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Dog or Cat?

So, to learn more about each other, we've polled the ages our fellow chowhounds lay claim to.

Now, how about:

Sweet or Savory?

Soft or Crunchy?

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Dog or Cat?

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  1. savory
    crunchy
    chocolate
    2 dogs, 1 cat

      1. both
        crunchy
        vanilla
        5 cats 2 dogs

        1. Both
          Depends
          Chocolate
          Dawgs

            1. savory, crunchy, vanilla, cat, but not in the same meal. I like the kitties on the side, preferably the floor, alive and purring.

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                  1. re: Isolda

                    I like mine deep fried with beer batter, topped with some crunchy Tender Vittles ......

                  2. Savory.

                    Both soft and crunchy, but detest things with Too Much Crunchiness, so lean toward soft.

                    Hmm...vanilla, I guess. But I really want to say citrus.

                    Three cats. Have had dogs and lots of dog experience, but would rather be a dog "aunt" and a cat "mom."

                    1. Savory
                      Crunchy
                      Chocolate (slim margin)
                      Cat

                      1. savory
                        crunchy
                        vanilla
                        dog (2)

                        1. Savory
                          Soft (this one is really tough)
                          Chocolate
                          Dog (to keep as pet)
                          Cat (if I have eat one or the other)

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                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                            The dog/cat question is a tough one. The average dog probably has more meat (definitely if it's a St. Bernard or Great Dane), but cats are so sedentary they're probably more tender.

                          2. savory
                            crunchy
                            chocolate
                            cat(s)

                            1. Savory
                              Crunchy
                              vanilla
                              4 dawgs

                              1. Yes
                                Yes
                                Chocolate
                                Love dogs, but own cats--they're easier.

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                                1. re: gaffk

                                  True, but you can't keep them from climbing on the counters, and they need a litterbox inside. Two game changers for me. I've never tasted either, as far as I know.

                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                    True on both counts. But there's not much that interests them on my kitchen counters (except when the window over the sink is open), and I'd probably wipe them down before I prepare anything anyway. (Come to think of it, I'm not sure I ever put food directly on the counter.) And to get from the kitchen to the litter they have to go through a hall, down a flight of stairs, through family room 2 and into the corner of the unfinished portion of the basement. Not sure I'd have two cats if I lived in a 1-BR apartment ;)

                                    ETA: And cats don't expect me to go out on snowy mornings or scorching afternoons when nature calls.

                                2. Savory
                                  CRUNCHY preferably with nuts
                                  Vanilla

                                  4 Dogs
                                  2 Cats
                                  1 Newt
                                  2 Frogs........all rescued

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                                  1. re: bagelman01

                                    I'm jealous of your kitchen - can your family "rescue" me, too?

                                    1. re: sandylc

                                      Works for me. I don't know what Mrs. B would say....

                                    2. re: bagelman01

                                      9 rescued pets? That's so cool. I was proud of my 2. Good for you:)

                                      1. re: KrumTx

                                        Those are only the non-homosapiens.....................

                                        Mrs B and I spent years as foster parents until we could no longer put up with the inept government agency (DCF). I got tired of constantly going into court to file actions on behalf of the kids against the state (I am an attorney, so it cost time, not cash).

                                        We also have one domestic adopted child and one child adopted in China.

                                        Just don't like a big empty house, the activity/tumult keeps us young.

                                        1. re: bagelman01

                                          I wish there was a Like button. A big Like to you.

                                      2. Sweet
                                        Crunchy
                                        Cinnamon
                                        Cat

                                        1. Savory, crunchy, chocolate, 67 dogs*.
                                          *At the SPCA where I volunteer. Until they get adopted, they are *all* my dogs.

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                                          1. Savory
                                            Crunchy
                                            Vanilla
                                            Dog - 3 Boston Terriers, hence the name (not the city, as many think)

                                            1. Savory.

                                              Crunchy.

                                              Vanilla.

                                              Dog. (But I could use some more cat recipes.)

                                              1. Savory
                                                Crunchy
                                                Chocolate
                                                Love both, have neither (small apartment = no pets)

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                                                1. re: ultimatepotato

                                                  Small apartment too, but if it were up to the wifeacita we'd have a small pig, a piglet so to speak.

