National Love Your Pet Day

Some pet lovers celebrate National Love Your Pet Day every February 20 (although some might say every day is Love Your Pet Day). For many, pets are more than “just a dog” or “just a cat” (or just a you-fill-in-the-blank animal). I am no different.

There have been dogs in my family since before my birth. Our first dog was patient; she would let me try to ride her like a horse and let me lie my head on her like a pillow. I thought she was my best friend. Our second dog had a lot of quirks, and I loved to dress him in my doll clothes. Clearly, he was patient, too.

Nico is the first dog I have had on my own, so I feel a special bond with him. He thinks he’s my protector–he barks at everything (and when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING). He is vocal in other ways, too. He grumbles at you if you discipline him. It’s not a growl, but it’s a “I heard what you said, and I don’t like it” kind of message. It’s like he has to get the last word in, which is why my boyfriend says Nico is a lot like me. He also lets us know when he needs to go to the bathroom (which I appreciate), when he wants to go outside to beg for treats from the neighbors, when he wants a treat from me, when he wants to get up on the furniture, when he wants breakfast or dinner, and when Tugger is getting on his nerves.

There was a little bit of grumbling from Nico when I took this picture.

There was a some grumbling from Nico when I took this picture, while Tugger tried to push Nico out of it.


Nico verbally demands attention from us, while Tugger is a bit different. He isn’t very vocal (other than how he howls when he hears me in the driveway), but the expressions on his face usually give us a clue as to what is going on in his head. Generally, he just wants to love you and cuddle with you. He won’t turn down a treat, but he thrives on attention, so much so that he knocks Nico out of the way if anyone tries to pet Nico. There are times Tug isn’t nice to Nico, like when he hogs the dog bed or pushes Nico out of the way so Tug can go through the back door first.

For animal lovers, you understand when I say my kids are not the typical kids who you have to carpool, help with homework, or take to birthday parties. Like people with human children, you know I have to clean up after them and make sure they are fed, warm, and loved.

Because of today’s holiday, I thought I would reflect on the biggest ways I have shown my love for my two fur babies.

I love Nico so much that I have not had his vocal cords removed. (It is with great love that I hush him when the whining starts at 4 a.m.)

I love Tugger so much that I don’t kill him when he pees on Nico. (It is with great love that I called Tugger a “douchebag” when this happened this morning.)

How could I not love these faces?

How could I not love these faces?

I love them both so much that I wrote a children’s book series about them.

Please tell me ways that you show love for your pet. The examples can be sweet, sentimental, funny … whatever you want to share. I look forward to reading your comments!



4 Responses to “National Love Your Pet Day”

  1. Christa February 21, 2015 10:40 am #

    I love my dogs so much that I maintain my patience when they are playing and the older one makes a constant whining growling noise (her play noise) while the puppy (who towers over her) puts her paw on her head and tries to push her down or shove her toy in her face. ;)

    • February 25, 2015 12:02 pm #

      Poor Tasha! I think Piper must be like Tugger, who likes to find reasons for smacking Nico in the face. I am hoping we can record it one day.

  2. Carmela Dutra March 2, 2015 8:50 pm #

    How sweet! I love hearing pet stories and how they came to be.

    • March 2, 2015 9:25 pm #

      Thanks, Carmela!

      When I was 10, our dog died, and I was devastated. My parents got me a puppy for Christmas, and they kept him with my aunt and uncle until we went there for Christmas Eve. Out came Max, our black cockapoo, with a big red bow around his neck that he was tripping over. He was such a sweet and wacky dog. I should do a book series about him!


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