we have a golden retriever 6 years and a persian like cat 14 years.
Both incredibly fluffy.
DD is only 18 months, so had the pets a lot longer.
My DH is allergic to animal fur. I had the cat before i met him and we chose the dog together.
With the cat, the first 6 months of living together he would sneeze constantly...but then nothing.
With the dog same thing.
When we go out and there are pets, he always take medication as he really is affected, but he has built up an immunity i guess to our pets.
DD absolutely loves animals. She is so gentle with them, is cautious around "strange" animals, but when she pats them it is a gentle stroke. everyone comments on how gentle she is.
The dog loves her, she "walks" him with the lead and he slows down to a snail pace and seems to know which direction she wants to go as he just goes, doesn't pull or anything.
The cat hates her, but if i sit with the cat and DD pats her, she tolerates her and even purrs on occassions. DD again, strokes gently.
It is lovely to watch!!!