My mother never wanted ANY animals in our house, not even indoor cats. I have two dogs (one medium sized, one big) and they are allowed in the house, even on the furniture, and our smaller dog actually sleeps at the foot of our bed every single night. Contrary to what my mother thought, it seems to me that muddy paw prints tracked across the kitchen floor every once in awhile does not immediately cause the disease-ridden deaths of all the human inhabitants of the household.
So what do you think, TQC? Pets in the house, or no? And if you'd care to elaborate, what pets do you have, and what are their living arrangements?