10 Reasons Dogs Make the Best Valentines

Whether you’ve got a (human) sweetheart or not this February 14th, we all know the doggone truth: dogs make the best valentines! Read our Top 10 reasons why, and then tell us what makes your dog is the perfect valentine!

10. A dog never complains when you want to spend the night on the couch in sweatpants watching a New Girl marathon.

9. What five pound weight gain? Your dog didn’t notice– or say anything when you sucked in your stomach on the scale.

8. Not only does your dog not mind eating leftovers, he actually prefers it.

7. You don’t have to be self-conscious about needing a pedicure when a dog licks your toes.

6. Your morning breath is never going to be as bad as your dog’s.

5. Your big, strong dog makes you feel safer than any alarm system.

4. Your dog will happily listen to you complain about your boss/mother/ex/wardrobe for the millionth time.

3. Your dog doesn’t judge you for needing to slow down and take a breather on your run together; he’s just happy to spend time with you.

2. Dogs don’t steal the blankets at night. They do, however, fart in bed– so consider yourself warned!

1. No one in the universe loves you more than your dog.

We want to see you and your valentines! Tweet us a pic of you and your dog smooching at @ALetterToMyDog now! #KissMe #AValentineToMyDog

‘Thrift Shop’ Parody With Dogs Is ‘Ruffing Awesome’

An adoring dog named Barklemore just got adopted into a new home! Our friends at The Pet Collective were so excited about it they filmed a parody to the tune of hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ hit-single “Thrift Shop”! You can’t go wrong with an altered-lyric like this one: “I, I, I’m sniffin’, all around my new home. This is ruffing awesome.”

Our friends at Mashable called this pet parody ‘ruffing awesome’ and well, we’d have to agree!


Mark Nepo’s Touching Tribute to Mira


Our friend, best-selling author, poet and philosopher Mark Nepo and his wife Susan, sent us this touching poem dedicated to their dog-child, Mira. Thanks for letting us share your beautiful words, Mark!

The Deeper Chance

Mira is our dog-child.
And though we held her as a pup,
she has a need to be held
that comes from beyond us.
And though I sat with her
when she was the size of a loaf of bread,
sat on the kitchen floor staring into
each other’s eyes, she has a need to stare
that comes from a place beneath
the awkwardness of humans.

These days, she seems, at moments,
a furry naked thing that never looks away.

Now, I understand: God made the animals
as raw breathing elements, each closer
in their way to one aspect of being.

And that the friction of time on earth
might have its chance to make us wise,
God made the animals speechless.

We’ve learned that Mira in Spanish
means to look. And lately, she licks us
awake and stares deep into us, as if to say,
Get up. Don’t look away. Admit
you need to be held.