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Archive for July 10th, 2009

When i first got Buddy, 16 months ago, he was not ready to trust – or to fully let pleasure in.  These days, he sinks deeper and deeper into the joy of being loved.  One way i can tell that he is really, really happy from being petted – as he lies there very quiet, just taking it in – is that he licks his chops!  He especially likes to have his floppy ears rubbed – and this almost always elicits this chop licking.  Such a supposedly classic doggie behavior, but i’ve never seen him respond this way to food or treats.

I’ve mentioned this behavior to vets and other dog owners, and they don’t recognize it.  Hey, us humans each find our own pathways into pleasure, into peace, into contentment – I guess this is true of dogs, too.

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