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.

  51. Marie says:

    I consider myself a cat person although I have a dog (a retired racing greyhound) and 2 cats. The greyhound is really just a cat with long legs, sleeping all day except for potty breaks and meals. We’re living proof that dogs and cats can peacefully co-exist so if you really want a dog, go get one!

  52. Ashlyn says:

    I’m totally a DOG person!! I love how they are soooo uber happy to see you every second you’re around. And cats, most of the time, could care less. Well, if cats don’t care if I’m around, I don’t care if they’re around. We have a reciprocal relationship. 😉

  53. SK Farm Girl says:

    I have and love both types of critters! I am adopted so I love the poor, loveless creatures found at the pound. Had it not been for my big pleading eyes and scruffy hair, I too could have been . . . well we won’t get into that. All the cats and dogs I’ve owned have come from a troubled and loveless past; they soon become loved to bits ‘n bits! Both creatures bring their own adorable characteristics to my already quirky family so please don’t make me decide which to choose! PS – Do dust bunnies count – I have a soft spot for them too – LOL!

  54. mariah says:

    I have always been a cat person… but I finally got my first dog 3 yrs ago and I love her like a child. But I still consider myself a cat person, especially when I’m around other people’s noisy, misbehaving dogs!

  55. tammy says:

    dog person. have you known dobermans? i love greyhounds, the ex-racers especially, and recommend them to most people looking for an easy keeper, but dobermans are like greyhounds with a bit more spunk and tougher skin. especially the girls!

    • Karen says:

      Tammy – LOL. The only thing I know about dobermans and tough skin is one of them punctured the thigh of my not so tough skin! Went right through a pair of ski pants, jeans and leggings when I was around 10! Ironically, the dog’s name was Lady. ~ karen

  56. Becca says:

    Cats all the way. We are currently the people owned by two cats who adopted us during a rescue society event. A tiny tuxedo kitten made eyes at my husband and told him that she absolutely must come home with us. He was taken in totally and even though we weren’t planning on taking a cat that day, he told me “how can we not take her home?” Then, when she didn’t like her brother or any of the other cats that we felt were a good match we let her choose the second cat. Eventually, she gave her approval to an older calico tabby female who was at least twice her size. Since both cats were pleased with the situation, we took them home and happily provide snuggles, massages and bed warming. They greet us enthusiastically at the door when we return from the wild world to their furry care so we must still have their stamps of approval.

  57. Alissa says:

    Dog or cat or guinea pig, it has to be something that doesn’t shed like crazy. Due to this requirement, thus far I’ve been limited to a small number of dog breeds. I leave enough hair around my house; I don’t need another creature contributing.

  58. Shauna says:

    For the sheer ease of them, I’m a cat person. I can go out of town without a second thought when I have cats – fill up their food bowl and leave out lots of water and we’re good to go. When we had dogs, it was a whole ordeal everytime we went somewhere. Then there’s the hair, and the poop.

    Of course, there’s also the wet tongue, the cuddling, the ‘you’re the best thing in the whole wide world’ attention.

    I love ’em both (all animals really, I’m quite fond of my chickens), but as far as choosing, I’ll go with the easier one to take care of for now. I have a 3 year old and that’s basically like owning a puppy;)

  59. Nic says:

    Anything furry. I see pictures of black bears and go Awwww! We could take him home!!!
    So I’m pretty split. I guess dogs by a very small margin? We’re probably talking 52% dogs 48% cats, here.

  60. trinity says:

    BOTH!!! I had a Yorkie mix puppy and when she was 5 months old, we found an ~8 week old kitten. That dog looked at me with her big brown eyes and shouted (with her eyes) I LOVE YOU, you are SO good to me!!!” and then it was interesting mixed martial arts/kung fu moves all the time. Didn’t have to watch TV for many months, they were the very bestest of friends.

  61. Nancy says:

    I have 7 cats..I believe this qualifies me for official “Crazy Cat Lady” status..I like dogs but have never had any luck with owning one..especially in the housebreaking department..my “kids” are very loving and affectionate..they also run to greet me when I come home..I have had this addition to cats since I was a little girl so I don’t think I will ever change..have a great Autumn weekend Karen…

  62. Frankie says:

    I am both cat and dog person. We have a Maltese/Chihuahua Mix and a big fat torie cat. Just this week, a stray kitten made it’s home in our yard. It’s adorable, friendly, and sweet but my big cat doesn’t like it. She’s already tackled it a few times…

  63. Talia says:

    Team DOG!

  64. Jerrica says:

    Team Cats, all the way.

