Women are more likely to ditch their partner than their pet, according to a survey of pet owners and their relationships for pet store Jollyes.
Asked about their relationship with their partner and their pet and which one they would ditch first, 53% said they would get rid of their partner compared to 47% who would ditch their pet. Men were more loyal to their partners, with 63% saying they would ditch their pet and 37% saying they would lose their partner.
The study was carried out by Jollyes to gauge humans’ attitudes to romance and relationships in the run-up to Valentine’s Day.
The retailer has launched a search on social media for a canine couple to take part in a romantic dinner for two at “C’est Jollyes”, a dog diner open for one day only on February 12 at its Runcorn store in Cheshire. The two chosen dogs will get the chance to enjoy a three course dinner featuring a menu from Jollyes Artisan Lifestage range including angus beef with sweet potato, venison and salmon, and duck with sweet potato.
Jollyes stores stores will also be giving away free samples of the Artisan Lifestage range on Monday February 14.
The survey showed some big differences in attitudes to pets and partners around the UK. People in North East England were more likely to ditch their partner (66%) over their pet, followed by London (61%), Northern Ireland (56%), South West (47%).
Owners were asked what they loved most about their pets, with loyalty, unconditional love, loving nature, affection and a warm heart among the qualities cited.
Reassuringly perhaps, most pet owners (84%) said they would prefer a romantic Valentine’s night with their partner than one spent with their pet.