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Couples with pets more likely to last

Study finds getting a pet is a better predictor of staying together than having a baby.

By Vetstreet Feb 18, 2013 4:40PM

Many people would probably be quick to say that a baby would be the most likely reason for an unmarried couple to stay together. But according to Harry Benson, of the U.K.’s Marriage Foundation, “research on cohabiting couples show conclusively that getting a pet is a better indicator of staying together than having a baby.”

As reported in the U.K.’s Telegraph, the Marriage Foundation initiated an extensive poll of 3,500 adults to find out what promotes stability in relationships.

Photo: Couples more likely to stay together when they have pet / Asia Images/Getty Images“Although having a baby together is seen as a sign of commitment, many relationships where there are children still break down," Deborah Jeff, head of family law at Seddons, said. 

But when pets are in the household first couples have greater odds of lasting longer.

— Read it at the U.K.’s Telegraph

Photo: Asia Images/Getty Images

Feb 24, 2013 11:16PM
Could have some validity......my husband and I have nothing in common but the  pets. We never wanted kids.
Feb 22, 2013 9:31PM
yes, but here in Miami, when divorce happens the majority of the time the poor dog/cat ends up at the kill shelter!!! They dont even take time to find a reputable rescue or a good home.
Feb 22, 2013 9:15PM
My 4 legged son is my therapy.  He joined our home 5 yrs ago.  He is a beautiful black german shepherd with the sweetest heart.  Never has he growled at anyone.  He just hates cats.  He lives indoors with us, and is spoiled as can be.  I love it how he greets me when I get home, I love traveling with him as we always take our vacations with him and go to pet friendly hotels/restaurants.  I love the fact that he has unconditional love 24/7.  He sheds like a maniac but I even love that about him.  He doesn't ask for money, car, clothes, drinks, smokes, etc.  I love everything about him.  He is our precious boy.  I only wish they could last as long as we do.  I want him in our lives forever.
Feb 22, 2013 9:07PM
i can agree to this in my own way i got divorced shortly after having kids...
Feb 22, 2013 8:37PM

DOGS SUCK, I hope they go the way of the dinosaur.

I had to move twice because of a damn barking dog.

I was getting 3 hours sleep a night. them had to get up and go to work.

Most dog owners are a--holes, They don't care about their neighborhors.

I won't move again, I will take care of the problem,You want dogs shut them up.

Or i will

Feb 22, 2013 8:24PM
I've been blessed with two wonderful kids and many wonderful pets over the years.  Currently I have a cat that I was talked into when my precious chihuahua died a year ago.  The cat is hilarious - she is kind of mean and she seems to know she is very pretty.  Conceited little biotch.  She is always finding my cell phone and digital camera to play with.  I also have three feral cats outside that I take care of, but my favorite is Buddy Boy.  Bud is the homeliest cat ever, but he is so charming and affectionate.  I plan to move to another state and am so nuts about Bud that I now plan to take him along too.  So, I have one conceited cat and one homely, adorable one.  Makes me feel like one lucky person!
Feb 22, 2013 7:46PM
Well of course because people treat their 'pets' better than they treat each other. It's a F-ing pet people. I use to like animals but now I read and see these post and I could care less about a pet.
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