PEOPLE HAVE BOUNDARIES. They like them. Some like them more than others. “Personal space” is considered very important, especially when it is invaded. But dogs have no sense of boundaries or concept of personal space—and they don’t waste any thought or energy trying to avoid invading someone else’s.
My family is made up of pretty active people. It’s a daily occurrence to find one of us splayed out on the floor, stretching before or after exercise. Watson’s favorite thing to do at times like this was to boldly—as if summoned—trot right up and lick his person’s face. This was his version of giving us a kiss.
This was especially surprising because Watson could be very quiet on carpet. More than a few times, as I did my stretching in the early morning before anyone else was up, I would hear a rustling noise, turn my head in the direction the gentle noise came from, and roll my face directly into Watson’s wet nose. Then came Watson’s “kiss.”
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