Wow! What a loaded question! Of course I have to start out by asking what exactly is love? Recently I heard a good definition of "someone or something you feel safe with". Going with that, I think you can love anything. I definitely love some of my friends. And I also love my dog. Love and friendship can exist as one and the same. One does not have to outlast the other and one does not need to be of greater importance than the other. We love who/what we love.