How about a monkey. Monkeys are nice except they play with themselves a lot
I prefer cats but a dog would be more fun.
Be a rich old lady and you won't need a cat or a dog.
you have a long way to go but let me put in a vote for you being the world's first old giraffe lady
CAT, they are much cleaner.
I think it depends how mobile you are. Dogs are good because they have to get up and take them for little walks. Cats are good because you don't have to take them for walks.
The dog thing will keep you social, since you have to walk them and people talk to dog walkers.