  65. Ginny says:

    I inherited the cat gene from my dad. My husband was on a several week rant about not getting another cat when our oldest one passes. (Thankfully this is quite a ways off.) That was 2 weeks ago. Then two kittens showed up on our back porch. They are not tame yet but they are getting there. They already have their own “house” that my husband built and we have named them. We are saving money to have them fixed and get their shots, once I can get close enough to them. I don’t think my husband quite grasps the fact that we now have 4 cats.

  66. Pati says:

    Both but DOG wins by a LARGE margin !! Have had dogs and cats most of my life (I was raised on a farm)and even had a raccoon for about a year ! Rocky,the raccoon was THE MOST FUN pet we ever had.

  67. jen says:

    what a disturbing photo of a cat person??

  68. Nicole says:

    Boy that last picture is creepy!! Is that actually the Cat Lady from Batman? Yikes!

    I am an animal person. We have a white dog and a black cat. We like diversity at our house.

    I volunteer at the local animal shelter and cats are treated too casually, like disposable commodities. And the more I get to know them, the more I find cats to be shy, sensitive, intelligent creatures who might not look like they are sociable, but they do in fact get very depressed and lonely. Never rule out a cat as a companion.

    • martha says:

      That woman is – truly – someone who had plastic surgery, which obviously went awry. And, if I remember correctly, she was a plastic surgery addict. A cautionary tale.

  69. Ruth says:

    Neither. I love all animals… from a distance. 😉

    To be fair though, even at a distance, dogs are much more adorable. Maybe if the cats step wayyyyy back….. Nope! Dogs all the way. 😀

  70. Jules says:

    I have always had both my whole life and love them all! The best is when they cuddle together- cutest thing ever. I could however live without the cats disgusting piles of hairy puke every week …. and cleaning their toilets

  71. Barbara H. says:

    I really like dogs, but cats are my chosen pets. Of course, I’m usually not the one doing the choosing… I have a beautiful big old girl and didn’t plan on getting another (my first cat died at 19). Then about 3 years ago one summer evening I heard faint meowing when I got out of my car. Found a tiny black kitten near the driveway edge. I put out food and water on the porch, which she dove into, and stepped inside. Suddenly she was throwing herself against the screen door – no, she did not want to be out there all alone! A day and a half of bliss with this little bundle perched on my neck to ensure a safe haven and the the climbing adventures began. So, I’m committed for a long time now.

  72. Robbin says:

    Cats hands down. Mine is currently sleeping on my feet 🙂

  73. Robbin says:

    Btw. Is that your Siamese? Gorgeous!

  74. Lauren says:

    I am definitely a cat person first and foremost, but I like dogs too. We believe in taking in strays and/or getting our pets from shelters. If you really really NEED a purebred dog or cat, trust me, there will be a rescue shelter for that breed and you can save an animal. Warm fuzzies all over for everyone.

    We have 3 cats and 2 retired greyhounds. By the way, for any cat lovers out there not too keen on dogs, greyhounds are cats in dog suits. So, if someone in your family is hounding you (har har) for a dog and you prefer cats, please look at your nearest greyhound rescue. These dogs have worked hard with very little perks and deserve the best retirement that can be provided.

    Our son also has 2 snakes, which for some reason, tends to freak out alot of people. I mean, its not like they have the run of the house.

    • Karen says:

      Lauren – I was warned by the Greyhound people that *sometimes* cats and greyhounds don’t get along. Have your greyhounds tried to chase your cats? ~ karen

      • Lauren says:

        That is definitely something that you need to watch out for. Some greyhounds have very strong prey drives (usually the ones who did well racing). Reputable rescue shelters always foster the dogs before they are adopted out. They try to have foster families with cats or smaller dogs to find out if they are cat and small dog safe. There are some that are just not safe around smaller animals, but then those are great in homes without small animals. Both of ours were bouncebacks, i.e. they were adopted out and then several years later were returned (1 divorce, 1 baby and no time – whatever). Shelby lived with 2 cats and is great with them. Six Pack lived alone, but has absolutely no interest in the cats. One of the cats routinely goes up to him to lick his nose. He doesn’t even lift his head.

        Even though we are in Winnipeg, I couldn’t get hold of the greyhound rescue here (Hi Speed Hounds) and ended up getting both from Chinook Winds in Calgary. We had the Shelby first and then 2.5 years later got Six Pack. He was about to turn 10 and we couldn’t bear the thought that he was being given up at that age through no fault of his own. Chinook has a respresentative in Winnipeg who does the home visit to see if you are suitable adoptors. Seriously, you would have thought we were adopting a little human.

