My dog sits outside of the glass door when I work on my computer. Sometimes I sketch her. She is a small Chihuahua mix with the markings of a German Shepherd. I've been watching Cesar Milan obsessively on Youtube to learn about dog behavior and it has helped me teach Sheba how to be polite on a walk.
Oh, the full bodied drawings of a dog are not drawings of my dog. If I see something interesting on the internet, I will draw it. Sometimes while waiting for the computer to load or save, I will have an image ready to go for drawing. Drawing animals is a comfort zone for me. Whenever I get stuck on a problem in Illustrator and get frustrated, drawing animals calms me down.