Pets celebrate Valentine's Day every day
Posted February 08, 2018
Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us can’t help but
look at our pets and remember the day we fell in love with them. We
are fortunate to share our lives with such caring (and cute)
animals, which is why we do everything we can to keep our pets
happy and healthy.
However, pets do a lot for us, too. They teach us how to love
unconditionally and be a good friend. They are also there to lend a
comforting paw in times of need.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Dr. Sarah Griffin, a lecturer
at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences, described some of the ways our furry friends
show us love and affection.
“Cats show affection by purring, sitting in your lap, rubbing
against your leg, and following you around,” Griffin said.
“Sometimes, they may even gently nip or bite you.”
Cat owners may also find that their pet brings them toys;
random, found objects (such as hair ties); or even a small bird or
mouse. This is considered a present and is a sign that your kitty
loves and cares for you.
Dogs show affection through tail wagging, licking, and playing
with their owners, Griffin said. Dogs may also curl up next to you
for a nap, especially after a relaxing walk. When this happens, it
is common courtesy to go ahead and take a nap, too.
With all the love our pets show us, it’s no surprise that they
have plenty of love for other animals.
Both dogs and cats will play, cuddle, groom each other, and nap
together. Though dogs and cats are sometimes portrayed as
enemies, it is actually common for dogs and cats to become
cuddle-buddies and friends.
There is no doubt that pets are a special part of the family.
This Valentine’s Day (and every day), appreciate the gift of
unconditional love from your pet. Reciprocate love not only to your
pet, but also to the family and friends in your life.
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