Every Valentine's Day since 1992, I have celebrated my dog
Maui (pictured above) with an abundance of gratitude. That's the day that I brought her home with me when she was a tiny puppy, and that's the day I launched
Do You Remember Love? years later, in 2007. Maui passed away in the summer of 2008, and I dreaded Valentine's Day 2009. But the day ended up being wonderful. I was still missing Maui, of course. But I was also so happy to have gotten over much of the pain of her loss; and to walk with a joyful new little
Kanga on the same beach that Maui loved so much. The day ended up feeling more like a celebration than mourning. The power of Maui's love protected me from too much grief on that day. This year, as
Valentine's Day 2010 rolls closer, I am so grateful to Maui for "keeping my heart open" - as my wife likes to say - for all of those years. And I'm grateful to her for inspiring my book,
How to Meditate with Your Dog, and my little poem/movie
Do You Remember Love? and for the creation of this website, which would not be possible without the love that our dogs show us every day.

Two years ago a member of this community (an intern for my publishing company) designed a t-shirt that says
"my dog is my valentine!" I asked her to make a mug version, and she kind of went to town with a book bag and a sweatshirt and a whole mess of other items. If you want to see her designs, you can go to
My Question for You... Here's a question for you:
would you send email valentine's to your friends' dogs? A couple of years ago I had a valentine system set up, and I was thinking I could set it up again - is it something you'd like to have? Let me know.
I want to really celebrate Valentine's Day this year - because my dogs Kanga and Maui ARE my valentines! Just reply to this post below.

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Comment by PapillonOne (Janet B) on January 21, 2010 at 6:19am
Aren't all things that we do on this sort of site (or on other types of lists like papfriends) meant to benefit us as we share and celebrate our love for our beloved furbabies? I agree that if James was offering such a service that would cost money, I might choose to use such money to make a donation, but if Valentine e-cards can bring a smile to a fellow animal lover, I am all for it!! Thanks James for your caring offer.
Comment by Lauren K Gropp on January 21, 2010 at 3:30am
Dear Carmen Alvarez.
You've misinterpretted my responses. I'm not trying to be sarcastic, just don't understand the benefit to sending cards to pets. Isn't it merely for the benefit of the pet owners? I am a happy, loving, compassionate woman with a big heart. Just because I don't agree, doesn't make me bitter.

Please take a moment to view this link, it will explain a lot. (may need to copy & paste to search bar)


And once again, I'm truely sorry if I've affended anyone, but it's just my opinion.

Comment by Jacquie Maisonneuve on January 21, 2010 at 3:23am
Yes for sure I would send Valentines day cards as I always send a Schnauzer calendar each Christmas and a valentine days card to Rocky my friend in Niagara Falls dog., Goes back 6 years or so when I received a valentine from Rocky......now my daughter has a Rescue puppy named Tammy who is adorable and I would send one to her also.....she is a lab/alsatian I think... full of joiedevivre and gives my daughter so much pleasure taking care of her. So please do make the special cards
Jacquie Maisonneuve
Comment by Carmen Alvarez on January 20, 2010 at 9:17pm
What a great and fresh idea for Valentines, a lot of my patients have adopted dogs and cats from me and we all keep in touch, this will be another way to keep in touch. A question, why is Lauren Gropp so sarcastic, ? Whatever the issue she sounds unhappy and bitter, maybe we should recommed she watches the movie "Yes Man" with Jim Carey.
Comment by Nancy Cunningham on January 20, 2010 at 7:05pm
I love this idea. My Annie, Gracie, and Nacho would love sending Valentines to their family of friends!!!
Comment by Jill on January 20, 2010 at 4:36pm
I think that sending eValentines to my friends dogs from ours would be fun. I would certainly do it.
Comment by Lauren K Gropp on January 20, 2010 at 2:36pm
Dear Debra McWilliams,
I was ask to give my opinion, just like you. I'm a member, just like you. Although we may have different opinions, I believe we both hold our relationship with our beloved pets in high regards, so please don't get angry. I don't care how others celebrate special occasions, I just feel much of it is of no benefit to anyone but the humans involved. If sending a card to your furry, feathered, scaled or shelled friend(family member) is going to make YOU happy.....go for it! Enjoy and give you precious pet an extra snuggle.

PS - I'm truely sorry if I've affended anyone, but it's just my opinion.

Comment by Debra McWilliam on January 20, 2010 at 1:28pm
To Lauren,
James never said he would be charging money for the valentines so it's not a matter of our money going toward ecards vs charities. Since you've been so outspoken with your opinion, I'll share mine: please keep your judgmental rants to yourself, Lauren. How I celebrate Valentine's Day and spend my money is none of your business.
Comment by Vickie on January 20, 2010 at 12:01pm
I think that would be a wonderful thing to do.
Comment by James Jacobson on January 20, 2010 at 10:17am
Thanks for the comments. To address some of the questions raised here--the valentines would be ecards and they would be free to send and free to receive.-- Just a way to celebrate our dogs on Valentines day.

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