I'm an avid dog lover, horse lover, reader, and writer (novelist) with three books to my publishing credit. 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)