... dog, naturally :)
I can't remember a time I didn't want a dog, but we were a cat family, so I waited. I waited until I was done school, and until I owned my own house. And finally, after more than 30 years of waiting, I got a Kipper. And then a Katy.
They make me laugh. They warm my back and my feet on cold winter nights. They give me a reason to get out and walk, and to stop and talk to my neighbours. They have even allowed my neighbour to lose a bit of her fear of dogs, as she gives them their daily treat, and they gain weight ;)
They bring joy into my life - joy to see Katy learn to play, to see Kip learn a new skill. The joy I see on the faces of those that love them, and the joy the dogs give in response. The joy they have when I come home, when I toss a ball, and, best of all, when I open the magic white box that contains their food.
Dogs are in our lives for such a short time, and they will eventually bring me heartache - but it is so worth it.
I waited over 30 years, and I won't be without a dog in my life ever again. So here's to dogs, all dogs, and to Kip and Katy - you give us so much, and all you ask in return is a warm bed, a full tummy, and a scritch or two after a game of fetch. We owe you so much for the laughter and joy you bring to us - I promise I'll try to walk you more often, and yes, I will get you that fence you've been asking for!