Ahh, I understand :) It is not fun to enjoy dogs but experience health problems from them (allergies, asthma). Fish are an excellent choice! No smell, no noise, no allergies, and they don't beg to be walked during ice storms (thought I doubt you experience THAT problem, being in the tropics as you are
). I would be surrounded by a menagerie of pets if i could, but I work far too much. I enjoy working at the pet store for that reason: I can fuss over the critters and enjoy them, but don't have to take them home (as tempting as it may be). The hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas and exotic birds are all very tempting :D All I have at home now are fish, and a small dog (Maltese). Oh yeah, and my youngest son has 4 land hermit crabs.