Puppy LoveThe love experts at YourTango note that "Pet ownership among single people increased from 46.9% in 2006 to 54.7% in 2011." Blogger Liz Newman says that's because "pets inherently know only one way to love: unconditionally." She goes on to talk about how she acquired her 7 pound maltese, Joe, after a breakup. She says, "I wasn't even thinking about getting a dog, but he came into my life and was an instant healer; it was remarkable."
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Regular readers know that I rescued my dog Buddy back in November after Hurricane Sandy. I didn't adopt him so much to avoid feeling lonely, but having a male companion around - even of the canine variety - certainly does go a long way toward making me feel centered. When I'm home working and my daughter's at school, I can always take a quick break for a doggie hug if I need it, and the routine of taking him out for walks and feeding him is soothing in its own way. Newman notes that "Widowers, divorcees [ed. note: that's me!], and separated couples with