New research from Rover.com reveals that Brits are barking mad for their dogs with 1 in 5 (22%) cutting a holiday short because they missed their dog.
The study by the dog walking and sitting app also showed that interestingly, this number rises to 1 in 4 (26%) men, compared to 20% of women.
Meanwhile, for some owners the separation anxiety is too much to even consider bearing, with 1 in 4 (25%) never holidaying without their dog.
Those who do choose to leave their pooch at home say they miss their dog more than anything else when they’re away, with 69% of owners saying they miss them – more than those who miss their kids (21%), English tea (21%) and even a full English breakfast (12%).
It comes as 3 in 4 (75%) say they spend their holiday worrying about how their dog is feeling, whilst 79% actually look forward to their holiday ending just so they can see their furry friend again.
To stay in touch, a third (33%) of Brits have Facetimed their dog and nearly half (48%) have asked the person looking after them to send pictures. Upon their return, a lucky 46% of dogs are treated to a holiday present.
Richard Setterwell, General Manager at Rover, said: “Holidays are important; they give us the chance to spend quality time with friends and family, relax and unwind – so the fact that nearly a quarter of us (24%) have had to cancel a holiday because we couldn’t find a sitter we trust is astounding.
“At Rover, we enable owners to find a sitter they trust so that when they do need someone else to care for their dog – be it for a dog, a week, or longer – they can leave them safe in the knowledge that they’re in a good pair of hands.”