With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, never has there been a better time to shower your better half with love. And while traditionally the most romantic day of the year is for loved-up couples who want to splash some cash, this year, we’ll be using it as an excuse to treat our feline friends and canine companions to some serious TLC.
From a romantic dinner for two at your favourite dog friendly restaurant or pub, to some serious pet pampering for your four legged friend, we’ve curated a comprehensive guide for ways in which you can make this Valentine’s Day one to remember, for both you and your furry companion.
1. ESCAPE FOR A DOG FRIENDLY HOLIDAY!
Why not treat your four legged friend to a last minute getaway to a sumptuous pet friendly hotel? From French chateaus to English manor homes, there’s ample opportunities for a weekend away that is pet friendly to boot. One of our favourite’s is The Horn of Plenty Hotel in Devon, where your canine companion will even be treated to their very own dog’s dinner on the first night of your stay. With unbeatable views, elegant rooms and endless walks for you and your pet pooch, this is a surefire way to impress this Valentine’s Day.
2. TREAT YOUR PUP TO A DOG FRIENDLY DINNER
They say that the way to man’s heart is via their stomach, and the same can be said when it comes to pets. So if you want to show your feline friend or canine companion how much you love them with a romantic dinner for two. We love London House by Gordon Ramsay; ideally located for a scenic dog walk in nearby Battersea Park you can then treat your four-legged friend to a treat and a drink in the bar before tucking in to one of their famous steaks.
3. PAMPER YOUR PET
If your fluffy friend deserves some tender loving care, then book them into one of the UK’s most exclusive pet pampering spas. From blueberry and vanilla facials to oatmeal baths and more, try The Pet Spa in London for the crème de la crème of indulging treatments. Or if you’re based in the north of England, Whitby’s The Dog Spa at Raithwaite Estate offers everything from aromatherapy massages to pet-friendly blow drys.
4. HOME MADE VALENTINE’S DAY TREATS
Dab hand in the kitchen? Why not rustle up some tasty Valentine’s Day treats for your treasured furry friend? We love these cranberry hearts – perfect for any canine companion with a sweet tooth, these red velvet pupcakes are the ultimate romantic gesture, or these Berry Oat Valentine’s treats are sure to please your pooch. Keep any leftovers stored in a jar for some extra special treats for a well-behaved pupster.
5. HAVE A PLAY DATE
Whether you’re the proud pet parent of a canine companion or a feline friend, clear some time in your diary for an afternoon play date where you can focus your attention entirely on them. Contrary to popular belief, cats love playing fetch as much as dogs; and feather and string – a game where you attach a piece of string or a feather to a wand-like instrument, is another way to your cat’s heart. For playful pups, try tug of war or Frisbee if the weather permits, or alternatively opt for one of these indoor games.
6. GIVE A PUPPY MASSAGE
Learning to massage your pup can help form a special bond between the two of you, and treating your pooch to an at-home massage is a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and nurture your four legged friend. There are ample benefits for your dog – from reduced anxiety to deeper breathing and a healthier coat – and you can find step by step instructions here.