        • Karen says:

          Lauren – LOL. Yes, it’s the same procedure here. Fostering first, then home visits, then determining which dog is best for your household. ~ karen

  75. Amy in StL says:

    Definitely Dogs! I used to think I could swing both ways but in recent years as my friends get animals I’ve found that I’m more comfortable with dogs because they are pets and less comfortable with cats because they have people that serve them.

  76. Evalyn says:

    I love how the universe answers our questions. Cats are easier, but dogs LUUUUUUV you no matter what. I usually have both, so I can’t take sides. Right now the love of my life is Coco, a Standard Poodle rescue. She is smart, stubborn and prone attacks of poodle-headedness. Buddy, my last cat, was a stray who came to stay, so I’m just waiting for the universe to provide another.

  77. kate says:

    We have two cats and a dog. I had always wanted a dog…having grown up with cats only (that kind of sounds like I was raised by cats, I wasn’t, we had cats). I went to the Humane Society when I was in my 20s and got a wonderful dog who was a collie/shephard mix. He was quirky and loveable. After 12 years he died. I thought we would never get a dog again, but a dog is wonderful to have around. Awesome company. There was definately an empty feeling in the house without a dog. So we got another one a beautiful german shephard. The cats have been a constant. Currently we have one 15 year old girl cat (from the Humane Society) and a new black and white male. Kittens are crazy. And really fun to watch and play with. I guess I am honestly both a cat and a dog person. Think I will always have both. Like their differances and as long as you have a cat friendly dog I totally recommend it.

  78. Kate S. says:

    We have both cats and dogs, but I am definitely a dog person. We have one cat that we intentionally sought out and the other three are, like yours, needy individuals who found their way to us. They’re also ungrateful monsters who, despite extremely expensive, high-quality food, numerous clean litterboxes (one in almost every room of our house), and abundant good health are systematically destroying our home and everything in it.

    Weekly, I fantasize about ways to confine them to one disposable room of our home . . . which room can I let them destroy? Which one is the least useful? The most out of the way? But, dammit, I love the scratching, shitting, digging, spraying, refrigerator climbing, food thieving little buggers, so that dream “cat room” never comes to pass. My heart is really, truly with our four Border Collies and while I can *imagine* tossing out the cats, I’d never have the heart to do it.

    • Lauren says:

      All cat owners are currently rolling on the floor in tears. I haven’t read anything so funny in a long time.

      I, along with my shredded basement steps, feel your pain.

  79. ELISE says:

    ADOPTED DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  80. Jessica says:

    Both! I love my cat because she is so easy to take care of but she is nowhere near as loyal and affectionate as Luca, our Eskie!

  81. Julianna says:

    Wow. How timely of you. I had to put down my dearly beloved Jack the Dog just last Saturday (and only found the strength to blog about his life and times yesterday… The most recent post… He was a great dude, truly), and this morning, my little girl begged to visit the PetCo, where lo and behold, we found the cutest lil kitty. We have an appointment to see if we are worthy of him tomorrow morning. I love cats, but I simply can not live without dogs. I still have another dog in the household, but he’s a bit of a dunderhead, and without another dog to clue him in to the doggie ether, he’s completely asea. I don’t think the cat will do the trick, so prolly will visit the animal shelters soon to see who needs to come home with me. I also have birds. And fish. And sometimes a mouse or a hamster or whatever. Animals rule.

  82. Carol says:

    Cats! They have a mind of their own, (there’s no ‘obeying’!) and so much attitude. : ))))

  83. Michelle says:

    A cat and 3 indoor, litterbox trained rabbits currently but who could resist ‘puppy breath’? Rescued puppy breath that is!

  84. Jackie H says:

    Cats for me! I grew up with cats and my husband and I currently have 2 Abyssinians. I can’t imagine life without a cat curled up by me purring at the end of a stressful day. Sheldon, on Big Bang Theory, sings that Soft Kitty Song for a reason!

  85. marilyn says:


  86. sheri says:

    Either. We are in the same spot as pp’s black bear comment. Furry=home. My husband swears we need an otter.

  87. Kim says:

    Definitely cats, I love cats and always have. I had a small poodle as a child and you are right standard poodles are smart but I have had many cats in my time and they are smarter than dogs and very loving. We have 8 cats at the moment. Two of them are epileptic. My heart aches for them. They don’t deserve that kind of life. They are still fun and very loving. One more vote for the purring kind. Have a nice weekend Karen.


  88. Kinsey says:

    Both. I know people say you can’t be both, but I am so I know it’s for sure possible. We adopted both our cat and dog, and I think any adopted animal is the absolute way to go. Our cat & dog also just so happen to love the hell out of each other. They snuggle, frolic, and play all day every day.

