By Kathy Santo | Updated: Feb 14 2019
Ever since I was exposed to Valentine’s Day, I had a sense that it was a “fake” holiday, with unrealistically high expectations. Experiences like hoping my 4th grade crush would drop a few extra Snoopy cards in my desk mailbox (he didn’t), to watching the captain of our high school football team bring an armful of carnations into the lunchroom to present to his girlfriend, who ran off crying because she wanted roses, confirmed my suspicions. However, I also learned that celebrating the big day with my DOG virtually guaranteed that whatever I did in the way of a surprise, was ALWAYS a home run! Whether it was me dripping red dye on a Milk Bone (and everywhere else, my Mom says) when I was in kindergarten, or buying her the biggest heart-shaped dog toy I could find, “Teddi” loved it all.
So read on for some fun and thoughtful ways to celebrate your love for your canine companion this Valentine’s Day!
Kathy Santo has spent her entire career as a dog trainer and handler, training dogs and winning over 500 obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizenship titles. Working with her own dogs, she has achieved every competitive obedience title the American Kennel Club (AKC) has offered and earned the prestigious AKC “Obedience Trial Champion” title (OTCh) multiple times.
In Waldwick, Kathy teaches classes, private lessons, and oversees the training of her student’s dogs using her extensive knowledge, experience and intuition to handle problems from the benign to the serious. Her engaging personality has won her the respect and friendship of her many students, who now consider themselves part of her extended family.