Just for Fun Friday
Cat or Dog?

When I first moved into my house many years ago, I spent every night sitting by my fire perusing magazines full of dog breeds trying to decide which one I was going to get now that I had my own place.

I always thought I’d go with a standard poodle, because they’re so smart and I had a minature version growing up. But then there was the Papillon. Equally smart but teeny, tiny and cute. At one point I called a dog breeder on the East Coast to ask about the Puli. A Hungarian guard dog with naturally occurring dread locks.

And then there were the pound mutts. But no matter how many dogs I went through, I kept coming back to the Greyhound. The gentlest, softest, most mild mannered dog you could imagine. My area (as do many areas) has a rescue organization that ships older racing Greyhounds from Florida up to Canada for people to adopt. What to do?

I’ll tell you what I did. I opened my back door to my sister’s knocking and found her shoving a cat in my arms. A stray cat the size of washing machine. How could I say no to that?

A few weeks later, my other sister called to tell me about her friend who was getting rid of a Siamese kitten because her husband was allergic to it. How can you say no to a Siamese kitten?

And that, ladies and gentlemen is how I became a cat person.

I had to have the big black cat, Prada, put to sleep a few years ago after he got really sick, really, really fast.  A few months after that another stray cat literally landed on my doorstep in the middle of winter.  Yeah.  It took 3 months of taming her, but I took that stray in too.

Even though I’ve always considered myself a dog person … I don’t care anymore if I have a dog.  I like my cats.

And you?  Would you be …

A Dog Person?


Or a Cat Person?



Or just a person who thinks she looks like a cat?

Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

Have a good weekend!  See you on Monday.


  1. Larita says:

    Thank you very much; I believe I will be having nightmares tonight from that last picture. Will no longer be reading your blog right before bed. 😀

    P.S. I’m definitely a dog person. I like cats, but only if they’re outside catching mice.

    • Meg says:

      I wholeheartedly agree with EVERYTHING in this statement. Karen really should have put a warning before that last shot!

      (and I grew up with an outdoors cat who would keep my feet warm at night, but I really always wanted a dog)

  2. Marti says:

    I think you just gave me nightmares, too. (Ha! How funny that Larita and I came to the same conclusion! I looked up after I typed it!)

    I’m a cat person. I have an CDO problem where if I touch a dog, I want to immediately wash my hands. It’s residual bad childhood… like everything else.

    Have a great weekend with your fella and kitties, Karen!

  3. Aimee says:

    Definitely a dog person. I’m more allergic to cats, for one thing. Plus, they’re not dogs. 🙂

  4. jill says:

    as a pet person who has had a cat and many dogs, I think you will be quite happy. Oh and I have a papillon, I love him, way too much personality, I think it would suite you well.

  5. Jenn says:

    Can I be a both person?

    We have 2 labs and they are great. Growing up one of the many dogs we had was a rescued greyhound – she was one of my favorite dogs. I can’t wait until we move out of town so that I can get a cat again! No cats in the house is the rule around here – some family members who live nearby are deathly allergic to cats, but I’ve been promised a barn cat or two when we move to “the country” 🙂

  6. Bill Grigg says:

    I’ve always had a cat and a dog. They serve different purposes.

  7. Jenny says:

    I would love to be both. I had dogs growing up, no cats (family allergies). I babysat (or is that catsat) for my roommate and decided I like cats, too. Except those dreadful allergies keep popping up. I can’t even have a dog because my husband is allergic to those, along with cats.
    Woe is me. I can’t have either.

    I HATE my neighbors’ outside cats. They think my garden and other odd corners of my yard are their personal litter box. Any ideas on how to keep them from pooping in my yard???? It’s really gross to go pick lettuce and see cat poop.

    • Mutteringmama says:

      I love cats and dogs but yes… I hate stray cats pooping in my garden more than anything. Chili powder or cayenne pepper on the edge of their pooping area and they will take one sniff and not want to be around there ever….;)

    • Nicole says:

      If you’re in Toronto,and a lot of other municipalities for that matter, it is now illegal to let cats roam, so you could technically report them to your local animal control.

