Why Your Dog Is The Perfect Date For Valentine's Day

Why Your Dog Is The Perfect Date For Valentine's Day

As told by a single girl who is in love with her dogs.

My least favorite day of the year is quickly approaching, Valentine's Day. Am I a bitter single girl who hates Valentine's Day? Possibly. Do I hate Valentine's Day because I hate seeing happy couples while I'm eating chocolate alone? Pretty much. However, this year I gained a new perspective on my least favorite day of the year. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I need to take advantage of the perfect man who is standing right in front of me. This perfect man happens to be my dog. Here are some reasons why your dog is the perfect date for Valentine's Day.

1. They're always excited to see you.

Dogs make for a great V Day date because they're always happy when you come home. I mean, what's better than coming home to an excited, happy dog?

2. You don't have to get them a present.

Let's be honest, saving money is the best. All you have to give your dog as a gift for Valentine's Day is love and a belly rub.

3. There are no expectations for romantic gestures.

You don't expect red roses or a cheesy card from your dogs, but you can expect tons of puppy kisses.

4. They won't judge you if you cry while watching romcoms.

You can show your true emotions to your dog when watching "The Notebook" and sobbing uncontrollably. Also, they will more than likely comfort you when you're upset, and how perfect is that?

5. You can cuddle as much as you want.

You never have to worry about having someone to cuddle with when your dog is around. Also, their fluffiness is perfect for cuddling and petting.

6. You don't have to put on makeup and you can wear sweats in front of them.

Who wants to get all dolled up when you can be in sweats and chilling with your dog?

7. You can eat all of the chocolate since it is toxic for dogs.

You won't have to worry about someone stealing your chocolates and you can eat as many as you want, which is perfection!

8. You won't have to worry about making dinner reservations.

What's better than ordering pizza in and hanging out with your dog? Nothing.

9. You don't have to worry about them breaking up with you.

You know that this Valentine will always be your Valentine and your one true love.

10. They will let you do all the talking.

Since dogs are the best listeners, you can pour your heart out to them without having to worry about them interrupting or judging you.

11. They will be happy and you'll never fight with them.

You never have to worry about your dog being in a bad mood or getting mad at you at the end of the day. Dogs make for perfect companionship with their sweetness and loyalty.

12. They will be the cutest and sweetest date you've ever had.

You know your dog is the cutest dog in the world and you can always count on them to make your day better.

13. They will keep you entertained.

You won't have to worry getting bored when your dog will always be up for a game of fetch!

14. They will love you no matter what.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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