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Woof Wednesday: When Pets Hate Your Soulmate

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Who would you pick? The pet or the date?

When love is in the air, everyone’s happy, right? So why did the cat hiss and baptize his shoes? What’s up when your dog growls at his voice? Why can’t your pet love your soul-mate as much as you?

And if your new soul-mate says, “CHOOSE, it’s ME or the PET…” what’s your answer?

Any change of routine can threaten your pet’s sense of security. When you spend time with your new love, the dog or cat misses you and feels lonely–and you smell weird, like that stranger! Dogs and cats often feel proprietary toward their owners and take offense at new people invading their territory.

After all, our dogs and cats love us unconditionally. They don’t care if we have bad breath, or had a bad day at work, or we change our socks. Actually the Magical-Dawg is a sock fanatic and the more aromatic the better! Puppies show their love in any number of ways. And adult cats and dogs show love in surprising and sometimes annoying ways–like chewing up your favorite shoes or peeing on the pillow.

Angry Blue Eyed Grey Cat

I’ve heard from readers with some amazing stories about pets ‘dissing’ their owner’s significant others. Even a couple stories about a pet telling on an unfaithful relationship. On the other paw, I also know pets can bring people together and become furry matchmakers. Heck, our dogs and cats want us to be happy and it’s not surprising pets think THEY are the key to that happiness. Hey, we include them in our birthdays and holidays, right?

In fact, my colleague, best-selling author Eve Adamson understands this about pets and is writing an article about including your dog in your winter holiday festivities in creative ways. She’s looking for dog owners to interview but wants to talk to non-writers.  She says, “Could be anything from making up a dog stocking to marching in a holiday parade or caroling with dog or whatever.” You can contact her about your doggy festivities at

Back in April I posted an Ask Amy video on the topic of pets and date hate that drew so much attention, I had to write an article about it. The key to getting pets to switch on the fuzzy love is to turn that STRANGER DANGER moment into adoration by romancing the pets, too.

How would you do that? Bribes? What floats your pet’s boat? Have you had successes (or failures) with pets in your romantical experiences?

Check out my latest Paw Nation article, where you’ll find tips to convince the cat and dog to welcome him–or her–into the family. And here’s a re-run of that Ask Amy video that got all the attention, enjoy!

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