Everyone knows you should start the New Year off with a kiss. I love kisses. I live for kisses.
Unfortunately for me, when I’m at work most dogs are not really that happy to give smooches. Sure they do at first, but one go with the thermometer and the honeymoon’s over.
This is one of the reasons I was thrilled to throw on my civvies and hit the Meet the Breeds booths at the AKC/Eukanuba show as a regular Joe. I thought, maybe I could ask owners about their dog’s proclivity for herding versus retrieving. Or ask about how long it takes to groom them for a show. Or maybe I’d just do what I felt like, and love on the pups and see who was the best smoocher- which is exactly what I ended up doing.
It was inspired by the Boston County Kissing Booth.
The French bulldog people threw down the gauntlet with their own booth advertising French kisses. (That’s Macho, by the way. You’ll see him in amorous action in the video.) GAME ON.
I started with them, but I basically hit on all sorts of dogs while I was there, from a teeny Brussels to a burly Cane Corso in search of affection and licks. At the end of the day, no matter the dog, they were all capable of some pretty incredible acts of affection even when it’s some strange person standing in their face and demanding smooches. And you will never guess who won.
I loooove dogs. If you couldn’t tell.
(Thanks to Diane and everyone who gamely held the camera when I shoved it in their hands and said, ‘point it at my head. I’m going in.’ I get to do the coolest stuff sometimes . )