How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Pet
Valentine’s day is a great time to spend with you loved one. Let’s face it, most people dread Valentine’s Day. While February 14 is a day to celebrate love in all forms, we tend to associate it with romance – risking reminders of past heartbreaks and failed relationships. Even for those in loving unions, the day presents the very real potential of being let-down by our significant others. However, there’s one relationship that will never fail us on Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year. Who needs fancy cards and flowers when we can celebrate with our four-legged, furry friends?
Luckily, the bar is set pretty low. Our pets don’t expect elaborate romantic dinners or expensive gifts. In fact, what they want most from us is our time. So, we can keep it simple, such as giving them five more minutes of Snuggle time in the morning or adding an extra block or two to our daily walk.For those who want to get a bit more creative, consider one or more of the following suggestions.
Surprise your pet with a fun new toy on Valentines’s day. If possible, take him with you to the pet store to pick it out. You know he’ll love roaming the aisles, Sniffing out the perfect item.
Take your dog to an off-leash dog park on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy Watching him make new friends and explore new places. If you already have a favorite park, try out a new one – perhaps a bit further from your home. Who knows? You may even make a new human friend in the process.
No local off-leash parks in your area? Plan an at-home play date instead. Invite your friends and their pets over to share in this day. Let your canine friends play together until they collapse in a mound of slobber and fur. When the party is over, send each guest home with a doggy bag filled with special treats.
Plan a joint spa day on Valentine’s day. Treat yourself to a massage, facial or mani-pedi, then take your pet to the groomer for some pampering of her own. Don’t forget to take pictures and share your special day in Social media. If you live near any animal-friendly restaurants, finish out your day by enjoying a special treat together, publicly showing off your fresh, fabulous selves.
If you’d rather stay inon Valentine’s day, consider renting your favorite animal-centric movie and sharing a giant bowl of popcorn while lounging together on the couch. Cats may not take you up on the popcorn, but they probably won’t turn down a fresh bowl of tuna or being brushed while the credits play.
Find a recipe for pet-friendly treats and do some baking. Use animal shaped cookie cutters to add more flare to your goodies. While you’re at it, make a little extra to box up and donate to your local animal shelter. Make a donation in your pet’s name to that same shelter. After all, the ultimate act of love is helping another deserving animal find a forever family.
This year, don’t rely on humans to make your Valentine’s Day special. Celebrate instead with your best four-legged friend. Theirs is an unconditional love; no cards, candy or flowers necessary.