If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness.
Golden retrievers are not bred to be guard dogs, and considering the size of their hearts and their irrepressible joy in life, they are less likely to bite than to bark, less likely to bark than to lick a hand in greeting. In spite of their size, they think they are lap dogs, and in spite of being dogs, they think they are also human, and nearly every human they meet is judged to have the potential to be a boon companion who might, at many moment, cry, “Let’s go!” and lead them on a great adventure.”
If a cat spoke, it would say things like,
“Hey, I don’t see the problem here.” - Roy Blount ,Jr.
“I hated cats. I was a dog lover,” Des says with a shrug. “What’s the point of a cat? They’re not affectionate. But that’s because it’s not my cat. I mean, your wife wouldn’t jump on my lap. That’s because she’s your wife, not mine. Until you have your own cat, you really don’t understand.”
“I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love. “