What is popularly known to locals as NOVA (Northern Virginia) in short, is the entire area that encompasses Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Southern Maryland. While this highly populated part of the nation is full of thriving businesses, multi-cultural neighborhoods, wealthy counties, a thriving nightlife, tourism and is home to the country’s political backbone, it is also an area enriched by pet lovers of all kinds, namely dogs and cats.
While some people may be primarily cat lovers, and other people may prefer their canine counterparts, there are plenty of people out there who ride the middle line of having an equally large heart for both species. Studies and surveys have shown that whether a person is a dog lover or a cat lover may say something substantial about their personality. According to an article on psychologytoday.com, dog lovers are typically more highly sociable people, and this is believed to be in direct correlation with dogs being the more sociable of the species when compared to cats. According to the same article, cat lovers are said to be more neurotic. The article highlights a study conducted by a Texas phsychologist by the name of Sam Gosling, who stated that “there is a widely held cultural belief that the pet species – dog or cat – with which a person has the strongest affinity says something about the individual’s personality.” The results of Dr. Gosling’s study proved this statement to be true based on a focus group of 4,565 individuals, who participated in the study.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that Arlington County, Virginia had a population of 207,627 in 2010. Arlinton County accounts for a major portion of NOVA as a whole. On one well-known website for mingling and outings, Meetup.com, there are only three cat related meetup groups that are hosted in the NOVA area. This number falls quite short compared to a whopping number of dog related meetup groups that pile up to be over sixty in the area. This may mean that NOVA is an area populated by highly sociable individuals, who are mostly dog lovers, however, the area is not without its cat lovers as well. Dr. Gosling said that feline fans “are more open than their canine-loving counterparts.”
Full of cat lovers and dog lovers alike, NOVA is an area populated by open and sociable individuals, who create a culturally diverse metropolis. It is a pet-friendly and pet-involved place to live, and that is something that says a lot for any location.