You’ve probably heard that a dog is good for your health; both mentally and physically! From giving us a reason to exercise every day (which also lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol), to helping relieve stress and boost our mood, dogs make a real impact on our overall well-being each and every day.
But now, there just might be another reason to get a dog … improving your sex appeal!
Yes, all you single people out there, a dog can be an effective “social tool” in attracting the attention of a potential companion!
In a recent study, 1,210 single pet-owners registered on Match.com (61% women and 39% men) were polled to see how pets influence their dating habits and preferences. The result? Thirty-five percent of women and twenty-six percent of men said they were more attracted to someone if they owned a pet; and women were even LESS likely to to date someone who simply didn’t like pets!
Now, before you rush out and get that K9 ball of fur, be forewarned that not all pets are created equal! This study also revealed that bigger just might be better when it comes to men’s preferences in the romantic influence of a pet. About twenty-eight percent of the men in the study admitted that if their date’s pet could fit into her purse … that would be a major turn-off!
So while a dog might not be able to make up for a lousy personality, lack of social skills or knock-you-out halitosis, the results do seem to indicate that having a canine friend may help improve your dating chances.
Considering that in just the last 10 years (according to MarketWatch), 74 pets have died and another 14 have gone missing under Delta’s care, this new ruling comes as good news to concerned pet owners who want, or need, to travel with their beloved pets.
Unfortunately, the “allowable” pets do not include large dogs (due to their size). Delta recommends using their Delta Cargo service to transport those pets not allowed in their cabins. According to Delta: “Pets that are transported via Delta Cargo are monitored closely by customer service teams during their travel. While at airports, pets are handled in temperature-controlled holding areas and vans. Also, Delta Cargo enlists professional kenneling services if overnight stays are required.”
Guidance for customers traveling with pets can be found at delta.com.
Petco has finally stepped up to the plate and removed any remaining Chinese-made canine and feline treats from its stores and website due to fears that thousands of pets have been sickened and killed since 2007.
(There have been more than 4,800 complaints of pet illnesses, including deaths, from Chinese-made chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats.)