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Puppy Love that Lasts

A study shows that pet owners feel more secure in their relationships with their pets than with their romantic partners

A study shows that pet owners feel more secure in their relationships with their pets than with their romantic partners

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When your significant other puts you “in the doghouse,” where does that put Rover? Smack in the middle of your lap, concluded Bryn Mawr students Lisa Beck and Elizabeth Madresh in a study published by Anthrozoös (Vol. 12, No. 1).

The study used a web-based survey to ask 192 pet owners questions designed to measure insecurity in human and pet relationships. Of the participants, 168 were female and 24 were male, all ranging in age from 18 to 56. Twenty-nine percent owned cats, 36 percent owned dogs, and 35 percent owned both.

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