Tennessee Shelter Will Surprise Your Sweetheart With a Valentine’s Day Puppy Visit

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This Valentine’s Day, the Animal Shelter of Sullivan County in Tennessee is taking traditional candygrams to the next level by adding puppies into the mix.

With the purchase of a “Puppergram,” the shelter will surprise your sweetheart at their workplace with a visit from a rescue puppy. While cuddling a lovable pup is probably already enough to make the recipient consider it the best Valentine’s Day of all time, the package includes a couple other treats, too; as People reports, you can either opt for two dozen roses and a red velvet “pupcake,” or a dozen chocolate-dipped bacon roses and a free pass for a one-hour ax-throwing session.

Because there are only so many puppies and so many hours in the day, booking slots are pretty limited. According to the Facebook event created by the shelter, there are 36 total “Puppergrams” available—24 for the roses-and-cupcake option and just 12 for the bacon-and-ax choice. If you live in or around the city of Kingsport, Tennessee, you can reserve one for Thursday, February 13, and Bristol residents can schedule theirs on February 14. To book one, you can call the shelter at 423-279-2741 or message them directly on Facebook.

It’s not clear how much a “Puppergram” costs, but it’s definitely clear that it’s for a good cause. The organization will use all the proceeds to care for its animals. And, for anyone who finds it especially hard to say goodbye to their pup at the end of the visit, we have good news: the “Puppergram” puppies will be listed for adoption soon after the holiday.

If you live a little too far from Tennessee to buy a “Puppergram,” you can always just surprise your significant other with a trip to your local shelter this Valentine’s Day to see if there's an adoptable pup you both fall in love with and want to take home; here are 25 reasons why that’s a good idea.

[h/t People]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Reason Your Dog Follows You Everywhere

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Crew, Unsplash

Depending on your mood, a dog that follows you everywhere can be annoying or adorable. The behavior is also confusing if you're not an expert on pet behavior. So what is it about the canine companions in our lives that makes them stick by our sides at all times?

Most experts agree on a few different reasons why some dogs are clingy around their owners. One is their pack mentality. Dogs may have been domesticated thousands of years ago, but they still consider themselves to be part of a group like their wild ancestors. When there are no other dogs around, their human family becomes their pack. According to Reader's Digest, this genetic instinct is also what motivates dogs to watch you closely and seek out your physical touch.

The second reason for the behavior has to do with the bond between you and your pet. As veterinarian Dr. Rachel Barrack told the American Kennel Club, puppies as old as 6 months can imprint on their human owners like they would their own mothers. Even older dogs will bond with the humans in their lives who show them care and affection. In these cases, a dog will shadow its owner because it sees them as an object of trust and security.

The last possible explanation for why your dog follows you has more to do with your treatment of them than their natural instincts. A popular training tactic is positive reinforcement—i.e. rewarding a dog with treats, pets, and praise when they perform positive behaviors. The point is to help your dog associate good behaviors with rewards, but after a while, they may start to associate your presence with rewards as well. That means if your dog is following you, they may be looking for treats or attention.

A clingy dog may be annoying, but it usually isn't a sign of a larger problem. If anything, it means your dog sees you in a positive light. So enjoy the extra companionship, and don't be afraid to close the door behind when you need some alone time.