He accepts them because he knows I love them — and he loves me — but I’m certain that if I left one day and took my fur babies with me, he’d never even think of getting another pet of his own.As much as I’d love for him to share my pet-obsession, I know it will never happen.I think he knows just how much I need pets in my life and what they mean to me.

If my husband, Max, and I had seen each other’s profiles on an online dating site back when we were single, there’s no way we would have been matched up. I don’t mind picking cat hair off my clothes, but Max throws a fit.

My passion is animals, and more particularly, dogs and cats, while he’s obsessed with boxing, muay thai and fitness.

But in my case, my love of pets and the fact that I share my home with four of them has created some tension between Max and me.

Pets are a big commitment and have an impact on day-to-day life.

Yet we continue to make the relationship work despite our differences. More stories about dogs and relationships: • I Love My Dog More Than I Love My Husband • Can I Still Call Myself a Dog Person if I Have Three Cats and One Dog?

He would never spontaneously grab the camera to snap a shot of Pinch being adorable (while I’d stop whatever I was doing and take about 50), or squeal over a puppy we pass in the street, but Max has never stopped me from living my passion to the fullest.

He calls me Brigitte Bardot and jokingly (I think) says that his next wife will be someone who fears dogs and is allergic to cat hair.

(I respond that my next husband will be a handsome vegetarian veterinarian who fosters rescued animals.) All joking aside, it really bothers me that, more often than not, Max sees our pets as pets.

A mate who fails to love your pet can be the death of a relationship. (Unlike that boyfriend who is convinced that your cat is evil and hates him.) So how do you find that perfect pooch-loving partner? Believe it or not, there are dating sites specifically for people who love their dogs — and their cats and horses too.

I’ve been trying to get back into dating, and recently, encouraged by my friends at Vetstreet, I took a chance with some online sites, specifically those geared toward pet lovers like myself.

Basically, dogs were a passive presence in Max’s home growing up while they were active participants in mine.