My roommate and I have a running joke that one of the biggest hurdles a potential significant other will face won't be about sex or money, but about that someone you already share a bed with -- your pet.
If there's major hissing or growling upon meeting (from either of them), then a new romance seems all but doomed. Fluffy was there first, and her claws are firmly entrenched.
Next week on Baltamour: Maryann James is going on vacation. Her column returns June 30. But the blog continues with guest moderator Anica Butler. Breaking up is rarely easy, especially when it comes to dividing up the friends and the goods. Weigh in on breakup rights and wrongs at baltimoresun.com/baltamour