It’s February and it’s official. Love is in the air. In the stores you see aisles full of decorations, full-size cards, candy, and cute gifts. Of course, many are shopping for their significant others for Valentine’s Day. There is, however, another day that is equally (if not more so) important!
For those who have pets, February 20th is Love Your Pet Day! Now, of course, chances are if you have pets, then you love them every day. Why not make this day a little extra special and give them their OWN day to relish in just a little more pampering, a sprinkle more of tender love and care and perhaps a bit more attention than they already receive? (Don’t forget, pets have their own little way of viewing social media- they find out about these special days)!
There are many ways you can show that special pet that you love them and throw a little celebration in their honor.
For those energetic pups, why not take a ride to their favorite park and allow them to run, play, or chase a ball for a little longer than they usually do? Maybe arrange a play date with that special canine in their life that they only get to see once in a while. They’ll love the socialization!
Perhaps on the ride home, visit your local pet bakery and pick them up some tasty treats? Top it off with the canine version of a massage – belly rubs for an hour!
If your dog is more laid back, and prefers relaxation to exercise, perhaps a little more snuggle time, a few more toys and a dash of their favorite food-the kind they only get on special occasions! Take a seat on the couch next to them and read to them; dogs love the sound of our voices and will appreciate the intense conversation. You’ll benefit too as dogs are the best listeners! They’ll be happy to hear all about your day. Be sure to include their name in the conversation though as they love to hear about themselves as well! (You can add a few “good boy” or “good girl” in the conversation too)!
Dogs aren’t the only pets who deserve special attention this day. If you have cats, rabbits, birds, horses, etc., they can enjoy this day as well!
Does your kitty love toys? If so, hide some around the house for them to find and toss around. They may appear aloof as if they don’t notice, but deep down, they’ll find it amusing! Have a bird? They might have been eyeing a new cuddle bone for a while! Fill their cage with some new toys for them to discover!
On this day, the sky is the limit. Take a moment to think about what makes your pet the happiest and give them a bit extra of whatever that is. This is their day and this is your chance to show your pet just how much they mean to you!
Most of all, enjoy it. Our pets are only with us for a short while, however, the memories of these special days will last a lifetime! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Elizabeth Parker – Author of Finally Home, Final Journey, My Dog Does That!, Bark Out Loud!, Paw Prints in the Sand,
Paw Prints in the Sand: Mission Accomplished, Unwanted Dreams, Phobia, Evil’s Door and Faces of Deception.
Available on Amazon.com!