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.
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.
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.
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.