Sharing Responsibility in a Relationship
Recently, I went on a date to watch Secret Life of Pets, and I immediately begged my boyfriend for a puppy. But sharing a pet with a significant other is a huge responsibility. It isn’t just fun and games.
If you want to get a pet with someone special, you need to be ready because it is a big step. While it won’t be easy, you can grow stronger as a couple if handled correctly.
Here are a couple traits you will strengthen within your relationship if you opt to raise a pet together:
Sharing a pet means taking care of it. If you share a pet with your significant other, you need to hold each other accountable for meeting its needs. This means splitting the work fairly and knowing you can count on each other. This can teach each other to be responsible in upholding certain roles in your relationship and prove you can pull your own weight.
If you are in a serious relationship, sharing a pet can be a big first step to envisioning a future together. It is a way of proving you can put others’ needs before your own. Maybe you will have to skip brunch to walk your pup, showing you actually care about something’s well being besides yourself. So if you are not quite ready for a baby, but want experience caring about something small, try a pet. Same life lesson, but costs less.
Raising a pet is not any easier as a couple. Sure you have a helping hand, but you are still going to hit a few bumps in the road. When your pet makes a mistake you can’t take out your anger on it. You have to understand they are learning and find a way you and your significant other can teach the little guy to not make the same mistake twice. There is a lot of forgiveness involved, which will make you more patient in life and your relationship.
If you want to challenge your relationship, a pet can teach you a ton of lessons. It will not be easy, but you will learn to work together as a team to raise another life. It is not as serious as an actual baby, but it still carries a lot of lessons to strengthen your relationship as a couple. If you are not ready to take care of another life, wait until the time is right. If you get a pet, it is your baby and you should both treat it right. So bond over the ups and downs and collaborate to make good puppy parents and an even stronger couple.
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Christina aspires to be a public relations professional in a big city after graduation from James Madison University. In her free time when she’s not blogging away about dating and relationships, Christina loves to go shopping, watch Netflix and play with every puppy that crosses her path.