Last month, I spent a weekend at my aunt and uncle's house. They have a pet dog named Glory, who my aunt and cousins love. My uncle? Not so much. According to my aunt, my uncle far prefers cats to dogs, while my aunt is the other way around. When they first got married, they had a cat for several years. But when the cat died, they got not a cat but Glory, a hyperactive border collie.
My uncle tolerates Glory, and treats her as part of the family. He just isn't quite as affectionate with Glory as he was with their late feline.
This got me thinking about pets and the role they can play in relationships.
When I was very little, I was terrified of dogs. But at 7 years old, my parents got a tiny black labrador who we named Danny. 14 years later, Danny is much bigger, older, and spends most of his day fast asleep. And I have turned into a huge dog-lover. So much so that I'm not sure that I could date someone who hated them.
Of course, I don't have a dog of my own quite yet, since Danny spends his days in Tokyo with my parents. But I plan to get one as soon as I'm financially stable and stay in the same place for long enough. I love dogs, and I see them as a staple part of my future life.So a guy who hates dogs? Maybe if I really really REALLY liked him. But probably not
. There's also the fact that I secretly judge people who don't like dogs
, including my former 5-year-old self. Dogs are adorable and full of unconditional love. How can you not like them?
As for cats? They're cute, but I'm not huge fans of them. Also, I'm allergic, so I'd have trouble living with a cat, if it came to that.
Other pets I would probably be OK with, presuming they weren't hugely dangerous exotic animals. But it would depend on the pet, and ultimately, on the person.What do you think? How has your pet affected your relationships?Image Source