If dog-ownership is "decadent", then count me among the sinners. Duke has been a godsend, keeping me company and warding off "cabin fever". If I'm feeling a bit blue, he seems to know, and bugs me until I pay attention to him. He brings me his toys one by one, so that we can play fetch, tug-of-war, etc. Plus, whenever I have to drive somewhere, I have a companion in my vehicle with me, keeping me company.