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Lucky Dogs

Most dog parents are sentimental and like recognizing holidays and special days with their precious pooches. And why should Valentine’s Day be any different? Let your dog know exactly how you feel about her Feb. 14 by showing her a little love.

You can do so in many ways, from understanding and solving your girl’s annoying submissive urination problem (Good Dog!) and making mealtime more fun by ditching her food bowl and stuffing puzzle toys with kibble (The Monthly Woof) to keeping up the search for her missing sibling (“Holding Out Hope for a Lost-Pet Reunions”). You can also let her know how much you care by checking into using a professional dog walker (“Curing Cabin Fever”) for those times when you just don’t have the bandwidth to help her get a good romp in, and by planning ahead so you can arrange doggie daycare or boarding facility at a place that’s just right for your dog (“Give Them the Time of Their Lives”).

But if you want to shower your dog with a little extra love, you might try going the stomach route to get to her heart. Two local canine bakers have ideas about cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and treats that are sure to get paws-up ratings from your furry BFF (“Show Them Some Love: Say It With Snacks”). You can make some yourself or pick some up ready-made.

Finally, Bay Woof asked Dr. Gary Richter of Montclair Vet and Holistic Veterinary Care to shed light on an important topic: medical cannabis and pets (Ask Dr. Dog). For now, veterinarians are prohibited from recommending or even giving advice about medical cannabis for pets, which he believes is useful. Richter has launched a petition effort with support from about a dozen veterinarians — more continue to join him — to change cannabis legislation so that veterinarians can be empowered to discuss and use medical cannabis on their patients if they desire. Find the petition and share your story of how medical marijuana has helped your pet at

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