Anyone who knows me in real life will be aware that Valentine’s Day isn’t my fave celebration
Before Tommy, Daisy’s human dad came along when I was 38, I spent the best part of a decade as a singleton while my friends got married and had kids.
I’m still not a huge fan, but if my pressie is something that my dog can share, I’m in!
So I rounded up my totally non-slushy round up of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for dog owners – and there’s not a flower, teddy bear or chocolate in sight!
1. A mini-break
There are so many gorgeous dog friendly holiday cottages all over the UK and inviting the dog along to a Bridget Jones inspired mini-break is sure to get you in the good books.
Letheringham Water Mill in Suffolk is our favourite – you can read about our stay here – and you can find lots of lovely places on PetsPyjamas.com
£99 per night from Sunday to Thursday and £115 at the weekend. www.letheringhammill.co.uk
Daisy in her doggy bed at Letheringham Water Mill
2. A photoshoot
Forget boring photos of babies and kids, our pooches never fail to look adorable in front of the camera and while your Smartphone may be bursting with pics, it’s lovely to have a professional shoot.
Have a look for a local lifestyle photographer to arrange a shoot and you’ll have snaps you can treasure forever. For London pawrents, try Eva Thompson of Eva and Amelia’s World.
£150 for a three hour shoot www.evagraphy.com
Eva in action on one of her pawsome doggy photoshoots!
Daisy would love this carriage!
3. Dog bicycle trailer
Pawfect for cycling fans – rather than leave your dog at home you can pop them in this cute trailer and they can ride along and enjoy the scenery.
I’m planning on doing a lot more cycling this year and Daisy is slowing down as she gets older so this Trixie Cuddly Cave trailer is on my wishlist!
4. Dinner at a dog friendly pub
What self respecting dog owner wants to sit watching couples slobber over each other on the most expensive night of the year?Instead, book a table for dinner at a dog friendly pub. Bonus points if you find one with a menu for dogs like our regular haunt, The Brandling Villa in Gosforth, Newcastle.
£4.95 for doggy meals www.brandlingvilla.com
How cute are these matching T shirts?
6. T-shirt with your dog's face embroidered on
Send a photo of your dog to Hoop n Loop and get a gorgeous, hand embroidered T shirt, top, sweatshirt, cushion or jacket with their face on.
For Valentine’s they’re donating £30 from every t-shirt sold to www.wildatheartfoundation.com – helping stray dogs across the globe.
They are on the pricey side but absolutely gorgeous and you know there’s no way anyone will ever have the same piece, wherever you go!
£100 for a plain t-shirt design from www.hoopnloop.co.uk
The likeness on this T-shirt is amazing!
7. Striped jersey for your dog
I’m a huge fan of a striped Breton top and had 12 in my wardrobe at the last count. This gorgeous navy and yellow one from Fetch and Follow would match my collection pawfectly.
Daisy’s human dad Tommy knows I HATE flowers so I’m hoping he’s reading this!
A girl and her dog can never have too many striped tops....
8. A collar, bandana and lead set
Ok, so it’s technically for the dog, but we all love kitting our pets out in nice things don’t we?
I was looking for something lovely for Daisy and Paula at Eco Dog Designs created this lovely collar, lead and bandana set for her which I’m thrilled with!
£33 for the set – Daisy wears a small – www.ecodesigns.com
We love our heart print collar, bandana and lead set
9. Red polka dot bag – with a super romantic poo bag carrier!
I’m laughing as I type about a poo bag carrier being a Valentine’s Day gift, but I love this combo from the Cosy Canine Company.
Big enough to fit in a waterproof coat, purse, doggy jumper, treats and a water bowl and Lottie is giving readers free shipping for all bags.
£44.95 and put in THEPAWPOST at the checkout www.etsy.com
For the price of a bunch of roses, you can have this lovely bag with a matching poo bag holder!
10. Beds for Bullies Valentine’s Day card
Regular readers will know we are huge supporters of Liz and the team at this English Bull Terrier Rescue in Norfolk – they’re currently looking for a new home – follow this link if you can help.
You can also show your appreciation by sending one of these cute cards – each design features one of the dogs currently living with Liz – she has 16!
£3.75 inc P&P www.bedsforbullies.co.uk
Make a Bullie happy this Valentine's Day!
11. Sponsor a dog with Dog’s Trust
I did this when I was single and your sponsored dog sends you a Valentine’s card plus three updates a year on their progress, a photo certificate, fridge magnet and a window sticker.
It’s a lovely gift for any dog lover, particularly those who can’t have one of their own. For just £1 a week you can help your dog and their friends too.
If you’re still stuck for ideas lucky London dog owners can visit a fab Valentine’s market being hosted by Fetch and Follow on 11th February.
It’s from 11am-4pm at Netil Market, E8 3EL and you can see the Fetch & Follow range, plus clothes from Hoop and Loop, doggy food and treats from Neoh & Nobo, Blues Bakery, YOKO and The Artisan Pet Deli.
There’s also accessories from Growlees pet charms, Lead The Walk and Edwin UK and top pet photographer Rachel Oates (Winny The Corgi’s human) is setting up a kissing booth where owners can pucker up to their pooch for a memento of the day.
I wish we didn’t live so far away!
Do you have any quirky ideas for Valentines gifts you can share?
Or have you ever been given anything out of the ordinary?
We’d love to hear about it so pop a comment below!