Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Joy of Love - Pixel Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Your Pet

Happy Valentine's Day!
It's Valentine's Day weekend friends. Showering love on your dear ones isn't limited just to humans, just as it isn't limited to only one day. Dogs love spending time with their humans, they love getting gifts, and they love to play and show their love. Remember, pets have feelings too. We spend all day waiting for you to come home when you are gone. We want to spend every waking moment with you. Since Valentine's Day is on a weekend, why not do something extra special with your pet to let them know they are your one and only furry Valentine?

Here are some of my favorite ideas for showing your pets they are special this Valentine's Day...

1. Cook your pet a meal or bake a batch of dog treats.
Let pup watch you prepare it and take part in it. Make it a fun activity you do together. Use safe foods they can lick from the spoon or spatula such as chicken, pumpkin or peanut butter. Then, sit down and actually have a meal together.
Mommy lets me lick the spoon and gives me little bits of chicken as she makes her famous chicken and rice, making it a fun experience we share.  I wrote an article recently on safe foods for dogs that make for a great addition to a special meal or treats! And don't think that baking is just for ladies either. Lots of the best bakers are men.

2. Have a one on one grooming time.
I don't mean take them to the groomers, I mean get a special brush or comb, maybe some scissors if they have a few knots, and have a gentle petting/brushing session with lots of love. Take your time. Make sure there's not stress, let them lay their back or do whatever is comfortable. I know Mommy will start by just petting me and getting me all sleepy and comfy, then she will bring out a soft brush or a "slicker" brush to gently get the knots out. I love it!! It's a HUGE difference for your pet than having to stand on a public grooming table at a groomers with lots of strange dogs and cats (no offense to other animals), and being perhaps rushed along in getting brushed, possibly getting nicked in the process, and not getting the extra care that our beloved humans would give us with a loving petting/brushing fest. Follow it up with a bunch of their favorite treats!

3. Have a long outside play date (if the weather's right).
If it's warm outside, or if you love the snow, take your pet on an extra long play adventure outside. Bring a few of his or her favorite toys (a Kong Wubba is always a great choice!) and focus on you and your pet sharing some fun together.
Given that a lot of us have snow on the ground, but love the snow anyways, you could plan a few outside play times that are shorter so you both don't get frost bite but can enjoy romping together. Your pet will LOVE it!

**NOTE:  If you take your pet out in weather that is even remotely cold, please be sure to bundle them up in warm clothing. Yes, fur covered pets get cold too. Our paws can also get seriously injured by the snow melting salt on the ground, so be sure to wipe our paws after we come inside each time. And have a warm blanket ready for us to get bundled up in once we've had our fun. Our family likes to put a few blankets in the dryer and have them getting warm so that once me and my sisters are back in front playing outside, we have really warm blankets to get wrapped up in. Not to mention the electric throws we have on each couch and chair so that every dog in the house has a warm place to lay.

4. Have a wild inside play date.
If you can't go outside due to weather (it IS winter after all), then have a big giant play fest inside. Clear a big place in the living room or family room, remove anything breakable from possibly being in reach of a fun playful time, pull out ALL the toys from the toybox, and have a ball. ...have 10 balls! Let your pet go a little crazy! Allow yourself to really get into it. Remember that your pet is devoted to you 100% and they love to play with you so let them have extra time being silly with you. It will really make them feel special and loved. Let them wear themselves out! You can always clean up the disaster area of toys later while your happy and sleeping cat or dog is dreaming of all the fun you just had.

5. Have a "Special Delivery Valentine" delivered for your pet.
Pets love getting gifts just like humans do. What a wonderful surprise it would be for your pet to have one of their favorite toys delivered right to their door! You can set it up yourself. I was surprised with this amazing gift of a red wagon filled with my favorite little duckies who ALL wanted to come live here with me. I was elated and it was one of the BEST gifts I've ever received! The "special Valentine delivery" doesn't have to be expensive. You know what your pet loves. It can be something simple and sweet. The point is, when they go to the door, there is a surprise for them there and they get to enjoy it.
**NOTE from Mommy:  These little duckies are less than $2.50 each, and I already had the wagon from a Christmas display. So, for less than $20 I gave Pixel the surprise of a lifetime.

6. Take your pet on a car ride and/or shopping trip just for them.
Whether you just ride around in the car for a while just to drive, or take a car ride to your pet's favorite store, it will be a fun outing for both of you. I love riding in the car with Mommy. Even if she just goes to the pharmacy, I'm ready to jump in the vehicle with her. We sing songs, she talks to me and we just enjoy the time together. If you do go to the store, make sure to let your pet pick out whatever toy they want (within reason of course, heehee). Your pet might even like going to a drive through food place...I hear there's a few places that even have food for dogs! They are in bigger cities, but if you do some research, you just might find a fun new place that you and your pet can go to and enjoy a meal together.

