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Valentine's Day Musings from Cards to Dogs to Handguns and More

Updated on January 7, 2017

Shih Tzu dressed up for Valentine's Day

Shih Tzu dressed up for Valentine's Day
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Valentine's Day Thoughts

Do you remember exchanging those cute Valentine cards in elementary school? I well remember laboring over which ones I should give to my fellow classmates back in the nineteen fifties. Ah, those are fun memories!

The cards were really cute back then! Some of them came in sheets and could be punched out; others came boxed. If you Google images for Valentine cards back in the 1950s you will see countless photos of what they looked like at that time.

The color of red was obviously utilized as a mainstay. Wordings like Be My Valentine with a little pigtailed girl holding a Valentine or To a Special Valentine with a cute cat on the front or Your Doggone Cute, Valentine...the latter one with an image of a darling puppy were the norm.

On the backs of the cards we would print the names of our fellow students and sign ours. Exchanges of the cards usually took place late in the day amidst many smiles and much laughter.

How to Make a Valentine's Day Handmade Origami Card

Shih Tzu and a Rose

Shih Tzu and a Rose
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Shih Tzu and a Rose

Shih Tzu and a Rose
Shih Tzu and a Rose | Source

Saint Valentine


Did you realize that there were several Christian martyrs that carry the name Valentine?


While February 14th is the most commonly celebrated day for the Feast of Saint Valentine around the world, there are other dates as well which include July 6th and July 30th.



The romantic notions associated with Valentine’s Day have evolved over the centuries and many people no longer relate martyrdom of saints with the cupids, cards, chocolates and roses commonly given to loved ones on this celebratory day.



Manufacturers of greeting cards devote lots of space in the card racks of stores leading up to February 14th which is soon to happen again this year.



If you wish to learn more about how Valentine’s Day has evolved over the years to what it has become today, you can read more by clicking here.

Shih Tzu doggies dressed for Valentine's Day

Shih Tzu doggies dressed for Valentine's Day
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Red Rose

Red Rose
Red Rose | Source

Valentine Poetry


When I was a child the most common poem recited on this day was the following:

“Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you.”


In my old Autograph book, my paternal grandmother used this poem and then added another line prior to her signature.



Roses are Red (My Love) by Bobby Vinton

Shih Tzu dressed for Valentine's Day

Shih Tzu dressed for Valentine's Day
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Valentine Gift Giving

After I was married I surprised my hubby with a humorous Valentine's Day gift. It was a pair of undershorts with the following sayings: “I love you fiercely.” “I go wild over you.” “You bring out the beast in me.” Red hearts were on a white background with a tiger draped over or cuddling the hearts accompany the words.

In the gift box was also a battery operated heart with a spring that clacked away simulating a heartbeat.

We had some laughs over that and all these years he has kept those pair of undershorts tucked away in a dresser drawer. Who knew that he would be so sentimental after this many years of marriage! Ha!

Have you ever given a joke type of gift or do you always go for the more romantic types of gifts on Valentine's Day?

Here is a video showing how to make a Hershey Kisses Rose Bouquet for Valentine's Day

Handgun

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Nice candlelit Valentine's dinner

Nice candlelit Valentine's dinner
Nice candlelit Valentine's dinner | Source

What do you prefer as a gift for Valentine's Day?

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Handgun as Valentine Gift


I am not kidding!


Last year it was televised on our local NBC news channel in Houston that the Katy police department on their Face book page had been touting the gift of a handgun as a perfect Valentine gift for men to give to their wives or girlfriends.



Some women had been interviewed on TV and it had shown them stating that they would absolutely love such a gift.



Of course it is recommended that anyone getting the gift of a gun learns how to properly use it and there is a shooting range in Katy that would be perfect for target practice. Katy, Texas merges with Houston and is located due west of our city.



I may be old fashioned, but truthfully I would never have thought of receiving a handgun as a Valentine gift. Somehow it just does not seem as romantic as a bouquet of flowers and candlelit dinner with some fine wine as an accompaniment.


That is more of an idea of what I would prefer as a Valentine's Day gift. Even a few good hugs and kisses would suffice!


How about you? What do you think about receiving a gun for Valentine's Day?

Shih Tzu dressed for Valentine's Day

Shih Tzu dressed for Valentine's Day
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Some great ideas of how to decorate a table for Valentine's Day if homemade dinners are more your style of gift.

In case your two legged kids want to make Valentine Cards, this is the video for you!