                                                2. Savory
                                                  Depends (prefer smooth soups but like some things crispy, like poultry skin)
                                                  Chocolate
                                                  1 cat

                                                  1. Savory, crunchy, vanilla, and my cockatoo is mightily offended by your failing to recognize the obvious superiority of the feathered pet.

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                                                    1. re: Just Visiting

                                                      Uh-Oh, offending a bird is a BAD thing...they have a great way of getting revenge!

                                                      1. Savory
                                                        Crunchy
                                                        Vanilla
                                                        1 dog & 1 cat

                                                        1. Savory
                                                          Crunchy (generally, but I LOVE custard)
                                                          Dark, dark chocolate
                                                          Warm, wriggly, goofy, lovey dog

                                                          1. well I like both vanilla and chocolate, sweet and savory, soft and crunchy, well when it comes down to dogs I would have a dog probably - have neither :)

                                                            1. Crikey, the savory people are out this am, no?

                                                              1. Savory
                                                                Crunchy
                                                                Chocolate
                                                                Dogs, all the way! (savory, crunchy, no chocolate)

                                                                1. Sweet
                                                                  Crunchy
                                                                  Chocolate
                                                                  Dog - 1 aging rescue cocker spaniel, who is also chocolate

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                                                                  1. re: arashall

                                                                    Arashall, I loved your description. I had a little pitbull mix (a sweetie) for 16+ years before my Ben, and due to her coloring, she was my "peanut butter" dog. Not a correct description strictly of her coloring, but during belly rubs she'd get all the peanut butter/butterscotch/caramel nicknames.

                                                                    1. re: pinehurst

                                                                      That's so cute - a "peanut butter" dog! We had a white boxer, freckled over with tiny tan spots; we called her "Butter Brickle" quite often.

                                                                  2. I suspect dogs are more delicious than cats.

                                                                      1. Sweet
                                                                        Crunchy
                                                                        Chocolate
                                                                        Dog

                                                                        1. Savory
                                                                          Both
                                                                          Vanilla
                                                                          Four cats. And three strays on the back porch.

                                                                          1. Aaaargh, I guess I'll say savory. It's a really close one. I love combining the two whenever possible. :)

                                                                            Crunchy.

                                                                            Vanilla.

                                                                            Mee-yow.

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                                                                            1. re: Baskerville

                                                                              With a handle like Baskerville I'd have guessed you'd be a hound person. :-)

                                                                              1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                You know, I actually derive my handle from the typeface and not the Hound. ;)

                                                                                      1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                                        Yeah, we've been stuck dealing with Yale BULL(dog) shit in New Haven for about 300 years...................

                                                                                        a born and bred New Havenite Townie, who went to UPENN

                                                                                        1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                          With the crazy scary Quaker mascot?

                                                                                          1. re: gaffk

                                                                                            With a wonderful song to sing at the games:

                                                                                            Drink a highball at nightfall....

                                                                                            1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                              Yes, I've sung the songs, but no highball . . . Dad used to take me to those games as a kid.

                                                                                      2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                        UGA, MS State, Yale, and some others. They ARE adorable, though too short-lived. We have had them for four decades, and cannot think of another breed, but they are "characters," and unique. My only "Bulldog-boy." All the rest have been lovely little Bulldog-girls.

                                                                                        Hunt

                                                                                         
                                                                                    1. Savory, Crunchy, Neither, Meowwwww!! (nicknamed Mr. Puffy Pants because he is so furry)

                                                                                      1. Both.
                                                                                        Crunchy.
                                                                                        Chocolate.
                                                                                        Cats. Two.

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                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                          I was waiting to see your response to get the cat head-count!

                                                                                          1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                            LOL! Two big lovebug kittehs are all I can handle at one time. Brothers, this time. :-)

                                                                                        2. Both
                                                                                          Crunchy
                                                                                          Vanilla
                                                                                          My family has a cat and our dog recently passed. I'll probably get a dog of my own in the future.

                                                                                          1. Savory
                                                                                            Soft
                                                                                            Chocolate/Vanilla/Strawberry combined (Neapolitan)
                                                                                            Dog - Definitely.

                                                                                            1. Savory
                                                                                              Crunchy
                                                                                              Chocolate
                                                                                              Parrot

                                                                                              1. Wow, looks like hounds are pretty evenly divided on cats and dogs, vanilla and chocolate. But damn if the numbers don't skew greatly in favor of savory (26 to just 2 sweet and 7 both) and crunchy (also oddly 26 to just 2 smooth and 7 both).

