For International 'Kiss a Ginger Day' I thought I might as well confess that I happily give and receive dog kisses on a regular basis. Some people think that's gross..
I actually used to be one of those people, until a certain Border Jack came along. It's one of the many ways Ruby has changed my life. I can attest that it's pretty much impossible to resist her adorable advances. My vet calls her "The Phantom Licker," referring to her intrepid talent for slurping your face seemingly out of nowhere. I don't have the heart to deny her obvious and overzealous displays of fondness.
My previous dogs were not big on kiss distribution, but after two and a half years with Ruby I don't feel my day is complete without her special and enthusiastically spit-drenched tokens of affection. "Do you have any kisses for me?" I ask her every morning when I wake up, and she has about ten or twenty, without fail.
I do prefer she not kiss me on the lips, usually offering my chin or cheek instead, but she loves to pounce when I'm laughing or yawning. I have caught many a pet selfie of the ubiquitous dog kissing face: eyes squeezed tight, mouth scrunched up in a delighted smile. I fully admit that those sloppy kisses make me feel loved.
Boca is a bit more reserved with her kissing, so I especially appreciate her occasional demure kisses on my nose. Even sweeter are her Eskimo kisses, and the softest little single nudge with her cold black nose when she wants to be petted. Boca is more of a hugger. When I get home she jumps up and wraps her paws around my waist.
The Ginger Sisters always get goodnight kisses from me. Boca has the tiniest little white fleck on the top of her head - made for kissing - and I love to smooch Ruby's velvety fox-like ears. I know I'm ridiculous. I can't help myself! Besides, I've read about studies theorizing that dog saliva may actually benefit our immune health! I do notice I haven't been sick very often since adopting Ruby...
Do you let your dog kiss you?