I actually like animals a lot, particularly cats. I think people have a special bond with them because they keep vermin away. I like bigger dogs more than little yapper dogs.
You're a city dweller, I guess?
Well, in such a case, you'll be glad to learn that dogs too, were meant to "keep vermin away", and that includes "little yapper dogs" that, would you believe it, were created mostly to hunt for rats or foxes or badgers. Yes, dogs used to be useful to mankind, but that was before mankind became mostly cute white collar office workers.
So, don't get dogs if you don't live in, or travel to, the countryside, it's that simple.
Anyway, it is of interest on this thread, to note that the acting Pope has declared, a few days ago, that people who have dogs but refuse to have kids, are egoistic. One of his few good remarks of the year.
I have to add that very unsavoury things are written on this thread. People who have kids and suddenly they don't care about their "old dogs" anymore, and would be "thrilled" if they (the dogs, formerly beloved) would just conveniently die. Sad. Some people should realise they should not adopt dogs, ever, kids or not.
I'm genuinely curious too. Why can't these people love their newborn kids, while maintaining affection for their "old dogs"?