  8. Claudine says:

    I’m definitely a cat person. I adore my three boys, and they’re great friends. I also love dogs, in fact all animals. My son’s two Jack Russells are my granddoggies, and I love them to pieces. Two of my cats were brought to me by a friend who showed up with them one day. That can be tough at the time, especially when you’re not expecting to have pets, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

  9. Linda says:

    Crap you scared the daylights out of me! And it’s bedtime! I am by the way a cat and dog person and my husband is quite right, if it weren’t for him I would be the crazy cat/dog lady. I love them all. There are so many strays.

  10. Robyn says:

    Definitely a dog person. Although my now husband had a cat when I moved in with him who was the gentlest, sweetest cat I’ve known. We had to put him down a couple of years ago because of failed kidneys. He did alright considering he only had a couple of years at the most. He lasted another 5!

  11. I am totally a dog person. In fact, I don’t like cats, but guess what? As of last year, I’m a cat’s mommy. A cat had 3 kittens on my front porch one day. Then, a few weeks later, a little kitty appeared on my back porch. It’s momma and siblings left it behind – how could I say no to his cute baby face?

  12. Meg says:

    I’ve had dogs and cats and I’d definitely say I’m a cat person. You can’t teach a dog to use the toilet. Enough said.

  13. Lin N says:

    Really hard question…do I hafta decide? My almost made it to 17 cockapoo was the most wonderful , loving wee dog and now a male ginger cat has come into my life and he’s the biggest goosheeous, huggable, curious, lovely cat I’ve ever had….having had both…can’t really make up my preference.

  14. Alyson says:

    I too thought I was a dog person, but I’ve found that other peoples’ dogs annoy me in the same way that other peoples’ kids do – and that sentence makes me sound like some old crank which I’m not..but being an old crazy cat lady wouldn’t bother me a bit!

  15. Sue says:

    My giant Newfoundland, Brigus, is testimony that I am definitely a dog person! But I have had 2 cats at one time. … Yep definitely a dog person!

  16. Natalie says:

    I am in a similar situation – I grew up with dogs, and always planned on getting one once my job schedule and living space allowed (my sister adopted a greyhound, I loved it!) Eight months ago I moved in with my boyfriend. He has two cats. So I have sort of become a cat person, as well. Although to be fair, Walter (the one-eyed tuxedo cat) is pretty much like a dog, except for the kneading stuff with his paws.

  17. Marg says:

    I am definitely a dog person. I never liked cats, because they seemed too aloof and stingy with their affection. So, I inherited a rescue dog. He is the most aloof dog around, but wonderfully trained. He is also in love with me – in his own stalker fashion. I adore him!
    Love that picture of the cat lady, millionaire Joyce Wildenstein. Makes me feel, even on my ugliest days, as if I am beauty queen!

  18. Alicia says:

    That last photo is going to give me nightmares. *shudder*

  19. I vote for both as well! We have three dogs and a cat-who is awesome! 🙂 She lets 4 kids pick her up and haul her around….never complaining, scratching or having a hiss-fest! The dogs are great too–but almost seem “dopey” compared to te cat!

  20. Tamra says:

    I have ALWAYS been a dog person, but equally loved kittens (not full grown cats). But like you, I recently took in two, now three, stray cats (I live in the country so this is easy to do). I love them for very different reasons then my dog. We just lost our 11 year old Border Collie, who ignored the cats. Now our new Border Collie puppy can’t get enough of them -he likes to herd them. Hehe – he herds cats.

  21. Donna says:

    hahahaaha, good one Karen. Or should I say Meow?

  22. Thera says:

    I have always had cats and love them, but I really wanted a dog. When my mother-in-law passed away last year, we took in the wiener dog she had adopted just 4 months earlier.
    Unfortunately, I have since discovered that I am not a dog person, but hubby and the kids love him to death 🙂

  23. Nan Tovar says:

    Growing up, I’d always had both cats and dogs (one of those country upbringings), but since hubs and kiddo are allergic to cats,we are a dogs-only family. The picture of the dog you chose looks just like “my” dog! His name is Sammy, and adopted from the pound. Have a great weekend!

