I looked up the definition of Valentine’s Day in Wikipedia.“Saint Valentine's Day, commonly shortened to Valentine's Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.
The characteristics of an intimate relationship include an enduring behavioral interdependence, repeated interactions, emotional attachment and need fulfillment. Intimate relationships play a central role in the overall human experience. Humans have a universal need to belong and to love which is satisfied within an intimate relationship”
This definition could apply to the relationship I have with my animals as well as to the one I have with Lonna, my wife. My pets are special because they give unconditional love. They are always happy to see me when I get home. Lonna is usually happy to see me, but the percentage is a bit lower. It’s not that my relationship with Lonna is better or worse, it is just different. Pets fill the need for companionship and love for those that can appreciate them. People without spouses or local family members enjoy the company and dependency of a pet. Pets give many housebound people something to love and take care of. I know that sitting on the couch, watching TV with one of my pets is wonderfully therapeutic.
Give a valentine treat to your pet. Just avoid the chocolate ones. Pets appreciate some extra attention and a meaty treat. (They are carnivores and most love a piece of chicken, sardine, tuna, deli ham or turkey)
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I love animals and their bond with us. My new book Dog Dish Diet: Sensible Nutrition for Your Dog's Health is out and available on my website (http://dogdishdiet.com ). I have been an animal lover my whole life. As a teenager, I worked at a pet sh...