7. Learn or practice a new trick together.
One of the best ways that Mommy and I bonded and still continue to bond is with our trick learning and practicing. Pets love to learn new things, we love to please our humans, and of course, we love to have fun. Positive reinforcement is the only way to go when pets are learning something new of course. Have a small bag of small treats (break up bones you have into tiny pieces - a hammer works great on a zip lock bag of dog bones), and a simple trick you'd like your pet to learn, such as putting their paw in your hand. Say one word like "Paw" or "Shake" and then take their paw in your hand, say good girl/boy, and give them a small treat. Repeat a few times, always being positive. If they start to do it even a tiny bit on their own, tell them good girl/boy and give them a treat. They'll be on their way in no time! Of course it won't be learned in a day (or maybe it will) but it's a fun new activity to start and it makes your dog feel special and loved, like you want to be there with them, interacting one on one with them.

For detailed tips on training your dog, here is a link to one of my Pixel dog training articles.

8. Hug
9. Kisses
10. SNUGGLES!! 
(Why, these last three were just WAY too easy!)



These are just a few ways to make your pet feel special, loved and appreciated this Valentine's Day and everyday. Make them a part of your celebration! And of course, nothing beats some good old fashioned snuggle time!
Do you have a fun way you show the love to your pet? I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below and share the love. Happy Valentine's Day!




This blog post about love and the many ways you can show it to your pet, including the special last photo of me and Mommy sharing the love, is part of a wonderful blog hop that my friend The Lazy Pit Bull is hosting called #52Snapshots of Life, where each week a different theme is the focus of our photos and blogs. This week's theme word was LOVE. How very fitting! I hope you enjoyed the love I shared and I hope you'll visit some of the other blogs sharing the LOVE on this Valentine's weekend. If you'd like to join in the blog hop fun, just use hashtags #52Snapshots and #PBSG and visit the host for more details.

14 comments:

  1. Happy Valentines to you. Have a super Saturday and we hope some good things come your way.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Hi Molly! I hope you had a great Valentine's with your Mommy & family. We are having a great snow event at my house...we love snow! Have a great week my friend!
      Love, Pixel

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  2. Is she the cutest dog ever or what?! Look at her smile; I can't believe it! Love the photos and suggestions. Thanks for sharing this! I'm going to have to follow her now, you know… :-)

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    1. Awe, thank you Jody! How wonderful to get a visit from you. I'm so glad you love the blog, the post & me (hehehe). I DO love to smile and I do it all the time...all Mommy has to do is ask and I instantly grin for her. It comes natural, yet I have a command word for it (sneer) that I taught Mommy Jenny. Thank you for being my newest blog follower & friend.
      Love & hugs, Pixel

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  3. Good suggestions except for grooming. I'm not a fan of grooming. I prefer the shaggy look. Hope you had a great Valentine's Day.

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    1. Hi Emma! Hahaha, not so fond of the grooming either? I'm not a big grooming fan, but when Mommy throws in the massages and the super soft caress brushing, I must admit, it feels so good I allow it. But I will never, no not ever, go to a groomers. Just sayin'.
      Hope you had a great Valentine's Day too my friend!
      Love, Pixel

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  4. The title says Pet but there’s not too many that I can do with my humans except maybe 2, 4, 8-10. It was a fun post anyway.

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    1. Hi Cathy Keisha! It's so great to get a visit from you. I'm glad you liked the post, even if not every single one would work. I tried to diversify for my cat & ferret & rabbit friends. You might be able to do 1 with your humans. Have them cook you an awesome feline home cooked meal....even something as simple as a meat you like (unless you're a vegetarian kitty) and they can puree it like Mommy does mine and put a veggie or two that is good for kitties. Have a talk with your humans and see what they say.
      Hope to see you again soon my friend! Pixel

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  5. This is a great list for any day, not just Valentines! I had to laugh about the new toys. We got a BarkBox today and Toby was beside himself waiting to see what was inside (how he knows that brown box is different from all the other deliveries and is for him is anybody's guess.)

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  6. This is such a sweet post! It's so obvious, sweet Pixel, that you are very, very loved!

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  7. I had to come and read this - I missed it last year, I guess - love both blog posts from Valentine's Day - I hope yours was great too!!

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  8. This is a great reminder on how to have great quality time with your dogs. I actually miss doing some of them, especially great play times outside. Other than that, we as pet parents should really invest in only the best products for our dogs, just like that ones I found here: http://dogsaholic.com/care/best-dog-products.html

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