I Left My Heart FOR San Francisco

I Left My Heart For San Francisco by Marie

“I was engaged to this guy and we had set up a joint savings account.  One day I decided I wanted to go to San Francisco, so I took money out of our joint account and went on a trip.  When I got back, he was really mad at me and wouldn’t talk for two weeks. To punish me, he wouldn’t take me anywhere, we just stayed home.  He made me promise never to do that again, but after that our relationship just went downhill.  He never really trusted me again and I thought if he’s going to act like this before we get married, what’s it going to be like after?  So you could say, I got out of the doghouse when I got out of the relationship.  It turned out to be less than I hoped for, you really learn a lot about someone when money is an issue.  I am just glad I found out before we got married.”        (submitted by Marie in Miramar, FL)

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How Green is my “Dog” House

This Story was submitted to Eden Florist by someone who took our original “Doghouse Survey”. (names were withheld at writers requests – and to protect the innocent).

How Green is My “Dog” House by Paul L.

“My wife loves growing things and has been ‘hinting’ that she really wanted a greenhouse.   I told her it would take up too much room, that it was too big. After all, 30 feet by 20 feet is a little bit much. She was not happy with that answer and as a result has not been as friendly toward me lately.  One day while walking along Las Olas Blvd I stopped at one of those gift shops.  Inside was a miniature greenhouse with real plants in it.  I bought it for her and brought it home.  Needless to say, she was very happy.  And so am I, because it only takes up 30 inches by 20 inches!  The irony is that when we were first married (20+ years ago) I wanted a biclycle that we couldn’t really afford.  We had other priorities, like food, rent, electric….  That Christmas she bought me a miniature bicycle for our Christmas tree.  I got my bicycle and she got her greenhouse.  Relationships are full of compromise.  In order to stay out of the Doghouse, one must know when and how to compromise.” – Paul L. – Miami, Florida

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Doghouse Stories

Men can’t help themselves!
“My boyfriend and I had a huge fight the other day.  We had gone to a party with some friends and there was this woman there who had obviously had breast surgery.  I didn’t know they made them that big and apparently neither did my boyfriend. Anyway, he couldn’t take his eyes off her chest and to make matters worse, he walked over to her to get a closer view.  I was furious!  We didn’t talk the whole way home.  He slept on the couch that night.  The next day, when I got home from work, there were cutout footprints taped to the floor leading to the bedroom.  On the nightstand were a dozen long stemmed roses and a bottle of champagne.  Over the bed was a sign that said,  “I am sorry , will you please forgive me?”  He was lying in the bed and wearing one of those plastic “boobie” costume.  I laughed so hard, that I had to give in.  Men really can’t help themselves. Hey, I looked too!”
Jenny, Cincinnati, Ohio

Relationships are a puzzle
“After a particularly big fight, I decided that just saying “I’m sorry” wasn’t going to be enough.  I took a picture of myself holding a sign that said I’m sorry and I love you.  I cut up the picture and sent it to him with a note that said,  “Relationships can be such a puzzle sometime.  Put this one together to reveal the message.   He called me when he put it together and said “I hate it when we fight.  I love you, will you marry me?” That was eight years ago and we now have two children, a dog, a parakeet and live in the suburbs.”
G. Ross, Philadelphia, PA

The way to a man’s heart…
“When we first got married, we bought a brand-new car which was the car my husband usually drove.  He was a salesman and needed it for business so I got to drive the pickup truck.  On Saturdays  and Sundays I got to drive it.  The second Sunday I drove it, I wrecked it.  I knew he was going to be really mad because he had to leave early the next morning.  He was! We rented a car from one of those el cheapo car places (the only place we could find open).  When he left I went to the florist and ordered a bunch of I’m sorry and I love you balloons to send to him at work.  He was soooooooo embarrassed, but it did soften him up a little.  It didn’t hurt that I had dinner waiting and greeted him wearing only a bow tie and served him bow-tie pasta.  We had dessert in bed.  Needless to say, he didn’t stay mad.  This is now a ritual and whenever one of us gets in the doghouse, the other gets to do the cookin’…”
Donna, Zion, Ill

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Results of the Doghouse Survey

And the Survey Said…

These are the results of the “Get Out of the Doghouse” Survey. They are based upon more than 1,000 responses received.

Between ages of: Women Men
15-25 16% 13%
26-35 29% 32%
36-50 34% 32%
51+ 16% 20%
No answer 5% 3%
African American 20% 16%
Caucasian 38% 46%
Hispanic 30% 30%
Other 8% 6%
No answer 4% 2%
More often 8% 38%
Less often 61% 35%
About the same 13% 22%
Never 19% 7%
Men and women differ on the tactics they use to “Get Out of the Doghouse.”
  Women Men
Communicate/Apologize 37% 30%
Buy Flowers 5% 28%
Cook 16% 5%
Sex 11% 8%
Other 34% 29%

For women, “other” included wearing something sexy, spray his favorite perfume on the phones and all through the house, buy him a romantic car, let him watch his favorite TV show, let time pass, do something he wants, tell him how cute his is when he’s angry.

For men, “other” included write her a poem, make her a bubble bath, do what she wants to do, take her to dinner, a movie, night on the town, give her a massage, and “beg” for forgiveness.

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Women Want Flowers, Men Want Sex…

Women Want Flowers, Men Want Sex…
By Heidi Richards Mooney

So says the survey in recognition of National Doghouse Repairs Month® and National Get out of the Doghouse Day® we conducted at Eden Florist & Gift Baskets in Miramar, Florida. According to the survey “talking it out” is still the best way that men and women get out of the doghouse. However, when it came to individual responses, they each had very different answers and strategies for settling their differences, some more creative than others. One woman responded, “that’s easy, women want flowers, men want sex!

Of the 1,000+ men and women surveyed, men between the ages of 26 and 50 said they were in the doghouse more often than their significant other. Most men said they were in the doghouse an average of 4 to 6 times a year compared to women who responded once a year or less. While the results may not be surprising to some, (many women thought it was obvious that “men are in the doghouse more often than women“) men say that sometimes they don’t even know how they got there in the first place!

My staff and I found it entertaining and fun to discover what lengths people would go to get out of the doghouse. For example, some of the responses men gave were to “buy her flowers, a card, jewelry or something expensive; beg like a dog; cook her dinner; and even apologize.” Some men think they are always in the doghouse, and a few even answered that they are never in the doghouse. The ones who said never, also admitted that they had been in several relationships and had learned from their past mistakes.

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