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Romance unleashed: Women and their dogs get together for Valentine’s day • Brooklyn Paper

Romance unleashed: Women and their dogs get together for Valentine’s day

Dog day: (From left) Miss Scarlett O’Aire, Wawa, and Penelope sit with their human Valentines Marcia Smith, Ginny Chen, and Mary Laura Brown, members of the all-women volunteer organization hosting a “Yappy” Valentines event at a Cobble Hill bar.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Grab your heart-shaped kibbles, there’s puppy love in the air.

A “Yappy” Valentine’s Day celebration will honor the unbreakable bond between woman and dog rather than woman and man at a romantic gathering of pups and their human counterparts.

“Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers, but we love in so many different ways. It doesn’t always have to be just about couples,” said Ginny Chen, who will attend the Feb. 14 bash with her date Wawa, a 14-year-old Chihuahua.

“I love my dog and I think there is no better way for people to get together.”

The festivity will be held at Angry Wades, a dog-friendly Cobble Hill sports bar complete with a pool table, dartboard, and a working fireplace. Attendees can booze it up on the cocktail specials while their canine companions meet-and-greet other pooches and nosh on tasty doggie treats — dished out in fancy martini glasses, said Chen.

Chen, a member of the Brooklyn Heights-based women’s volunteer group the Junior League of Brooklyn, is the brains behind the Valentine’s Day party, which benefits the organization’s charitable programs.

She said the event would be a great way for dogs and pet owners to mingle for a good cause, and that beloved pooches are just as good as real — human — dates, offering benefits only a dog can dish.

“They love unconditionally and they give you puppy kisses,” she said. “It’ll be a nice way for us to show love for all the important two- and four-legged friends that deserve love and appreciation on that day.”

The shindig — which includes a raffle and doggie bags stuffed with doggie Frisbees — isn’t just for those without a significant other on the national day of love, said Chen, who added that last year’s turnout boasted not only singles, but also married couples who are also in love with dogs.

But the celebration is exclusive in one respect — it’s open only to dogs and not their feline counterparts.

“We worry the cats and dogs won’t get along,” she said. “On a day of love we don’t want anyone to get hurt.”

The Junior League of Brooklyn’s “Yappy” Valentine’s Day at Angry Wades [222 Smith St. near Butler Street in Cobble Hill, (718) 488–7253, www.yappyvalentines2013.eventbrite.com]. Feb. 14, 6–9 pm, $10 online, $15 door.

Composed canine: Meet Penelope, the Toy Shepherd, who will be classing it up at a dog-date evening for women and their canine companions at Angry Wades in Cobble Hill.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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