May I contribute to this thread. I am usually stressed out with my hectic work schedule in the office. What gets me are the meetings that never fail to give me a headache. My only consolation is when I reach home and my dogs would welcome me with their short barks with a matching nudge of their noses on my legs. I would carry one of my lap dogs and caress its coat with a brush. After some 15 minutes or so of attending to my dogs, I could feel a relief from the pressure that was on my shoulders.