Love and Chocolate

Posted by Pia

Growing up, I always loved St. Valentine's Day. While many criticize it for being an over-commercialized holiday, somehow the idealistic part of me has always been able to remain aware that at its core it is a holiday that celebrates love -- and how could I criticize that? Add to that the fact that it is a day when chocolate is available everywhere you turn and I'm sold.

The only thing needed to make this celebratory day picture perfect is the love of a companion animal! While it is never a good idea to give a pet as a gift, if your beloved is prepared for and seeking a furry little love, than adopting one from the shelter is the ultimate act of love! And if you love chocolate, why not help a critter whose coat color reminds you of this favored indulgence?

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Cocoa, from North Haven, Connecticut.This playful 10-month-old Lab is crate-trained, good with kids and dogs and loves riding in the car! He is available through All for the Love of Animals Pet Rescue Inc.

1 Cocoa, from North Haven, Connecticut.This playful 10-month-old Lab is crate-trained, good with kids and dogs and loves riding in the car! He is available through All for the Love of Animals Pet Rescue Inc.

Nixon, from Glastonbury, Connecticut. This chocolate Lab pup is social and good with kids. He and his siblings are available through Companion Pet Rescue & Transport of New England.

2 Nixon, from Glastonbury, Connecticut. This chocolate Lab pup is social and good with kids. He and his siblings are available through Companion Pet Rescue & Transport of New England.

Sonny, from Chatsworth, California. Sonny is already neutered and needs immediate rescue through West Valley Animal Care Center - Los Angeles Animal Services.

3 Sonny, from Chatsworth, California. Sonny is already neutered and needs immediate rescue through West Valley Animal Care Center - Los Angeles Animal Services.

Meko, from Glastonbury, Connecticut. Happy and playful young Meko has some special needs and would do best in a home without small kids. At only 4 lbs, he is a big cuddler. Meko is available through The Chi Society of Connecticut.

4 Meko, from Glastonbury, Connecticut. Happy and playful young Meko has some special needs and would do best in a home without small kids. At only 4 lbs, he is a big cuddler. Meko is available through The Chi Society of Connecticut.

Rodney of New York City. Silver Marten dwarf bunny Rodney is house-trained, neutered and available for adoption through Zani's Furry Friends.

5 Rodney of New York City. Silver Marten dwarf bunny Rodney is house-trained, neutered and available for adoption through Zani's Furry Friends.

Hershey, from New York City. Hershey is a playful young Lab/pit mix.He is house-trained and loves splashing in a kiddie pool on hot summer days! He is available through Derrek's Gleeful Rescue.

6 Hershey, from New York City. Hershey is a playful young Lab/pit mix.He is house-trained and loves splashing in a kiddie pool on hot summer days! He is available through Derrek's Gleeful Rescue.

Skittles, from Urbana, Illinois. Cute guinea pig Skittles is in urgent need of rescue. He is up for adoption through the Champaign County Humane Society

7 Skittles, from Urbana, Illinois. Cute guinea pig Skittles is in urgent need of rescue. He is up for adoption through the Champaign County Humane Society

Elaine, from Los Angeles. Little Elaine is house-trained and available for adoption through Stray Cat Alliance.

8 Elaine, from Los Angeles. Little Elaine is house-trained and available for adoption through Stray Cat Alliance.

Fallon, from El Dorado Hills, California. Appaloosa mix Fallon is young and good with kids. She is available through All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.

9 Fallon, from El Dorado Hills, California. Appaloosa mix Fallon is young and good with kids. She is available through All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.

While many pet stores rely on the impulse buy of a cute little puppy this time of year, the sad reality is that the vast majority of puppies sold in pet stores are bred illegally in horrible conditions and sold unaltered, which ultimately contributes to the pet overpopulation problem. Opting to adopt an equally wonderful pup (or other animal) awaiting a home at a local shelter is love in action.

Of course, you might just be in the mood for chocolate of the more familiar kind. Well now you can rationalize that chocolate indulgence because it helps dogs! Allow me to call your attention to one of the best Valentine's gift around: RescueChocolate.com.

The net proceeds from the sale of goodies such as "Peanut butter pit bull" and "Foster-ific Peppermint" go to help animal rescue organizations across the U.S.! And the chocolates in such items as "Bow Wow Bon Bons" are made in the tradition of fine Belgian chocolates with top-quality ingredients.

To celebrate a holiday that honors love, I'd say that eating life-saving chocolate or saving a life with chocolate-colored fur are both great ways to go!

In Kinship,

Dr. Pia Salk

PS: You can see each pet's profile and adoption info by clicking on the name:
Cocoa

Nixon

Sonny

Meko

Rodney

Hershey

Skittles

Elaine

Fallon

Comments (5)

  • Good Morning Dr. Pia

    Cocoa looks just like my Lab sister Precious. Precious is my favorite, she plays with me the most and treats me like her puppy, even when the devil in me comes out ;)

    Mom says the same thing every time she reads your blog that she wishes she could adopt all these animals that need homes. She has the 4 of us and it gets pretty expensive. She feeds us only the best food and snacks and we see our Vet on a regular basis. Not to mention my clothes or the Super Nanny that moves in when they go on vacation. But she says we are all worth every penny :)

    I hope they all find loving families.

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr Pia. I like the “spin” you put on Valentines Day, love and chocolate. Almost makes me want to go right out and adopt something brown. That won’t happen because I’m just a dog; literally. Thank you for your updates on pet adoptions. Hay, it’s almost time for my walk.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies & Dr. Pia,
    We have lots of Chocolate Lab friends. Tasha is a Black Lab mix from a rescue. I bet a lot of people will be happy on Valentine's Day with a little more chocolate in their lives--no matter what type!! Enjoy the day. We are expecting snow here.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Thanks for another great blog. This one was a lot of fun because you were connecting pets to a holiday and chocolate. Maybe something like this will help more people take the time to adopt s 'chocolate' pet. You are so brilliant to think up these great ideas! Keep up the great work. Jan

  • for some reason my comment did not show...so again I will comment on this wonderful Dog Cocoa a beautiful Chocolate Lab....I posted Cocoa and a few other dogs on my FB...
    our grandog is an English Chocolate Lab named Logan, she is by far the most intelligent dog I have ever run across, besides being loyal and loving. Can you imagine what I would day about my granchild if I had one!

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