Hit or Miss: Are dogs the best pets?

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Who let the dogs out

I grew up with the most beautiful bullmastiff. She was a ridiculously huge dog, but we always treated her like a little puppy. She was never aggressive, but was definitely a protector – I was allowed to walk around New York from a younger age than would have happened otherwise, as long as I always brought the dog with me. Damn I loved that dog… I still miss her.

Now, I have two gorgeous cats as my pets. They act a lot like dogs in that they come to the door to greet me when I come home. I adore them, but it’s a very different kind of relationship. They decide when it’s time for cuddles and love, jumping into my lap or onto the bed and pushing their faces into mine. A dog, on the other hand, is always up for love and attention and waits for you to say it’s okay.

I’ve also had a green iguana, but he wasn’t exactly the most interactive animal, probably because most of the time he had to be kept behind glass. And I know people who have hamsters, birds and rats as pets, but personally I could never really embrace keeping a rodent as a companion animal.

It’s something of a cliche, isn’t it, that people are either dog or cat people? Most animal lovers I know have both, and love both. But that said, there is a tendency to favor one over the other, and the cliche does dictate that men prefer dogs and women prefer cats. I really want both, and would love both equally, it’s just that my current home wouldn’t accommodate dogs so I’ve embraced my cat love. As soon as I have a bigger place, though, I will be getting a Bullmastiff, English Bulldog and a pug. Shame, my poor cats won’t know what happened. And just think of all that animal hair everywhere! Oh the horror.

Are dogs the superior pet? Which animals have you kept as the best companions?

Last Updated: March 17, 2017

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor
    • Admiral Chief

      To the top

    • Captain JJ

      Legend

    • Matthew Figueira

      Omg Dog <3

  • PikeyZA

    They’re good dogs, Bront.

  • HairyEwok

    In a alternate universe this very same question is being asked by dogs on Lazy Dog:
    Are humans the best pets?

    Also I’m allergic to dogs, so that’s a no from me.

    • Admiral Chief

      Lazy Dog, lel

  • VampyreSquirrel

    No.

  • Original Heretic

    Are you an inside or outside person? If you’re an inside person (like me, I have the pale white skin to prove it, much to my wife’s chagrin), then cats are better. If you’re an outside person, then dogs are better.
    And that’s why I prefer cats. Even though they’re mostly assholes.

    • Captain JJ

      My wife and I are both inside people. We have a dog. Take that! 😛

      • Original Heretic

        Well we all know you’re weird…

        • Captain JJ
          • Original Heretic

            Don’t worry, mate, takes one to know one.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Don’t listen to him. You’re not weird compared to…um… something else that’s weirder.

          • Captain JJ

            Always nice to know that when I defend you in a comment (in this very article) you’ll be there to assure me you’re not going to let that get in the way of you breaking me down again. Hehe 😛

  • I like goldfish…

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Its name Magikarp?

    • miaau

      A praying Mantis killed one our goldfish on Wednesday…..

      Would not have believed it, but a quick google search revealed that this indeed a thing.

      • Wow that’s pretty cool in a nature way…not in the losing a pet sort of way.

        • miaau

          It was…. interesting, yes.

          Should have taken a photo, but…. fish was being eaten alive and would not have made. Hurt me a lot (really) but I had to intervene, I could not let nature finish the course it started.

  • Captain JJ

    I’m for animals. Not dogs or cats or rabbits or mice or droids. Animals. They’re all different, with very different personalities and pros and cons (seriously though, there’s not really a con in owning a pet, is there?)

    • Admiral Chief

      Aye, agreed

    • konfab

      Except if you have to find a place to rent 🙁

      • Captain JJ

        Yea. That’s a problem. That sucks.

    • MonsterCheddar

      Agreed.

  • Admiral Chief

    I have two dogs and recently a cat joined in. We are one big happy family

  • Admiral Chief

    I love dogs, except maltese poodles and yorkies, they can get in front of ze flammenwerfer

    • Captain JJ

      Small trophy dogs like those are often like fashion accessories to people, I don’t really get it either. But apparently some of them have really nice personalities.

      • Admiral Chief

        We have a Chihuahua x JR, wonderful personality, useless little fucker when it comes to courage though. She has the heart of a JR, but then the fear-factor-hua takes over

    • HvR

      Better hide the Dragon is coming for you

      • Admiral Chief

        I
        don’t
        like
        those
        things

  • This is not a debate as Dogs are defined as “Mans best friend”

    • Captain JJ

      But are we really a dog’s best friend? 😛

      • Depends from person to person. I love all our dogs except 2. And of those two me and 1 of them have an understanding to stay out of each others way.

        • Captain JJ

          Hehe

    • Admiral Chief

      Did you just assume gender?

      #TRIGGERED

      • I did. What you gonna do about it?

        • Captain JJ

          You tell her Kromas!

        • Admiral Chief

          I just did something about it!

          I wrote a #TRIGGERED comment on the internet and felt better

          xD

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I’m a cat person and dogs love me… it’s weird.

    • konfab

      The struggle is real.

    • miaau

      my friends that are allergic to cats always seem to find that a cat will curl up next to them and sleep, as if drawn to them. We have two regular visitors who are allergic (one takes a pill in the driveway) and when we look again, one of the cats has settled close to them, in a room full of other people.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        It’s like they’re saying “you WILL get used to us, we like you”

  • miaau

    I think my answer to this is obvious to all.

    Cats are the best, for the reason: Dog is mans best friend. A cat has more pride than that, dammit. A cat has more style. Yes, my cats also come to the door when I come home, yes, they come when I call. I even had an Abbyssinian cat that I would walk on a leash. BUT all of these activities are done because the cat chooses to do it. Not to please the human, but because it pleases the cat to do it.

