Roses for Rover? How to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your dog
For immediate release:
February 3, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Virginia. – PETA learns that more and more people are celebrating Valentine’s Day with members of their four-legged family. From a gourmet dinner to an in-home massage, there are myriad ways to do it, and here are PETA’s top tips:
- Go out together for the day. Enjoy an extra-long walk, hang out at the beach or in the woods, or visit a dog park where your companion can run off-leash, play ball, and make new dog friends. Let them dig, bark and run without any micro-management! If the weather turns bad, you can always watch “dog TV” on YouTube, curled up on the sofa.
- Give your dog a massage. Humans aren’t the only ones feeling stressed and having their backs rubbed.
- Share a special meal. Prepare a dog-friendly dinner at home, complete with special treats, while your best friend listens to calm, relaxing classical music, or order from a dog-friendly restaurant. (A list of some suggestions appears below my signature.) Soy ice cream is a treat (but not chocolate, which is toxic to dogs).
- Make it a group date. Organize for your friends and their dogs to meet up in the park, in someone’s fenced-in yard, or somewhere else where everyone can socialize together. And let them do what they want.
- Plan a getaway. Some hotels and resorts don’t just To allow dogs as guests – they welcome with treats, beds and dishes just for them. (A list of some suggestions appears below my signature.)
“Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, and that should include the animals who share our homes and lives and are man’s best friend,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA has tips to make dogs feel special on Valentine’s Day and every day, with outings to dog-friendly establishments, new treats and toys, extra-long walks, the freedom to be directed and lots of affection.”
Valentine’s Day is also a great time to help dogs that aren’t getting the love they deserve, by encouraging friends and neighbors to keep their dogs indoors with the rest of the family and not never put them in cages or sponsor a niche for a dog that would otherwise go without even the most minimal shelter.
So to make one pawsitive holiday for everyone. Additional information on dog-friendly meals and travel appears below:
Before going for a bite to eat, pet sitters can visit BringFido and Pet-friendly restaurants—two sites that keep track of puppy-friendly restaurants around the world. As a bonus, many of these places include special meals for dogs – no more barking and desperate looks under the table! Some stars follow:
- Darbster (West Palm Beach, Florida) offers dog-friendly dishes and will even cut your entree cost by 20% if you bring a four-legged friend.
- Posana (Asheville, NC) will bring your dog a three-course meal as soon as the family sits down, with soy bacon dog treats offered as a scrumptious dessert.
- lazy dog (multiple locations) says it all in its name! This all-dog-themed channel encourages pups to eat with the rest of the family on the patio.
- Art and soul (Washington, DC) offers a “doggie patio menu” that includes peanut-banana pupsicles as a delicious after-dinner treat and much more.
- Tin Shed Garden Cafe (Portland, Oregon) has a Tuesday night special, known as “Doggie Love Night,” where for every “human” food purchased, puppies receive a “doggie” item for free.
- Nauti Dawg Marina CafeThe motto of (Lighthouse Point, Florida) is: “Great people. Big guys. Good Times,” and each of its menus includes a “For the Dawgs” section, which is 50% off on Mondays for “Yappy Hour.”
- Asparagus (multiple locations), a cupcake chain, offers sweet but sugar-free “pupcakes” for dog fun, available to ship nationwide.
Fido-Friendly Hotels and Resorts
To find hotels that include pets as guests, sites like Raising Your Pets Naturally, bark post, BringFidoand The dot guy list destinations that offer specialty menus or room service orders, treats and water bowls, resources for animal-friendly activities, and more:
- Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa (Huntington Beach, CA) offers a Doggie Room Service menu and is located just outside Huntington’s only dog-friendly beach, Bolsa Chica.
- the Ritz-Carlton Hotel‘s Avon, Colorado, offers dogs a “bachelor’s pack,” which includes a bed, bowl, gourmet treats and a “Pet in Room” sign, while the Washington, D.C. location offers canine guests beds, personalized mats and bowls, gift bags, leashes, dog biscuits and tennis balls.
- Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami (Miami) offers dog beds, water bowls and an abundance of treats. Dogs can also soak up the Miami sun and meet other pups at the hotel’s rooftop dog park.
- oriental mandarin (Atlanta) welcomes dogs with freshly baked bone-shaped cookies, beds, water bowls, dog dental kits, and a variety of toys. The in-room dining program even offers specialty dog dishes and “puptails” (non-alcoholic cocktails suitable for dogs).
- Hostel at 500 Capitol‘s (Boise, Idaho) “Boise Best Friend Package” includes a welcome gift, beer tastings for two at a local dog-friendly brewery, and a $10 credit on the hotel’s new pet-friendly menu. company.
- Beacon XV (Boston) welcomes guests with a list of nearby animal-friendly establishments and hiking routes, a personalized plate of peanut butter treats and hotel-made dog biscuits, plush dog beds and bowls of water.
- Delano Las Vegas (Las Vegas) welcomes dogs with service menus and food, including frosted organic cookies. And like much of Vegas, the resort’s dog park operates at all hours of the day.
- Calistoga Ranch (Napa Valley, CA) offers dog treats, beds, food and bowls as well as a “Canine Culinary” room service menu.
- The Perry Hotel & Marina (Key West, Florida) has two onsite dog parks and ground floor guesthouses with outdoor showers designed for dogs as well as welcome amenities like leashes, water bowls and Frisbees.