    • Karen says:

      Hey Nan – That’s actually a picture I took of my friend’s dog this summer. Her name is Roxy and she’s much larger now than she was in that picture. Head about the size of a television. 🙂 ~ karen

  24. JulieB says:

    Both. If I had to pick only one, I’d probably choose a cat though. I’ve only had stray/rescued cats, and they are magnificent. Since we’ve been married though, we’ve almost always had both kinds in the house.

    We have a German shepherd right now, but I had the chance to see some rescued Greyhounds about 3 years ago, and I’ve imagined one curled up by the fireplace ever since. 🙂

  25. Jen says:

    Cats. They warm laps, give love, do not leave their waste all over my yard, don’t have to be let outside multiple times a day regardless of weather, don’t have to be bathed, I can be gone all day (or a weekend) without having to worry about them.

  26. Joanna says:

    Hi Karen, love the blog 🙂 it’s always the highlight of my morning.

    I love dogs, I will always have dogs, but I have to say I’m a cat person. My fiance and I have a siamese mix pound kitty and two cardigan welsh corgis. I love our short-legged girls to pieces, but they can be so wretched! I’m fortunate enough to have one of those one-in-a-million cats who has never ever had a hairball, never ever left a nice kitty-tube-vomit on my brand new comforter, and has never ever dragged any of my house plants out of the planter and up two flights of stairs to deposit in a basket of my freshly folded laundry. (My parents have cats far less fabulous than mine, can you tell?)

    While this wunderkatze does eat the occasional shoelace, after spending two hours scubbing black pen ink off my dogs’ feet and faces and out of my carpet last Saturday, I have to say I’m a cat person for life.

  27. Erika says:

    Definately a dog person. I have a female coonhound and a male pitbull, and they’re both like my furry children, even to leaving their toys lying around, minor ‘sibling’ rivalry, and hogging the bed. 🙂

  28. debbie o says:

    What about a Guinea Pig person, I think I am a guinea pig person.

    • Karen says:

      Dear Debbie – No. I’m sorry. Guinea Pigs don’t count as pets unless you’re a grade 3 teacher and you send the guinea pig home with a different child every weekend. Nope. Not a pet. Wait. I thought you said “homicidal maniac”. Forget it, that changes everything. Yes … a guinea pig is a pet and you can be a guinea pig person. ~ karen

  29. Cynna says:

    Aghhh! Jocelyn Wildenstein! Scary up-close picture.
    I love cats but I’m allergic. I have always had dogs, in fact I had a Puli and she was darling.

  30. I have never had a dog. I just adopted two cats from Animal Services. I like dogs too but they seem too smelly and demanding, although I think I will eventually find one that doesn’t shed to bring home someday and I am sure I will become a dog person as well. One of the cats I adopted this summer has already learned how to open doors (he jumps up to pull the handle down) so I think he is very smart. I love how cuddly and affectionate they are, their pretty markings, listening to them purr, they are just so elegant! That last photo is an insult to all cats everywhere!

  31. Maggie says:

    I would say both. I had the cat before the dog came. The day I brought my Greyhound home, the cat stood on her hind legs and punched him across the face. Eight years later, he’s still terrified of her. And ceiling fans.

  32. Lydia says:

    I couldn’t possibly pretend that I come close to the glamour goddess at the end. I’m absolutely a dog person. Someone posted a cartoon on FB yesterday that summed it up nicely: Dog – Man’s Best Friend. Cat – Man’s Weird Reclusive Roommate Who Poops In A Box.

  33. gogothrift says:

    Is that last picture for real or a Madame Tussaud’s
    version of whatever her name is. Oh yeah, I’m def a dog person

  34. Kendra says:

    I always thought of myself as a dog person….. then I moved into a really small apartment and adopted a rabbit! She’s got more personality than I ever expected. Now my housemates have 2 kittens and watching them interact with the rabbit is tres amusant!

    I’d still love a dog though…..

