(although this is being posted later. intended earlier. started, not finished, while I looked for a photo...)
These furry faces are so very very helpful. Inquisitive. Demanding. Ridiculous.
I have always been a dog person, but I can't have a dog currently -- I'm not home enough to be fair to the dog yet. Someday. I'm also a cat person. A lot of people are one-or-the-other. Not to say that cats aren't time-intensive, but there's a little less structure to it.
These guys are devoted and have us well-trained.
There's something about having a completely relaxed critter sprawled against you, lacking all dignity, that's incredibly soothing and relaxing.
They force us to sit down and chill out sometimes. and that's a bonus.