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Prelude to Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – I mean, literally, it’s tomorrow – and love is in the air. At this point, everyone’s thoughts have turned to love, not only for that special someone, family and friends, but for our doggies too! This Valentine’s Day let’s make sure to not only pamper our loved ones, but take proper precautions as well.

Did you know that Americans spend some $1 billion on chocolate for this particular holiday alone? Well, believe it or not, it’s true! Not only are chocolates given as V-Day gifts but, so are flowers and, for some, the occasional alcoholic beverage. It’s important to accept these gifts graciously and even more important that we keep them to ourselves!

Remember, chocolate is toxic to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the greater the toxicity, so make sure to keep it out of paw’s reach this holiday. Put those beautiful roses out of harm’s way too. They can be dangerously thorny and could puncture your pup. We wouldn’t want your furry Valentine to “fur-ociously” devour any of these goodies, now would we?

Let’s focus on giving our pooches a little pampering instead. After all, this is the most loving day of the year! Here are some gift ideas:

• For a reward, give your dog an extra treat or a special homemade meal.

• Gift your doggy a cute V-Day toy.

• Spoil your favorite dog with a new bed and blanket.

• Spend quality time together taking a long walk or take an extra playtime. Include a top-notch belly rub while you’re at it!

Now these are just some suggestions to make man’s best friend feel a little extra love this holiday. Your dog won’t forget you this Valentine’s Day either, and will probably smother you with kisses!!!

In case you didn’t know, dogs, hearts and this heartwarming holiday have a few things in common.

A Dog of Heart

Two breeds that are “hearty” are the Pekingese and the Polish Lowland Sheepdog. Both of their breed standards describe ears that are heart-shaped. One breed may be the most eligible candidate for the title, “Valentine Dog.” With spirit and initiative, the Briard is wise and fearless with no trace of timidity. It’s intelligent, easily trained, faithful, gentle and obedient. Its standard states it is a “dog of heart.” If I had to choose an official V-day dog award – if I really had one to give out – I would go with the Briard!

So whether you’re spending your day swooning over chocolates or, like most of us dog showers, attending and-or getting the latest recap from the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, take that extra time to extend your love to your furry Valentine!

DFR! Dogs Freakin’ Rule and Valentines too, my friends!!!!!

Written by

Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"
Comments
  • Collin February 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Gotta love that Kayla!

  • Kayla Bertagnolli
    Kayla B February 21, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Thank you Collin!

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