    A dog does these things because there is a need (in most dogs, not all) to please the “human”.

    So, in summary, Cats rule, dogs drool, BECAUSE a dog is mans best friend.

    • Captain JJ

      So in summary. You don’t want friends? 😛

      • miaau

        I want friends who WANT to be my friend, not because years of genetic breeding nudges them into it

        • Captain JJ

          Hehe

          • miaau

            When I lived with two friend in a house, years back, people would come by so often for our cooking (my stew, my roast chicken, friends steak, my mince and pasta, friends braaing) that our budgets for groceries were shot to hell and the friends would pitch up with ingredients….

            One time, my best friend, who did not live there but had a spare key, came in during the day and dropped off hundreds of rands worth of groceries ALL ingredients for the friends favourite foods. They clubbed together to do it.

            Some nights I would come home exhausted from work at 19:00, being from the previous day, and my buddies would be there playing bridge, having let themselves in. I would be pissed, but within 10 minutes was playing Bridge and so on. We would play bridge and Tekken 3 and other games some Friday nights to Saturday night.

            Good times…. Good time……., truly.

          • Captain JJ

            Excellent. Does sound like fun times.

          • miaau

            You have no idea… The house was called the Embolism, as in Brain Embolism.

            We did not drink a lot at the house though, drinking was reserved for certain bars and pool halls.

          • Captain JJ

            hehe

        • Captain JJ

          Jokes on you, friends come to visit because you have food 😛

    • Matthew Holliday

      More style he says.

      • miaau

        Yes, cats have far more style than dogs.

        I said it again.

        And you assume I am a he. I could well be the first of an intelligent cat species, grooming mankind for takeover and complete domination. And still a he.

    • HvR

      But then by your own explanation cats are not pets.

      YOU
      ARE
      THE
      PET

      DUM DUM DUUUUUUUUUUM

      • miaau

        My cats like to call it a partnership, but yeah, probably.

        I do find my kids more needy, though., I run around at the kids beck and call these days, run to kitchen for bottle or water or something, immediately.

    • Dresden

      Doesn’t it please dogs to please humans?
      If so, an argument can be made that all the things a dog does, they do to please themselves.

      • miaau

        Yeah, I hear that, probably right.

        I do not, however, like it. It, on a fundamental level, disturbs me.

  • Matthew Holliday
  • Easy question. Cats are bestest. And I am always right.

    • Captain JJ

      I don’t recall @disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus giving you permission to pretend to be him.

      • How do you know that Trevor and I may be the same person?

        • Captain JJ

          You don’t cross the N1. That’s how I know. XD

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I didn’t, that’s why he’s doing it wrong.

        • miaau

          Then how should it be done?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            NO MORE QUESTIONS.

          • miaau

            On what topic?

            Or just in general?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            In general I think. Unless it’s one I know the answer too, then it’s okay.

          • miaau

            What is the average air speed of a european swallow on migration?

            On average, around 11m/s …. I kid not

            Anyone else remember Monty Python and the Holy Grail? The spirited discussion on democracy with King Arthur and the peasants? Some watery tart lobbing a scimitar at you is no basis to form a government…..

          • Captain JJ

            Hehe. Yea.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Unless you’re the recipient of said lobbed sword, in which case it seems perfectly reasonable. Now if they had pens it might’ve been a different story.

          • Captain JJ

            Trevor doesn’t give permission, he gives orders

  • konfab

    Good dogs are the animal substitution for perfect slaves. They do exactly what their masters want and are happy doing it. They even allow their masters to dress them up to look all pretty with fancy collars.

    Cats on the other hand are the animal substitution for a close, but possessive friend. They do what they want, but sometimes will choose to do something with you and drag you along whether you like it or not.

    I find dogs tiring to be around as they are fundamentally incapable of entertaining themselves. Cats on the other hand will quite happily do their own thing.

    • miaau

      Yeah, something almost exactly like that.

  • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

    Cats!!

    Cats uber alles!

    • Your final form is a very old Tintin? O.o

      • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

        Sadly, yes…. :/

    • miaau

      the mensh do not understand such things, I am afraid.

  • MonsterCheddar
  • Came here for huskies, left with a moral dilemma based on an a or b option.

    I love my cat, Myah, to bits. She’s a cutest little a$$hole ever.

    I love my boy Milo just as much. He’s a pure bred German Shep. Loving, loyal and one of my best friends.

    So I will not be casting a vote as I cannot choose one over the other as I love them equally.

    • miaau

      nothing wrong that, really. Good on yer

  • Sock-puppet

    Listen, dogs are the best no matter what.

    In other news, did anyone know that there is a Critical Hit Podcast???

    It’s about Dungeon’s and Dragons and these people sound nothing like Geoff, Allesandro and Gavin…
    http://podbay.fm/show/327725953

  • HvR
  • Magoo

    I was expecting cat GIFs not actual opinions. 2/10

    • Ask and ye shall receive!

      http://i.imgur.com/M6crThE.gif

      • MonsterCheddar

        XD

    • miaau

      I do not do GIFS or even JIFS, sorry. I also do not do opinions about cats.

      I do facts. Cats rule, dogs drool.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Cats are best …

  • miaau

    This dog made some ok TV programs back in the day….

    “Sit, Ubu, sit!

  • For the Emperor!
  • Dogs 4 lyf

  • Matthew Figueira

    CATS 4 LIFE! Though I do enjoy me dogs too 😛 before I get any hate…

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