My humans tell me this month is all about love, and not just puppy love (of which I am very familiar!). Something about a Saint Valentine and a little human bringing other humans together by striking love into their hearts? I think I’ll stick to good ‘ol fashioned doggie kisses and tail wagging to show my love, but there are a TON of love-inspired free apps out there for all you humans in need of ideas.
I thought flowers were just outdoor markers for my favorite digging spots, but apparently humans like to send each other flowers to show they care! With the 1-800-Flowers app, you can order floral arrangements, sweets and chocolates and other gift items for your special someone. Same-day delivery service is available, so it’s perfect for that last-minute gift idea, and you can order right through the app!
Occasionally my humans get cards in the mail. I know this because I often try to chase the mail carrier when he delivers them (hey, I can’t help myself!). But these days, I hear my humans talking about how expensive cards are getting. Good thing I found this super neat app for creating personalized greeting cards! Ink Cards lets you completely customize your card and its design, and then prints them and mails them for you, for just $1.99 per card (free shipping)! They advise that you plan ahead, as it takes 3-5 business days to reach recipients.
If you’re looking to go out to eat to celebrate Valentine’s Day, be sure to check out Urbanspoon. Not only does this app provide restaurant reviews, but Urbanspoon also lets you search by characteristic, such as “romantic” or “private dining.” So no more arguing over where to go—simply search for the type of atmosphere you’re looking for to set the mood! Plus, you can view the full menus of all the restaurants (personally, I would only consider places with lots of steak), and Urbanspoon also links you directly to online reservation apps like OpenTable and Rezbook so you can book your table!
Thinking of surprising that special someone will a delicious, home-cooked meal? Then add Epicurious to your list of ingredients. This recipe-inspired app features easy-to-follow instructions and professional photos of the finished dish. You can find recipes as complex or as simple as you want, and you can even sort by category, from “Decadent Desserts” to “I Can Barely Cook” (one of my top favorites!). You can also build a universal shopping list within the app for all the ingredients when it’s time to shop.
Dating Apps: Hinge & HowAboutWe
For those of you who haven’t found a mate to share your bones and toys with, there’s a few dating apps out there to help! My top two right now are Hinge and HowAboutWe.
Hinge uses your Facebook profile to connect you only to nearby friends-of-friends from your Facebook pool of connections. It’s still an opt-in dating app, so both people have to say yes to each other before a connection is made, but you’re likely to find people you actually know and have something in common!
HowAboutWe is only available for Android right now, but this nifty app uses date ideas to connect you with other people who enjoy doing the same things! You describe a date you’d like to go on, such as “How about we…go to a movie,” and potential matches can say they’re “intrigued” or “skip.” This app is a little more action-oriented, with the end goal that you would actually do whatever activity you propose. It’s a great way to find someone with similar interests. If only it were meant for doggies; I can’t seem to find any matches for “sneaking up behind your sister cat.”
So, no matter what you decide to do to show your love for Valentine’s Day, hopefully these apps have given you some great ideas. I’m still going to try searching for a mate on HowAboutWe, maybe the activity “going on long walks” will get better results!
Howl at you soon,
Your pawsitively pawesome pal Cache