I like dogs, but I wouldn't really describe myself as a "dog person."
You see, other than my goldfish, I didn't really grow up with pets, so I don't really know how to act around dogs. I'm not super scared of them, and I definitely don't dislike them. In fact, I think they're cute. But I'm just painfully awkward around them.
And literally nothing gives my friends more joy than watching me uncomfortably try my best to pet a dog. IT'S NOT MY FAULT; I JUST DON'T KNOW HOW.
It turns out, a whopping 54 percent of those with a significant other would END THEIR RELATIONSHIP because their dog didn't approve of their partner.
Luckily, my boyfriend doesn't have a dog, so I don't think I need to worry too much about this issue.
BUT I really didn't think my awkwardness with dogs was going to do anything more than warrant a few more embarrassing pictures and videos of me on my friends' phones.
Beyond the possible demise of your relationship, the survey also found some other interesting stats about dog owners in relationships.
For instance, a quarter of dog owners have actually brought their pet on a date. And honestly, this isn't such a bad idea if you're trying to weed out the people your dog doesn't like nice and quickly.
Dog owners are also HUGE on taking pictures of their pets... so huge that a large majority of them (65 percent) admitted to taking more pics of their dog than they did of their partner.
I can totally believe this because who's actually sitting around snapping pictures of their significant other all day long?
Finally, 47 percent of dog owners with significant others admitted they would have a harder time leaving their dog for a week than they would leaving their human partner.
Frankly, that's a little weird to me, and seems like a giant F U to your apparently subpar human partner. THERE, I SAID IT.
But even if I don't understand it completely, it seems like dog owners have taken their relationships with their dogs to the next level. According to Rover.com, this data suggests more people view their dogs as companions, rather than things that they own.
Brandie Gonzales, pet lifestyle expert for Rover, explains,
[Young people] shower their dogs with attention and splurge on expensive gifts because their dog is their best friend, and they want to be their dog's best friend too. Dog people are deeply concerned about their dog's feelings and well-being. And we're seeing that reflected in everything from how people name their dog to what they feed them, and the type of pet care they prefer.
So yes, people, if you're dating someone with a dog, consider yourselves warned. Stock up on chew toys and whatever else dogs like because your BAE very well might dump you if you don't get the approval of their pup.