I agree. I've had more than one dog thread here, and have yapped on about them on dog threads. I've spent the years between dogs using other people's dogs to get my dog-fix. It's a palliative mode, or was for me. But even now, by circumstances having a new wonderful dog, my eyes swivel to any dog nearby. One pleasure point per siting, as they tend to up my happiness. I also like cats though they make me sneeze and sometimes go into asthma, depending on the cat and proximity. But people aren't ordinarily out walking them. Except Dlowan, such a trooper.
On what to talk about. I used to be the shyest person I'd ever run across, completely self involved with worry, and I lost most of that by getting a job and talking with my workmates. That was after school in high school. I started getting more interested in other people than I was about how shy I was when I found myself next to a person. Just those years working broke down my barriers.
Now the big deal is getting me to shut up.