                                                                                                Guess if I invite hounds to dinner I won't be serving a pureed sweet potato soup topped with brown sugar and mini-marsmallows? (Seriously, I just made that dish up on the spot . . . please don't think I'd serve that to Hounds or anyone else.)

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                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                  I think it depends on WHAT for crunchy. Green beans? Yes. Rice? Hell no!

                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                    That's why I went for both on that question . . . I have been served creamy green beans and crunchy rice . . . though thankfully not at the same meal.

                                                                                                  2. re: gaffk

                                                                                                    Thanks for the count, gaffk...I was surprised by the savory/crunchy thing, too! And a little disappointed that dogs haven't beaten out cats......;-(

                                                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                      Cats rule. Dogs drool. Just kidding. But dogs do drool, though.

                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                        No amount of drool is worse than that litter box.

                                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                            Picking up hot "dog stuff" is way worse than a litter box

                                                                                                            1. re: jacquelyncoffey

                                                                                                              I just hate the smell in the house. I worked in a place for eight years that had cats. They scooped daily, but even a year after the last cat died, I could still smell that smell as soon as I walked in the door.

                                                                                                              It's best to scoop the dog "stuff" after it's well-chilled....ha.

                                                                                                              Someone needs to invent a little bag that attaches directly to the hindquarters of the designated pet and then self-seals and drops off when it gets...uh....filled.

                                                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                Housekeeper? Just wondering because that is what I do. Home health doesn't usually work from a home that long.

                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                  In-home office - I did accounting.

                                                                                                          2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                            So do some cats. I had a female cat that would drool when she was happy getting her scritch-scratches. :-)

                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                My 17 -year-old cat drools on my face every morning. Drooling is definitely not limited to dogs!

                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                    He sneezes too ( allergic to CATS?). Thankfully, the sneezy-drooler is the least of my worries these days. But, wow: can a cat drool!

                                                                                                                    1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                      I've never had a drooly cat. I do, however, have a sneezer. And she prefers to sneeze when sitting at the bay window or the sliding doors to the patio. Windex loves me . . . I'm their best customer.

                                                                                                                      Maybe she's allergic to humans?

                                                                                                                      1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                        My sister has two that drool obsessively over everything. To the extent that they will sit on her shoulder with hair-chewing and drooling behaviors intact. My cat herd is thankfully polite. Drooliness is only in the early morning hours.

                                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                          Maybe she's allergic to Windex.

                                                                                                                          1. re: elegraph

                                                                                                                            Thanks el . . . that made me laugh. (Maybe I'll stop cleaning my windows and see if she stops sneezing.)

                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                  Especially my English Bulldogs. No argument from me, after almost 45 years of having them as family. Just a minor inconvenience. Maybe my next Bulldog will be trained with a "drool cup?"

                                                                                                                  Hunt

                                                                                                                2. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                  Especially considering we are chow *hounds*!

                                                                                                                  My Shelties don't drool, not once, not ever. I suspect it has to do with the shape of the mouth & jaw ...

                                                                                                                  1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                    Ooh! Point scored on the "hound" thing...

                                                                                                              2. Savory
                                                                                                                crunchy
                                                                                                                neither
                                                                                                                Dog(s) now but I love cats. Meow

                                                                                                                1. savory
                                                                                                                  crunchy outside, soft inside
                                                                                                                  vanilla
                                                                                                                  both are delish.

                                                                                                                    1. YES!
                                                                                                                      I'm so ashamed. Ugh!

                                                                                                                      1. Savory
                                                                                                                        Too tough of a question
                                                                                                                        Chocolate
                                                                                                                        1 chocolate Lab, 1 cat. They hate each other's guts.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: KrumTx

                                                                                                                          I'll agree that Number Two is too tough. I like crispy (light! snappy!), a lot, but crunchy gets into a territory I don't like so much: hard granola, really hard tortilla chips, the like.

                                                                                                                        2. Savory
                                                                                                                          Crunchy
                                                                                                                          Vanilla
                                                                                                                          Dog, Senior Cat, Junior Cat. Dog's job is to protect JC from SC. It's a full-time job.

                                                                                                                            1. Savory

                                                                                                                              Soft, although this really depends what we're talking about.

