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  • Writer's pictureHalsey

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Valentine's day is an opportunity to show your loves ones how much you care. A time to say thanks for encouraging the outdoor walks, for warm cuddles on the couch, for greeting me at the door with a smile, and so much more. These are the things my pets provide for me and so to show a little love back, I am writing up some ways to have an exceptional holiday with your pets.

1. Do an activity together

What does your dog love? Is it a trip around the block, a drive to the park, a session of ball time, or something else? Maybe even go somewhere new, like the beach, a brewery, or even just a new park. New smells are exciting!

What is your cat's favorite activity? Is it chasing the feather? Or maybe you can lay in the sunshine together and just relax.

2. Pamper your pet with some new gear

Is it time for a new collar? Make sure the tags are up to date while you're at it.

Some animals really do like clothes. This wintery season is a great time to get your pet a coat to stay warm and dry. If you're stocking up on tennis balls, I will mention not to let your dog chew on the fuzz of the tennis ball very much because it can cause wear on the teeth.

Not sure what your cat would like? Try an empty cardboard box with or without a towel inside. New scratching post,

3. Tasty treats

This time of year there is chocolate everywhere. Please keep this AWAY from your dog. Putting it on the counter is often not enough of a deterrent, so I recommend a secure cupboard door. There are many tasty treats you can purchase or make for your special valentine. Just make sure you label them for dogs only or your local human may steal a treat!

4. Make memories last

Consider a professional photo shoot, make a scrap book, or make a stone impression of your pet's paw. Memories are fleeting, but having a keepsake that you made during the best of times can mean a lot.

5. Share the love

Visit a local shelter and give some love to those in need. Spend some time petting cats or walking dogs. Volunteer at a local adoption event. Maybe even open your home up to foster a pet in need.

Whatever you decide to do, have fun! and be safe. Remember that chocolate and macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs and that lily flowers/plants/pollen are extremely toxic to cats.

Happy Valentine's Day

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