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Petting Your Labrador Retriever

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If my dog could talk... At this point, we will just close our eyes and quietly shake our heads from side to side.

The dog needs no words.

I'm sitting on the couch, minding my own business and all of a sudden there is a large, furry beast cuddling in next to my hip. He probably weighs eighty pounds at best, but when he is trying to squish close to me, his weight doubles or triples. Soon, there is a 500 pound head pressing up against my arm.

I pretend to ignore him, and he starts poking his nose under my arm. Then, he will pull it away and slam it on top of my arm. He may even lean over and attempt to lick my chin.

The frenzy continues until my hand is resting on his head. He will start to move his head. Then, he will roll over and put his paws in the air.

He is soft. Warm.

I forgive him.

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As you can see, the dog is quite mobile. If I'm not doing it correctly, the dog gently guides with his teeth. It's not biting...simply a suggestion.

Then, the sighing, cuddling and soon, snoring commences.

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