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Love Your Pooch on Valentine’s Day

Show Some Love

February is a great month to show your pooch just how much you love her. You may not be able to feed her the chocolate and champagne your human sweetie gives you for Valentine’s Day, but you can rub your pup’s belly and scratch her behind the ears while you eat those bonbons and raise your flute with a toast to your pup for being your BFF.

You could buy your furry friend some special treats—how about a cake from Paw Patch Pastries?—or dig up a recipe to make your own healthy edibles, say Poochie Peanut Butter Banana Biscuits or Fido Sweet Tater Biscuits, the recipes for which integrative vet Carol Osborne, D.V.M., shared recently with Bay Woof.

Dogs make things better for us, day in and day out. So let yours know in a special way what she means to you on a special day.

In this issue, two trainers who cherish the human-canine bond—Mena Kamel of Bravo! Pup and Kelly Gorman Dunbar of SIRIUS Puppy & Training—offer interesting takes on the importance of these relationships. In Good Dog!, Kamel urges pet guardians to understand and accept their dogs, realizing their differences and limitations—ones that sometimes even the best training cannot overcome. Likewise, In The Monthly Woof, Dunbar recommends that people be realistic about their new puppy or dog and by all means let them be dogs. After all, it’s their very dogginess that attracted us to them in the first place.

Dogs will surely be dogs at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and at press time, the National Park Service had put its plans to severely reduce dog access on hold indefinitely, a victory for the dogs and their people who have long played there. This Feb. 14, follow the lead of Sally Stephens of the San Francisco Dog Owners Group, a champion for keeping GGRNA open for dogs, who counsels taking a celebratory hike on the beach or coastal trails where access would have been eliminated. Your dog with surely love you more for it. Spread the love.