Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Your Dogs and Cats

Super Smiley, the blog dog, here with a dog’s view about Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is a day of Love Love Love, so who better to share it with than the masters of unconditional  love, your pets?

Just like people remember their special humans with extra special plans, cards and dinners, we pets would like to get in on Valentine’s Day, too!

  1. Take a hike! If your dog isn’t up for a hike, then a nice aromatic walk in nature will do just fine. But, if your dog is raring to go, then take a Valentine’s hike with a little picnic. We will love it! Be sure to bring us some water!
  2. Take us to the pet-friendly pet store and let us pick out a new toy! Yep! This is one of my faves!
  3. Bake us some Apple PupCakes! Here’s a simple recipe:

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and mix the following:

½ cup organic whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/3 cup canola oil, ½ cup applesauce, 1 egg, 3 cups Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter.

Spoon into cupcake baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Frost with this mixture: 2 oz. cream cheese, 4 tbsp. canned pumpkin, 2 tbsp. Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp. flour. Then, top with a slice of apple. They’re Pup Cakes, but you may want one too!

  1. Make us a Valentine’s Casserole:

It’s easy. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook organic rice per the directions in a pot. In a frying or sauce pan, slowly heat and cook some ground beef. As it’s cooking add some broccoli and carrots.  If you stir it as it cooks, the juice from the beef should keep everything from burning. If it starts getting too dry, just add some water as you stir. When it is browned and cooked, drain off the fat and mix the beef, broccoli, carrots and rice together into a casserole dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil to keep it from drying out and put it in the oven. It’s already cooked; the baking is just to combine the flavors. Just bake it for 15 minutes and it is yummy! Before you serve it to us, make sure it’s cool enough for us to gobble down! And we’ll want to eat the whole thing, but only give us a little bit so our digestion doesn’t get upset by lots of new food.

  1. Host us a Valentine’s play time party. We can have free time play, or special dog games like Bobbing for Apple Chips! Just fill a wide mouthed bucket with water, throw in some apple chips and let the guests go one at a time to see who can pick up the most apple chips in 30 seconds. And, if you do have the party, you already have the main course and dessert menu!
  2. These last two include the kitties. And the dogs will like this, too. Massage! Yes a special Valentine’s Day massage! Have us sit in front of you and put your hands around our shoulders with your thumbs on each side of our spine. With gentle kneading action, rotate your hands so your thumbs move up and out, up and out and work this upward toward our necks. Be gentle and your pet will tell you if you should move this into a scratch or a deeper massage or a gentle skin pull. 
  3. And Doga! Yep! Include us in your morning exercise. Whatever it is, we will participate in our own unique way and the cats are always spying to see what you are up to. If we want in on your yoga mat today, consider it: the more the merrier!

OK! We are waitin’ for our special Valentine’s Day with you! And you can be sure that we will always return the love 100 times over!

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Super Smiley, well done! It’s me, Megan, here now, and before we go, I wanted to chime in with 5 safety tips for Valentine’s Day.

  1. Chocolate is a big NO for dogs and cats. It can cause heart arrhythmia and can be fatal. Be aware that baking chocolate is especially toxic.
  2. Sugar-free candy often contains xylitol, which is also extremely toxic to dogs.
  3. Raisins are extremely poisonous to dogs and cats and can cause kidney failure and death.
  4. Valentine flowers add beauty and aroma for the day, but remember lilies are poisonous if ingested, especially to cats. Even the water in a vase for lilies can be lethal.
  5. If you do give your pets extra treats or special meals, only give them a little, so that too much of a good thing doesn’t upset their digestion.

If your pet ingests anything on this list or anything unusual, you can get information and help 24/7 from a live person at the ASPCA Poison Control Line at (888) 426-4435.

Smiley and I, along with everyone here at Pet Health Central, wish you a Beautiful Valentine’s Day filled with unconditional love, purrs and Super Smiles.

Until Next Time,
xoxo from,
Super Smiley and Megan Blake, The Pet Lifestyle Coach®


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