Hey guys, I'm thinking about getting a dog when I get my own place...just wondering if there are any dog owners around here and if they'd like to relate their experiences. I'm probably going to go to a pet store or the animal shelter and pick up the first dog I fall in love with, but are there any types of dogs that I should try hard not to fall in love with?? =) I definitely don't want a small dog...I have three pomeranians at home in Asia and used to have a small poodle...I'm looking more for a mid-sized and up dog, though I'm worried that I may not have enough time to really take good care of the dog. And what about cats? My stereotype of them has always been that they're quite distant, but some friends tell me that cats can be very passionate and loyal. True?