Valentine’s Day Is a Scam… Unless You Make It About Your Dog!

Written by: Stacie Grissom

February 1, 2019

It happens to all of us: it’s the middle of January and you’re walking in the grocery, the whispers of those warm holiday feelings still float around in your head. You turn the corner and BAM! There’s an aisle of bright red lovey-dovey cards, candy hearts, and saccharine messages attacking you, telling you how you should spend all your money to celebrate this holiday dedicated to love.

We can all agree. Valentine’s Day is bull💩.


You throw an event that covers your company HQ in dog 💩.

Last week we went tennis-balls-to-the-walls on celebrating the concept of “My Dog Is My Valentine” when we invited 56 French Bulldogs, the most romantic (and gassy) pups of all, to our offices to have a Frenchie Kissing Valentine’s Day Party.

For one night, these 56 frog dogs showed off their snog skills and enjoyed luxuries like:

Haute cuisine…

Custom artwork…

Personalized Poetry…

And the Valentine’s BarkBox.

So why did we do this?

*We think* that if Valentine’s Day was all about celebrating these snout-kissing + fart-filled love affairs we have with our doggos, then maybe it wouldn’t be so annoying?

We did a dog parent survey a while back and found that 93% of dog parents say that their dog has made them a better person, and 7 in 10 said that their dog made them a happier person. We’ve all heard that *other* survey conducted by SunTrust Mortgage that found 33 percent of millennial home buyers’ decision to buy a home was driven chiefly by their dog. Dogs are clearly more a part of our families than ever before. We have a special connection with these furry dumplings and it is so much fun to celebrate that bond.

When dogs matter this much, it doesn’t matter that Valentine’s Day is a scam when you get to spend it with your favorite gassy little scamp.

***Looking for a Valentine’s gift to blow your pup’s mind? Spoil them with a BarkBox! Every month BarkBox delivers 2 original toys, designed in-house, 2 full bags of all-natural treats, and a chew. Our treats are made in the USA and Canada, and our recipes never contain any wheat, soy, or corn. Because we want #BarkBoxDay to be incredible for pups AND their parents, every box is wrapped in a fun surprise theme that changes monthly. Sign up here and your first BarkBox will be the limited-edition Valentine’s box!. <– We don’t have many left of this box so order quickly! 🙂

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All photos of the Frenchie party by Lauren Holle

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Written by: Stacie Grissom

February 1, 2019

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