I'm an avid dog lover, horse lover, reader and writer (novelist) with two books to my publishing credit. (In the Arms of the Enemy 2007 and Waterlilies Over My Grave 2008) Life's been pretty good. If you have any doubts just get yourself a puppy, and/or a horse.
I'm a retired music teacher and musician (former opera singer) current author, reader, dog lover and former obedience trainer, owned by two horses and two collies.
The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.
The hardest part about writing a novel is finishing it. (Ernest Hemmingway)