Dog Vs. Man: Which is the better companion?
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By Naomi Jaul
Convinced that your canine buddy knows you better than anyone else? Turns out, it could be true. New research shows our pups have an extraordinary ability to read our "communicative gestures" (as in pointing to bed, patting the couch and picking up the leash). That attentiveness makes them ideal social partners for us, and it got us thinking—could a dog be a better companion than a boyfriend? Read on for our verdict.
Visiting the Parents2 of 9
Taking a new man to meet your parents is nerve-wracking: just think of all the Meet The Fockers-style faux pas he could make, not to mention mom and dad's probing questions about how serious things are. As long as he's potty-trained (the dog, not the boyfriend), then this one's a no-brainer.
Shopping3 of 9
We're pretty sure guys don't have the kind of patience for shopping that our pups do. Plus, whatever weird trend we want to try, there's no judgment. Yep, it's unconditional love when they still like us in jeggings.
Running Errands4 of 9
Schlepping to the dry cleaners, the car wash, the bank and the drugstore probably isn't anyone's idea of a good time. But our four-legged friends will be content as long as they're beside you. And if the bank or dry cleaners has dog biscuits? Forget about it.
Picnicking5 of 9
Unless you have a boyfriend who's easily distracted by squirrels, loves to shove his nose into other peoples' baskets and eats the brie when you're not looking, then we doubt a dog can best your guy when it comes to this outdoor date.
Watching "Princesses of Long Island"6 of 9
A dog will never fight you for control of the remote. Enough said.
Working Out7 of 9
Maybe Rover could run for miles, but when you're ready to slow down and take a breather, he'll oblige. No promises that a guy will be as accommodating.
Grooming8 of 9
We just know our man would look 100 times better if only he'd let us dress and groom him. A slick tie here, a new haircut there, and he'd look great—but men are protective of their style. Enter puppy: play for hours, dress them up and even try your hair chalk on them—they'll just look at you with love.
Snuggling9 of 9
This is a tough one: We love a cuddle with our canines just as much as a cuddle with our significant other. Sure, dogs have dog breath, but men have morning breath. And while we never have to worry about whether our dog has ulterior motives, the bottom-line is that as much as you love your dog, you can't love your dog.