A thoughtful gift is a great way to lift the spirits of someone who’s ailing. And an adorable, living, breathing gift is like the apex of “Hope you’re feeling better”. Of all the animals you can realistically keep, a puppy is the probably the purest embodiment of joy and unconditional love. It’s like a little squirming package of face-licking excitement. And sure, a puppy will need more attention than, say, a houseplant, but what it gives back will definitely make it worthwhile. The hard part is going to be not keeping it for yourself.