7 Simple Ways to Shower Your Dog With L-O-V-E!

Welcome to the month of love! Ah, yes, love. Poets and authors write about it. Singers croon about it. Artists create visions of it. While every day is a day for showing our pets how much we love them, February is a time to celebrate that love with Valentine’s Day on February 14 and Love Your Pet Day on February 20!

 
Love for Your Dogs in Many Ways!

While we can certainly count the many ways our beloved dogs love us and we love them, here’s a few ways of showering our canine best friends with some l-o-v-e!

Love Is Simple

Nothing says, “I love you,” more than hugs, kisses, and some belly rubs! Dogs are pretty easy to please. They don’t need anything fancy to let them know how much they are loved, just your time and attention (although treats and toys are willingly accepted).

Fetch Me Some Love!

You work all day and can’t wait to get home. Is there anything better than happy, wiggly butts and wagging tails greeting you at the door to wash away all of the day’s stresses? Return the favor by picking up their favorite toy and engaging in a fun game of Fetch to let them know you missed them, too!

Love Is Being Together

Love for Your Dogs in Many Ways!There’s nothing that says, “I love being with you,” to a dog more than spending time together. And dogs love to go o-u-t! Go for a stroll, a hike, or just have fun running around the yard together! If your dog has special needs or a medical condition (like arthritis or weak hind-end issues) that prevents them from walking well on their own, a lift-harness is helpful to aid them on short walks (or potty breaks), or simply sit together and just breathe in the outside air while enjoying each other’s company.

Healthy Love

One of the most loving gifts we can give our dogs is to ensure that they are in the best health possible by taking them to the vet for their scheduled check-ups and keeping their vaccinations current. Also have them microchipped, feed them a healthy diet, have fresh water available, and be diligent in following up on anything physically or behaviorally suspicious, and if your dogs are on medications and/or supplements, be sure that they receive their doses on time.

Love Is Sweet, but Not the Treats

While red heart boxes filled with candy can make us smile, be careful not to let sweet treats near your dog. Chocolates, nuts, anything with Xylitol, raisins, caffeine, and more can be toxic to your pet. Check the ASPCA’s full list of foods to avoid at: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets. Also, keep your vet, the emergency animal hospital, and animal Poison Control phone numbers visible near your landline phone and programmed into your cell phone.

Love Hurts

Oh, boy, it sure can. When we lose a beloved pet, it’s a loss we feel so deep in our hearts we fear we will never heal. To help ease that hurt, why not visit a nearby shelter or rescue and bestow some happiness on a homeless pet. Donate a toy or food in your furangel’s name, give a shelter dog a much-needed hug, and ask to take a dog out of the kennel for a walk. By sharing the love in your heart with a dog less fortunate, you will not only help a dog in need know love, but can also help heal the hurt in your own heart. And who knows? You may even find a new best friend to bring home and love.

The Language of Love

Do you tell your dogs you love them?

I do! Communication is just as important for reinforcing the amazing human-canine bond, as it is to spend time playing and interacting with them. The best part about having a conversation with your dogs is when they answer you back with enthusiastic howls, woofs, woos, licks, and/or tail wags! Pure joy!

Whether your “puppy” is 12 years or 12 months old, all s/he wants is to be with you and share that special bond called love. Not only will you cherish the time spent together, but your dogs will also be happy knowing they are forever cared for and loved.

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dorothy wills-rafteryDorothy Wills-Raftery

Dorothy Wills-Raftery is the author of EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy; the FiveSibes™ Tales children’s books What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness; and Buddy, the Christmas Husky~Based On A True Holiday Miracle (ArcticHouse Publishing). She writes the internationally award-winning FiveSibes blog based on the lives of her five Siberian Huskies, and is a contributing author and photographer for American Pet Magazine, Ruff Drafts, The Sled Dogger, and Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine. Dorothy is also the writer and host of “The Sibe Vibe” Dog Works Radio show. An official International Purple Day® for Epilepsy Ambassador and a volunteer case manager for The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy, Dorothy is the creator of the #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign inspired by her Husky, Gibson, who is a canine epileptic (Epi-dog). In addition to her Huskies, Dorothy shares her home­ with her husband, daughter and son-in-law, and a rehabilitated-now-adopted feral cat named Binx. You can follow Dorothy and her FiveSibes on Facebook at FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews, on Google + , Twitter,and Instagram (@FiveSibesMom), and the soon-to-be launched FiveSibes.com website.


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35 Responses to 7 Simple Ways to Shower Your Dog With L-O-V-E!

  1. Rachel says:

    What a great list! I especially love the one about visiting a rescue/shelter and showing those animals some love.

  2. Kelly says:

    Awesome post just in time for Valentine’s Day! And to answer your question, yes, I tell Edie I love her, if not with words, then by my actions of hugs and cuddles and just being together. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Great post. Being together and connecting with your family is so important. Without a connection, we miss all the ways to truly shower our pets with love.

  4. LOVE is exactly what they give us. Every day I walk in the door, the cats come flying outside, but after a few sniffs they turn around and wait for me to pet them, and tell them I love them. Fun post.

  5. Mr. N’s favorite is going for a walk or better yet, going for an off-leash hike. I haven’t done that in a while, I should take him!

  6. There is so much here that we need to remind people of – people forget things in this busy life!

    Love and care comes in many forms (including safe treats!)

  7. Allison says:

    Great post! You’ve described lots of wonderful ideas of how to show love to our dogs. I try after every meal to take time to groom, play with, or train our pets.

  8. Sonja says:

    We do love every day really … but we have ordered a special meal from a fantastic farm to table restaurant (and farm). We included a little extra duck filet for our little dude.

  9. sherri says:

    Hey, I just wrote something similar – take your dog on a trip in February. Honestly, it’s my pets (and a trip to NYC) that’s getting me through Valentine’s Day.

  10. Ruth Epstein says:

    Love the article especially as love is in the air, thanks

  11. Beth says:

    It is always a good time to show someone that you care! Love these suggestions!

  12. Sadie says:

    Loved this ‘love’ post, Dorothy. Although we adore our furkids throughout the year Valentine’s Day is particularly special. Reese is my funny little Valentine and we will help her celebrate her 12th Birthday this year!

  13. Fantastic list and some great ideas, and what better way to show love is to visit a shelter and give a homeless animal some much needed attention. Like you say, you might even find your new best friend. Gotta go shower my dogs with love now!!

  14. Carol Bryant says:

    What the world needs now, is love, sweet love, to quote a song. And this post nails is paw-fectly. Dogs are the epitome of unconditional love, too.

  15. Cathy Armato says:

    This is SO sweet! Valentines Day is definitely a day to bestow extra love upon your canine Valentine! We had a snowstorm today so I took our Husky out in the yard to play and boy was she in 7th Heaven! An outing is the perfect gift to bestow on our loving canine partners on Valentines Day.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  16. Wonderful article. Isn’t it amazing all the emotions we experience with love

  17. I love that you said love is getting o-u-t! It is – love is so pure in nature, because mother earth is love! So are dogs! :) Great piece and will share with our readers!

  18. Kim says:

    This is so perfect for this time of year. Thank you

  19. Bryn Nowell says:

    I love this post! Such a great list of reminders about love and our pets! Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to see you soon in NYC!

  20. My cats love hugs, kisses and belly rubs too. Happy Valentines Day to you all!

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