Reading the 'dog people' posts here kind of leaves me flabbergasted. If don't want kids, then why have a dog? My cat doesn't jump on me, don't wreak havoc in the house, isn't needy, and doesn't get into things she shouldn't mess with. She's clean, quiet, doesn't smell, and minds her own business. It's like what Jack Byrnes says in Meet the Parents: Jack: You see, Greg, when you yell at a dog, his tail will go between his legs and cover his genitals, his ears will go down. A dog is very easy to break, but cats make you work for their affection. They don't sell out.
I'm actually flabbergasted by the dog hate.
I have two dogs, a 10 year old labrador and a 2 year old English Setter (my husband's hunting dog), and they are in no way as needy as your average small child. They need walks, yes, but this is enjoyable and practically entertainment for us. Other then that, there's a few minutes of feeding time and they mostly hang out in the same room we are in, but they are easy going and pleasant to be around. In what world is this as needy as a child?
I love dogs... more then most humans, actually. You don't have to like them, it's really a matter of taste, but dogs are not equivalent to kids in terms of neediness, not even close. They may extend our day by as much as an hour but I don't know any child that requires such little time. They don't require story readings, set bedtimes, or college educations.
Definitely not same as kids!