9 Things to Make Your February More Cheerful

February is a tough month — with the gray skies and snow-covered ground, we need a little bit of sunshine to get us to March — even if it’s metaphorical sunshine! Here are 9 things to make your February more cheerful.

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Cats We love how our cats pounce, lick and purr — by instinct, that’s how they communicate with each other. To us, they communicate using a special language developed only for humans: meowing!

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Raccoons Raccoons love water so it’s not much of a surprise that this one’s not afraid of the sprinkler. They almost never build their homes more than 1200 feet from a water source.

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Lions Lions are very affectionate creatures. In their downtime (they spend up to 20 hours a day lounging!), they rub heads and groom each other. If they were average house cats, they would purr, but lions don’t purr. They prefer to roar to communicate vocally, which can be heard five miles away!

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Sea Otters Otters are funny little mammals that can live their entire lives without leaving the water. They survive on marine life like sea urchins and shellfish. But sometimes getting the fish out of the shell is tough, so they have to use rocks to crack them open. And if they find a useful rock they like for hunting, they keep it in their built-in underarm pockets.

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Elephants While these little guys are using their trunks to splash water on themselves to keep cool, elephants can use their trunks for snorkeling, drinking and, most importantly, smelling, too. Because they’re so big — trunks can weigh up to 400 pounds! — they have plenty of olfactory receptors. In fact, they have so many they can sniff out a water source from twelve miles away.

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Bunnies Bunnies love companions! They’re very social creatures and, generally, they should always be kept in pairs. Rabbits tend to get lonely and can develop weird behaviors if they don’t have playmates.

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Hedgehogs Those little spines on hedgehogs make them slightly similar to porcupines, but the are not related. However, like porcupines, hedgehogs do use the spines as a defense mechanism; they keep predators from taking a bite out of them. Each hedgehog can have up to 7,000 spines all over their backs but their faces and bellies remain soft.

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Goats Goats are always up for a little bouncing around. While this is just a wobbly sheet of metal, goats are known to ride around on the backs of bigger animals with their signature bounce. And that bounce is, indirectly, how we get our morning boost. Coffee was discovered when goat herders noticed the goats had a lot of energy after munching on coffee beans.

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Dogs Dogs are amazing creatures! They’re about as smart as two-year-olds and can understand more than 200 words as well as count up to five. And, of course, we can’t forget their noses! We all know they can smell well, but a fun fact about their noses is that they stay wet so dogs can tell which direction a scent is coming from.

At The Lakeside Collection, we have products and ideas to make every month bright! Whether you need pet toys in February to stave off your dog’s cabin fever, or you need beach towels for your June road trip to the beach, shop Lakeside for unique products at reasonable prices.

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