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Dating with Pets: Who Takes Priority?

She has a dog, and he said he doesn't like animals. Now what?

I was talking to a friend the other day who told me she had been talking to a guy and they were going to go on a date. But then came the deal breaker: he does not like animals!

My friend has a dog, and the guy knew that. 

This made me wonder, would it be a deal breaker for every one? 

I look into the eyes of my two babies, and it would be a definite deal breaker for me. My two dogs are my babies, my children, if you will.  Sadly, during my volunteer work with a local dog rescue group, I have sat and watched people actually give up their dogs because of a new baby, because they can no longer afford them and, my favorite, they no longer have time for them. 

To take it a step further, if my dog does not like the person, or if the person does not like my dog, then it is an immediate deal breaker — for me, at least.

But, what if they are OK with your animal, but treat them differently than you. For example, you may think I'm wrong for doing this, but, I allow my dogs on the furniture with me. But, I know others do not allow their animals on the furniture at all, so how would you compromise in a new relationship? 

My friend said she told the guy they didn’t have enough in common. The guy said "OK, you will never hear from me again."

I guess going to the dog park together would have been out of the question.

Have any of you had to compromise? If so, how did it work out? 

Want to adopt a dog? You can go to your local shelter or rescue! See animals for adoption at Hillsborough County Animal Services or Dogma Pet Rescue.

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