Remember pets? Those little furry happy things that you want to snuggle up and whisper incomprehensible sweet-nothings to? Yeah, they're great.
But if you're reading this, chances are you can't currently have a pet of your own. Rented accommodation sucks, right?
Yes - the world is a barren, pugless/catless/fluffless wasteland, because your chances of having a furry or feathery protégé are basically nil.
This is hard - nay, unacceptable - for the animal lovers among us who live and breathe paws, ears, whiskers and poop.
The good news is that there are a number of alternative ways to get your animal fix.
Sweet furry salvation, where are thou?
A site that matches up busy dog owners with dog-deprived walkers, BorrowMyDoggy does what it says on the tin. You can borrow someone's DOGGY.
Create a profile, find a match, and revel in your fluff time.
3 Visit a city farm
Even in the most city-ish of cities, teeny tiny little farms are tucked into areas' green spaces.
If you live in a city, Google '[your city] city farm', and you'll probably be surprised by the results.
4 Ogle some dogs in the park
Remember those green things? Parks?
Wherever you live, they never fail to have an insane collection of dogs. While it's not a good idea to run up to a dog and embrace it with all of your love at once, ask the owners if you can pet them.
7 Go on an animal walking trail
Ok, so these usually involve bugs. But bees are furry, right?
The King's Cross Bee Trail, for example, has you download an app and follow an interactive walking tour tracking bees across the area.
And sure, you may feel that you've aged about 40 years, but alternatively try Googling '[your city] wildlife walk' and take your pick. They're actually pretty ace.
8 Beg a friend
If all else fails, we all have a friend or family friend with a pet.
There mightn't be a need to beg - maybe they're sick of Mr Fluffington meowing for food the whole time, so they'd be happy for you to satisfy his needs for a while.
Maybe one day, you'll have your very own Mr Fluffington. But until then...