It’s About the Little Things – A Valentine’s Day Ode to My Dog

It’s no secret that the purportedly most romantic day of the year fills me with more irritation than it does love. From the forced gestures to the poor quality chocolate, I have never been big on celebrating Valentine’s Day. There is something about bright red heart-shaped boxes that makes my eyebrow twitch. It’s not that the concept behind the day bothers me. The idea of taking time to appreciate loved ones is a good one. But the way it is all packaged up gives me hives. It’s all just so… Artificial. Is there anything more offensive than obligatory affection?

TC Valentine

Not to me there isn’t. If grand gestures and “I Wuv U” teddy bears are your thing, that is fine. For me, there is far more romance in the every day, little things we do for each other to show we care. Things like scraping ice off your car, or picking you up after work on a rainy day so you don’t have to take the bus. Laundry might not sound very romantic, but if you do a load for me, I will feel special.

Shiva Valentine Our animals understand this instinctively. Dogs aren’t big on shiny jewelry or fancy dinner dates. All they want is our company and attention. They know that large gifts, like expensive new toys or theΒ  latest in dog collars, are empty unless they have someone with whom to enjoy them. There is no point in buying your dog a trendy, scientifically tested tug toy unless you are willing to hold the other end. We could spend hundreds on cozy memory foam dogs beds for Shiva and she would still prefer to sleep on the couch with us.

Dogs get that it is the little things we do for each other that run the deepest. Cuddling on the coach after a long hike, throwing that stick just one more time, forgiving them when they chew a hole in our favourite slippers. On the flip side, no matter how I am feeling, when Shiva runs towards me with a wiggling bum and a wagging tail, suddenly I know everything will be okay. She puts up with my having to go to work and I put up with her occasionally humiliating me in public. We show we care not by purchasing big bouquets of flowers one day a year, but in the small things we do for each other every day.

In my opinion, that’s what love is all about.

Thanks so much to Ann at Pawsitively Pets for the adorable Shiva and “TC” Valentine images! They are just too sweet.

13 thoughts on “It’s About the Little Things – A Valentine’s Day Ode to My Dog

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. You made me smile about the “scraping the ice” my husband does it for me all the time and I appreciate that more than anything. As for Cody and Dakota and their unconditional love, I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

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  2. I do like Valentine’s Day, watching the guys running around the city carrying flowers. It helps that N is very very sweet and she sends me flowers randomly. She sent me a dozen roses in a pretty box and all the ladies in the office squealed over them. It was nice.

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  3. I was in the grocery store yesterday and saw about 20 men checking out with flowers or balloons and grim faces. They knew they had to show up with something after work or there would be a lot of pouting. This is not love. This is just sad.

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  4. You are so right about Valentine’s Day. For that matter I think all of the various dates we clebrate are so merchandised now that it takes away the genuine meaning.

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  5. You are right about the insanity of Valentine’s Day. I was at school yesterday for the Valentine’s Day parties. Next time I’ll ask if I can stay home. It was crazy the things that appeared all day from the florist truck. And the things that came out of those decorated bags! i didn’t get it. And stayed out of the way except for brief forays to clean up cookie crumbs on the floor. Give me a good massage and maybe a tennis ball, even a used one, and I’m happy! Thanks for your insights!

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  6. A co-worker asked me what my husband got me for Valentine’s day and I laughed. I cooked dinner. We got each other cards, no big deal. We show our feelings all year long in many other ways. We feel the same way about Christmas as well. Sometimes we will go out on our anniversary but that is because it is a day special to us, not a lumped up holiday.

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  7. I agree. Valentine’s Day is pretty darn artificial. As my hubs says, “we don’t need the card and flower companies to tell us when to celebrate our love. Every day is a celebration of our love.” He says the last part in a funny voice, and it always cracks me up.

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  8. Great post Kristine! This here says it all, “There is no point in buying your dog a trendy, scientifically tested tug toy unless you are willing to hold the other end. ” πŸ™‚

    Hope you had a great day with plenty of doggie snuggles, human kisses, and maybe a piece of real chocolate that didn’t come out of a Russel Stover’s box!

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  9. We completely agree with you! I’m happy that the Mr. cooks dinner most nights and baked cookies the day before, who cares about overpriced flowers that the cats & dogs will knock over, eat and throw up. πŸ™‚ He’s happy that he doesn’t have to do laundry and rarely has to go the grocery store. I’d rather have someone who is great all year than someone who does the grand gesture a few times a year when it’s a societal convention.

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