A new survey by Rover uncovers the truly strong devotion most pet owners have for their four-legged friends. In fact, 94% of people consider their dogs part of the family, with 75% of those folks willing to include their pooches in everything from vacations, to marriage proposals, to holiday cards.
A whopping 65% of people say they take more pics of their pets than friends and significant others, with 29% sharing those dog photos on social media more than they do shots of their human friends and family.
Pets can have a real effect on a person’s relationship. The survey finds that 54% of people would think about ending a romance if a pet didn’t like their partner. In some cases people are closer to their dogs than they are to their mates, with 47% of people saying it’s harder to leave their pet for a week than their significant other, and 56% admitting that when they come home they say hello to their dog first before family, partners, or friends.