Ah Valentine’s Day! The day we have elected, or Hallmark elected for us, to celebrate our love for that someone special. But what if your someone special is also someone else’s someone special? Me and My Better Whole (a.k.a. my husband Joe) were married on Valentine’s Day – eons ago – and we use this special day to celebrate our mutual love for our dogs. I know, a bit cray cray, right? Well, no not really – they are our family and we love them. In our house, Valentine’s Day has gone to the Shih Tzus!
We’ve had Shih Tzu’s for decades, and My Better Whole was raised with them. Well, not literally with Shih Tzus… although, one might argue that he was raised by wolves. Speaking of that, the Shih Tzu breed has been linked via DNA to the ancestry of wolves. I know, go figure…from a wolf comes a little fluff ball! On Valentine’s Day we celebrate our ‘little lion dogs’ because we’re inspired by their super loving nature. Thought to be from Tibet, the little Shih Tzu was bred for companionship for the monks and slept at their feet in order to keep them warm. You have to dig that on a cold night. Plus Shih Tzu’s are truly affectionate, happy, outgoing little house dogs who love to follow their family members around wherever you go – making a point to tilt their head and watch your every move. Playful, silly, and affectionate – that sums them up fairly well.
Our Valentine’s Day Gift to our Shih Tzu’s
Admittedly, we’re a little coo-coo for Shih Tzus. So, it should come as no surprise that we have a little Valentine’s Day ritual we like to experience together with our fuzzy ones. Every Valentine’s Day my Better Whole and I reaffirm our love for our pup’s breed through a bit of a competition: Who can find the cutest Shih Tzu trinket! Oh, yes, and we make a special meal for our dogs – but honestly, we just love playing a one upsmanship of finding some unique items that pay homage to Shih Tzus. What can I say, our college years are behind us and our Medicare years before us…we get our competitive yahoos where we can find them!
Celebrate Your Dog’s Breed
I know, not everyone can have a Shih Tzu (but if you do want one, make sure to check out a Shih Tzu purebred rescue group). And, well, you may have your own breed for which you are truly dedicated. Say like a Dachshund, or Weimaraner, or Pug. But whatever breed you go ‘coo-coo’ for – do it with pride! Don’t let anyone make you feel like you don’t have the right to be totally, full-on, in love with your pup – even so much so that you celebrate Valentine’s Day with him or her. Heck, we do – we include all of our dogs in our anniversary celebration! We’ve done everything from trips together to having dinner at a fast food drive through restaurant – because it doesn’t matter what we’re doing, it matters who we’re doing it with. And for me and my Better Whole, that means we include our fuzzy pups. So…without further ado, let’s see what we’ve selected to celebrate our dogs this Valentine’s Day!
This Year’s “Valentine’s Day Has Gone To the Shih Tzus” Competition
Can you figure out which ones I picked? Yup, all the little round headed Shih Tzu iPhone and ice cream coffee mug things. Aren’t they too cute – I mean it, like too, too cute! Honestly my Better Whole did a good job too – actually, he won the competition. Drum roll…….rolling pin, takes the cake! I just loved it, and I can’t wait to make a blackberry pie with a Shih Tzu imprinted crust. Life, it’s fun when you make it fun 🙂 and, I kind of dig the Namast’ay mug, which is a good thing because my Better Whole ordered that for himself and you know what they say, “what’s mine is mine, and what’s his is mine.” Know of any cute Shih Tzu-themed gifts – share them with us!
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Why do I call my husband my Better Whole? Because, all joking aside, he’s much more than my better half, he is my complete better whole. Happy anniversary babe!
Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!