the first thing I thought of when I read your question was my dog, Shadrack, who is the best companion I have ever had!!! lololol...Herein lies the conflict for me...for I DO NOT include, nor wish to, at this stage of my game, sex into the companionship package...perhaps because I have not met the "right one", I don't know...but sexual intimacy is a sacred thing to be shared between two deeply committed people who are in love...I cannot give myself in this way without the emotional intimacy that it deserves...sexual union between two people committed in love is truly a holy thing,physically, emotionally, and spiritually... anything less cheapens it. That is just me...hence, I walk a lonely path, for most folks expect sex should be part of the package... so there it is! I will start ducking now so I don't get hit with any rotten tomatoes or rocks! Great question!