My Furry Valentine

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A typical Valentine’s Day celebration includes dinner, sentimental cards and sweet treats. Many pet lovers are adding a new tradition: inviting their furry friends to the festivities.

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According to a national Purina PetLover survey of 1,000 U.S. pet owners, more than 60% said they plan to include their pet in their Valentine’s Day celebrations.

In fact, 43% of men said they would prefer to spend the holiday with just their pets because these four-legged friends lower stress levels. And of the women who said they would prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their pets, 30% said Fluffy and Fido are more in tune with their feelings than anyone else.

“Valentine’s Day is no longer a day to celebrate with just our human loved ones. It’s about our pets, too,” says Kathy Santo, a nationally recognized dog trainer and author of Kathy Santo’s Dog Sense. “Whether it’s including their pet in a family photo, ensuring their health or showering them with Valentine’s Day gifts, it’s an indication that more people consider their pets a family member and treat them like one.”

Creative pet enthusiasts can send digital Doggie- and Kittie-Mail through Petcentric.com. It’s a cool way for organic, eco-conscious consumers to forward Valentine’s Day greetings because no paper is involved. Simply upload a photo of your pet, which you can place in a customized valentine that features your dog or cat speaking in your voice, with your words. If you don’t have a photo, you can choose from six dogs or cats already provided, along with a variety of cute phrases, backgrounds and props.

And if you want to fall in love this Valentine’s Day, look no further than your local animal shelter or rescue group, where plenty of loving dogs and cats are waiting to find their perfect match. What better way to avoid the Valentine’s Day blues?

Photo courtesy of Purina

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