Spending Valentine's Day with Your Pet? You're not Alone!
I'm feeling a little pathetic having spaghetti dinner with my parents on Valentine's Day. And I will be cozying up with the cat this evening. But that's the way the cookie crumbles. (Did I mention I'm giving up sweets for Lent? Might as well, since no one is bringing me chocolate. Sigh.) But there is one sweet I don't have to give up on, and that is being able to share appreciation for friends, family, and furry friends too! Apparently I'm not alone in choosing to lavish my affections on non-romantic partners, and especially my pets!
One in five Americans will show their non-human companions some love, spending a collective $815 million on Valentine's Day goodies for their pets, according to a new survey from the National Retail Federation. Can we just say we're really good with that, here at BaxterBoo.com? After all, who else greets you with such enthusiasm when you come home, even if you didn't bring a treat? It's no wonder that, according to a recent survery by AreYouInterested.com, that one in three single respondents said they would rather spend the holiday hanging out with their pets if they were recently heartbroken.
In this age of digital interactions that are supposed to be keeping us more connected, sometimes it's just nice to have your cat rub up against your leg, or lay across the laptop to remind you how pathetically starved we are for actual real interactions! So is anyone else going to join me in boycotting the dating sites today?
My dogs seemed to have an uncanny sense that I needed a little extra attention this morning. Perhaps it was the sighing. Or the fact that I got dressed up for no one in particular. And they both put their paws on me like, "we know it's tough out there. We'll be here when you get home from work, and we'll be happy to come with you to your spaghetti dinner." You just might decide to invite your own pups to dinner too. After all, you probably didn't shoot yourself in the foot by swearing off sweets, and you can eat your dessert and not have to worry about sharing it with the pups! It's not good for them anyway, right???
It goes without saying that we have lots of fabulous finds for spoiling your furry friends here at BaxterBoo.com, but maybe you should consider adopting a new friend this Valentine's Day! Many shelters are running Valentine's adoption specials. Or consider becoming a pet foster parent! That would be the gift that would just keep giving, a love that could give a pet a much-needed chance.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Mary and Ms. Boo
I guess I'll just go ahead and confirm I'll be that crazy cat lady... ;)