We had our first pet in 1996. It was a female puppy that got sick after 2 weeks with us. That puppy taught us how to love a pet. We named her Jedi and she stayed with us for 10 good years until she succumbed to kidney problems. Now we have learned so much about dogs that we presently have 3 dogs. My wife has hypertension that somehow got better with the dogs. Yes, our dogs are our stress reliever and they are so effective in our mood and mindset. My advice to single people is to have a pet.