A good girlfriend recently sent me a silicon wine cup that says “It’s not drinking alone if your dog is home.” A perfect gift that also perfectly sums up how I feel about Valentine’s Day. For those of you who might not be as content as I am to avoid dating disasters and simply spend time with your furry favorite, here are some ideas on how you can find and share time with a significant two-legged other AND your dog.
If you’re still looking for love in all the wrong places, then maybe you need something other than Tinder. How about Twindog? Formerly Tindog, the app lets you swipe right to meet that cutie with the hot human, swipe left to avoid someone who just spent $1500 on the newest designer-doodle.
Date My Pet is another online dating service that has been featured in USA Today and on Good Morning America. Not just a dating site, they also feature trending articles on everything from myths about sex to Why You Should Date a Girl with a Dog. I suggest you read that one.
If you’ve been on Match and grown tired of selfies in the bathroom mirror then maybe you should try Pet People Meet. Their website says they are “Dating Partners” with Match.com. I’m guessing that means they use a similar algorithm, but what do I know? I was only on Match for one month when a well-intentioned friend purchased me a membership. I spent the majority of that time cutting and pasting bios into emails that I would then forward to a girlfriend who is a high school English teacher. Needless to say, I had more laughs than dates.
Whether it’s just you and your dog on Valentine’s Day or you’ve organized a threesome with your mate and your mutt, there are plenty of ways to spend time together. Depending on where you live, finding a restaurant patio for dining in February might be difficult but no worries! I’ve included ideas for doggie dates that’ll keep you indoors and cozied up even if the weather isn’t cooperating.
Visit a Dog-Friendly Winery or Brewery
In our travels, we’ve discovered that breweries are an easy go-to for dog-friendliness and whether it’s the taproom or the side-yard, it seems a lot of them will welcome your pooch in some portion of their establishment. Many of the breweries even use their spent grain to make dog treats and/or sell dog swag. So while you’re sipping on your Sexual Chocolate at Foothills Brewing Co in No. Carolina, make sure your pooch gets a little something too.
If fruit is more your thing, then a stroll through a dog-friendly vineyard might be the perfect afternoon. Sassafrass Springs is our local favorite and since we last featured them, they’ve added an indoor fireplace with blankets and cozy seating for three. To locate a dog-friendly winery near you, visit our new friends, the Cork Hounds. We’ll be guest blogging for them in the future, as well as referencing them when we travel. Their database currently includes over 1800 dog-friendly wineries in 24 different states.
Pack a picnic
How long has it been since you packed a picnic basket with your favorite snacks and headed somewhere with a view? If you choose a short hike instead of the park, your dog will thank you for the woodland sniffs and you’ll likely find a more secluded and private spot to spread your blanket. A hill or mountain top at sunset is my suggestion.
Don’t want to lug a picnic basket on a hike? Try one of these backpack versions instead.
Outdoor movie or drive-in
This is actually one of my favorite summertime activities with Henri. Our local drive-in always has a double feature and I like to go on Sunday nights. It’s a great way to wind down a busy weekend and there are usually less kids. If you live somewhere with a year ’round warm climate, then I bet you can find one in your neck of the woods. A quick search of “outdoor movies in February” gave me lots of options… in California.
Visit a farmer’s market
Another of my favorite activities is shopping the local farmer’s market. It makes a great casual date, especially if it’s followed by brunch. To punch up the romance a bit, skip the restaurant brunch and instead head home with your fresh finds and create something together. If your date buys you flowers, you might have a keeper.
Don’t have a dog? Then visit your local shelter.
Ours is hosting a My Furry Valentine event featuring a pizza and pasta buffet and $14 adoptions for matches made at the event.
Where will you find or celebrate love this year? Tell us in the comments or share with us on social media.