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My Buddy Butch: Pets and Dating at Match.com!

Just back from a couple of book signings in Chicago and while sifting through over 1000 emails (no…seriously 1000!) I just found that we were quoted in an article by freelance writer Judy Mandell on Match.com! You’ve seen Judy’s work in Ladies Home Journal, USA Today, and Newsweek to name a few. First of all thanks to Judy and Match.com for including my take on the personalities of those who own pets.

My Buddy Butch quoted at Match.com!

My Buddy Butch quoted at Match.com!

Dating and pets (…not dating your pets!) is a subject that I didn’t give much thought to until my buddy “Butch” came crashing into my life 5 years ago this very day! (Happy Birthday Butch - July 13th 2004!). Enamoured with the prospect of caring for this new little life, I was concentrating so hard on trying not to screw up that I didn’t even think about the ramifications of owning a pet and how that would impact a single guy in today’s dating world. It’s an ice breaker, it’s an introduction, it’s a beautiful conversation starter, but when things get more serious, is a potential partner ready for the previous commitment that I have made to care for Butch for his ENTIRE lifetime? This is a good question because remember that if you enter into a relationship with someone else, although that person will occasionally help out, your pet is still YOUR PET! Not your new girlfriend or boyfriend’s responsibility!  The love for your pet should not be replaced with that of a new partner and visa-versa~! There will most definitely be a learning curve, for everyone with a new person in the picture, but I go into this more in my book My Buddy Butch – Confessions of a New Dog Dad so I won’t write the whole thing here. My point is, pets are an important part of a relationship and Judy has some great findings on this subject. Read Judy’s article here!

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