Pet therapy does wonders. I have two guinea pigs we got just for this reason, and even if I’m gloomy, I can’t help but smile at their antics. Also, for some reason, they ground me whenever my mind wanders too far. You can’t get more real than two snuffling pigs sniffing at your hand to see if you’ve brought them a snack.

I love cats but we can’t keep one. So I’ll love vicariously through Dave.

But please be responsible pet owners. That’s no joke.