The Water Bowl: How We Show Our Furry Valentines the Love

02/14/2013 at 01:00 PM EST

Valentine's Day 2013 Pet Spending
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Is your pet your Valentine? U.S. pet owners spend a total of $815 million on their furballs for Valentine's Day, according to the National Retail Federation. One in five animal lovers splurge on their non-human date to mark the holiday. –USA Today

Meet Mark, a 20-year-old man who's in a relationship with 15 inflatable animals. Profiled on TLC's My Strange Addiction, he admitted, "In the back of my mind it's just all in my head." –Gawker

It's the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your animal-loving significant other (bonus points if they came of age in the '90s!): Japanese company Bandai has re-released its Tamagotchi pets for smartphones. Back in the day, the digital pets lived on small, oval devises, and users took care of them like real, living creatures. –Los Angeles Times

Talk about giving your pooch your kiss of approval! Portland, Maine, hosted the 9th annual Valentine’s Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party, where owners let their dogs lick their faces in a competition for the longest P.D.A. session. This year's winner was Beau, a 12-year-old Yorkie and dachshund mix, and his owner, Linda Walton. –Huffington Post

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