Both dogs and cats score big points for never criticizing us.
They both deserve hugs galore for that alone.
Dogs are considered to be man's best friend.
Cats have not acquired a lofty title like that one.
But we don't need to bathe cats.
They meticulously clean themselves every day.
They are not as high-maintenance as dogs are.
Dogs need to be bathed as well as groomed.
But are cats too independent? Too aloof?
Dogs crave our attention, friendship, and love twenty-four-seven.
Sometimes they are even truer friends to us than our human friends.
There is nothing phony about them, and they never have an agenda or an ulterior motive.
They give us their all, and they expect the same from us in return.
But we need to walk dogs daily and clean up after them.
They don't use a litter pan like cats do.
Why can't they be trained to do that?
Cats insist on having things just as they want them.
As annoying as that may be sometimes, we know we can relate.
We just don't take to change very well, do we?
We hate when people try to tell us what to do.
Dogs are more than eager to follow orders and to please us.
They know we are their masters.
They like it, too, even though they cannot speak the words to say so.
Dogs have a refreshing innocence about them, in that respect.
Cats do not want masters.
They just want to be left alone to eat, sleep, look out the window, and basically live in their
They can be grumpy, and they have big-time attitude problems.
Again, we can relate to those character traits.
After all, don't we all have bad days every once in a while, too?
Sometimes cats even ignore us when we try to get their attention.
That frustrating behavior makes us wonder what goes on in their minds.
But cats have a mystique that dogs don't have.
They make that mysterious purring noise deep in their throats.
It's almost sexy, isn't it?
We just can't help but lean in and listen to it.
It relaxes us after a long day at work, so somehow we feel like cats are rewarding us for
working so hard and for taking such good care of them.
Purring is their way of saying thank you!
After we spend eight hours a day in the ugly human world of ruthlessness and back-
stabbing, it feels wonderful to go home to our pets.
We feel a special kind of comfort and security in their presence that we just cannot get
anywhere else, sometimes not even when we gather with our own relatives.
So which pet is better?
Is it even possible to decide?