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 Lauren K Gropp on January 20, 2010 at 4:37am
Let's see.........purchase cards for our furry, feathered, scaled, shelled friends(family members) or place a check in the mail for your favorite SPCA, Animal Rescue, Pet Adoption Center?????????????? We've become such a needy society, that we're imposing our needs on our animals for sheer amusment. Let's step it up and do something that they'd really appreciate..........saving lives and helping others find their forever, loving, home and heart. Please take this into consideration!

Best regards,
Comment by Tampa on January 20, 2010 at 4:16am
I think it's a GREAT idea! I most certainly would send email valentine's to my friends dogs...from MY dogs!!

Happy New Year and wags to Kanga!

In His Grip,
Tampa Murphy , and Hudson and Hallie
Comment by Janet R. Scarpitti on January 20, 2010 at 4:05am
Kanga nad Maui,
Happy Valentines Day!!!!!!
"Buddy" Scarpitti, Akron, OH
Comment by Sr. Mary Blaise on January 20, 2010 at 3:28am
Maui was a cute dog as is my Sparky. I think our dogs should be included in Valentine's Day! Thank you!
Mary Blaise
Comment by Coralie Nellhard on January 20, 2010 at 2:57am
I am inclined to agree with Lauren, although I love the idea of celebrating our beloved pets both living and on Rainbow Bridge, I do think it would be better to write loving greetings on a forum like this one. Animals are much better at feeling universal energy than humans and can sence thoughts of love and compassion for them without merchandise.
Comment by Adelina on January 20, 2010 at 2:44am
I would love it!!
Lovely Maui's picture!
thank you for share ...
Adelina and my fur kids
Comment by Erin on January 20, 2010 at 12:24am
I sure would..Cedare whom I lost 6 months ago and is now probably romping around where Maui is, will always be my Valentine..My heart is still broken
Comment by Pat Shearcraft on January 19, 2010 at 8:33pm
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful photo of Maui, she was precious. Cards would be a good idea if thecards were made out of heart-shaped rawhide so that the dog would really enjoy it. Whenever I send out greetings, I always add my dog, Misty and my bird, Jude to the card.
Comment by Helen Downs on January 19, 2010 at 6:29pm
My Sheltie Coalie will be 12 years old on February 14.....and yes He is my Valentine. We still do music ministry for Seniors, I sing & play guitar and he visits the residents.....My Valentines favorite song (I wrote) is called Angel in a Little Fur Coat. (on youtube) Please check it out.
Comment by Lauren K Gropp on January 19, 2010 at 6:06pm
Oh, come on people! Do you really think we need to waste more paper on cards for our pets? It's only for the humans in their lives. Have we become this needy? We can come together in a common spirit without bringing such futility. We love, therefore we respect, care for, protect, celebrate, share and give back. There's no need for merchandise to play part in this most precious act of humanity.

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