Justin Bieber and his Disney-actress-turned-pop-star girlfriend may not be ready for human children, but they’re ready for the pet variety.   The couple recently adopted a puppy from D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre in Winnipeg, Canada, while on tour for Gomez.  They chose to name the blue-eyed husky mix, Baylor.  “It was nice that they thought of the animals and came to visit our shelter while they were on tour,” D’Arcy, the owner of the shelter told E! News.

What are the advantages of raising a pet together?

Cupid’s Advice:

Taking care of a pet is no easy feat, but it does come with some valuable lessons and perks.  Here are a few:

1. Prep for kids: If you’re considering having kids at some point, but are a little bit hesitant, consider bringing a pet into your family.  It’ll definitely teach you about the responsibility that goes into having another living thing to care for in your family.

2. Reliability and trust: Caring for a dog can teach you to rely on each other in a relationship.  You’ll also find out if your partner is capable and compassionate.

3. Sharing responsibility: If you’re raising a pet with your significant other, you can both do the duties that go along with it.  You can take turns walking a dog or cleaning a litter box.  It’s less work for you both.

What are other advantages of raising a pet as a couple? Share your ideas below.