I'm a cat person. I have two. I didn't start out to be a cat person, but I inherited my daughter's cat when she moved to SLO, and the other was my lovely parting gift from a relationship that cratered.
You don't really "own" cats. Cats are (mostly) independent. And if a cat loves you and shows it, you've accomplished something.
I know that Denise and I can go out of town for a couple of days and, provided there is plenty of food and litter, we don't have to worry about the cats or have a neighbor or friend check up on them. And we know the house will more than likely be exactly as we left it when we return.
Dogs will love you without conditions. I don't have a problem with that. I had dogs when I was a kid. I may have a dog again in the future.
Right now, I have cats.
Now some people are way too invested in their dogs. My cats are my cats, but they're not my children or my life partner.
But to some dog people, their dogs are the end all and be all. Is it possible to be TOO close to your dog? No, according to Yahoo's Angela Thompson, but other's (me) may see it differently. Here are five signs other others think you and your dog are too close: