They called more than 600 randomly selected residents in Portland,
San Diego, Nashville and Perth, Australia. They questioned the participants
about the type of pets they owned and the role their pet had, if any, in
developing relationships. If their pet did have an influence, researchers also
wanted to know about the exact type of social support coming from that
The results showed that the types of relationships range from
a fleeting social interaction to budding friendships. They also stated that pet
owners are significantly more inclined to get to know their neighbors than
people without pets.
People were even more likely to meet through their pets than
through their children's school. Walking your dog is considered to be one of
the top five ways to meet new people.
All in all, staying active with a dog is an excellent way to
make friends. Sign us up!