Paws and Appreciation: Celebrating Love Your Pet Month in New England

February, with its chilly embrace and gentle snowfalls, holds a special place in the hearts of New Englanders. It’s not just about the romance and the cozy fireside gatherings; it’s also the time to celebrate one of the most heartfelt months of the year: Love Your Pet Month and National Love Your Pet Day on February 20th. In New England, this month offers a unique opportunity to show our furry, feathered, and finned friends just how much we cherish them. So, let’s dive into some ways to celebrate this love-filled month with your pets, New England style.

1. Adventure in the Great Outdoors

New England is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, from the rugged coastlines of Maine to the rolling hills of Vermont. What better way to celebrate Love Your Pet Month than by exploring the great outdoors with your four-legged friend? Dogs especially love the change of scenery and the stimulating smells of nature. Consider a snowy hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or a brisk walk along the Cape Cod National Seashore. Just remember to keep your pets warm and safe, with plenty of breaks and water.

2. Indulge in Local Pet-Friendly Treats

The region is also famous for its culinary delights, and that extends to treats for pets! Many local bakeries and stores in New England offer pet-friendly goodies made with love and wholesome ingredients. From lobster-shaped dog biscuits in Maine to gourmet cat treats in Boston’s pet boutiques, you’ll find something that will make your pet’s taste buds dance with joy. It’s a sweet way to show your love and pamper your pet with some local flavors. A few of our favorites include Good Paws Bakery online and Sweetened Memories Bakery in Durham, NH. You will also find a bakery section at Woofmeow in Dover and Derry, NH, Friendly Pets in Lee and Exeter, NH, and Pet Supplies Plus in Somersworth, NH.

3. Cozy Up at Pet-Friendly Inns

One of the charms of New England is its welcoming inns and B&Bs, many of which are pet-friendly. Plan a weekend getaway that includes your furry companion. Imagine a night in a cozy inn in Vermont or Connecticut, where you can relax by the fire after a day of exploring snowy trails or quaint towns. It’s a wonderful opportunity for some quality time, snuggles, and relaxation with your pet.

4. Attend a Pet-Themed Event

February in New England sees a variety of pet-themed events, from indoor playdates to charity walks that support animal shelters. These events are not only fun for you and your pet but also a great way to socialize with other pet lovers and support good causes. Keep an eye on local community boards and social media for events near you.

Annually, Golden Dog Adventure Co. celebrates the canine companions in our lives with their Valentine’s Day V.I.D. (very important dog) Hike & Pawty. This special experience includes a nature walk, inside doggy social, catered lunch, massage lessons, and door prizes. This year, the event will take place on February 10th in Concord, NH.

5. Create a Pet Spa Day at Home

Who doesn’t love a spa day? Your pets deserve pampering too! Dedicate a day to grooming, massages, and maybe even a warm bath (if they like that sort of thing). Play some soothing music and make it a relaxing experience for your pet. For cats, consider a new catnip toy or a cozy new bed for those long winter days.

6. Capture the Moments

Love Your Pet Month is the perfect time to capture and cherish the moments you share with your pet. New England’s landscapes provide stunning backdrops for photography. Whether it’s a snowy forest, a historic town, or your cozy home, take photos or even commission a local artist for a portrait. These memories will be a treasure to look back on.

Looking for a pet photographer who will capture your pet’s personality? We recommend Kimberly Sarah Photography in Portsmouth and Sandra McCarthy Photography in Bow, NH.

7. Give Back Together

Showing love to your pet also means showing love to animals in need. Consider volunteering at a local animal shelter or organizing a donation drive for pet supplies. Some shelters in New England offer programs where you can take dogs on day outings or assist in socializing cats. It’s a rewarding way to spread the love and make a difference in the lives of many animals.

Our charitable partner, Mary’s Dogs Rescue & Adoption in Northwood, NH, welcomes volunteers.

8. Learn Something New Together

Finally, use this month as an opportunity to learn something new with your pet. Whether it’s starting a new training challenge, trying out a pet-friendly sport like skijoring in the snowy landscapes, or even teaching your parrot a new song, learning together strengthens your bond and adds excitement to your relationship.

There is always something new happening with Golden Dog Partners. Check out our Facebook Community Calendar for details. 

Love Your Pet Month is more than just a celebration; it’s a reminder of the special bond we share with our pets. It’s about making memories, exploring the beauty around us, and appreciating the joy our pets bring into our lives. So, wrap up warm, embrace the season, and let’s make this February a month filled with love, adventure, and tail-wagging fun. Whether you’re cuddling up at home or setting out on a snowy hike, remember, the best gift you can give your pet is your time and affection. Happy Love Your Pet Month!

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