  35. lynn says:

    Cats, Parrots, a dog, chickens and children…who could choose?! But a Siamese – no way – they talk!
    The last thing I need is a cat that follows me around the house chatting me up all day! Was yours vocal like all of the others I have met?…I can only imagine those conversations! 😉

    • Karen says:

      Lynn – My Siamese talks a bit but she isn’t too bad. She loves to play fetch, which makes her a great combination of a cat and a dog. And since she’ll only fetch pipe cleaners she either has a bit of Kindergarden teacher or Martha Stewart in her as well. ~ karen

  36. Sean says:

    Definitely a dog person. I’ve had 4 German Shepherds in my lifetime. These dogs have hugely complex personalities and souls that intertwine themselves in your heart. Not saying cats are bad, but cats have been documented to eat their dead owners where dogs have guarded the bodies and graves for the rest of their lives. Just sayin’.

  37. Jen says:

    I’d love to be both. My dog would love it if we were both too. Can’t speak for the potential cat. But it seems to be fate that all the men in my life – father, husband, some cousins, high school prom date – are allergic to cats. Some day when I live in a huge old farmhouse with a studio/office out back, I shall have a cat. My hubby can sleep in the studio.

  38. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    Undeniably a cat person. Dogs are so needy and keep a person tethered to the house – their schedule is so rigid. I have one dog and two cats and love them all, but cats are the coolest. Once the dog is gone (and seriously, I cannot imagine how I will get through that) he will not be replaced, but I will always have cats.

  39. ellen says:

    I’d prefer to have cats because they are less needy, but The Little Woman is allergic, so we have a dog. She’s allergic to the dog too, but less likely to complain about it 😉

    • Karen says:

      Ellen – You could get on of those hairless cats. The wrinkly ones that look like part of an elephant trunk. I love those. They’re very soft. I think they’re close to hypoallergenic. They take a lot of care though. Best to stick with the dog I guess. Nevermind. 🙂 ~ karen

  40. Cynthia says:

    As a Vet Tech I am professionally obligated to have both 😉 and I’m considering adding to my furry family. Pets are the best!

  41. Dana says:

    I have a cat and 2 dogs. I think it helps keep me balanced. Heck, the dogs lick their paws and clean their ears like the cat. I don’t know about their balance. I do know the cat doesn’t give a rip who is balanced or not.

  42. Angela N says:

    I grew up always having dogs but as soon as I got my first place at 21, I got a cat. It just suited my lifestyle better. And ever since I have had cats. Our most recent was a stray we picked up on Halloween last year. She has had a rough go at fitting in with our other 2 cats, but we love her just as much! I am a total cat convert too.

  43. Britt says:

    I am no doubt a dog person! It’s funny, I just had this conversation with my (new-ish) boyfriend and I found out he wants a cat… ummmm dealbreaker…? Maybe. I think I can convince him 😉

    Happy Friday Karen!

  44. Laura says:

    Sitting here with one of our three furballs on my lap, I have to say cats. A few years ago I said to hubby that I wanted a puppy or a baby. I am so glad I had our daughter, because I’ve realized that I love dogs like some people love kids – as long as they are other peoples!

  45. Chrissy says:

    I’ve always wanted a cat but can’t stand the idea of cat paws all over my kitchen counter when I’m not looking.

  46. Jennifer H. says:

    Dogs, specifically boxers, so your dog picture made me smile. We’ve had three boxers in the last 12 years and I can’t imagine having anything else. Is our current one maybe a little too spoiled and entitled? Maybe. But she’s far less maintenance (and less smelly) than a litter box any day.

  47. taria says:

    I am a dog person that is also a reformed cat hater.
    Never had a cat in the house until I was over 40 and now there are 3 inside along with the two golden retrievers. It is pretty hairy and wild here. If another foreclosed cat needs a home I might scream though!

  48. Christina says:

    Trick or Treat!? I can only guess that this is a Halloween inspired haunted house blog post. I was feeling warm and fuzzy and then BAM out of nowhere a fright so intense I let out a yelp. Nice job.
    I can’t have pets where I live but if I could I’d get a dog.

  49. Amanda says:

    I’ve always thought of myself as a dog person. Had a dog growing up, always pictured myself with a big dog as an adult. Then last year my aunt found a stray cat and brought it to me and I’ve turned into a cat person.

  50. Mindy says:

    Eww – I’ve never seen her face that close up. Scary.

    I’m both – cat and dog. We have one of each.

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