No one is ever going to tell you that dating is easy. In fact, I think most people would tell you that the first date is even worse than a job interview. I expect that this post is likely going to require me to reveal a fair bit about myself, but what the heck, I do it all for dogs, right?
So, let me start off by saying that right now, my dating life can be summed up in one word — nonexistent. Deader than the proverbial door nail. Realistically, she might have to wait forever. They already have something in common — their dogs!
You already know that this person likes dogs, and will probably like your dog. And besides, most of the time, dogs get along with one another. If you both have intact males or unspayed bitches, though, it might take a bit of work. Just cross that bridge when you come to it, okay?
Otherwise, why would you be wondering what you have to know to date a dog person? But you know what? You obviously care enough about the person you want to date that you also want to understand what it takes to be with a dog person. If you want your dates to go well, here are the 9 things you need to know. I remember a date, back in the day when I still had Gloria the dog who inspired in me a love of all things Boxer that led to my adopting Janice and Leroy.
This person was pretty good dating material — steady job, good manners, well-educated, and able to converse intelligently on any number of topics. Gloria hated my date, and my date made no effort — I mean, absolutely zero effort — to bring her around. With this person, though, it was zip. In the end, I decided that this was No. Because I am a dog person. And it was a deal breaker. So just end it and go home. Love me, love my dog.
The reality is that, at least early on, we are going to favor our dogs over you. Even later on, that might not change. In the early stages, though, for sure, you are going to take second place. I can always get another date. Plenty of fish in the sea, and all that. I spend money on my dogs. I spent probably the equivalent of a car purchase having chain link fencing installed so that Janice and Leroy could have a huge back yard to run around in.
And yes, I did buy them custom leather collars. I spoil my dogs rotten. And if you question how I spend money on my dogs, the chances of us ever being in a position where you actually do have any sort of right to tell me what I should and should not do with my moneyare slim to none.
I Will Offend You Can you hold his leash? Can you babysit my dog? I Will Annoy You You know that horrible, irritating, patronizing voice people use when talking to toddlers? But I use that same horrible tone with my dogs. Then him can HAVE treats cuz him bestest little boy! And you will have to live with it. Oh, there him is! The one question you should never ask. Me or your dog?
It seemed as though we were soulmates — two people who loved their dogs more than they could ever love a human. Ultimately, we broke up. Not because either of us loved our dogs more than we loved each other. Hey, sometimes stuff happens. I was happy with the answer I got.
I wanted to be with someone who loved their dog to distraction, even more than they loved me, and I was fortunate at the time to have found someone who felt the same way.
It takes a very secure person to take second place to a dog, and those types of people are few and far between. But one thing that you are always going to have to understand is that if you are dealing with a real dog person like me , then you will probably always, always be in second place.
So allow them their eccentricities. Embrace their loving nature. And get to know their dog. About the Author Ash.