OMG you are SO right! My guy had a cat and a dog when I met him. Cat is no trouble, little cleanup, very inexpensive, even catches bugs. Dog is so much work! Bathe it, brush it, walk it (even if the weather's horrible or you're sick), cut and file its nails, trim its paws, let it in out in out in out, poo pickup, it vomits more than the cat, wants food and attention constantly, sheds profusely. We pay over $100 a month just to feed the useless thing. Everything we do has to be planned around the dog. Take it with us? Go early and come home in time to feed it? Feed it then go? Leave in the middle of the party, feed it, then come back? Wake up early every day, even on vacation and weekends, because the dog needs to be fed. What a pain. I don't ever want another dog.