My Valentine’s Day Secret Weapon: Mr. Eko!

Valentine’s Day might just be the most pressure packed holiday there is.  As a lot of commercials tell it, how you show people you love them doesn’t matter the other 364 days of the year!  Even though Valentine’s Day is over hyped, I have to admit that I do enjoy the holiday as a time to remember to tell the family, friends and significant others in your life how much they mean to you.

Last year I was on the road for Valentine’s Day and didn’t have much time to pull together a card for Emily, who was gracious enough to support my decision to drive around the country with Eko.  I was struggling with ideas when I finally realized that I should just do what I always do when I need to get something done – rely on Eko’s good looks and charm!  After a quick trip to the pet store and convenience store, the photo shoot background for my card was all set.

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“Stinks Jr.” is one of Eko’s many nicknames, derived from his days as a whining little stinker.  These days he can still be a whining stinker, but not a little one!

I imagined a photo shoot with Eko posed perfectly next to the card.  Eko had other ideas.

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“Hey Will, instead of posing next to the treats, how about I just take one instead?”

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“Are you sure you said ‘stay?’ because I’m almost positive you said ‘eat the treat.'”

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“This Valentine’s Day card is delicious!”

The card didn’t go exactly as planned, but it was still a hit.  You just can’t resist that four-legged charm!

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This is Eko’s “You’re welcome for landing you such a great girl” face

If you are in need of your own personal cupid, look no further than your pet.  If Eko could save the day for a knucklehead like me, then anything is possible.  Pets are the world’s foremost experts in unconditional love, so they are sure to make your Valentine’s Day a success.  And of course, don’t forget to share the love right back!

Anyone else have pet-themed holiday plans or success stories?

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