Valentine Card with Paw Print from Trudy

Trudy got her two legged mommy to help her in making this Valentine card for her daddy many years ago. Trudy figured that her mommy had greater dexterity in cutting out little heart shapes since she was blessed with having an opposing thumb on each hand.

She also had her mommy get some red food coloring and mix it into some water in a dish. Trudy then put one of her front feet in it, got it wet and placed her paw print in the center of the paper plate as a signature. This was done outside for this part of the project and then some foot washing was in order!

Trudy then had her mommy cut out some photos of her and affix them along with the hearts to the paper plate and through mental telepathy had her write some endearments appropriate to what would become a Valentine card.

It was such a fun day when daddy got to see his card. He was all smiles!

Trudy's Valentine Card with Paw Print

Trudy's Valentine Card with Paw Print
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Candy hearts for Valentine's Day

Candy hearts for Valentine's Day
Candy hearts for Valentine's Day | Source

Valentine Card from Reggie

When Reggie saw what his pal Trudy was doing, he also wanted to get in on the act of giving his dear daddy a Valentine card. So with help from his accomplice and human mommy, this is what he created.

Just like the Valentine card from Trudy, it brought big smiles to the face of his daddy and both cards are now saved in a photo album created by his mommy. It was no problem getting mommy to part with some photos for the card because she was always taking our pictures.

We got quite used to those clicking sounds and occasional flashes from her camera. My signature paw print was not quite as neat as the one from Trudy, but then I had longer hair than Trudy.

As it turned out, this was the one and only Valentine card we ever gave to our daddy.

We thought that one was enough because he got plenty of love from us each and every day and mommy always added our names when she would give him her cards.

As a matter of fact why humans make such a big deal about Valentine cards or doing something special for their loved ones on that particular day is a bit crazy to my way of thinking.

I think that every day is as good as the next one to show love and affection to one another.

What do you think?

Reggie's Valentine Card with Paw Print

Reggie's Valentine Card with Paw Print
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Valentine heart

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♥♥♥Shih Tzu Kids ♥♥♥

Judi Gullickson is my cousin Tom's wife and she has graciously allowed me the use of her Shih Tzu Kids photos which many of you have probably seen illustrating other hubs. So many of them were purrfect for Valentine's Day!

Here is wishing each and every one of you a sweet day when Valentine’s Day arrives no matter how you might choose to celebrate it.

Do you have any special memories of Valentine's Day or ways in which you prefer spending that particular day? If so, I will look forward to reading your comments.

Shih Tzu dressed for Valentine's Day

Shih Tzu dressed for Valentine's Day
Shih Tzu dressed for Valentine's Day | Source

Pink Ombre Heart Cake for Valentine's Day!!

© 2015 Peggy Woods

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      Peggy Woods 8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stella,

      I was also in Catholic school from 3rd through 7th grade and loved it. My dad actually helped build the school. After moving to Texas I was once again in public school. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

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      stella vadakin 8 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Peggy W, I loved Valentine's Day when I was in school. I was in Catholic school and we had great parties. Fun to read and the dogs are great. Happy Valentine's Day. Stella

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      Peggy Woods 8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      That note was truly special! Wishing you and your entire family a happy Valentine's Day. Sending extra prayers your way.

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      Peggy Woods 8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      I hope you get exactly what you wish for this coming Valentine's Day...including that big juicy steak! :)

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      Patricia Scott 8 months ago from sunny Florida

      O so happy you received his little thank you...writing is difficult for him but he wanted to write the words.....hugs to you

      ps

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      Patricia Scott 8 months ago from sunny Florida

      O how sweet....the little pups have stolen my heart....hoping you and yours have a lovey Valentine's Day this year.

      Angels are headed your way this morning ps

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      Susie Lehto 8 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy, I love your articles that showcase these adorable pups. I guess I have always enjoyed a nice dinner in or out, or a new outfit that I get to pick out and try on first....gift cards are nice!

      It won't be long and Valentine's Day will be here, so I wish you a very happy one. I think I want a tender juicy steak!

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Glad you enjoyed this Robert. :)

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      Robert Sacchi 15 months ago

      An interesting looks at different related to Valentine's Day.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      When I was a child in Catholic school in lower grades I remember exchanging those cute little Valentine cards. I do not remember eating candy at the same time. I never was much of a candy eater when a kid or even now so it would have been no hardship to give up candy for Lent. The idea was to give up something that one really liked so that it was a bit of a sacrifice.

