Are Men Also Pet Parents?
I wrote a post called Happy Mother’s Day, Love Fido this past Mother’s Day. It inspired a delightful conversation about being pet parents. I wasn’t at all surprised that most of the comments came from women. It turns out that many Care2 female readers are proud to call themselves pet parents, whether or not they are also parents to humans.
When I thought about naming this blog “Happy Father’s Day, Love Fido,” it just didn’t have the same appeal. I’ve been noticing a trend in all of my dog related activities. Whether it be attending agility events, Camp Unleashed for people and their dogs, dog training conferences, or fundraising events for shelters, over 95% of the people present are women. And the men who do attend usually join as partners with women. Yet, a lot of single women attend alone or in groups with other female friends. Why is that?
While the pet ownerships statistics site of the Humane Society of the United States reports that the proportion of male to female dogs is even, I haven’t been able to locate any statistics on the number of dogs belonging to women vs. men, or both. I’m not sure if less men have dogs, or they just don’t take them to public events. Personally, I think how a man treats his dog tells me a lot about his character. And, how a man responds to my dogs, and particularly to me with my dogs, tells me even more about him. Ultimately, it might even tell me how he is eventually going to treat me.
“Women intuitively know that how a man treats animals is usually transferable to the way he treats women. Bring this guy on!” says relationship expert Dr. Gilda Carle. Unlike cats, men can be seen with their dogs in public. So why don’t we see more of them? If we did, it would be easier to get to know them.
A Google search for the age-old expression “A Man and His Dog” brought up over 28 million results, so surely men and their dogs are out there. I’d love to hear from Care2 readers, both male and female. If you are a man, do you attend public events with your dog? If so, please share some experiences. If you are a woman who attends events where dogs are invited, are many men present? If you are with a male partner, does he willingly join you? Thanks for commenting below. And Happy Father’s Day to all Care2 dads, no matter what the species you parent!
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