Since 2020, I’m willing to bet you’ve seen less people than usual. It’s a new reality for all of us, but at the same time, I’m also willing to bet you’ve spent more time with you dog than ever before.
They’ve stood by you in good times and bad and they’ve really earned their treats these past few months. That means on this annual doggy date night, we all REALLY need to pull out the stops.
Just before Valentine’s Day, this special date arrives to celebrate that fur-person that’s always there for you. While options may feel limited, we have some suggestions on how to show your favorite canine a good time.
Before jumping in there are two things that have to happen before anything else.
Make it Facebook Official
If you haven’t declared your love via social media, is it even real?
Take a moment to post your favorite pic of your pup. It make feel silly, but posting is just one way to proclaim your love and, honestly, with a dog like yours, they’re worthy a humble brag.
Don’t Forget a Gift
Nothing highlights a special occasion quite like the perfect gift. There are so many unique toys, treats, and accessories you can give your dog and will ensure an end of the night smooch.
If your dog has far too many goodies as is, consider sending a wishlist gift to a rescue dog in their name. It also may appeal to the philanthropist dog.
Below are some fun activities, but they will vary depending on locale, so don’t be afraid to make them your own. Some areas are known for gorgeous sunsets, others have picturesque mountain peak, and the key to a perfect date is always a touch of originality!
This may seem like a give-in since so many of us have opted for the outdoors the past few months, but taking the time to picnic is something more than your typical stroll through the park. Enjoy a grass meadow, beach, or any location where you can toss the ball, bring tasty snacks, and lounge on something other than your couch.
The arts are always a fun activity, but with many museums limiting admission, take advantage of the array of outdoor art pieces. Every city has the hidden gems along public walls and they often reflect the community and are refreshed yearly.
These act as the perfect backdrop for you and your dogs photoshoot, so don’t forget a camera!
While we’re on the topic of photoshoots, when was the last time you dedicated time to snapping something other than a selfie with your dog? Stick your photo in a tripod and you’ll be able to capture some timeless images of you and your dog. After all, they won’t be this age forever.
After snapping and posting that amazing photo, you’ll have worked up an appetite. Although having restaurants closed has been an inconvenience, patio dining provides the opportunity to bring your dog to the meal of your choosing.
Many of your favorite restaurants may also have a dog menu, so they can experience fine dining as well.
Treating yourself is about more than just a biscuit here and there. Break out that special shampoo and take the time to give your dog a grooming that will leave them looking and feeling great.
While so many venues have had limited capacity or closed down, drive-in theaters have had a resurgence. This is a great activity for regions still experiencing winter weather.
So many of these theaters have special showings, so this is also a chance to see some of your old favorites on the big screen and your dog can stick their head out the window the whole time!
No matter how you spend your date night, taking this time to be present and grateful will ensure a wonderful evening for both you and your dog.
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