When I was younger, I liked cats, but was afraid of dogs. Alas, my dad and I are both allergic to cats, so we never really had one.* Then, we got the dog. And, as time went on, I came to the conclusion that dogs make better pets than cats. Not that I don't think cats make perfectly decent pets, and admittedly, are probably the smarter animal. But they're selfish and aloof. On the other hand, dogs are loyal, trustworthy, friendly -- and usually funnier.
Plus, they can save your life.
Toby, a 2-year-old golden retriever, saw his owner choking on a piece of fruit and began jumping up and down on the woman's chest. The dog's owner believes the dog was trying to perform the Heimlich maneuver and saved her life.
A cat, on the other hand, would probably sit there and watch as you choked to death, silently mocking you.
* When my sister volunteered at the humane society, she brought a kitten home to foster for a while.