If you're looking to shed a few pounds, dogs make the perfect workout buddies, according to recent studies.  Research finds people who have dogs walk more, move faster and generally have more active lifestyles.  Now, it's no surprise that having a dog means taking more walks, but experts say dogs exert significant motivational power over their owners.  Stepping out with Fido accounts for more than 60% of the owner's weekly walking habits.

That's fine, but I get plenty of exercise sweeping up cat hair!!