I had a dog, an Alsation, that was the offspring of two dogs used in the canine corps in Viet Nam. Best dog ever; spoiled it for me, because I compare all others to her, which, frankly, is not fair. There's lotsa stuff, though, that just ain't fair.
Beautiful cats! I am mostly a dog person though. We had an Irish Setter and a chocolate Lab but both are long dead now. Vanessa wants another dog, but I am thinking of a smaller breed (but not too small).
I would post a picture of my dog, but he literally leaves the room when I bring out the camera. He was abused as a puppy, we are his third owners, and when we first got him I tried to give him a chew cigar for a treat - he thought I was going to beat him with it. Obviously, he had been beaten in the past. Now, he lives the life of Riley - he has his own bedroom with a queen size bed, but he does prefer to sleep with us.
Cocoa, the chocolate Lab, would climb up in the bed and sleep at the foot. Nothing quite like a 90 pound dog as a foot warmer. He was so smart. Labs are really my favorite breed because of their intelligence and friendly nature. Lousy watch dogs though, since they seem to love everybody.
I had a boxer when I lived in California. He loved to run when we took trips to the desert. His name was Brandy. We took him along when we moved to Jacksonville, FL. He was a good friend.
When I was single and living by myself, my cat, Gracie, would get mad when I left the house. She developed a habit of pooping at the front door. I learned how quickly she had left her calling card after I turned around to go back in and opened the door to find her message she left for me. She made her statement!
digdmr: your cat is beautiful. The photo is great!
Dave: your quote, "I think our love of animals enhances our humanity." Is so true!