Valentine’s Day is either met with total excitement and anticipation or sheer dread. There is no in between. Whether you’re in your forever relationship or currently a party of one, might we suggest still celebrating this holiday with your dog? Yes, it sounds strange to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day to just spend it with your dog, but it also sounds pretty awesome. No one nagging you. No unmet expectations and disappointment. Just an excuse to indulge with your person and embrace this weird holiday for all of its quirks. 

Here’s where we’re starting with our dogs this year…

// Calling all New Yorkers! Stop by the Sweethearts Bazaar with your dog and shop vintage fashion, gifts, sweets and eats from locals. It’s an indoor/outdoor fair and the best part is 100% of the profits are donated to four local public schools. Win - win. 

// Who needs fancy reservations when you can take the morning off and take your dog to a leisurely brunch at Barking Dog Restaurant on the Upper East Side.

// It’s not drinking alone if the dog is home. Pick up a bottle that benefits homeless dogs! Just add pizza. 

// Perhaps you and your dog appreciate the finer things in life… leashed pets are allowed in the William Secord Gallery on the Upper East Side. Take an evening stroll through the gallery and grab an ice cream for two on your way home!

// Why match with your significant other when you can match with your dog

// Take a ferry ride with your four legged pal to get a good view of the Statue of Liberty. Bring a small picnic along for the journey and you have yourself the best date in NYC!

// Retail therapy is real. Grab your dog and hit the shops as most are dog friendly in the city! 

// Maybe you’re interested in treating yourselves to a staycation? Book a night at any of these dog friendly hotels in NYC!

// This is way better than anything you’ve ever posted to the gram, trust us. Book a session with “Petographer” Jim Dratfield and capture this moment in time with your best pal forever. 

// Spend some morning QT with your number one in Central Park. Treat yourself to a latte and let your dog roam off leash between 6-9am. Now that’s happiness!