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Would you dump your boyfriend for your pet?


I'm not in this situation, but I was thinking about it and it's possible that someday I could be, so I wanted some of your valuable opinions, ladies!

Overall, my question is: Would you ditch your pet for your boyfriend? Or vice versa? 

I ask because my boyfriend isn't really into dogs -- he prefers cats. Personally, cats repulse me. I love dogs. 
He has a cat named Skeeter who I must admit is sweet as a button. I have a German Shepherd puppy named Tank, who's by far the best animal I've ever known. 

If we were ever in a situation where we would have to somehow "coexist peacefully" under the same roof, I have no idea what I'd do. I would never ask my boyfriend to give up his cat, because it's clear how much he cares for the feline.
At the same token, I would never, under any circumstances, give my Tank up.
So I guess I would ditch my boyfriend for my dog, but not my dog for my boyfriend.
That probably sounds pretty bad, huh?! Lol.

So, what about you? Would you give up your pet for your boyfriend, or your boyfriend for your pet?

Here are some pictures of my munchkin! Lol.
Aug 31, 2012 @ 07:56 am

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Aug 31, 2012 @ 07:58 am
Ali de Bold


Oh your dog is adorable!! I think the right person wouldn't ask you to part with your pet. If you guys are meant to be, your pets will have to find a way to co-exist.
Aug 31, 2012 @ 09:05 am

So cute!

Aw- so sweet! How do you know that both you, your bf and both your pets won't all be quite happy together? They could get along really well!?

Even if they didn't there would be ways to get around it for sure. I wouldn't worry too much about it. As for giving up a bf for a pet or vice versa, I think it would have to depend on my relationship with this person and how strongly I felt about a future with them.
Aug 31, 2012 @ 09:18 am

not necessarily so easy

It's amazing how pets can unexpectedly form friendships cross-species, but then at other times hate each other with a passion even within the same species.

We started with our cat (got her as a kitten) and then a few months later got our dogs (as puppies). They hated each other (dogs vs cat) from the very beginning and now 6 years later things are even worse. The dogs tried to kill the cat the other day. I'm not exaggerating. (But in their defense, she hated them from day one too and clawed them a couple times until they were bigger than her)

My neighbours who are huge animal lovers have 3 cats and they all have to live in separate rooms because they fight so badly. And then my in-laws have a dog and 2 cats they got at all different times, all strays, and all adult animals by the time they adopted them... and they adore each other to ridiculous levels.

These are all pets that were in the same household and with the same owners. You cannot and should not assume that your pets will get along, regardless of how understanding and accepting your significant other is. It is actually an entirely separate thing.

First, decide if your two relationships are comparable. If you are in a deeply committed personal relationship, or is your relationship is still new and not fully established? Even though I love my pets, I would give them up to another good home in a heartbeat if I had to for the sake of my kids or my husband. It would have to be a good reason (bad pet behaviour or allergies, etc), but I would always put my human relationships before my pet relationships.

Having had the experience with my cat and dogs, I would never purposely try to force animals to co-exist either. If after a few tries it's just not working, you have to make a decision. You cannot force them to get along because animals lack the logic that humans have. They will become aggressive and possibly pose a threat to you or your future children if they feel threatened by the other pet.

However, I do understand that many people think of their pets as family members and then it gets complicated.

Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:45 am

Cat didn't like BF

One of my ex boyfriends didn't like cats and my cat didn't like him....so much for that!
Sep 07, 2012 @ 08:09 am

Pets First!

I think it would all depend who came into your life first. I wouldn't throw away a great relationship, if your boyfriend doesn't like the cat or dog you brought home randomly! haha.
Sep 07, 2012 @ 10:14 am

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