Panda beds may have even more meaning to Chinese families.

For years, the Giant Panda has been thought of by many Chinese as an unofficial national symbol.

Giant Pandas, said to have been around during the time of dinosaurs, are cited as a “national gem” of China. Prized for thousands of years by the Chinese, the Giant Panda is a symbol of peace. Once prolific in the lowland mountain ranges, the Giant Pandas have landed on the rare and endangered species lists due to a naturally low birth rate and a century of illegal hunting and habitat loss. Now protected by law, considerable worldwide efforts continue to help the large, cuddly bears survive as a species and conserve their natural habitat.

There are about 1,000 Giant Pandas thought to be living in the wild. About 239 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers, mostly in China and 27 living outside of China.

You can adopt a cuddly Panda.

Or do as some Chinese folks do; Panda paint your pups.


Don’t forget your pooch on Valentine’s Day!

Whip up some heart shaped biscuits.

These treats are easy as can be to make, and can easily be cut into cute little heart shapes after the dough has been rolled out. Leave the baking pan of biscuits in the oven for several hours after turning it off, and then keep the biscuits out on the counter for a few more hours after that to make sure they’re completely dried out before putting them in a container.

Valentine’s Day Dog Biscuits

1 1/4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup beef broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup powdered milk

~ Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

~ In a large bowl, stir together the cheese, oil, beef broth and garlic.

~ Combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, cornmeal and powdered milk; stir into the cheese mixture until well blended. You may need to use your hand to properly blend the dough.

~ On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the treats. Place them onto the prepared baking sheet 1 1/2 inches apart.

~ Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the treats are firm and the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.