    For me, dogs have a lot of appeal for the sheer fact that they love you no matter what you do. Our dog Jack is obsessed with my husband and I (and our cat), can go everywhere and be cool with anything, and is super smart and fun.

    Cats have more of a sassy, independent personality, but our cat Charlotte is equally affectionate, loving, intelligent, and funny as our dog.

    All that to say, I love animals–maybe even more than people ;]

  89. Pam says:

    Cats? Seriously? I thought I was among friends. This post is going to the dogs.

  90. Bols says:

    I am and always will be a dog person. I have had greyhounds for 2 decades and I don’t think I will ever go to another breed. I have 2 retired racers at the moment, too. (Hi, Winnipeg!)

    • Karen says:

      Bols – Can you let your Greyhounds off the leash? That’s one of the things concerning me. Having them get away and run like maniacs. ~ karen!

  91. Trysha says:

    Dog! I have two beautiful Golden Retrievers and I don’t think I’d ever consider another breed…or species.

  92. jane price says:

    Dog person, but I have six fabulous, terrific, wonderful, beautiful (except for poor ugly Phoebe),
    intelligent cats.

  93. Umm, I’m 2 and 3. I am on the verge of being a crazy cat lady. The only things keeping me from that are being under 30 and having a live in boyfriend. I even painted paint by numbers style pictures of my kitties, Detective Tubbs & Barbara.

  94. Stéphanie says:

    Definitely cat! When I’ll be old, I plan to be a crazy cat lady.

  95. mary c says:

    Shelter dogs AND shelter cats. Could NEVER choose.

  96. I grew up with dogs, cats, pigs, chickens…But now I’m a dog lover. Check out my posts on the Divot Diary http://lattenene1.wordpress.com/category/animals/divot/

  97. Liz S. says:

    Dogs all the way. My husband is highly allergic to cats and I just don’t know anything about them. We’re looking into getting another dog soon. Our 14 year old Golden Retriever passed away a year ago. My son has really enjoyed playing with my in-laws dogs. But I did own a pot bellied pig named Porky for 10 years. She was the best pet ever!

  98. Jeanne says:

    I have both – three cats and one dog. I love both mucho . I also had a parrot for 15 years and would get another one in an instant if these cats and dogs didn’t take up so much darn time. 🙂

  99. Samantha says:

    We have a cat and a dog. The cat my family has had for about 9 years and just recently my husband and I brought him to live with us. When I lived with my parents we had cats because they weren’t allowed to have dogs; and although I had a dog when I was very young (he was stolen from our yard!), I was a cat person…that was until we got the light in my life, our dog Olive. I love her to pieces! But I also love our cat just as much 🙂

  100. Chocolab says:

    Dog all the way….had cat when I was a kid, but will never again. Grew up with dogs all my life, my own first and current dog as an adult is a chocolate lab, love her so much, she’s so great with kids, all my kids’ friends who was afraid of dog at first fall in love with her now.

  101. ev says:

    We are still in mourning (3 years +) after losing our beloved black lab to several old age infirmities. Miss him so much. We now have two adopted outside cats. We love them a lot and it is mutual. Still thinking about getting another dog, which would be an inside one once again. Haven’t been able to risk the pain yet. Maybe never. Love ALL animals and would have an animal sanctuary if I won the lottery!

  102. Renee says:

    DOG… for sure. Had golden retrievers, cats, chickens, goldfish and even two baby chipmunks when I was growing up (ee ii ee ii oh…), but now we have two big boxer pups and three fat and bitchy hens. Both of my boxers were rescue pups and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I’m the kid of person who really needs them to follow me around into every room and love me at all times… not just when they want to. I’m needy.

  103. Heather says:

    We have 2 cats and 2 dogs. The dogs were 7 when the cats came along. They all get along great and sleep together. The dogs prefer the cats food, so now they all eat cat food. We love them and life is good.

    • Laura says:

      @ Heather: Please be careful about cross-feeding your pets. My sister had seven cats and two German Shepherds (and a very large house), and they all ate dog food — well, not my sister. Eventually the cats ALL went blind (which took a while to notice since they were indoor cats and familiar with their surroundings). Dog food lacks some vital nutrients that cats need for visual acuity. I don’t know what happens the other way round, but make sure your vet gives you their approval to continue your cat food feeding. Thanks!

  104. Lin N says:

    I luv em both but I think I favour cats just a teensy, weensy more. We had a cock-a-poo for just under 17 yrs. and she was my little luv-a-dog. Now I have a big ole orange cat who just turned 2 that I am madly in love with cuz he is just too wunderful!

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