Wives Say Dogs Listen Better Than Husbands
1 in 3 would rather talk to their pet
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2010 5:20 PM CDT
Updated May 2, 2010 1:30 PM CDT
Buddy appears at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday, April 23, 2010. He led police to a fire, and he's probably an excellent listener.   (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

(Newser) – A third of married women with pets consider their animals to be better listeners than their husbands, an AP poll found. And it's not just women who reach out for furry support—18% of men say their pets are better listeners than their wives. "You definitely feel much more comfortable sharing your problems," said one New York husband. "A little lick from a big dog can go a long way."

"Pets are great because they provide us with unconditional support," said one pet psychologist. "They never talk back, never give us the wrong opinion, and they are always there for us. As much as we love our spouses or significant others, sometimes they are not there, sometimes they have their own thoughts about how we should deal with situations."