dog owners lived in rural areas
3 dog owners live in a city
2 cat owners live in a city
1 cat owner lives in a suburb

Favorite Beatle
5 dog owners said Paul
2 dog owners said John
All 3 cat owners said John

Animal Rescue Leaning
All 10 of the pet owners have at one time worked, volunteered, or donated to a shelter and/or rescue group.

Male or Female
6 dog owners are female
1 dog owner is male
All 3 cat owners are female

What about you? Are you a dog person or cat person or both? What are your preferences? Let us know!