Ah, Valentine’s Day!  The day of love.  The day of romance.  The day that too many people are wishing they had someone to send them flowers.  It’s easy to feel left out and lonely on this romantic holiday, but if you don’t have to if you have a dog.  Your dog can be your Valentine.  How to have a lovely Valentine’s Day with your dog:

Step 1: Take some time to snuggle in bed.  This is the day to let your dog on the furniture. It’s cold outside, and your dog provides some warmth.  Take a moment to hug your dog and tell him how much you appreciate him being in your life.

Step 2: Enjoy a special breakfast for two.  Do you usually just have cereal, or maybe even just a cup of coffee?  Scramble up some eggs and enjoy some toast with your best furry friend. You could even share some strawberries (no chocolate).

Step 3: Enjoy a long walk.  A long, leisurely walk is a great way to spend some time together.  Don’t be afraid to talk to your dog.  Tell him how you’re feeling.  He enjoys the sound of your voice.

Step 4: Now that you’re both tired and maybe a little chilled from the walk, relax with some hot chocolate or tea (just for you), snuggle up under some blankets, and watch some of your favorite movies.  This could be a Nicholas Sparks film or Star Wars.  It’s whatever YOU want.  Your dog will just be happy to have some time with you.

Step 5: Play your dog’s favorite game.  For some dogs this may be fetch, and for others hide-and-seek.  Just do something extra fun for your dog.  If you can’t think of anything, go for another walk or possibly a short hike.

Step 6: Dinner!  This is the night for you to both enjoy something special.  Salmon with mashed potatoes and green beans is a great, healthy option.

Step 7: Relax.  Consider giving your dog a brief, therapeutic massage and smile to yourself when you see how relaxed he gets.

Step 8: The final step.  Tell your dog how much you love him.  Tell him what an important part of your life he is. He may not understand the words, but he’ll feel the emotion.

Above all, enjoy the day. You will never feel lonely if you have a dog to spend time with.  And, by the way, the same holds true for cats.  😉

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