I have found that people are either a dog lover or a cat lover (or a hater of both!). I am a dog lover. I did have a cat when I was young but my heart belongs to my doggie. Miss Shelby- she was named after Shelby in the movie Steel Magnolias as we had just moved from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and I wanted a "southern" name. I got her a few months after my dad died to help with the grief. And that she did. Now 15 years later our hearts are breaking as she does not see very well, and her hearing is almost gone (except when you open the frig!) We do not look forward to the next stage of her life, but we find comfort in knowing that she has had a wonderful life.