Valentine Pets

Feb 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!
Credit DianaDesignsNY and the Gs [Flickr}

The bond that develops between human and pet has been the subject of study and even research.  It's real, on both sides, and most of us call it love because English does not have a different word to describe the special feelings we develop for our furry friends - and they for us!

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Did you buy a special Valentine gift for your pet? If so, you’re not alone. According to some estimates, Americans will spend several hundred million dollars buying heartfelt gifts for their pets, most with a Valentine theme.

A few years ago around Valentine’s Day, a friend was commenting about relationships. He told me everyone wants to be a priority in someone’s life. My friend happened to be single at the time, and engaged to a woman who didn’t care much for cats. That was a problem for him because he was very fond of his two cats, and struggled with what he could do with them after he got married. He certainly wanted to be sure the cats would stay together and be as well cared for as they were in his house.

The situation resolved itself when his fiancé ended the engagement. My friend kept his cats, and met someone who liked pets probably even more than he did. They’ve been happily married with a menagerie underfoot for several years now.

It’s true that pets have an effect on our relationships with the people around us. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It sure worked out well for my friend. Pet lovers know that when you take an animal into your household it’s up to you to care for it and give it affection and attention. In return you get companionship, devotion, and even love.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Pet Finder website posted “10 Reasons Your Dog Makes the Best Valentine’s Date”. My favorite? “Dogs don’t talk.” Yahoo News says one in five people would prefer to spend Valentine’s Day with their furry friend instead of a human.

I’m one of those folks that think you can love your pets and people too. A relationship with a pet may not be the most important one in your life, but it sure can add a lot of life to your days. And it can still be one to enjoy and even celebrate.

If you think you would enjoy the companionship of a furry friend, visit your local animal shelter. Many are offering reduced Valentine’s Day adoption fees today. You can find wonderful dogs and cats who are waiting and hoping for a great relationship with that special someone.

They say you can’t buy love, but you sure can adopt it, especially when you’re speaking of pets.

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