NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY

It’s no secret that February is known as the “month of love” but did you know February 20th is “the” day to celebrate National Love Your Pet Day? #whoknew

This “unofficial” holiday is for pet parents to give extra attention to those pets whom we have that special relationship with and love so dearly – everyday.

When I saw this holiday listed on dogtipper I started thinking about what I could do to make Fridays “National Love Your Pet Day” an extra special one for my extra special Doodle!

I don’t know why – but Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 kept coming to mind. So I looked it up.

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS

As I read it, I started thinking of the many different ways I might celebrate with him. I wondered, should I get –

A CARD?

nope, gave him one last year…

IMG_6024How about –

FLOWERS

oops, someone already did that…

DSCN4111Pawhaps he would enjoy a –

MUD BATH & BLUEBERRY FACIAL

#ohmydoodle, been there – done that…

facialWhat about allowing him to go to a –

SLEEPOVER

it’s happened not once but twice…

friendsMaybe he could run errands with me –

RIDING DIRTY

he’s very familiar with the front seat…

IM765jpgI could let him loose in PetSmart for a –

SHOPPING SPREE

I don’t ever want to do that one again…

petsmartI know, I’ll let him stretch out –

ON THE COUCH

as if he doesn’t already…

987Or I could let him mark new territory –

PEE ON THE NEIGHBORS SHRUB

sorry Mr. Neighbor, it’s already happened…

DSCN4143Maybe he’d like to –

LOUNGE IN OUR BED

can you say “everyday” occurrence...

sleep

While agonizing over the fact that what I wanted to do was already done, I realized something from the sonnet.

Towards the end Elizabeth wrote:

I LOVE THEE WITH THE BREATH, SMILES, TEARS OF ALL MY LIFE

She meant that she loves him with every smile that crosses her face. And it’s not just her happy moments that go into loving him, it’s the sad ones too (the tears), and even the unemotional moments – that continuous “breath” of life.

And then it hit me – that’s how I shall show my love for Harley today and everyday. I shall continue to love him with the breath, smiles, and tears of all my life…

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What are your plans for National Love Your Pet Day? I’m sure they’re spectacular, please share 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend everyone, be kind to someone and thanks so much for reading…

12 Comments
  • Emma
    February 20, 2015

    Happy Love Your Pet Day. We started already by sleeping in an extra hour. We’ll take a nice long walk and hang out together all day. Lot of cuddling and snuggling too. Enjoy your day and love your post!

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 20, 2015

      Happy Love your Pet Day to you too Emma! A nice long walk sounds doodle*licious. It’s 8 degrees here in VA and the wind makes it feel even colder. Harley doesn’t do this type of temperature. In fact it’s been so cold here, I could probably coax him into wearing booties finally! BOL So we will do our celebrating here in the house as soon as he comes back from day camp. Take care and enjoy your weekend 🙂

  • Caren Gittleman
    February 20, 2015

    I absolutely ADORE this post!!! OMD IT IS SUPERB!!!! xoxo

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 20, 2015

      Thanks Caren, make sure you give Dakota and Cody a hug for me!

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    February 20, 2015

    This was very beautiful, have a great weekend.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 20, 2015

      Thanks JoAnn, have a great weekend too and spoil those beauties 🙂

  • Ann Staub
    February 21, 2015

    Very sweet! Looks like Harley has everything he needs. Love Your Pet Day can be everyday for him 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 21, 2015

      You got that right! Love your pet day is an EVERYDAY occurrence! Have a great weekend!

  • Jan K
    February 22, 2015

    Clearly every day is Love Your Pet day in your household, just as it is in ours. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 24, 2015

      I know your house is oozing with pet love JanK – I can feel it in your writing!

  • Rachele Baker, DVM
    February 24, 2015

    Love this post! Great sense of humor with the photos. I especially like the way you incorporated the sonnet from Elizabeth Barrett Browning in expressing your love for Harley.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks very much Rachele! Couldn’t get the sonnet out of my head so I surrendered and used it 🙂

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