Preaching To The Pooch

   By drodriguez  May 02, 2010

It may sound like a joke, but 1 in 3 women were not kidding when they said their pets listen to them better than their husbands.  A recent poll released by the Associated Press - shows that many women have taken to airing their grievances to the family cat or dog as an alternative to talking to their spouse because they feel the pets are better at listening.

A recent article from USA Today discusses the findings of the poll and points out that 18 percent of men also felt their pets were better listeners than their wives.  Pet owner Christina Holmdahl rationalizes why she chooses to talk out her problems with her pets rather than her husband.  Holmdahl says, "We all say stuff we don’t mean when we are upset about stuff.  When we have time to talk it out and rationalize it, we can think about it better and we can calm down and see both sides better."

It seems some women are using their cuddly companions as a way to vent much like one would talk with a therapist.  When it comes to which animals are the best listeners, dogs have it.  The poll found that 25 percent of dog owners said their pooch was a better listener than their spouse while only 14 percent of cat owners made this claim. 

Pet psychologist and veterinarian, Karen Sueda, talks about why communicating with a pet can serve as a kind of therapy for people.  Sueda says, "Pets are great because they provide us with unconditional support.  They never talk back, never give us the wrong opinion and they are always there for us.  As much as we love our spouses or significant other, sometimes they are not there...  And sometimes, especially when its a husband or male significant other, they want to solve the problem rather than just listening to the problem."

What do you think of the poll that found 1 in 3 women think their pet is a better listener than their husband?

Do you ever air your grievances to the family pet rather than your significant other?

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Nichole32now by Nichole32now | Ozark, MO
Jul 27, 2010

My Daisy helped get me through the worst break up of my life. She knows when I'm down and comes to give hugs and kisses. She never lets me be a couch potato lol she brings me her toys till I break down and play. Then next thing I know I'm laughing and in a much better mood.

missdaisymae by missdaisymae | Batavia, NY
Jul 14, 2010

I love my doggie and we talk everyday! Of course she is a great listener, and she always offers her unconditional love. That's what is so great about dogs and other pets; they always love and understand you no matter what, and you can always count on them for support and comfort even in the worst of times and even if you're wrong. :)

vangele by vangele | Knoxville, TN
May 20, 2010

Wow - I can't believe someone else prays with their pets! The Bible says to "preach the gospel to ALL CREATURES" so I take that literally! I love my Miniature Pinscher as I would my own child and she is my main companion other than my spouse. I love to talk to her and watch her cock her head as she hears familiar words.

Madeline by Madeline | Beaverton, OR
May 19, 2010

I know you are going to think this is crazy, but sometimes I think with the current conditions in our counrty it would be better just to have "4 legged children" rather than 2 legged ones! Although I do have 2 grown children, I currently have a pet rat and a bengal cat that serve as my "babies" and yes I talk to them all the time. My cat even has time outs when he is naughty!

supermommy828 by supermommy828 | plainfield, IL
May 19, 2010

i have two dogs and i dont think i have ever found myself talking to them. i have talked out loud about frustrations while they are present and have stolen a glance to see their reaction or a supportive look, but if i want to solve anything i need to speak to my husband who can actually contribute against a non verbal animal with whom i'm just seeking subconscious agreement from.

gardengenie by gardengenie | LaValle, WI
May 19, 2010

I'm pretty lucky, my husband's a very good listener. That's the area I have to work on . . . hmmm... wonder if he talks to the dog? :)

mommaduck by mommaduck | SAINT CHARLES, MO
May 19, 2010

i never talk to my pet but i do have to say that if you are sad just having them cuddle next to you seems to help

Allysonf by Allysonf | aledo, TX
May 16, 2010

I find just talking aloud to my pets helps a lot!

Orchid25 by Orchid25 | RINGGOLD, GA
May 06, 2010

I let my husband know when Im upset but he doesn't always pick up on it no matter how obvious it is. My cat on the other hand picks it up quickly, when you cry she comes up to you and starts rubbing on you. My cat will even come up to your face and lick you, she calms me down faster than anyone/anything I know. Who could be upset when you've got a cute little cat licking your face? lol

izzypup by izzypup | Lake city, TN
May 06, 2010

I have three dogs and yes I do agree that they are good listeners. I find it calming to take them outside to play.

Gwenlane74 by Gwenlane74 | wakeman, OH
May 05, 2010

I have 2 dogs and 3 cats, by far my dogs are way more consoling that the cats. Its just nature. I actually have anxiety issues and instead of taking meds for it I have found that petting my dog has helped more than anything.

May 05, 2010

The good thing about pets is that if you tell them a secret, you know it's going to stay a secret.

cybrown551 by cybrown551 | HOOKSETT, NH
May 04, 2010

That is so true. Yes my pet is definitely a good listener. I have a beagle and he is just as cute as can be. He's here with me all day while my husband is at work and children are at school.

mollywolly by mollywolly | clark, NJ
May 04, 2010

Yes animals listen much better than pretty much all the men I have met, but I dont yell what I ramble on about to them. They cheer me up and comfort me.

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
May 03, 2010

I pray together with my pets. But I don't try to dwell on problems, just look for the good. Hard to be mad when you're hugging on your furry family member. And they seem to know best when I'm sick, or under the weather, they stick by my side and follow me around until I'm better. I know they are in tune more so then most humans, if my schedule varies too much for too long, theirs is off too. I think it's a we care for them, they care for us situation.