Aside from a computer, the other thing I begged my parents for when I was a kid was a dog. They were reluctant but one day when I came home with a kitten from a friend's litter, they presented me with two options: I could keep the cat now or get a dog for Christmas. I went with the kitten and never looked back.

These days, my girlfriend and I have four pets - a grumpy cat I adopted in 2008, two incredibly sweet kittens we adopted a little over a year ago (pictured above) and a dog she had since before we got together. Needless to say, it can sometimes feel like a zoo with so many animals running around.

With this week's open forum, we'd like to hear about your pets. Do you prefer man's best friend, felines or something else entirely? Feel free to share in the comments section below.