Suleika Jaouad on the therapeutic value of pets, in this case a puppy. Understandable, the unconditional affection, and the required attention, provides a focus. Not quite as profound a focus as Frankl talks about in Man’s Search for Meaning, but focus and meaning that helps. Quote:
In the short time Oscar has been in my life, he’s had an effect on my relationships. Rather than staring at my bald head, passers-by stop to play with Oscar and to tell me how cute he is. The other tenants in my building now say hello to my dog before greeting me. And instead of discussing my symptoms and treatment plan for the week, my boyfriend and I have been spending more time focused on puppy playtime, going on long walks in the park and taking Oscar to his obedience classes. It’s nice not to be the center of attention for a change.