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Who's your Valentine—your partner or your pooch?

By: Stephanie Zolis
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Who's your Valentine—your partner or your pooch?

By: Stephanie Zolis

Dogs make better Valentine's than human partners In a "puppy love" survey conducted by dog food manufacturer Old Mother Hubbard, 741 canine owners provided feedback about both their romantic partners and their pooches. Conducted through Toluna's Online Omnibus, the survey looked at 10 key relationship characteristics: love at first sight, faithfulness, friendship, devotion, protection, eagerness to please, temperament, ability to make their owners or partners feel good, happiness when in each other's company, and likeliness to talk back. Questions like "Who gives better smooches, your pooch or your mate?" were posed, and respondents were asked to rate their dogs and human partners on whether they're faithful and devoted and how often they make their owner or better half smile. Overall, dogs were the clear winner. Fifty-five percent of respondents agreed that their pooches measured up in all 10 categories, saying the pets protect and love their owners without question, are eager to please and their owners' best friends, go anywhere together, and fell in love at first sight. Only 32 percent said the same about their human partners. While dogs may be man's best friend, human partners ranked higher than dogs in the friendship category: Ninety-four percent of male and 90 percent of female respondents said their partners were their best friends. Look at the figures below for more details on the study. (PRNewsFoto/Old Mother Hubbard) (Photo courtesy Stockvault)
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