Doggone unusual proclamations of love for your Valentine

Prudence (in dress) and Gertrude (in tux) deliver pug-o-grams for Valentine’s Day.
Prudence (in dress) and Gertrude (in tux) deliver pug-o-grams for Valentine’s Day. Star-Telegram

Tired of the traditional Valentine’s Day dinner? Want to wow your loved one with something other than a box of chocolates and a bouquet of roses?

Then look no further than these unique ways to say I love you, from a personal delivery from an adorable little dog, to a tuba serenade.

DFW Pug Rescue Pug-a-gram

Receiving candy for Valentine’s Day is nice. Even nicer? Having that candy delivered to you by an adorable dog.

As part of DFW Pug Rescue’s annual pug-a-gram fundraiser, you can send your valentine an arrangement of delicious chocolates delivered to his or her North Texas home or office by a pug so cute, your love will want to keep it.

A limited number of pug-a-grams are available; those interested are encouraged to get their order in as soon as possible. Cost is $60, with proceeds benefiting DFW Pug Rescue. Deliveries will be made Feb. 11. To order a pug-a-gram or get more information, visit

UNT Tuba valentines

If you consider music the language of love, then you might think about sending your favorite someone a valentine courtesy of the North Texas chapter of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

Providing the perfect soundtrack for Valentine’s Day, a quartet of tuba and euphonium players from the University of North Texas will travel to and serenade your lucky valentine with two love songs of your choosing. In addition to their serenade, your loved one will receive a chocolate rose and a personalized card.

Tuba Valentines start at $30 and increase in price depending on location. There is no deadline for ordering a valentine, but customers are encouraged to put orders in as soon as possible to reserve their preferred date and time for delivery. To purchase or get more information, visit or email

St. Valentine’s Massacre at Moxley Manor

Does your idea of a romantic evening include scaring the pants off your loved one? Then you might want to make plans to spend Valentine’s Day at Moxley Manor in Bedford.

Perfect for horror-loving couples or even a group of friends who hate the Hallmark holiday, Moxley Manor’s Valentine’s Day Massacre event is certainly an alternative way to celebrate the usually sweet occasion.

The haunted houses run 7:30-10 p.m. Feb. 13-14, and tickets are $17-$25. 510 Harwood Road, Bedford. To buy tickets or get more information, visit

Fifty Shades of Fear at Hangman’s

Popular haunted house Hangman’s House of Horrors gets in on the fun, too, presenting “Fifty Shades of Fear,” 7:30 p.m.-midnight Feb. 13-14.

In this “ultimate Valentine challenge,” they say, blindfolds are provided “to see if your heart can withstand the challenge of having someone else lead you through the haunted house.”

Tickets are $25-$40, and proceeds benefit five local charities. Hangman’s has moved to 4400 Blue Mound Road at Meacham Boulevard, Fort Worth. For more information and tickets, visit

Grapevine Sweetheart Wine Trail

Whether you have a valentine who’s a wine aficionado or you’re just a single gal looking for something fun to do with the girls, Grapevine’s Sweetheart Wine Trail lets you swirl, sip and nosh all weekend.

On the trail, in Grapevine’s historic downtown area, guests will get to sample wines from seven local wineries, including Cross Timbers Winery, Su Vino Winery and the new Messina Hof Grapevine Winery. Each participant receives a souvenir wineglass, as well as three wine tastings and food samplings at each winery.

The event takes place Feb. 14-15. Tickets are $40 per person online or $45 at the door. To purchase tickets or get more information, visit

Valentine’s Cruise on Lake Grapevine

Switch things up this Valentine’s Day, with a special evening spent on the water, thanks to Arispop’s annual Valentine’s Cruise on Lake Grapevine. Guests will board the Tejas at the Silver Lake Marina then head off for a two-hour cruise that includes a three-course dinner, live entertainment and dancing.

Cruises are Feb. 13-15. Reservations are required and can be made online. Cost is $149 per couple. To make a reservation or get more information, visit

Fort Worth Zoo’s adoption packages

Want to give a valentine that will make you and the person receiving it feel true animal attraction?

Then consider gifting one of the Fort Worth Zoo’s Valentine’s Day-themed adoption packages. Customers can choose between the Penguin Pal package or the Lovebirds package, and each includes items like a personalized adoption certificate, plush animal and a color photo of your adopted animal. In addition, the zoo will offers a third package that includes both the Lovebirds package and tickets for two to the zoo’s annual Valentine’s dinner.

Packages are $40-$195. To purchase packages or get more information, visit

Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery’s Hot Date Night

Heat things up with a trip for two to Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery in Grapevine. The studio will hold its annual Hot Date Night event, which includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the chance to create a glass heart or flower with the assistance of one of Vetro’s glassblowers.

The event takes place Feb. 11-14. Reservations are required and can be made online. Cost is $195-$225 per couple; participants must be 21 or older to attend. 701 S. Main St., Suite 103, Grapevine; 817-251-1668. To make a reservation (required) or get more information, visit

Karmany Yoga’s The Ultimate Savasana

Let Karmany Yoga help you set the mood for a relaxing Valentine’s Day with a special workshop called The Ultimate Savasana.

In the session, designed for both couples and singles, instructor Rebecca Emery will lead participants in the art of Thai massage and reflexology for the face, hands and feet. The hands-on activity promises to be a great way to bond with your special someone, as you both use essentials oils and aromatherapy to help release each other’s tension and stress.

The workshop takes place noon-3 p.m. Feb. 14. Cost is $55 for singles or $80 for couples; 2735 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, 817-689-5642. To make reservations (recommended) or get more information, vist