As you scramble to find that all-important gift that says so much -- the finale to a project to which you've given
months seconds of support -- you are taking part in a time-honored tradition celebrating the love that can thrive between two people.
But what about the dogs?
Surely they have feelings, too. From the droopy, sad, disappointed looks an owner gets when Sparky figures out he's not being taken for a walk right now, to the giddy, elated, excited reaction when the opposite is true and it is indeed walk time -- dogs have no trouble letting you know how they feel.
And how they feel at times, Dear Owner, is full of love. For you.
We sent our photo intern Heather Vidrine to some dog parks in the city to document that on VD Day, the love is not limited to humans.
"The love was in the air," she says. "Although the week was gray and wet, the love shown through dog and owner was pure sunshine."
Maggie's a mutt but she's found a friend in Allen.
It's "Magic Time" for the lighting of Gabby and her pitbull rescue Chewy.
Golden Retriever Chuck looks wary, but it's the nose-in-the-air look of Boston Terrier Bear that you should worry about. Both are protecting owner Patty.
German Shepherd Coco should learn that a watched ball is never thrown. Owner Tom will probably give in and toss.
Tom gives a good ear grab to Lucy, his rescue Ridgeback/Rottweiler mix.
There's nothing but love from Jennifer to her three-year-old Maltese mix Fry.
Amanda bought mastiff mix Olive on Craigslist.
Jerone owns Yorkies Chloe, Teddy and Cody, but one of them was too shy for the camera.
Eva, an American Bulldog mix rescue, looks boldly into the camera with
his her owner Natalie.
Rhys was taking a Breather with owner Heather, but the eyes and ears on the Welsh Corgi indicate he's seen something worth investigating.
Helper, a half Pit half Lab, is no one to mess with.
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Tera was born on a ranch, but he's a city dog now with owner David.