Lifestyle Pets Taye Diggs Wants You to Find the Perfect Puppy Soulmate this Valentine's Day The actor is working with Royal Canin to make sure animal lover pick a pooch that fits their lifestyle By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 12, 2018 06:10 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Sure, human affection is nice, but nothing quite beats the love of a loyal, furry companion. Taye Diggs understands that deep down all of us want a dog as our Valentine. But before you run out and adopt a puppy as a Valentine’s Day present, Diggs wants to make sure you are ready first. The actor recently partnered with Royal Canin to remind animal lovers that, while pets seem like great presents, they are a lifetime commitment you need to seriously think about. This means looking at your lifestyle and deciding which dog, if any, is right for you. When Diggs adopted his dog Mixty, he first looked at the size of his house, yard and family before choosing a canine he thought would perfectly blend with all three. That’s how he ended up with a pit bull mix, a large, friendly dog that is protective and playful with his children, and big enough to enjoy the yard at Diggs’ house. Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. So before you go out in search of your puppy soulmate this Valentine’s Day, listen to Diggs’ sound advice above and then choose the canine that matches your heart and your home life.