Once married, we'd like to think that everyone lives happily ever after, but take a look at the divorce rate. It’s not great. And when a marriage does hit the rocks, splitting one life into two can be a real mess. The latest custody issues? The pets. Namely, the dog, according to newsday.com. In fact, it seems to be enough of an issue that a book was just released on the topic: We Can't Stay Together for the Dogs: Doing What's Best for Your Dog When Your Relationship Breaks Up (TFH Publications, $22.95).
A recent New York Post article profiled a high-profile divorce, the largest arguing point being the couple’s dog. Marsh Newmark has spent $60,000 in a messy battle with his estranged wife, Darynn Zimmer, to gain custody of the former couple’s dog, Rocky. Prior to filing with a Long Island court, Newmark attempted to ’nap Rocky, but the mission failed: “Newmark asked a loyal friend to try to get Rocky back. ‘[Darynn's] boyfriend was walking Rocky — they only walk him for a few minutes — and my friend came up from behind with a leash and tried to unhook one leash and hook the other one on. The boyfriend fell and called out, ‘He's stealing my dog!' The doorman tackled my friend, and the police came.’”
Having a dog is a great way to meet a man. You look approachable and people have a reason to talk to you. But of all deal breakers that exist, pets are one of the toughest. What happens when man meets dog? One author discovers. "I didn't have a dog when I decided to move to New York. But my friends with dogs had long regaled me with tales of companionship, undying devotion, and puppy kisses. I also knew that if you have one, you have to leave your house several times a day, no matter what the weather's like or how you're feeling. What better way to ease myself into a new life in a new city? But as it turns out, introducing your new man to your (old) dog tells you a lot about the man. The other day over lunch I asked a friend if she slept with her dog. 'Of course,' she replied. But what about her new husband? How did he take to sharing the bed? ' don't think I'd ever date a guy who didn't like my dog,' she said firmly."