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Sheri Stritof

Pets and Marriage — Think Twice Before Purchasing a Pet as a Gift

By February 3, 2014

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Are you thinking about surprising your spouse with a pet as a gift? Please think twice about this decision.

Studies show that couples with pets have closer relationships and are more satisfied in their marriage than those who don't have pets. However, not every individual in the world likes pets. A marriage of a pet lover and a pet hater will probably have problems.

Having a pet needs to be a mutual decision. Not having a pet needs to be a mutual decision, too. Read the pros and cons of a married couple owning a pet.

Poll: Poll About Pet Ownership

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    August 18, 2006 at 2:41 am
    (1) carlo54 says:

    It’s not very often that you meet a couple comprised of a pet-lover and a pet-hater. Though there are instances that these kinds of marriages do happen. I agree that pets really make marriages fun, they act as children and more than often bring couples closer together.

    August 20, 2006 at 1:07 pm
    (2) Dan says:

    We are both pet wannabes (wannahaves?). We like the idea, but can’t quite summon the courage to have one more complication in our lives. We might get there one day, but at least we are united in being indecisive!

    December 13, 2006 at 11:57 pm
    (3) Ashley says:

    My husband and I adopted a 2 year old dog about a month after we got married (we’ve been married for 4 months now). We each have things that we do for the dog and have been nothing but happy with our decision.

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