Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

Valentine’s Day always stresses me. If I was dating, I would fret about getting the right present, sending the wrong message, making sure it was just romantic enough without seeming too needy. If I was single, I didn’t want to seem too sad, too stand-offish (in case that cute neighbor might want to drop by for a drink) or make too big a deal over the day. Now that I have my dog, at least I know I will always be spending the day with a loved one, dating or otherwise. So celebrate the day of love with your pet.


Mix and Mingle Valentine Yappy Hour Paw-ty
Friday February 08, 2008

Take your pooch for a night out on the town! Socialized dogs are welcome.
Proof Lounge
239 Third Avenue between 19th & 20th Street, NYC
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tickets are $20 advanced purchase at ($30 at the door, if available)
All proceeds go to Bideawee Shelter
Enjoy a “barking dog” or “meow-tini” cocktail courtesy of Proof
Prizes for most festive Valentine’s Day attire
Have your photo taken with your pooch


Leashes and Lovers Valentine’s Celebration
Tuesday February 12th, 2008

Spend Pre-Valentine’s with dog lovers and well-behaved four-legged friends
Crash Mansion, 199 Bowery, NYC
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Cost: $30/person in advance ($40 at the door)
Ph: 1-888-678-BARK (2275)
Event Includes:
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres
Live music
A “For the Love of Your Dog” contest with fabulous prizes
Gourmet dog biscuits
Fantastic raffle prizes – 100% proceeds to benefit ASPCA (
ASPCA adoptable dogs

Free photo session in your home for every attendee


Celebrating a quiet Valentines at home? Reward your kitty with the Heartthrob Catnip Gift Box from the North Shore Animal League America ( This gift box of three plush hearts filled with 100% organic catnip is the cat’s meow! Three synthetic faux fur hearts in assorted colors that include leopard, red, cow print, and black plush.

If you’re sending some love across the miles, go to Remember to use the ASPCA promo code so 10% of the price will be donated to the ASPCA (


Originally published February 2008
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