Why pets are the best icebreakers


If dating apps aren’t leading to a successful relationship, you might be on the wrong tree – new research shows adopting a pet might be a better bet.

The survey of 2,000 US dog and cat owners found that 34% of respondents met their partner because of their furry friend.

And it’s not just romantic love that people find through their four-legged friends: the results also revealed that one in three respondents (32%) met their best friend because of their pet. .

How are these “meet-cutes” going? The majority of respondents (68%) said it’s easier to start a conversation once their pet has broken the ice and provided something to talk about.

Which could explain how 72% of people surveyed have struck up a conversation with someone specifically because of their pet – and for those, it happens an average of 172 times a year.

Commissioned by “I and love and you”, a holistic pet food brand that creates nutritious meals for dogs and cats, and conducted by OnePoll, the survey indicates that our pets not only help us to meeting new people, but also different types of people.

the survey indicates that our pets not only help us meet new people, but also different types of people.
The survey indicates that our pets not only help us meet new people, but also different types of people.

According to the results, seeing your pet approach people without judgment or prejudice encouraged 77% of respondents to do the same.

And seeing their pet approach all types of people made them 74% more aware of their own judgment and biases. Respondents were divided by ethnicity, and white respondents were among those who agreed the most strongly with this statement, at 83%.

Pets are great conversation starters.
Pets are great conversation starters.
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“Everyone has experienced the pure, unwavering love that our dogs and cats, essentially our best friends, provide,” said Michael Meyer, CEO of “I and love and you.” “As a holistic pet food brand dedicated to strengthening the bond between pet and owner, we recognize the importance of learning valuable lessons about how our pets approach the world.”

When asked to give specific examples of how their pet has made them a better person, one respondent said,
When asked to give specific examples of how their pet has made them a better person, one respondent said, “Sometimes I don’t want to get up anymore… But the having to take care of these animals has helped me to keep getting up and keep moving. ”

Seventy-seven percent of respondents said their pet never judged them, no matter what their pet saw them do.

Additionally, 80% said that their non-judgmental pet encouraged them to judge others less. Black respondents were among the most likely to agree with this statement (90%) – with white respondents not far behind (87%).

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Pets help bring out the best in humans, which might explain why 78% of respondents agree the world would be a better place if we could see it through our pet’s eyes.
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So perhaps it makes sense that 80% think their four-legged friend has made them a better person. Respondents were also divided by their sexuality, and the results revealed that queer respondents were most likely to agree – at 90%.

Specifically, respondents said their pet helped them become more social (66%), more active (59%) and more open (58%).

72% of those surveyed have struck up a conversation with someone specifically because of their pet – and for those, it happens an average of 172 times a year.
72% of those surveyed have struck up a conversation with someone specifically because of their pet – and for those, it happens an average of 172 times a year.

When asked to give specific examples of how their pet has made them a better person, one respondent said, “Sometimes I don’t want to get up anymore… But the having to take care of these animals has helped me to keep getting up and keep moving. ”

Another wrote: “Seeing my pet just being a pet, corny as it sounds, something about innocence, purity, opens my heart beyond something indescribable. I feel a warmth in my heart, as if I [want to] do better for her.

Pets help bring out the best in humans, which might explain why 78% of respondents agree the world would be a better place if we could see it through our pet’s eyes.

“We see these survey results as an opportunity for us to improve by taking a page from our pet’s playbook,” Meyer said. “We challenge you to chat with a stranger, embrace and celebrate diversity, leave judgment at the door, and strive to be an elevated version of yourself – a version that would make your best friend on all fours super proud.”

HOW HAS YOUR PET MADE YOU A BETTER PERSON?

  • They helped me become more social — 66%
  • They encouraged me to be more active — 59%
  • They helped me become more open — 58%
  • Watching my pet try new things encouraged me to do the same — 44%
  • Taking care of them helped me take care of myself — 26%

New York Post

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