The closest thing I had to a pet growing up was a baby brother. So I would never classify myself as a pet person or animal lover. And I would never consider getting a pet right before 1L. BUT - I'm getting married in July and my fiancee has a cat. The cat, Boots, and I have had a very rough relationship. She gets into everything. And late at night she goes through a half hour to an hour of running from one room to another, back and forth. She plays with blinds and curtains constantly. She drives me insane - well, drove me insane is more appropriate At one point, I insisted that the cat could not follow us to DC and law school. Needless to say I lost that battle and Boots is coming to Washington. Since accepting that fact (which took quite a while) I have grown to like Boots. I might even say I love Boots, but I would never give my fiancee the pleasure of admitting that. Ever. (but i can do that safely here since she doesn't frequent this board) I just hope Boots is too distracting and doesn't add any unnecessary stress to my first year of law school.