If Forced To Choose, Some Would Stick With Pets Before Spouses

January 25, 2011

Mark Memmott

If confronted with an "it's me or the dog" ultimatum, it looks like about 1 in 7 Americans would go with Fido.

At least that's what a national survey done for the Associated Press and Petside.com indicates.

When asked "just hypothetically, if you had to choose between a spouse or significant other, and your pet, which do you think you would choose?," of the 1,000 people surveyed:

— 84 percent said they would stick with their spouse or significant other.

— 14 percent chose the pet.

— 1 percent said they didn't know.

— 1 percent wouldn't answer (perhaps someone was listening?). Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.