When I’m at a friend’s house the pets, cats, dogs, hedgehogs, ferrets, are usually who I talk with first.
I really feel comfortable with animals.
Sometimes, even with good friends, I get a little socially anxious, even though I am not shy the way I once was, and I can be kind of blustery and obnoxious, I still get those feelings. So if someone has a pet it’s a good way to de-fuse that, when those thoughts or feelings come up, I can pat the dog, laugh at the cat, or make silly noises at the parrot.
And then I feel ok again. Just about all animals like me, dogs especially. That’s a good feeling.