Julianne Hough and boyfriend Ryan Seacrest bonded this weekend over an unfortunate event, according to People.  The couple made an emergency trip to the veterinarian’s office with Hough’s Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Lexi.  While the actress/singer didn’t specify what was wrong with her beloved pooch, she tweeted, “First time I legitimately [bawled] my eyes out in years…  Being a helpless parent is the worst thing in the world!”  Luckily, Hough later reassured her fans that Lexi was doing okay.  Good thing Seacrest was there to support her!

How can owning a pet together enhance your relationship?

Cupid’s Advice:

Sharing the unconditional love you receive from a pet with your significant other can make it even more special.  Cupid has some ideas on why it’s so great to own a furry friend with your mate:

1. Take care: Pets can often be like our children, and caring for a furry (or scaly or feathery) friend can help bring you closer together.

2. Share the burden: When you experience a difficult situation with your pet, like Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest’s emergency visit to the vet, it’s easier when you and your partner can go through it together.

3. Love better: More than anything, animals teach us how to love unconditionally.  You and your significant other can use lessons learned from your pet to strengthen your own relationship.

How has owning a pet made your life better?  Share your comments below.