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Peggy. What I recall o Valentines Day as a kid was that it usually came during lent. I am Catholic but some of my years were spent in public schools where teachers always had little parties with candy hearts etc. It seemed customary back then for kids to abstain from candy during lent. Maaybe after Vatican II they would have gotten a dispensation.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sheila,

      Nice that reading this Valentine's Day inspired hub gave you some ideas for cards, etc. I think that those Shih Tzu photos are so cute! My hubby really liked his personalized Valentine's Day 'cards' from his 4 legged pals. Ha! Had to cut down the paper plates to fit in a photo album...thus the odd shapes. Happy memories of Trudy and Reggie whenever we look at them! :)

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Valentines Day is still a ways away, but I couldn't help myself, I had to read this hub. The pictures are so darn cute! If I didn't already have 2 guns, I wouldn't mind a gun for a gift. Your hub here has given me some ideas for not only Valentines Day cards, but birthday cards as well!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Victoria,

      I agree with you that there is far too much commercialization of holidays like Valentine's Day. A heartfelt note or poem from the heart such as you receive has much more meaning. Glad you liked the artistic bent of our dogs. Ha! They were sweeties!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      No, thank you to the gun. LOL. My boyfriend has always written a cute little poem from the heart. We've never made a big deal about Valentine's Day. It seems too fabricated, too commercial, and makes too many people feel left out--not my favorite holiday. But a sweet sentiment is always nice. And I love the pictures of the Shih Tzus! And the cards you doggies made--priceless!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      I agree with you in that a nice dinner would be preferable as a Valentine gift rather than a gun. To each his (or her) own! Thanks for the vote and pin.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Yes, the handguns are a new one for Valentine's Day - I think I'd rather have dinner out with a partner than get one (but then again, I live in Australia where guns are less prolific). I've received chocolates for the last few Valentines Days but they don't last long, so dinner is the winner! Pinned & voted awesome!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Roberta,

      An origami Valentine card with a gift certificate in it would indeed be a welcomed gift for your grandkids. Thanks for expressing your favorite type of Valentine's Day gift in your comment. I just looked at the poll and it is interesting to me that at least as of today, 9% would choose a gun as their favorite type of gift. Most, obviously, would not.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Many musings here, yes indeed! A handmade card, especially an origami card is the kind of treasure I would choose. This example would be a great design for my little grands because I could put a gift card to a local ice cream store in them.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      I know what you mean about the days, whether holidays or not, passing swiftly. Those pages on the calendar seem to be turned more rapidly these days! Nice that you got the chance to purchase some discounted candy after Valentine's Day. Picking up bargains of things you like is nice!

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      justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas

      There are so many holidays that completely slip past me these days! :D Valentine's Day, St. Pat's and so on. I do enjoy the after Valentine's Day sales, though! I bought myself two nice boxes of chocolates. I'm glad they weren't handguns! ;) Voted up and interesting!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Those were cute Valentines back then! Wish I had saved some also. I can understand why you thought that gift to your husband was a rather odd one unless he had actually been involved in a business making rifles.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I recall those days of trading valentines in elementary school, too. I sure wished I had saved a few. Your relative's dogs are adorable. I'd fall out if given a hand gun. My husband was gifted a rifle once through work and as an HR person I was very shocked.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Thelma,

      Thanks! Hope your Valentine's Day was a good one as well.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Wow! This is the most beautiful Valentines Day hub I have read today. The dogs and the cards are awesome. Thanks for sharing Peggy. Happy Valentines Day!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      Those like you who live in Canada are probably scratching their heads over the idea of receiving a gun for Valentine's Day. Many people in the U.S. love their guns. Another topic for sure! Happy to hear you enjoyed those cute dog photos. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Happy Valentine's Day Charles! ♥

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Martie,

      If you didn't get that gift for Valentine's Day you could always put it on your wish list for birthday or Christmas. :)) Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sweetstickyrainbo,

      It would seem that some people think that way. I'll stick with the more traditional items. Ha! Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

      Am sure your husband will appreciate your cooking efforts on his behalf today. Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sallybea,

      Happy Valentine's Day to you also. Many cute dog photos here! :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      XOXO has stood for hugs and kisses for as long as I know. Here is what Wikipedia has to say regarding this subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugs_and_kisses

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Frank,

      That is a nice wish that you have for Valentine's Day which has now arrived. Wishing you and everyone else a very happy Valentine's Day today.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ladyguitarpicker,

      Those old 1950s and 1960s cards were so cute. Glad you enjoyed this hub.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Happy Valentine's Day to you! I thought that video was great also. Thanks for the share and enjoy your day! :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jackie,

      Today is the day! Happy Valentine's Day. Glad you liked this hub. :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nell,

      I am happy to hear that seeing these Valentine cards from Trudy and Reggie made you smile. Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Louise,

      Happy Valentine's Day to you!!!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      It would seem that your husband is very handy in the carpentry department making you that wooden Valentine's card. More memorable than the paper kind for sure!

