Celebrating Valentine's Day with Dogs and Cats
Valentine's Day shouldn't stop at flowers and chocolate. You and your significant other can also use the day to celebrate your furry friends or to bring one into your lives. Here are some ways to be thoughtful toward our most endearing fourlegged companions?no candlelit dinners required!
"Day at the Spa"
Valentine's Day is on a Saturday this year, which makes it a perfect time for a romantic walk in an idyllic setting. Of course you've planned everything down to its last detail. But what about your pets? Do you see the slight sadness in the cat's eyes when you walk out the door, leaving it home alone again? Of course, you might bring the dog along, but do the plastic bags really fit the mood? Why not make it an outing for everyone? Dogs and cats like haircuts and mani-pedis as much as we do. Taking your pet to be groomed is a great way to celebrate and reward you pets for being, well, them. While you are out, you can get some new dog toys or cat toys. Plus some pet grooming shops will put a cute bow or bandana on your little companion!
Dog and Cat Valentines
Let's face itwe take pictures of our pets all of the time. Lots of pictures of them. We snap and share pet photoswhether at rest or at playon social media. It starts with puppy or kitten photos, and when they're all grown up, we're still snapping away. With so many pictures and so much pride when our friends and family Like or favorite photos, shouldn't we also have something to hold on to? If you can't do it at home, head to the local copy center and print up some of your best pet photos. There are also several online services and apps that will do it for youPostal Pix, Snapfish, Shutterfly and Picca Print are popular ones. From these you can make a collage or simply get cute frames for your favorites. Nothing expresses your appreciation for the pet in your life quite so much as showing off actual pictures?and hey, they're worth a thousand words, right?
Of course, the best gift you can give an animal is a home. Have you and your Valentine talked about opening your home and hearts to a rescued animal? Maybe you both want to share in the simple joys and challenges of raising puppies or a kitten? In certain areas of the country, Valentine's Day pet adoption is already a standing traditionCincinnati, Oklahoma, Northern Virginia, and Indianapolis among them. But just because you're not in one of those places doesn't mean that you can't participate in the heartwarming tradition of adopting a pet. If you do, you'll have an adorable critter of your own to bring a daily dose of joy and affirmation into your home. Odds are you never even knew what you were missing.
Our relationships with our pets can be some of the best in our lives. They brighten our world with their love and loyalty. Take some time this Valentine's Day to brighten their world in return.