when i picked zack up to bring him home the first time, he was carrying around a bullly stick that was as long as he was, he and another pup were playing tug o war with it. Hillary, the woman i got him from, told me what it was. what a crack up. so that's one of the things i bought at the pet store on the way home. Same size as hers. i never cut it up because he liked it big, apparently.
There was no smell at all. He chewed it almost constantly. I got a few more because sometimes things get lost. I got different sizes. then, one day i smelled something foul. It was one of the bully sticks. I consulted with cavaliertalk and learned that they often smell. but not always. so i had been lucky in the beginning. But then, i tried a couple more and they smelled bad too. The age of Innocence was over. i asked the lady at the pet store and she said it depended on the batch. They sell them loose in a bulk bin. So, that was one of the reasons i stopped getting bully sticks. the smell was unbearable.
when i first got zack, i was ambivalent about his kissing, he was pretty intense, going right for the mouth--the INSIDE of the mouth.
while Belle, the other cavalier in my life, had gentler kisses, friendly but not pushy. More to the side of the mouth or on the cheek, or only gently on the lips. I wondered if Zack could be trained to kiss more like Belle. i did love dog kisses, but not quite as penetrating as zack. I didn't want to rebuff him, but i felt a bit violated.
I don't know if he has changed or i have, but his kisses are fine with me now. i adore them.
The worst time he ever kissed me was once when i smelled the smell of poop on his breath. I didn't know what it was at the time, it never occured to me that he would eat his own poop. But he was just about to be neutered and i told the vet i hadn't seen any poop in the yard the lastt day or so, and she said he could be eating it. and then i remembered the inexplicable poop smell on his breath the day before.
but that only happened that one time. Normally, he has no bad breath smell, his breath smells fine, a mild dog smell i dont' even notice, sometimes he has the smell of Merricks Lamb Filet treats on his breath.
I was reading in a book called something like How to Speak Dog by behaviorist Stanley Coren about different behaviors dogs have, and what he thinks they mean, and he was talking about when they lick you and we think of it as kissing, and he relates it to when puppies are born and their mamas lick off the afterbirth and then lick them all over to keep them clean, she licks their little butts and private parts and cleans off their poop, just like humans change their babies' diapers,, that's how dogs keep their babies clean, she licks their ears and nose and mouth, and keeps them healthy and it's a very nurturing manner in whicih she does it, what we would call affectionate, and so to puppies and dogs, licking the private parts, even licking off you know what from the private parts, is a gesture of affection or nurturing, or some kind of socially positive gesture. Since i read that, i see things a little differently when Zack seems so compelled to try to put his nose in Fluffy's butt and he would lick it if i didn't command him to stop everytime i see it. Because after all, i let him lick my face and lips so i have to draw the line somewhere....
donna--the video was wonderful. I have had a no good very bad day, and that video was just what i needed--along with some of Zack's sweet ardent kisses.