      Engagement gun! Now that is certainly unique!

      Not sure what those 50s/early60s cards cost, but it was not much and they were so cute! Happy Valentine's Day! :))

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The dog photos are so cute, Peggy, including the ones in the Valentine's Day cards. This is a great hub to read just before the special day!

      I think the idea of giving someone a gun as a Valentine's Day gift is horrible. It was very interesting to read about it, though!

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Great ideas, Peggy! I would love a handgun as a Valentine gift :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Looking at these cute pup photos makes me smile also. :) Our Trudy and Reggie are now in doggie heaven but still much loved and remembered. Happy Valentine's Day to you and those you love.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      Crisis averted! Ha! Happy Valentine's Day! :)

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      sweetstickyrainbo 2 years ago

      Nothing says I love you like a loaded weapon!

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      Charles Criner 2 years ago

      Peggy, thank you for the great Hub and I'll take one of the girl's at the bottom on the sleep number (smile)..........Charles

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very interesting and cute ideas for Valentines day !

      Loved your pictures and video.

      The shops are flooded with attractive gifts for this occasion, but I am planning to make some of my hubby's favorite recipes on Valentines day.

      Thanks for sharing your personal gifting story. Voted up!

      Happy Valentines Day! Enjoy the day.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      How cute is that dog! Happy Valentine's day.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Why is xoxo used for kisses? Those pups are cute

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Why isxoxo used for kisses?

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      what a smorgsborg.. of Valentine musings.. cards.. fun and news.. that poem I remember getting from a girl when I was in the third grade.. it was cute then and still is today.. Love for all the people feeling not loved is what I want for Valentine's day.. oh and a little bit of base :) LOL bless you

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I like the old valentine cards from the 1950 and 1060 years, and the homemade ones the best. Your hub brings back a lot of memories. A very interesting hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      This is such a delightful Hub to read just before Valentine's Day! All I ever wanted was a nice dinner out. Love those Valentine's day card. That video was great showing how to make roses from candy kisses. I always love seeing the adorable Shih Tzus!

      Vote this Up, shared here and on Google+.

      Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What a cute and informative article Peggy! Happy Valentines Day to you, too.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      lol! Peggy! this was great! I love Trudy and Reggies cards! they are so lovely! and the photos too, I haven't received a valentine card in many years, my ex used to buy me chocs etc, but no cards these days! lol! great hub, made me smile, nell

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      Louise Dewey 2 years ago

      Lovely story, Peggy! Valentine's Day gets lost in the shuffle when you're single., so it's nice to see how special it can be for others.

      Love you!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      My most recent husband didn't give me a gun for Valentine's Day, but he did give me one. A 457 Magnum. We called it my engagement gun -- instead of a diamond ring.

      I remember one year husband forgot all about Valentine's Day and so he went out to our shed and made one out of wood with his table saw. He had some thin wood that he cut into same sizes to make pages and put holes in one side using wire wrapped around the holes to hold them together and made a little book that he carved hearts and words into.

      I think those books of punch out valentines were the prettiest ones back in the late 50s/early 60s. Did they even cost a dollar?

      Too bad you did't take a photo of those shorts with the hearts all over them that your husband has been saving. That would have been a great addition with him holding them up for the camera. ;)

      Voting this up, BAUI, pinning to my 'Valentine' board, and sharing. Only 2 more days!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O I adore this. All of the precious pup photos and especially sweet Trudy.

      I admit it. Valentine's Day is one of my favorite times of the year. Adoring our pets at this time is so appropriate...we love them so and we can show them a little bit of extra love.

      Great hub Peggy

      Voted up++++ shared

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

      I wish one of our choices in the voting up section would be: 'makes me smile"...I would have checked that :D :D :D

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Because I work from home, and because I don't watch television, I just found out today that Valentine's Day is Saturday. Whew! That could have been a disaster. :)