I would say that I am not really a dog or cat person, yet I have a Chow/Cattledog mix mutt and two cats. Not that I do not care about them, but more so that I can easily exist without companionship of animals. I got my mutt "Easy" (a rescue dog from Oklahoma) for my two Daughters as a pet. He has been a fantastic boy and is a great warning system and buddy. Yes dogs are great preps in my opinion.