Valentine’s Day may have passed, but that’s not the only time you can shower your pet with love. While there are other special pet holidays set aside throughout a given year, you might be thinking to yourself: “I love my pet every day. Why does there have to be a holiday for it?”  
 
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of considerate things you can do for your dog, cat, bird, reptile, fish or precious creature you call a pet. If you can’t do these acts of kindness all in one day, feel free to return to this list throughout the year. After all, every day should be a National Love Your Pet Day (celebrated Feb. 20). 
 
Dog with toysBuy a New Toy: Show your love and affection by giving your dog or cat a brand-new ball, bone, stuffed animal, scratching post, etc. Stick with your pet’s favorite type, though. An unfamiliar toy will most likely end up in a corner lonely and unscathed. Safety is important, so be sure to choose the right size toy for your pet and make sure they are made of 100 percent natural rubber, organic cotton or other non-toxic materials that don’t have a chemical smell.
 
Make a Trip to the Park: If your pooch is the happy-go-lucky kind, there’s no better place for him or her than the doggy park. The drive might be an inconvenience for you, but it’s worth it to see the eager look on your dog’s face as you pull into the park. Some Greystar apartment communities may even have an on-site dog park where your pup just might meet the love of his or her life.
 
Woman walking dog in parkTake a New Route on Your Walk: Going down the same path every time you walk your furry friend leads to monotony. Break the habit and take the road less traveled. It lets your friend mark new territories and gives you a change of scenery, too. Remember, always pick up after your pal just like you would if you were on the grounds of your apartment community. Yes, it stinks (pun intended), but you don’t want to be THAT person, either. 
 
Extend Your Snuggle Session: This is one of the simplest gestures you can do for your four-legged amigo. No, not all cats are aloof. But if your kitty leans on the antisocial end of the spectrum, do the opposite and give your grumpy pal some space.
 
Dog with CakeBake a Homemade Cake: Sure, you can schlep to the pet store and buy a cake, but if you really love your pet, you would put on your apron and prepare something special and delicious. How? Check out these recipes for dogs or cats. Your companion will at least be honest with you if the dish gets botched.
 
Bird on shoulder of man
Work from Home: Eight hours is an awfully long time to leave your friend alone, especially if he or she needs to be in a kennel while you’re away. Utilize your work-from-home policy, if applicable, and take care of business with your trusty companion by your side. Plus, you’ll avoid awkward small talk in the break room.
 
Mom, Dad and two kids at animal shelter adopting a cat
Visit an Animal Shelter: All pets need love, particularly those in animal shelters. Whether you own a four-legged or not, spending some time with all the rescued dogs and cats goes a long way. Who knows, you may end up bringing home a new buddy.

*This blog post, originally published on Feb. 20, 2018, has been edited and updated.  

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