LiFeStyLe reLationSHiPS SURvEySAyS: 66% of dog owners said they wouldn’t even consider dating some- one who didn’t like their dog. Study conducted by the american Kennel Club. Doggy Dating What your Choice of Pet Says about you r ecently I went out for drink withmy husband and some friends. The bar we were at had a patio area and outside I noticed two different guys with their dogs. They both appeared to be single and they were each getting a lot of atten- tion from the ladies because of their dogs. I talked to one of the guys and met his dog. He told me that the dog had been sad lately because of his recent break up with an ex-girlfriend. Right, I thought, project your feelings much? However, it gotme thinking: What can you tell about a person fromtheir dog? Specifically if you’re single and contemplating this person as a date. Dating is hard enough as it is, but if you’re also a dog owner then you’re shopping for two. So how do you find Mr. or Mrs. Right?Many books ex- plain the temperament of dog breeds but no one ever explains the tempera- ment of a person that chooses a spe- cific breed. I’ve spent lots of time at the dog park andmeeting other dog owners around the different neigh- borhoods I’ve lived in and I think there is definitely a common thread amongst people who own specific breeds. As a result, I’ve come up with a guide to use the next time you’re at the dog park scoping out potential additions to your pack. This will help you decode the personality of the owner based upon his dog’s breed, so you’ll know if you should sit, stay, and speak or go fetch a different date! BaSSetor BLooDHoUnD – From the South, enjoys Dukes ofHazard, fairly relaxed. BeagLe – I don’t think a lot of single people own beagles, it’s almost always a compromise dog between couples. However, it could also just be a guy that hunts. BorDer CoLLie –Highly active 28 www.houstonpettalk.com owner or if not, a poor planner. BoStonterrier- This person could be a Red Sox fan, so proceed with caution. BoxerS – These owners are here for the party and it’s usually a kegger at their house! However, choosing a breed well known for being kid friendly could alsomean that they’re ready to settle down and have a family. BULLDog – This person likes atten- tion…a lot, but is also very loving. Cat – RUN!!! CavaLier King CHarLeS SPan- ieL – I’m willing to bet quite a lot that if a woman under 60 owns this breed then she is a fan of Sex in the City; basically she’s a “Charlotte.” CHiHUaHUa – High energy and high strung but can be totally wild and fun. Corgi – Strange little dog and quirky owner, perhaps a bit geeky with a variety of interests but gener- ally a friendly person. DaCHSHUnD – Stubborn,may exer- cise, works hard but definitely plays hard too. DaLMatian – Likes to slide down poles and put out fires. FrenCH BULLDog or PUg- Silly sense of humor, patient, under- achiever. goLDen or LaBraDor re- triever- Outgoing, all-American, traditional but not rigid. gerMan SHePHerDDog- Intelli- gent, loyal, good looking, witty, really PooDLe –Depends on the size and coat, a standard poodle with the coat fully grown out or uniformly trimmed wouldmean the person is probably intelligent with expensive taste, however if it’s aminiature poodle or a standard poodle with a traditional poodle cut then refer to theMaltese description. PortUgUeSeWaterDog – It might be obvious but this is a water- loving person or a US president; do not apply if you don’t like boats. rottWeiLer – Could be an inse- cure person with a napoleon complex or a goofy, active person that also has a strong serious side, depends on the temperament of the dog and the owner. SHetLanD SHeePDog – Gentle person with patience, probably hard working. SiBerian HUSKy – If a guy owns this breed then he’s probablymet- rosexual, however if a girl owns this breed then she’s probably outdoorsy. WeiMaraner – Classy, with a good eye for aesthetics. By:Andrea Reichenbach the best sort of person you’ll ever meet (this is the breed I own). We can also be introverted, potentially a control freak, and full of ourselves (allusions of grandeur). MixeD BreeD – This person is com- passionate and laid back. MaLteSe, PoMeranian, SHiH tZU or anyDogtHat regU- LarLyWearS CLotHeS – Anyone carrying a dog in a shoulder bag is HIGHMAINTENANCE, and if they don’t carry the dog then you should be patient because it’s a slow walk with these tiny dogs.