Animal Owners usually take sides: I love cats but I hate dogs; or, I love dogs and I hate cats. But, Animal Lovers love both cats and dogs. For example, when I first started out adult life as an apartment dweller, I chose cats and became an animal owner. I never knew that there were people out there who hated cats, or hated dogs, for that matter. Imagine my confusion when my new mother-in-law expressed her disgust in this way, "cats are dirty and destructive, that's why people hate them!". I was thrust into this fight and forced to choose sides. So being the dutiful animal owner, I chose cats. I learned everything about them. I had adopted a little black kitten three years earlier, who was convinced I was her mommy. She was my chosen test subject, because she performed what I taught her. The other two cats were not cooperative, infact, they were disgusted by her uncatlike cooperation with my belittling requests. She learned to come when called, to sit when asked, to get down when asked, and to lay down when asked. I achieved the status as the 'cat whisperer'. I became a respected cat authoritarian among the dog people. I was happy in my catdom and I presided over many discussions where I enlightened dog people about the 'cat'. I happily claimed I was a cat person until my life changed. Fast foward 10 years to my present situation: my little cat had died, I had filed for divorce, and I took the cats and one of the three dogs. I took the two cats, of course, because I was a cat person; I took the dog because he reminded me of our first Rott, and the better times in my life. I have lived with my baby Rott for six months and I am completely devoted to him. I am learning about 'dog', because my ex dog person is not around to interpret. I no longer consider myself a cat person. That would be a betrayal to my little boy, Dude. I consider myself an Animal Lover. I have learned education and first hand knowledge made me appreciate the little quirks of my cats and dog. Did I mention? I saw my dog smile for the first time! I never knew dogs could smile!!! Awesome. I love my animals.