We all know how much pet owners love their animal companions. A new survey shows just how deep this love goes.
Hart Research Associates and McGinn and Co. looked at the special relationship between humans and their dogs recently, and found that pets outrank friends, parents, siblings and co-workers in relationship terms.
According to the survey, 40% of pet owners say that their pet is the most important relationship they have, hands (or paws) down.
“This can be verified by our own observation—most dog owners know the name of their neighbor’s dog, but not the name of their neighbor,” said Dan McGinn, CEO and founder of McGinn and Company, joint sponsor of the survey, in a statement.
(Come to think of it, that’s actually true.)
The only downside for pet owners is that they are a bit more likely to be unhappy with their financial situation than non pet owners tend to be. Too many gourmet pet treats?
For the most part, living with a pet brings a greater sense of well-being. After all, you get to spend your days with your all-time best friend.