Valentine’s Day is meant to be the most romantic day of the year
To be honest, I can’t stand it.
For many years I was on my own with Daisy so I would round up my fellow singletons for wine and Sex and the City marathons.
Now I finally have a boyfriend, you won’t find any soppy flowers or chocolates on my social media feeds - one year Tommy bought me an axe!
But Valentine’s Day is good for pups with so many pet brands creating lovely products for the four-legged loves of our lives.
Here’s ten fur-bulous ideas for February 14th gifts to suit every budget!
A swarovski encrusted collar
1. A Swarovski collar in romantic red
How gorgeous is this collar? Now I couldn’t imagine it on Patch but if you have a pup who loves to stand out from the crowd this is pawfect.
It’s handmade by 13Infinity, has over 300 crystals and is one of a kind, so no danger of rocking up at a pawty and seeing another pooch in the same outfit.
The Alexa Festivity collar is £250 at www.13infinity.co.uk
A show stopping outfit
2. A bespoke party outfit
This stunning party frock is from C Mimi which is French for 'How cute!'
It's hand made by Moroccan designer Janan Ben who uses vintage and recycled fabric and products to embellish her creations.
Janan makes outfits for doggy films in Morocco and supports local and international charities by donating a percentage of profits.
Each outfit is one of a kind - this is £42.07 plus postage and you can find out more on her website, www.c-mimi.com.
chocs for your dog's sweetheart
3. A ‘secret crush’ box of pet friendly chocs
Has your pup got a secret crush? Of course they can’t go out and buy a box of Milk Tray for them but you can send these lovely choccies!
Furry Romeos and Juliettes can send their sweetheart four peanut butter and dog chocolate hearts and two white chocolate mice in a red and gold organza drawstring bag.
Each box comes with a card with a red crystal heart to put their name or just a little paw print if you want to keep them guessing!
The chocs are just £3 plus postage from www.harleybearcocobites.co.uk
Plaque for dog lovers
4. If my dog doesn’t like you sign
How brill is this sign? Perfect for any dog owner to ward off weirdos who don’t like dogs!
Before meeting Tommy, my test as to whether a man was for me was to see how they were with Daisy.
This fab trinket is from Pudding and the PA, a gift website set up by welfare campaigner Lisa Garner who was instrumental in creating Lucy’s Law to stamp out puppy farming in memory of her dog Lucy.
Her accessories site is named after her rescue dog Plum Pudding who is continuing Lucy’s legacy and 10 per cent of profits go to help animal charities.
If my dog doesn’t like you plaque is £4.69 from www.puddingandthepa.com
heart shaped soft toy
5. Personalised heart shape toys
These are lovely and come with or with a squeaker in from Teddy Maximus.
You can get them personalised for your dog or for their Valentine, and choose from three colours - pink, navy and duck egg blue - in the signature Teddy print.
Love heart toys are £19.99 from www.teddymaximus.com
Red snuffle mat
6. Heart shaped snuffle mat
We’re a big fan of snuffle mats and the other enrichment toys Sarah creates at Ruffle Snuffle.
The Valentine’s edition is handmade from luxury red felt, machine washable and more densely packed to make finding treats a challenge.
Both Daisy and Patch love their snuffle mat - you pack treats or dry food in the ruffles and they sniff them out.
The Valentine's one is being modelled by the lovely Poppy from pet directory www.dotty4paws.co.uk.
The heart ruffle mat is £26 from www.rufflesnufflemats.com
Collar, lead and bandana set with hearts on
7. Heart design lead, bandana and collar set
Kit your dog out in this cute collar, bandana and lead set with white paisley patterned hearts on red fabric.
Collars are made from durable cotton with a quick release safety fastening and a metal D clip and the bandana slips over the collar.
The matching lead has a luxury soft velvet lined handle - ideal for a romantic stroll with your pooch all year round.
The set costs £31 from www.moomooandbear.co.uk
Beauty and treat box
8. Doggy treat and beauty box
Yes, you can get a beauty box for your dog and this one comes with heart shaped treats too.
Ideal for winter, the beauty products are designed to keep paws in tip top condition, with a natural dog soap, paw balm and a washing cloth.
What’s better than a pamper night with your pup?
Valentine’s gift box is £17.99 from www.rednelly.co.uk
We're treating Patch to the Green and Wild's Luv Hearts from the Pet Stop in Newcastle, where they're £3.45.
9. Clip on collar flower
How pretty are these collar flowers that you clip on your dog’s collar?
They come in an array of red and white patterns with polka dots and hearts on with the petals held in place with a button.
Jo hand makes them at Paws Boutique and supplies them to groomers so their clients leave looking adorable, and you can buy the flowers individually for Valentine’s Day.
Collar flowers are a bargain £3.50 plus postage from www.pawsboutiquestudio.co.uk
paw print bracelet
10. A Little Paw Print bracelet
So this is a gift purely for owners but it’s a lovely reminder of their doggy every where they go.
My friend Sharon bought me this for my birthday. It comes with a card that says, ‘This little paw print is the sweetest thing, a reminder of the love our pets can bring.’
It’s silver plated and can fit any wrist. I already have a couple of these bracelets (such nice gifts) and you can layer them too.
A little paw print bracelet is £16.99 on Amazon.co.uk by Joma Jewellery.
Yappy Valentine's meal for your pup
A romantic dinner with a portion for the pooch
J Lo once sang 'My love don't cost a thing,' and if you want to get in the good books of your other half without breaking the bank, how's this for romantic?
Cook a romantic meal and to make it really special, create a doggy friendly version of it for the doggy in your life!
Tommy made me my fave cottage pie (I know, so easy to please) and made Patch his own portion minus the onions and with watery gravy.
This is something best done at home...
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