Any pet owner can relate to the following scene: You’ve had a stressful day. Everything seems to be going wrong. You’re moody and tense and you just want to be left alone. You come home and open the front door and despite all the stress and frustrations of the day, your mood immediately brightens upon seeing your dog. He runs up to you, wagging his tail, panting with a happy grin. He does not care that you missed your deadline at work, or that you got into an argument with your best friend, or that you blew your tire on the way home. He’s just happy to see you, and his unconditional love melts away the stress of the day as you rub his favorite spot behind his ears and watch him cuddle up to you gratefully in response.
As the post-holiday sales wrap-up, and retailers pack away their holiday decorations for the year, it seems that the holiday gifts, food and decorations are immediately replaced with red heart-shaped boxes, pink stuffed teddy bears and images of cupid with his signature bow and arrow. For women, there is a more important reason to think about their hearts in the month in February, aside from the sentimental, candy-laden Valentine’s Holiday.