Let’s face it, there’s not much else to get excited about in February. At least not in the northern hemisphere. Maybe that’s why we go a bit loopy for Valentine’s Day.
But if you’re in between partners this year and a chicken-biryani ready meal for one looms on the 14th, maybe it’s time to shower some love on your pet. Here’s why dogs make the best Valentine’s dates.
Dogs don’t know Valentine’s Day from the back of next door’s cat. That means you won’t be letting them down, whatever you get them. Who needs a pack of chocolate pralines when you’ve found a filthy tennis ball in the shed?
OK, a snog with Idris Elba/Emilia Clarke would be ideal. But that might just be raw lust. When your dog showers you with love and affection, you know for sure it’s an act of pure love.
If you go manhandling the neighbours’ cockapoo, your dog is unlikely to throw crockery at you and force you to spend the night in the garden. Sure, he’ll have a good inquisitive sniff around your nether regions. But what’s new about that?
Hey, date your dog and there’s no need to spend hours getting made up, choosing the perfect dress or jacket, or ironing-on your eyebrows. Just pull on yesterday’s joggers and a pair of wellies and you’re good to go. Make sure the restaurant you choose looks a lot like a muddy park. At the very least, there is now plenty of dog friendly cafes and pubs to choose from.
If a human date goes well, things can go south pretty fast if they start to follow you around. But with dogs, that’s normal behaviour. So they’ll never wind up with an injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
Dogs don’t talk. Period.
If you’re sold on a dog date this Valentine’s, why not head over to the Ginger Ted store and reward your pet for their unconditional love? There's even a lovely offer of a free lead with every cosy fleece dog jumper. Happy Valentine’s.