For some, it’s a dog the size of a bear. For others, a mischievous cat that won’t leave your plants alone. It could be a fish, a bird, or even a lizard. Pets are about as prevalent as romantic relationships, and sometimes, these relationships overlap!
When you partner with a matchmaker, the people they end up matching you with sometimes don’t come alone. While there are friends, family, and loved ones who often come along with that person… sometimes those loved ones aren’t actually people!
So how do you form a relationship when there is a pet in the mix?
Love what they love
Now, let’s start out by saying that if you are allergic to the animal in question, that’s a different story. The same can be said if you have a legitimate phobia of an animal. If there isn’t a significant reason why you should avoid that animal, consider what that pet means to your significant other.
A pet is often more than just a feline, or a canine, or a reptile. A pet is a loving relationship, or many years of memories, or even something that has kept your partner safe. If you recognize that, it may help you love that pet even more.
Having a pet together gives you a chance to share something… beyond just a home, or your time together, or even your memories. When you share something, it helps you bond, helping you grow closer together.
Sharing a pet doesn’t just mean sharing an item, or even the responsibility. While those things are definitely important, getting to share something that both of you love will allow you to understand one another better, creating some happy moments around your fur-, scale-, or feather-baby.
While you hopefully won’t feel lonely that often when you have a significant other, it might happen occasionally, especially if your significant other travels. Having a pet can help you with those feelings of loneliness. It can help create a home that never feels empty.
Imagine coming home after a long day to find an empty house. It may feel lonely if you do, especially if your partner is away or working late. If there is a dog to greet you at the door, or a fish to feed, or a bird to chirp at you when you walk in, though, it may cure that feeling of loneliness.
Sometimes, people start out not being the biggest fans of their partner’s pet or pets. Often, though, that changes over time. Over time, you might learn to connect with that pet – but it might not just be that animal you are connecting with. You might be connecting with your partner through that pet.
Having a pet can help you grow, and if you grow, you might just end up growing closer together. Having a pet can remind you to be kind and nurturing. It might teach you how to take care of another creature. That, in turn, may even teach you how to take care of yourself or your partner!