My family had a 95 pound German Shepherd when I was a kid. Anytime someone would come to the house she would position herself between us (the kids) and our guest and never took her eyes off them.. Most protective dog I’ve ever seen.
Had two Labs fifteen years ago, a chocolate and a yellow. Raised them from pups and lost them at 11 and 12 years. I cried like a baby. It’s like losing a family member.
Down to one cat now and as much of a pain in the ass as she is, there’s nothing like having her curl up on my lap and fall asleep purring.
Pets are the best therapy money can buy!