February is all talks about love. Whether you’re dodging it and celebrating “gal-entines day” or celebrating it with your one and only. If you know me, I have to include Gatsby in everything as well. Here’s some ways to show your fur baby some extra love + to make them feel included in the love fest all month long.
Talk to them. Some people may say I’m crazy for this, but I don’t care. I’m known for my “Gatsby voice” and I talk to Gatsby all the time. I know he likes it, and can understand because his ears will purk up, or he’ll open his eyes. We all know, dogs are pretty much human, and 100% apart of the family.
Play with them. Grab their toys and have a tug-a-war marathon, chase them around the house like a crazy person, play fetch, and watch their tail go wild.
Teach them a new trick. They think it’s fun, we think it’s fun, and it always stimulates their mind. Working your fur baby’s mind is SO important because it wears them out and let’s you create a special bond with each other.
Brush them, and make them handsome/pretty. Letting them know that you care about their hygiene is a simple way, you’ll often see them licking their paws. By you brushing them, it keeps them healthier longer, as well as I know Gatsby always thanks me by licking my hands after I’m done brushing him.
Go on an adventure. Time spent with them goes a long way. Maybe your pup loves hiking, going to the park, running on the beach. Make an effort to take them with you, even just one time. And you’ll be able to tell how happy they are!
Show them extra affection. The kisses, the belly rubs, the cuddles, the hugs. Every dog is different? What does yours like? Take that and run. Maybe yours doesn’t like to be cuddled but loves belly rubs! That’s fine, they’re just like us- and every fur baby is different.
If you think about it, we’re all they have. Our time. Our energy. Our effort. Our love. While we have work, friends, our loves, our hobbies, activities + THEM! We need to make it known to them that we love them just as much as they love us.
Gatsby is the neediest dog ever, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. He wants to be by my side at all times, and even better for him if I’m talking or petting him. If you have other ways to show your fur baby a little extra love- I’m always up for new ideas, and trust me, Gatsby is too.
~ XOXO, Amanda & the needy boy Gatsby