Always having to work, I've worked for 20 years one company, having my own home and upkeep, always on the go, having 3 sisters with dogs I've never had to have my own since I was always walking and playing with theirs. I recently went to Melbourne to take care of one sister's miniature pinscher with grooming, food, walks and care. It comes natural when a dog can sense you love doggies. I prefer small dogs today since I can't do runs with say my other sister's retrievers. However, I have recently walked one around the block a few times in New York. No more more energy required. I just can't do runs anymore. I did pet sit with a friend and her King Caviller I absolutely adore small pet's personalities when they're friendly. They're all different. My sister in Florida has a miniature pinscher w/a touch of chihuahua. My other sister in NY had a German Shepard, two Golden Retrievers. They only needed leashes through town as law requires. I was a paid Home Health aide years ago.