4 Ways to Treat Yourself & Your Dog This Valentine’s Day

12 Feb


Will you be going out on the town this Valentine’s Day weekend? Not me! While I do love a good excuse to shower my husband in helpful gifts and affection (what can I say, acts of service is one of my love languages), both of us are veterans of the restaurant industry and share a mutual loathing of being anywhere near most restaurants on this particular holiday. Instead we’ll stay in, make a delicious meal, and cuddle on the couch with Topher.

But whether you’re single, recently coupled up, or in it for the long haul, why not use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to treat any special someone in your life to something nice, even if that someone equals you or your dog! Here are a few ways you can treat your pup (or yourself!) this Valentine’s Day weekend. Pick out one or two, or have a whole Treat Yo Self weekend. Who needs to wait until October?

High Quality Pampering

Your pet might look forward to their grooming appointments the way you look forward to a day at the spa, but they’d still enjoy a vigorous round of brushing or a nice relaxing massage. I think I’ll be treating Topher to his own curry comb this weekend, we’ve been meaning to get one for a little while now! He loves a good brushing and a rubdown, just no full baths, please.

Feed the Body

Valentine’s Day usually means an abundance of chocolate around the house, so make sure all those goodies you might buy for your own indulgence are safely kept away from your pets. Meanwhile, indulge your dogs with fare more suited for them, like these Ducky Tenders—the breakout hit from our latest BarkBox, Topher adores them!

Or, make your dog something special right in your own kitchen, like our cranberry love dog treat recipe from last year, or our new beet and carob hearts.

Feed the Soul

Physical goods are no match for the simple pleasure of good company. Spend some time with friends new or old this weekend, and consider letting your dog do the same—even if they prefer the company of a human friend over other canines.

Sometimes holiday weekends leave us with fewer options for companionship than we’d like. If you can’t seek out friends or family, pack up your pup and head out to find the beauty in the world around you.

Buy Some New Digs

Look good, feel good. The same applies to our pets. Let your pup strut his stuff in a new bowtie collar, or perhaps a fine looking new shirt.

Or A New Toy (or Two)

One for your dog and one for you, of course! For your pup, I like these squeaky conversation hearts way more than I ever enjoyed their chalky candy counterparts. But that’s just me. If you like them, you can have first dibs on any box I get.

Beet & Carob Valentine’s Day Dog Treats

5 Feb

beet carob valentine

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with that special someone, or waiting patiently for February 15th (AKA The Day After Valentine’s Day AKA Discount Chocolate Day), you may want to spread the love further and do something special for that special pup in your life. No, not chocolate! That’s for you! But your pup most certainly deserves a Valentine’s treat of their own!

In my quest to find a delicious treat for Archer, I ended up combining the natural sweetness of beets (plus a natural red food colouring that will stain everything if you’re not careful!) with carob—that is, dog-safe “chocolate”. It was win-win!

I used coconut flour in this recipe, but feel free to use another kind. Archer loves anything coconut, but admittedly it is a more difficult flour to work with and produces a more crumbly dough. But you can’t argue with the end result!


  • 1 beet (roasted and left to cool)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup ground carob
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ½ whole wheat flour
  • ~6 tablespoons water


Preheat oven to 350º F

  1. Roast a beet (medium sized) in the oven until tender.
  2. In a food processor, add roasted beet and blitz until fine. Add eggs and continue to blitz until everything is well incorporated and smooth.
  3. Switch to a dough hook if you can (or do it by hand) and add carob until combined.
  4. Add coconut flour. Because coconut flour tends to be very dry and not elastic (as a regular flour would be), it’s easier to do this by hand. Be sure to wear gloves! The beets will stain.
  5. Add whole wheat flour and gradually incorporate the water until the dough comes together and isn’t crumbly.
  6. Roll dough out to about a half inch thickness and cut into desired shapes.
  7. Bake for 13–16 minutes, flipping after 7 minutes.