2001-Sat Oct 21 17:12:44 EDT 2017
Vetstreet. All rights reserved. Powered by Brightspot.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
At the risk of recruiting your ridicule, I’ll confess: I met my boyfriend of the past six months through one of those semi-odious online dating sites. But in my defense, how else would a super-busy person find a partner outside her profession? Here, too, I must ‘fess up: In spite of its ultimate success, the online dating experience was zero fun. In fact, the process was uncomfortably reminiscent of Benjamin Franklin’s famed quote on genius: “one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” (Or humiliation, as the case may be.) Make no mistake: Online dating is hard work.
Which got me wondering: How can finding an Internet-sourced mate be so darn challenging compared to finding an animal companion via identical means?
I mean, it’s not as if there aren’t zillions of fish in the burgeoning sea of humanity. Indeed, there are far more men and women looking to pair up than there are pets seeking love in forever homes. So how can it be that online human-animal connection failures happen so infrequently relative to the average human-only experience?
Based on this imponderable notion, I set about to plumb the depths of this mystery — mostly by polling a small group of pet-friendly people who’d engaged in both online animal rescueand online dating.So it’s with a generous heart that I offer you these fine points to ponder as you embark on your own online adventures in love and companionship:
1. In general, humans consider online dating an ugly, inconvenient necessity.
Though all the people I polled admitted to having found long-term relationships online, they almost universally detested the process. “Like making sausage,” one quipped. “You really don’t want to know what it takes to make it, but the results are undeniably delicious.”
Can’t say I’d put it quite like that, but she has a point. I made venison sausage just last week, and it’ll take at least a couple of months before I’ll be able to forget the process long enough to stomach my own cooking. (Good thing it freezes well.)
2. By contrast, choosing a pet online can be fun. Lots of fun.
When selecting a pet, you have your pick of gorgeous winners in all categories. You’re not restricted by age, hair color, income or lifestyle choices. You’re free to choose any one you like before trying him on for size. And when you do meet your prospective companion in person, it’s almost always a magical moment, whether you choose to offer him a forever home... or not.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Take our breed quiz to find your next pet.
Bartonella is a type bacteria that can be transmitted to cats, dogs and humans from exposure to infected fleas and…
Want to give your pup yummy, low-calorie treats? We’ve got the skinny on which foods are OK to feed him.
Not sure about food puzzles? Our veterinarian reveals why the payoff for your pet is well worth any extra work.
With these simple dental care tips, you can help keep your canine’s adorable smile shiny and healthy for life.
The friendly and inquisitive LaPerm has an easy-care coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
Check out our collection of more than 250 videos about pet training, animal behavior, dog and cat breeds and more.
Wonder which dog or cat best fits your lifestyle? Our new tool will narrow down more than 300 breeds for you.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.