We were always cat people. I mean, I had a dog when I was little, a collie named Penny. She was a beautiful, 100% outdoor dog, who was deathly afraid of rain. But we also had cats growing up, and I found I liked them better.

Kerry and I have had cats off and on throughout our marriage, and never really thought about having a dog. Until one day she stunned me by suggesting that we consider getting a dog. So we ended up getting our beautiful little Shiba Inu dog named Krista about four years ago. Let me tell you, everything that’s written about Shibas is true – these are not lovable, well-trained lap dogs – they’re a handful; willful, smart, stubborn, pretty much untrainable. But they’re so cute and Krista fits in with us just fine. So fine in fact we got Winston, another Shiba, about two years ago. We still have cats – two at the present (and sometimes we have guest cats (of our children). I don’t know that we’ll always have pets, but we’ve talked about it. If we do go through a round of pets after these leave us, it will be dogs, not cats. They’ve converted us, and we are now full-blown dog lovers.

Sometimes I think back on Penny and wish we had been nicer to her, treated her better. She deserved better than we gave her, I think.

I saw this article a day or so ago. If this doesn’t melt your heart and make you love dogs, I don’t know what will.

A faithful dog has refused to leave the side of his dead master’s grave for six years, it was reported today.

German shepherd Capitan ran away from home after the death of Argentinian Miguel Guzman in 2006.

A week later Mr Guzman’s family went to pay their respects and found the heartbroken pet sitting by his owner’s grave, wailing.
Since then the grieving dog has rarely left the spot at the cemetery in the town of Villa Carlos Paz, central Argentina.

Mr Guzman bought Capitan as a present for his 13-year-old son Damian in 2005.

He died suddenly in March the next year, but by the time his family had returned home from the funeral Capitan was gone.

Mr Guzman’s widow Veronica told Argentina’s Cordoba newspaper: ‘We searched for him but he had vanished. We thought he must have got run over and died.

‘The following Sunday we went to the cemetery and Damian recognised his pet. Capitan came up to us, barking and wailing, as if he were crying.’

She added: ‘We had never taken him to the cemetery so it is a mystery how he managed to find the place.

‘We went back the next Sunday, and he was there again. This time, he followed us home and spent a bit of time with us, but then went back to the cemetery before it started getting dark.

‘I don’t think he wanted to leave Miguel on his own at night.’

The cemetery’s director Hector Baccega remembers the day he first saw the dog.

He said: ‘He turned up here one day, all on his own, and started wandering all around the cemetery until he eventually found the tomb of his master.

‘During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave. And every day, at six o’clock sharp, he lies down on top of the grave stays there all night.’

Mr Baccega said staff at the cemetery are now feeding and taking care of Capitan.

Mr Guzman’s son Damian said: ‘I’ve tried to bring Capitan home several times, but he always comes straight back to the cemetery. I think he’s going to be there until he dies too. He’s looking after my dad.’

The story is similar to that of Hachiko, an Akita who is said to have waited at a Tokyo train station for its master to return each day for nine years from May 1925, following owner Hidesaburo Ueno’s death at work.