I like animals.
Animals are better than people. They're real, not phony, two-faced or superficial. They're just themselves, take it or leave it, now feed me.
I had a Rott for a while. For ten years she was my baby. Her name was Tasha and she was the smartest dog ever. But she got sick and died as purebred dogs tend to do. Cracked my heart wide open.
Afterwards, I got some kittens. Couldn't bring myself to get another dog. They seemed kinda silly at first but they grew into excellent mouse catchers. That's important where I live out here on my own, south of town. Ain't no one around for miles. Hidden by some hills, my property affords me th