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8th February 2010

This Valentine's Day get your glad rags on and dog collar at the ready

Forget the new hair style or hitting the gym, if you want to bag yourself a date this Valentine’s Day, then get yourself a pet. In a survey of over 8000 respondents Petplan, the UK’s largest pet insurance provider, discovered that 54% of Brits find people with pets more attractive.

Already well-known as a pet-loving nation the survey revealed that pets play a pivotal role in helping people find the perfect partner, with thousands of couples set to celebrate Valentine’s Day thanks to their beloved pet.

Elinor Grieve, from Fife, agrees. She met her husband through a chance meeting at her local pub thanks to her beloved Blenheim cavalier King Charles spaniel Candy. Whilst waiting at the bar to be served she realised that Candy had been sipping from a young gentleman’s pint glass. The couple have now been married for 33 years.

“If it wasn’t for Candy with her head in his beer, I would have never of met my husband. Of course I had to offer to buy him another one, and by the end of the night he had walked both of us home and had asked me out again. A year later we were married,” says Elinor.

Even celebrities, such as Big Brother presenter Davina Macall, had the help of her dog when she met her husband Matthew Robertson through a chance meeting in a West London park.

Pippa Hutchison, animal behaviour consultant comments, “Pets are a predictable presence in our ever changing lives; providing unconditional love, emotional support and companionship. Therefore, when a new partner comes along it is not surprising that they need to love the pet as much as the person!

“The bond between pets and owners is astounding as many Brits choose to include their furry companions in everyday activities and therefore it is often crucial for pet owners that their pet has a similar bond with new or potential partner.”

To help couples and their pets celebrate Valentines Day Petplan is encouraging pet owners to upload photos with their furry friends and partner to the Petplan National Petrait Gallery, www.petraitgallery.co.uk, which is a photo upload site for your four legged friends.

Notes to editors

Petplan is the largest pet insurance provider in the world, offering comprehensive lifetime pet insurance cover for dogs, cats and rabbits.

Established more than 30 years ago, it is part of Allianz Insurance, one of the largest general insurers in the UK.

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