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Can Pets Improve Your Love Life?

Lisa Spector with Gina and Sanchez

My dogs are a huge priority in my life. Gone are the days when I would date someone allergic to dogs, or a man who treats dogs as animals that need to be subservient to his demands. My heart seems to only open up to men who really cherish the human animal bond. It’s a deal breaker when a man tells me that I should be comfortable treating my dogs one way, when I feel another. And, I’m not crazy about being teased because it’s hard for me to leave them when I go out of town. Don’t get me wrong, I take trips without Sanchez and Gina and leave them in very good care, but it’s still always hard for me to say good-bye, even if it’s only for a weekend.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is in the air, or at least Hallmark tells us it is. Even though I’ll be celebrating with my four-legged sweeties, there is always much to learn from them. And I’m sure they’ll remind me that the right man is capable of loving me and them, it’s not one or the other.

Does your relationship with your pet(s) contribute to the well being of your human partnership or create distance? Has your pet helped you meet the partner of your dreams? Thanks for sharing your comment below.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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1:25AM PDT on Apr 19, 2015

How fortuitous to read this article today!

Last night I was feeling low. My foster dog wouldn't settle, despite being told multiple times to go to his clean and comfy bed. Finally he got up on my bed and snuggled down. Now I don't normally allow dogs on the bed, after a horrible incident when my greyhound leapt off the bed and injured her cruciate ligament. However, as I'll only have this boy for a few more days, I decided to make an exception to the rule.

It's always nice to have a special someone who cares about how you are feeling. Sometimes that someone is a dog!

8:55AM PDT on Mar 8, 2015

A girlfriend once confided to me that she'd set her sights on me as a partner after seeing how I hugged my cats. What goes around....

10:33PM PST on Jan 25, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

10:17AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

Thanks for the article. Dogs do attract people, they can be so welcoming to a stranger. We can learn from them. May have to take my dog Ziva to a park :)

6:48PM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

An adorable puppy is a huge chick/guy magnets.

6:21PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Thanks for the article.

5:03AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Ta.

6:28AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

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4:44PM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

My cat does help relieve feelings of loneliness.

3:47AM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

Take a dog to the park ... your love life will improve. (I used to borrow my nephew for this purpose, too. Worked like a charm. Though he couldn't catch a Frisbee.)

Take a dog to Denmark ... you'll be the subject of a petition on this site.

I'll take the park, thanks.

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