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My husband stopped to rescue a kitten when no one else would.
Love Mom

How A Cat Showed Me What A Great Dad My Husband Would Be

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat animals and restaurant servers. Even if you aren’t an animal person, and honestly, I don’t think I am, there’s still a way to create creatures with respect and kindness. My husband and I had many early dinner dates, and I was always impressed with how he treated wait-staff. He was polite but not flirty with the pretty ones, and he always tipped well but not gratuitously. And he had a rescued greyhound that he took amazing care of, so I knew that he was a decent human being. But there was one event that happened early in our relationship that really helped me see the kind of man he was.

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How can you resist this face?
Community

Is This Normal? My Boyfriend Hates My Dog

This week on the Ask YourTango forum, katgut writes, "My boyfriend HATES [my] little [terrier]. He gets upset because I refuse to leave the dog at home on the weekends when we go out during the day. It seems unfair to [me] because I work on weekdays and my dog is at home by himself, so I want to spend time with him on the weekends. Why can't my boyfriend understand this[?] He's not a dog hater, but he just won't accept that my dog is part of the family. Is this a sign of future problems?

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Can you imagine slaughtering an animal that is so important to so many people?
Experts Blog

Therapy Animals: Companions or Consumption?

On November 18, 2011, it became legal to slaughter American horses for human consumption in the United States. What?! Americans don’t eat horses. We ride them, groom them, love them, use them in therapy, and make movies about them. Imagine sitting through two hours of War Horse, only to watch "Joey" get slaughtered after his brave and heroic service. Unthinkable? Think again.

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Does your holiday gift-giving style match your guy's?
Love Buzz

Love Bytes: What's Your Couple Holiday Gift-Giving Style?

Men with hamsters are VERY dateable. What happens when you and your guy have different holiday gift styles? Wingwomen are the way of the future. What do you do about Facebook when you break up? Why women cheat on their husbands. How to tell a date you're saving yourself for marriage. 7 signs that you're ready to move in together. And, Kristen Wiig plays "Flirting Expert Rebecca LaRue."

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Community

Why Your Pet Should Be In Your Prenup

If you're divorcing your husband—the first one or from a subsequent marriage—or even if you're breaking up a non-marital domestic partnership, you still may be facing a custody issue…of your pet or pets. But Fido is a family member, not a mere possession.

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Alice has a new pet; will Timmy be jealous?
Video

Your Dog Could Be Sabotaging Your Relationship

In this next installment of the Electronic Picture Diaries, things may not go over well when Timmy finds out that Alice has a new furry friend in her life. Can getting a pet spark jealousy in your relationship?

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What does your pet parenting style say about you?
Love Mom

I Know The Kind Of Parent I'll Be Based On How I Treat My Dogs

Before I begin, let me preface this piece by saying that I take dog parenting very seriously. I don't just wake up, take the dogs out, make sure they're fed, leave for 10 hours and come back to do it all over again. I actually "parent" my pooches. Parenting these two furballs has been wonderful practice. I believe that, through them, my husband and I have established our roles as a parenting duo.

A Child's First Love
Experts Blog

A Child's First Love

A Child's First Love Do you remember your first pet? How old were you? I was three or four years old when my favorite aunt invited me to peer into a box of squirming kittens. They were brand new, grey tabbies whose eyes were still shut tight. Their plaintive mews filled the air with a sense of sadness for me. How I longed to make them feel safe and loved. When my aunt told me I could take one of these little fur balls home, my heart leaped for joy.

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Traditional Love

How A Dog Almost Ruined My Marriage

To his credit, Dave didn't get upset the first time Harriet bit him, or the second time, but by the third time he'd lost his cool. "The dog hates me," he said. "I can't live in a house where I'm afraid of a 10 pound, growling burrito!" I cried.