According to a survey conducted by the the National Retail Federation, American pet parents will spend $367 million on Valentine’s gifts for their companion animals. Whether you do not have a date, are obsessed with your dog or just do not want to leave them out of the fun activities, Valentine’s Day is a great day to show your pooch some extra love and pampering.
You might want to take your dog out for a night on the town, for a fun romantic dinner, visit the local Yappy Hour, get a pet portrait or professional photo done, or have an all girl’s extra special spaw day, where you give your dog a massage and aromatherapy treatment.
To help with the massage, you might consider:
The Hand-Held Massager from Silver Tails features two massage heads with smooth, raised “knuckles” to soothe joints and muscles. The handle can be adjusted to fit any sized hand. The massager is lightweight and is compact enough to fit in a pocket.
The Silver Tails Hand-Held Massager is available from Amazon, Petco, and other national retailers and costs $7 – $8.
You can also go the traditional route of flowers, wine and chocolate for your pooch.
Here are a few more ideas …
Old mother hubbard heart treats… wheat free PB Hearts™ are oven-baked with Peanut Butter and Oatmeal making them a fun natural snack bursting with flavor.
Below is a brief list of ‘pet friendly’ flowers and plants:
- Common Name | Scientific name
- African daisy | Arctotis stoechadifolia
- African violet | Saintpaulia spp.
- Alyssum | Allysum spp.
- Bachelors buttons | Centaureaa cyanus
- Begonia | Begonia spp.
- Celosia | Celosia spp.
- Common Snapdragon | Antirrhinum majus
- Easter Daisy | Townsendia sevicea
- Orchids | Barbrodia, Sophronitis, etc.
- Peruvian lily, Brazilian lily | Alstroemeria spp.
- Rose | Rosa spp.
~Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, PhD, DABVT, DABT
Vice President and Medical Director
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
When the occasion calls for Pinot Grigio, the furry members of the family can enjoy Pinot Leasheo. The Bark Vineyards Pinot Leasheo is a perfectly balanced marriage of flavors that will appeal to the most discriminating tastes. An anticipated, unique treat which to conclude any day. It might also be an enticing appetizer.
Water, dehydrated chicken broth, potato flakes, dehydrated carrot, lactic acid, xanthan gum, dehydrated parsley, garlic powder, dehydrated oregano
a whine that has gone to the dogs… and comes with a licker license… A gourmet treat experience. Pour evenly over a meal, step back as your beloved furry friend savors the delicious bouquet and unique flavors.
Carob dipped doggie treats…
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup carob chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Beat eggs with peanut butter, then add milk and combine well.
3. In separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder.
4. Combine the dry mixture with the peanut butter mixture. Mix well.
5. Stir in carob chips ( safe, non-toxic alternative to chocolate)
6. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto lightly greased cookie sheet, leaving about 1″ in between cookies.
7. Bake with love for 20 to 25 minutes, or until biscuits look just barely “dry” in the middle and are baked through. Do not overbake! The biscuits will naturally harden as they cool.
8. Before you & your dog take a nibble let treats cool down before removing from cookie sheet.
9. Once cooled. Ready, Set, devour!