Many women prefer being with their dog over any person in their life, survey finds


When it comes to dogs, it seems “Woman’s Best Friend” may be a more fitting title.

According to a new survey that delves into the bond we have with our pups, half of all women asked said they’d rather spend time with their dog than their partner or any other member of their family.

I don’t know about you, but I’m nodding my head like “yup” and feeling a good deal of validation about that one time I canceled a date because it was my Boston terrier’s birthday weekend. Don’t believe me? Here’s my mom posing with the birthday boy at his intimate gathering of friends and family, which was complete with party hats and a homemade pupcake (no chocolate chips, sub blueberries).

Photo courtesy of Brittany Anas

The 2018 “Pets and People Survey” was conducted by Just Right by Purina, a dog food brand, and it included responses from 1,010 dog owners.

Other findings from the survey:

Awe! Best friends furever!

Also, according to the survey, millennials are fond of buying their dogs birthday cakes. Fifty-six percent of those who are age 18 to 34 say they have purchased pupcakes! Of course, if you want to make your own, Rover, a dog-walking and pet-sitting marketplace, has rounded up dog-friendly cakes you can bake to celebrate your good boys and girls.

Another millennial trend mined from the survey? Nearly 80 percent of the millennials surveyed feed their dogs before they feed themselves.

Dinner Time
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Looking for more ways to spend time with your dog? You can get pool floats for your pup so you two can enjoy the dog days of summer together.

Now, we’re waiting on a survey of what our dogs think of us! Until then, do you agree with the majority of those surveyed that your dog is the most enjoyable companion?

Animals, Pets

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About the Author
Brittany Anas
Hi, I'm Brittany Anas (pronounced like the spice, anise ... see, that wasn't too embarrassing to say, now was it?) My professional writing career started when I was in elementary school and my grandma paid me $1 for each story I wrote for her. I'm a former newspaper reporter, with more than a decade of experience Hula-hooping at planning meetings and covering just about every beat from higher-education to crime to science for the Boulder Daily Camera and The Denver Post. Now, I'm a freelance writer, specializing in travel, health, food and adventure.

I've contributed to publications including Men's Journal, Forbes, Women's Health, American Way, TripSavvy, Eat This, Not That!, Apartment Therapy, Denver Life Magazine, 5280, Livability, The Denver Post, Simplemost, USA Today Travel Tips, Make it Better, AAA publications, Reader's Digest, Discover Life and more. Visit Scripps News to see more of Brittany's work.

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