The Beauty Of Valentine’s Day

by Houndstooth on

Valentine’s Day is a special day for me.  You see, a long time ago, I went out on my first date with Mr. Taleteller on Valentine’s Day.  We were both in college and we’d been friends for eight months before he finally asked me out.  He came in and spent time chatting with my mom before we left.  He also managed to charm Sable, my mom’s cantankerous Shetland Sheepdog who really didn’t like anyone outside our family.  She immediately took a liking to him and after a while spent chatting with my mom, we finally left and went to dinner at a local restaurant and then managed to get in to see a late showing at the movie theater.  It was the first date of many for us.  It’s definitely a beautiful memory for me.

Cupid After Your Heart -- Tales and Tails

Cupid After Your Heart

I realize that not everybody has a special person to share the romantic holiday with, though.  I know for some people it’s a sad and even sometimes painful day.  Aside from my wonderful husband, I am happy to have four canine valentines waiting for me.  Of course we have a few special little treats for them today, because Valentine’s Day means something to us.

I Heart You -- Tales and Tails

I Heart You

However, the reason we really love them is because every day is Valentine’s Day with them.  They greet us with love and adoration every time we come home, no matter how long we’ve been gone or even if we smell like other dogs.  Sure, they may be curious to sniff us and see where we’ve been and who we’ve been with, but they quickly move past that to the body pressed against you, eyes gazing up in adoration stage that makes coming home so sweet.

Heart Warmer -- Tales and Tails

Heart Warmer

I don’t know how people without pets cope with a lot of things in life. They say you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.  However, those people have never been showered with puppy kisses.  I’m thankful today for puppy love as well as having a wonderful sweetheart.  Having a day to celebrate love doesn’t mean that you have to have romance in your life, although that’s nice to have.  Honestly, though, I wish I could view it more like the dogs do and believe that it’s Valentine’s Day everyday.

The Look of Love -- Tales and Tails

The Look of Love


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  • BZ Dogs

    Life without pets would be sad indeed. And missing out on puppy kisses? Never! 🙂

  • Kate Obrien

    What a nice memory to share. Big pressure to have Vday be a first date, but guess it worked out. Looking forward to lots of kisses from my guys (all of them) tomorrow.

  • Sue Dyer

    Lovely photos.

    Your Valentines Day is obviously extra special.

  • Love the last photo with the frog. LOL

  • Sara Blair

    Love is really all we need. We are so lucky to share our dogs’ love. There is no love like it! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    If your mom’s sheltie liked your husband, that is saying a lot 🙂

  • catchatcaren

    loved this post! Happy Valentine’s Day!! I think that is a Sheltie thing, to be super leery about anyone who is outside of the family. Dakota is like your Sable was, he is super discerning. Sending you much love!

  • Roxy

    Well happy Anniversary on your first date. How fun! I can’t imagine not having a dog or two to come home to. They make life better everday. Happy Heart Day!

  • Jackie Bouchard

    How sweet that your first date was on Valentines Day! And we agree that every day is Love Day with pups in your life!

  • Lydia @ See Beautiful

    Beautiful. Thank you so much for hopping with us. We are so happy to donate a brand new children’s book to St. Anne’s Homeless Shelter in YOUR honor!

  • Casey the Boxer

    Momma says I’m the love of her life and she doesn’t need another Valentine!

  • HuskyCrazed

    OMD! Such beautiful photos!!!!

    Happy Valentines Day! frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky
    ღHusky love hugz

  • The OP Pack

    Gorgeous photos and lovely musings.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

    Hugs and Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  • annyboo

    Lovely valentine story of yours… enduring love story 🙂 Your girls are really good models. Very nice touch to the pics.

  • All Things Collie

    Have you ever considered using your pictures to make a calendar, that you could sell to raise money for rescue? I would buy one!
    Anyway- I now have new favorites, and I am going to beg you – PLEASE use one of these for the blogville calendar contest next year? These would be perfect for February!!!

  • Emma

    How fun to have a first date on Valentines Day! Mom says us dogs are her Valentines and she is ours. Not a big deal day for us, just the usual snuggles and loving! Happy Valentines Day!

  • Happy first date anniversary! I don’t know how others make it either without some kind of animal in their lives. Can never get enough of those puppy kisses. 🙂

  • Terry Cramer

    It is really mice to hear about the way you and Mr. Taleteller met. I feel very happy for the two of you. It seems rare these days. I love that you both are sooo into dogs! I agree with you about the dogs being our ever-present valentines. Yours are so wonderful.

    Terry from MatildasJourney.com

  • SGilbert

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! My mother always said if our dog does not like your date forget him and if he does not like dogs he is not a match for you! A dog has a very good sense. Love your Valentine pictures….they would make a awesome Valentine’s Day card.

  • Solo Irvine

    Gorgeous photos, as always! That’s a lovely story, too, of how you met…

    Happy Valentine’s to all of you from me and Krissy xxxx

  • Happy Valentine’s Day to you too. I agree – our dogs view every single day as a celebration of love. That’s a perfect way to put it. (I love all the Valentine props in your photos!)

  • browndogcbr

    Hi Y’all,

    Oh friends do indeed make the best husbands…according to my Human!

    What a wonderful, beautiful post!

    Happy, happy Valentine’s Day!
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  • Lovely post about love!

  • Little Reufus

    Habby Balentines Day!!!

    Teu fings… One, I lubbs yeu all SO berry much!!!

    And teu, Mister Taleteller iss one lucky dude!!!

    wif lubbs from Little Reufus

  • Belated Valentine’s wishes to the Houndstooth/Taleteller family! ♥

  • Jodi

    Awe, that’s a wonderful story!! It’s nice to be surrounded by so much love.