A recent news article said that Americans spend $17.5 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts! Good Morning America says a lot of pet owners not only purchased gifts for their spouses, they also spent a lot of money for gifts for their pets. In fact, they stated on their website that The National Retail Federation expects consumers will spend $367 million on their pets this Valentine’s Day. So, the following questions begs to be asked! Are you spending any money on your pets for Valentine’s Day? If so, how much. (Just a Ball Park number please).
As an alternative to buying a diamond studded collar, a Waterford Crystal water bowl, or Gucci bag for your designer breed why not do something for your dog that it will REALLY love and appreciate?
Instead of spending money, consider an investment of time. Spend some extra time walking or playing with your pet. If you can’t walk or play because of some kind of physical issue just spend a few extra moments hanging out and sharing a little extra quality time! It doesn’t have to be long periods of time either. Just 3-5 minutes several times a day will be greatly appreciated.
Dogs aren’t little four footed humans. They are animals that have been bred to crave human interaction. They don’t care how much you make, what kind of car you drive, or how big your home is! The only thing they really care about is spending time with you. They live to hang out with you and make you happy.
OK, I agree. Buying your pet a gift CAN make you happy. And there’s nothing wrong with buying your pet a nice gift once in a while! But I dare you to spend a few extra minutes every day walking or playing with your dog, and not walk away just as happy!
No matter whether you buy gifts or not, thank you for loving and taking care of your pets and their needs.