As anyone with a furry family member will attest, our attraction to our animal is true love. So why should we treat the search for the perfect pet any differently to The One?
Michael McTeigue, Founder and Managing Director of SavourLife, demonstrates how we can use romance rules to find the perfect pooch:
- Shop around: Those looking for love long ago clicked onto the fact that fate needs helping hand. While we’ve expanded our romantic search from friends and work to online and apps, widen your dog search from pet stores and dog breeders to rescue centres and shelters. There are over 600,000 dogs abandoned in Australia each year. With so many ‘canines in the sea’ looking for a loving home, the chances of finding the perfect pooch amongst them are high.
- Expand your options: If there is one thing the dating scene has taught us, relationships built on superficial reasons have a short shelf life. While it’s important to have some deal breakers (for a partner it may be smoking, for a dog it may be shedding), widening your search options could uncover a real diamond in the rough. Sure a poodle puppy is pretty, but perhaps that cross breed with a bit of extra mileage will be way less maintenance.
- Share similar lifestyles: Sure, opposites can attract but if your lifestyle or values are too maligned it’s a recipe for disaster. Don’t get a big dog when you have a small apartment, one that needs lots of attention when you work 9 to 5 or one with long hair when you have vicious allergies. Big, small, attention-seeking and self-sufficient; there really is a dog to suit all lifestyles.
- Chemistry is key: Don’t underestimate your intuition. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s usually because it isn’t. Instead of trying to force a connection with the first pup that licks your leg, spend your time with a number of different dogs until you find the one with whom you just click. As they say, good things come to those who wait.
- Seek family approval: While we sometimes hate to admit it, family really do know best. If you are introducing a dog into your home, it’s vital that the whole family get along. Don’t be worried about a little baggage though; just because a dog is a rescue, doesn’t mean they aren’t fantastic with kids. Many will be so appreciative at the much-wanted love and care, they will appoint themselves family protector.
SavourLife is a new Australian company producing premium treats for dogs and donating 50% of its profits to pet rescue organisations, helping them save and re-home abandoned dogs. To find out more visit www.savour-life.com.au