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 Ruth Housman on January 19, 2010 at 5:57pm
A sweet idea: to send a Valentine to one's friend's dog or dogs. And cats. And birds, too. I have them all and we do love them all. Why not? When I send out greetings to all my friends I put ALL of our family down... Maestro, Mac, Tweetie and Panda.

I think, as you say, this story's about LOVE, and dogs are IT. They do follow completely the Rumi definition of love which I put on my Diary folder for this month, and that is LOVE is unconditional kindness.

PS. that's such a beautiful picture of Maui above.
Comment by Shirley on January 19, 2010 at 5:47pm
Aloha James and Molly and little Kanga,
What a great idea !! My first one will be to our sweetheart Kanga
Comment by Dion on January 19, 2010 at 4:45pm
Would love to do Valentines with friend's dogs but would like to be able to inlcude any type of pet since not all my animal lover friends have dogs! ;>)
Comment by Joan Sangster on January 19, 2010 at 4:40pm
I would love to be able to send valentines to my friends fur kids. Our precious fur kids mean so much to all of us. Great Idea!
Comment by Maltese Mom on January 19, 2010 at 4:10pm
Oliver has several email Valentines he would like to send this year !
Great idea.
Comment by Connie on January 19, 2010 at 4:08pm
Yes- I definitely would send them to my doggy friends! While I don't have a dog at the moment, I would really enjoy sending Valentines to dogs and other pets as well. For now- my kitties are my Valentines.
Comment by Mrs. Patricia Blackman on January 19, 2010 at 3:45pm
I would LOVE the opportunity to send Valentines to my doggie friends! It seems quite fitting. They give so much love to us!
Comment by Stephi on January 19, 2010 at 3:44pm
I would absolutely send email valentines to my friends' dogs! What a wonderful idea to share the love our furkids bring all of us!
Comment by Beth on January 19, 2010 at 3:44pm
Of course. Molly my Yorkie passed away last August and life is not the same without her. I have a new rescue, Louie, a 3 year old Maltese who has joined our other dogs. He isn't Molly, but he is worming his way into my heart. I already sent a valentine to my friends in Bermuda from their dog, Higgins.
Comment by Dee on January 19, 2010 at 3:38pm
I would love it as this will be my first Valentine's Day since Rudy went to Heaven. He was truly my Valentine and the light of my life.

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