This Valentine's Day, Here Are 5 Ways to Honor Your Pet

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Love is in the air, grocery store shelves are stocked with pink and red, and couples are scrambling for floral arrangements and dinner reservations. Valentine’s Day is here.

Don't forget about your genuine significant others on Valentine's Day, whether you're single or in a relationship: your dogs! Let's face it, you probably spend more time with your pet than you do with your spouse anyhow, and they'd never abandon you on a dating app or leave filthy dishes in the sink. Pets provide the finest company, and it's past time we offer them the affection they deserve.

Here are some ways to make Valentine’s Day special for the real love of your life. 

Host a Party

Throw a Valentine’s Day soiree with your friends and their dogs. What better way to show your love for your pet than with friends who also have pets they love?

Don’t be afraid to go all out with decorations. Create a designated photo backdrop. Give toys and treats for party favors. There are tons of possibilities.

Before you schedule a playdate, be sure your friends' dogs are well-socialized and enjoy other dogs. If your pets have never played together before, start with a neutral environment before introducing them to each other's territory. Because some dogs grow territorial of food or toys, keep triggers out of the play area to avoid disputes.

Make or Buy Pet-Safe Treats

Valentine's Day is all about chocolate and champagne for humans, but that doesn't mean you have to forget about your dogs! Make or purchase unique goodies for your dogs to spoil them. As usual, ensure sure the treats are healthy for dogs and devoid of harmful substances if you're creating them. If you have any questions, contact your veterinarian.

A quick Pinterest search turns up several creative and festive recipes for homemade frozen snacks, baked “conversation hearts” and more.

If you’re looking to buy a special new treat, check out The Spruce’s ranking of the of 2022. 

Do Some of Your Favorite Activities Together 

Your pet might not know that it’s a holiday, but you can make sure they have an extra-special day by doing some of your favorite activities together, such as visiting a park or playing fetch.

Make a day of it and take your dog on an excursion if your dog prefers a lengthy hike than a short walk around the block. If you're in a relationship, this might also be a nice Valentine's Day activity for your significant other. If you aren't, being outside is a terrific way to get away from your sickening social media feed.

Get Them a Special New Toy to Show Your Appreciation 

A new toy is another way to express your affection for your pet. Holiday-themed toys are widely available at pet retailers. You may even acquire a new bandana, bowtie, or T-shirt for your pet. What could be more adorable than a dog wrapped in hearts? Not much.

Write a Love Poem About Your Pet

If you’re feeling romantic and need an outlet for all your lovey thoughts and feelings, write a love poem about your pet. If you need some inspiration…

I give you dinner and collect your poo. Roses are red, violets are blue. Your breath stinks, but you're all mine, therefore all your sloppy kisses are welcome, My lovely Valentine.

Slap that Shakespearean gold under an Instagram photo of your adorable dog or cat wearing its new Valentine’s bandana and chomping on its new treats.

Or maybe you can post a shot of your bunny enjoying a carrot cut into the shape of a heart. The opportunities to spoil your pets today are truly endless. Happy Valentine's Day to them.