                                                                                                                              Chocolate

                                                                                                                              1 dog

                                                                                                                                1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                                  That sounds like a nice poem, really.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                    Or a description of PotatoHouse's chocolate lab. :-)

                                                                                                                                2. Savory
                                                                                                                                  Crunchy
                                                                                                                                  Vanilla
                                                                                                                                  Corgi :)

                                                                                                                                  1. sweet and savory
                                                                                                                                    crunchy
                                                                                                                                    chocolate
                                                                                                                                    dog--all of whom are named for sweet things. The original was Honeycomb. Now I have Cherry, Cookie, Pumpkin.

                                                                                                                                    1. Sweet

                                                                                                                                      Cruncy

                                                                                                                                      Vanilla

                                                                                                                                      2 dogs, 2 cats (2 many pets, but we love them all - rescues, all of them)

                                                                                                                                      1. Both
                                                                                                                                        Both but lean to crunchy
                                                                                                                                        Chocolate
                                                                                                                                        Love both, have a rescue cat, Cookie, seen here, in the far recesses of the lower kitchen cabinets

                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                            Thanks! She's a rescue. I didn't even want to get a cat but I couldn't resist her charms! LOL She's a very smart Cookie! :)

                                                                                                                                        1. Savory
                                                                                                                                          Crunchy
                                                                                                                                          Chocolate
                                                                                                                                          Cats

                                                                                                                                          1. Savory
                                                                                                                                            Crunchy
                                                                                                                                            Vanilla
                                                                                                                                            Both

                                                                                                                                            1. Wow....these are tough questions.

                                                                                                                                              Sweet or savory depends on the dish. I like both (together and separate) but there are some things I don't like sweet.

                                                                                                                                              Soft or crunchy? Same answer as above.

                                                                                                                                              Chocolate or vanilla? Both; not gonna choose.....but again, it depends on the dish!

                                                                                                                                              Dog or cat? Which ever one picks me at the moment (we rescue). We've had 3 cats, 2 dogs and 1 bird (exclusive of reptiles) all at the same time. They live a long time at my house (cockatiel is now 23 years old). Currently own said bird, one indoor cat and are in the process of being accepted by an outside stray.

                                                                                                                                              I have probably eaten cat but would like to forget that it might have been possible (lived in foreign countries).

                                                                                                                                              1. Sweet
                                                                                                                                                Soft
                                                                                                                                                Vanilla
                                                                                                                                                Cat and one lizard

                                                                                                                                                1. Savory
                                                                                                                                                  Crunchy
                                                                                                                                                  Chocolate
                                                                                                                                                  Dog

                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                    YES!

                                                                                                                                                    So few of us here with these choices! We must be special!

                                                                                                                                                    Out of 118 replies, this makes (I think; rough count) five of you, with two others who *almost* have these choices (they threw in a cat, too, for example).

                                                                                                                                                    So, do we have rare and wonderful taste, or is there something wrong with us? ;-)

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                      Like Myers Briggs outcomes! I'm one of the few in my healthcare business unit that is an INTJ.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                        I forget what I was on that test - maybe I should dig it out and see if we match!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                          I match your M-B results, but not these ;) INTJs were common in the field I was in for 20+ years ... not sure about what I do now. Once at a conference, about 20% of us were INTJs, and at least another 30% other NT types.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: itsmejessica

                                                                                                                                                        Yes! Another wise, tasteful answer ;-)

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                          I don't know why but savory-crunchy-chocolate-dog is starting to sound a lot like a cookie to me..

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                            Or the name of a trendy bar...

                                                                                                                                                      2. Savoury.

                                                                                                                                                        Crisp. Not hard crunch.

                                                                                                                                                        Garlic, shallot, ginger, herbs, chillis

                                                                                                                                                        Cat (duh, being lagatta), though I also love dogs and other critters.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Savory
                                                                                                                                                          Crunchy
                                                                                                                                                          Chocolate
                                                                                                                                                          Cats!

                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                          1. Sweet or Savory?
                                                                                                                                                            Yes. Sometimes both at once.

                                                                                                                                                            Soft or Crunchy?
                                                                                                                                                            I like soft and I like chewy but prefer crispy to crunchy.

                                                                                                                                                            Chocolate or Vanilla?
                                                                                                                                                            French vanilla and vanilla caramel. I do love chocolate but for me it doesn't have the deep emotional resonance some seem to feel.

                                                                                                                                                            Dog or Cat?
                                                                                                                                                            Have always been a cat person. Still, no cat will ever worship and adore you the way your dog does.