Who doesn't go out drinking with his buddies, won't gossip about you, never leaves the toilet seat up, and adores you even if you've put on 10 pounds and you haven't shaved your legs in a week? That's right - your pet! Dog or cat, their world revolves around you... and food, of course.
So, when you're shopping for Valentine's Day gifts, don't forget to pick one up for the one sweetie who will love you to the ends of the earth, or at least, to the end of the leash.
"Why have 'em if you can't spoil 'em!" says Sam Somers, owner of Bonnie's Barkery in Cave Creek, Arizona. It's pets, not kids, she's talking about and so many of us do spoil them. How many times have we tossed a special pet treat or surprise into the grocery cart while shopping? In fact, in Sam's opinion, "People treat their pets better than they treat their spouses." Could there be some truth in that? If our husbands bark at us, we bark back. If our dog barks at us... what do we do? We give him a treat.
In fact, a new FemiNation poll by Lifetime Networks shows that 89 percent of women 18-49 will spend as much or more on their pets in 2009 despite the economic downturn. Read more about the survey!
Sam walked me around Bonnie's Barkery pointing out some great Valentine's Day pet gifts. If you're stymied on what to pick up for Fluffy or Big Boy, consider some of these. They're not all practical, but they're fun... just like Valentine's Day.
Don't leave your pet out of the Valentine's Day celebrations just because times are tight, be creative!
DOGS: Knot together your old, holey socks. Right off your feet is the smell they like best.
CATS: ANY empty box. It's as simple as that... any empty box!
Sam says, "A lot of people, with this economy the way it is, will eat macaroni and cheese before they cut back anything for their pets." For many of us, that means Valentine's Day pet gifts, as well. My guess is Sam must be well stocked on macaroni and cheese because she admits, "Only the best for my one true love... my dog!"
Resource: Samantha Somers, Bonnie's Barkery, BonniesBarkery.com, Cave Creek, AZ
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