I adore animals. I work with them actually, I'm into the whole animal care... thing. Ever since I was a kid I've been interested in all things animal related; I'd spend more time watching wildlife documentaries on TV than I would cartoons, heh. I find the natural world fascinating, but on a pet level I appreciate animals because they're less draining to be around than people and are very emotionally rewarding. That's not to say I don't like people of course, but there's not much that can make you feel more welcome than coming home to a dog who has been waiting for you.