In an effort to teach my children that less is more and that there is as much joy in giving as receiving, I informed them that this Valentine's Day they'd receive only candy. The money I would have spent was instead going to a cause close to our hearts. We are animal lovers in our family, particularly dogs and cats, and we care passionately about pet overpopulation. We support numerous no-kill shelters, help to finance low-cost spay and neuter clinics, contribute to the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry who distribute pet food to low-income owners, and have ourselves adopted three stray animals that wandered into our yard. Knowing how much they loved animals, it seemed obvious what to do with the Valentine gift money.
League for Animal Welfare's wish list. My son chose canned food. They were in need of food for dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. He carefully picked sizes and flavors he thought were appropriate. He also chose a 28 pound box of scoopable kitty litter. My daughter took the decision a little less seriously. She fell passionately in love with a stuffed squeaky toy which she wanted for herself but agreed to pass on to the shelter. She also picked out some soft dog treats. She wandered off with Grandma while I filled in the gaps from the wish list with a 6' nylon leash, a large Nylabone, and a box of small Milkbone dog biscuits. As usual there was a rescue group at the PetSmart and we saw several sweet dogs walking around wearing shirts that said "Adopt Me." It's all I can do not to come home with a 40 pound bag of dog food and a 40 pound dog.
|Looking at the dogs.|
|We have a particular fondness for hound dogs.|
|Do these cats have it made or what?|
When we arrived home we were greeted by our own two cats and our big hound dog mix who sniffed us for the next 15 minutes in wonder.