Would You Choose Your Pet Over Your Partner?

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Many pet rescue and adoption advocates live by the motto "Pets are for life." But what if your pet is unintentionally driving a wedge between you and your love life?

A new AP-Petside poll found that, when forced to choose, as many as 14 percent of current pet owners would tell their spouses or significant others to hit the road rather than ditch their pets. When it comes to unmarried pet owners, the numbers skew slightly more in favor of pets -- 25 percent.

The majority of those surveyed in the AP-Petside poll agree with Montreal resident Sarah Licha, who would choose a partner first. Licha tells Paw Nation, "If one really questions the choice between a pet and a human being, he should seriously consider therapy!"

Still, throngs of pet lovers appear to value their relationships with pets over people. We asked Paw Nation readers what they thought, and after talking to a number of pet owners about this deeply philosophical question, we too found that a surprising number of people would unequivocally choose the company of Fido or Fluffy over the prospect of romantic fulfillment. However, their reasons may not be exactly what you think.

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"choose" I meant choose.

April 29 2012 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would chose my pet over someone that I am dating if the person were allergic. I would not chose my pet over someone with whom I am in a committed long-term relationship with. I would absolutely not chose a pet over my spouse. I think that people who chose a pet over someone who loves them are twisted. You cannot hold a conversation with a cat, a cat cannot contribute to the household finances, a cat cannot have sex with you, a cat cannot take care of you in times of dire need. A pet is no replacement for good human companionship. There is a significant dysfunction in the mental health of someone who chooses the common house pet over their human partner.

April 29 2012 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where did all the pages of comments on this article go?

March 24 2012 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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