No I’m not joking. A recent AP poll revealed some fascinating facts about super-involved pet owners like us. Perhaps the most shocking being that although most pet owners say they would get rid of their pets before losing a spouse or significant other, 14 percent of them would kick their honey to the curb instead. Pause for reaction here. Ladies, apparently we’re the nuts here. According to the article, “women are far more apt than men to say the human-pet choice would be a tough one (40 percent among women compared with 26 percent among men).”
Now, do I love my dog? Hell yeah! Probably a little too much? Sure! But would I send my husband packing just to keep her around? Not a chance. (Sorry Karma!) I will however cop to practicing some of the other crazy habits the poll surveyed animal lovers on. For instance:
“The survey reveals that single people of both genders, but especially single women (66%), were likely to say that their pet is a full member of the family.” – Yes, we are a family of three.
“A great percentage (43%) of pet owners think their pooch or kitty has their own sense of style, with 1 in 5 dressing them up in fashionable attire. That said, results show that ‘Fido’ is more likely to be fashion forward, with almost a quarter (23%) of dog owners saying they’ve purchased an outfit for their pet.” – I don’t put Karma in dresses or jewelry for kicks, but I’d like to think that when it’s cold or rainy out she appreciates a stylish sweater or coat. (Remember the houndstooth cape coat I bought her for the holidays? What’s not to love?
“Human tastes also reach pet tastebuds, with 43 percent of respondents admitting to feeding their pets people food at least sometimes, with more dog owners doing so (48%) than cat owners (40%).” – We commonly save a few leftover for our fur bundle as long as it’s not something spicy or that she could possibly be allergic to. Even our vet admits that there’s very little harm in it. Gibran is even more guilty of this than I am. I don’t think he can ignore those eyes.
“Almost half (49 percent) of respondents have given at least one of their current pets a human-like name, including 51 percent of dog owners and 50 percent of cat owners.” If our dog had a birth certificate it would read “Karma Angel Penn-Watkins”. Full disclosure: The middle and last names were all me. Gibran laughed at me for weeks when I announced that would be her full name. He also joked that I may want a baby sooner than I let on if I keep talking that way. Still, the name stuck. I even proudly had it printed in our wedding programs under the wedding party section. (Hey she was our Dog of Honor.)
So there you have it. We’re I’m about as crazy for our dog as it gets. So sue me. Refreshing to know I’m not alone though.
Got some crazy pet behavior to confess? I know you do. Spill it below!
Photo: Di Bezi Photography
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