Well, in that case my beagles earn their keep by running the deer and the coons out of the corn. Even if Herbiedude never did learn not to mess with skunks! I wouldn't care if they spent all day on the lawn snoozing ( as they will in a few more years.) Running the corn brings them great pleasure and keeps them fit - so that makes me happy.They comfort me, and snuggle under the blankets at night they keep me warm. I can sleep deeply because they warn me of any shenanigans - inside the house or out. And Marty beagle is a weather barometer. She warns me waaay ahead of time when a thunderstorm is approaching. My dogs have always been companion animals rather than workers. But that's ok, that's my choice.
Plus, they chase the cats off.
My mare is nuthin' but a pasture pet. I would love top see her gone, but I had promised her when I got her that she had found her forever care taker. ( drat!) Well, she did present me with a fabulous colt, so I guess she has earned her keep.