Valentine’s Day Dinner Reservation for Three?

Published by PETA.

A survey by Purina shows that 60 percent of doggie guardians are including their pooches in their Valentine’s Day plans. The survey also found that 26 percent of guardians say “I love you” to their dogs at least once a day—the same percentage that share the sentiment with their significant other on a daily basis. Might as well face it, we’re addicted to loving our dogs.

That’s why Purina hosted a celebrity-studded “Be My Valentine” Doggie Dinner Party, complete with a red carpet stroll for the canines and live entertainment (Three Dog Night, perhaps?). I wonder if anyone asked for a doggie bag?

If you missed the doggie dinner party in New York, don’t worry—you can still host a dog party of your own. (There are lots of fun ideas in PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party.) Or you could take a cue from a group of kindhearted second-graders in Virginia who delivered valentines to outdoor dogs in hopes of convincing their owners to show love to their dogs by taking them inside.

However you plan to pamper your pooch (or someone else’s), here’s wishing you a happy Valentine’s Dog—er, Day!

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind