Our pets are the epitome of unconditional love, and there’s no better time to celebrate that special bond than Valentine’s Day. In fact, in many ways (ahem, most ways), pets are actually better Valentines than humans. Whether you’re lucky in love this year or spending the holiday single, read on for 10 reasons your pet is the ideal Valentine.
1They’re the best listener ever.
When you come home from a long day, your pet knows exactly what to say. With their soulful eyes, empathetic energy and adorable head tilts, dogs and cats are some of the best listeners out there. (Unlike, for example, your boyfriend who just nods along as he scrolls through his phone.) Sure, pets may not understand every word of your vent sesh, but their concern is genuine—in fact, a recent study from researchers at John Hopkins University showed that dogs understand when humans are upset, and go out of their way to comfort us.
2 No one gives better cuddles.
There’s no competition on this one—what human cuddle buddy could compete with a furry friend? If snuggling up with your pup or kitty gives you the warm-and-fuzzies, you’re not alone. Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that physically touching a dog—including belly rubs, ear scratches and nuzzles—significantly improved the mood and mental wellbeing of undergraduate students. Ready, set, snuggle!
3 You never have to share your chocolate with them.
No matter how well you know your partner, gift giving can be tricky. But when was the last time you gave your pet a present they didn’t adore? Maybe that’s why so many people buy gifts for their pets. Chewy polled hundreds of pet parents and found that 94% of people put their pets on their holiday gift lists! Sounds like somebody is getting a Valentine’s Day treat.
7 They think you look great, no matter what you’re wearing.
Author and spiritualist Eckhart Toll perhaps put it best: “When the dog looks at you … the dog is not judging you.” So go ahead, stay in those pajamas, and don’t worry about your hair. While you might sometimes feel the need to impress a significant other, you can rest assured that your dog loves you just the way you are. (Your cat, meanwhile, is definitely judging you—but probably not because of what you look like.)
8 They don’t mind taking endless selfies.
Does your partner roll their eyes when you want to take a selfie? No worries—your pets love the attention (and, let’s face it, the internet would rather see pictures of your cat). It seems like plenty of shutterbugs have caught on. A third of pet parents have more photos of their furry friends on their phones than their partners, according to a consumer survey by Maytag.
9 They only have eyes for you.
Jealousy is an unfortunate part of many relationships—among humans, that is. When it comes to pets, you are The One, even if Margot Robbie and Harry Styles walk into the room. In fact, a Kyoto University study found that dogs are so loyal, they actually hold grudges against people who are rude to their owners. If that’s not love, we don’t know what is!
10 They always love your restaurant picks.
Italian? Mexican? Thai? Even the most compatible humans sometimes disagree about where to go to dinner. But your pup is happy to go to any establishment, as long as you’re there. As dog-friendly restaurants become more popular, we’re considering booking Valentine’s Day reservations with our four-legged friends.
Share the Love
Whether you’re looking for a permanent Valentine, or just want to bring smiles to the faces of pets near you, we’ve got you covered.
Valentine’s Day is a fun time to show extra love to the ones who make life extra sweet. So if you’re single this year, no worries—as it turns out, pets are the purrfect partners on February 14! If you’re looking for ways to reciprocate all that love, we’ve got plenty of ideas: