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Yesterday, the Hu-Dad took great comfort in 4.5 of the best therapy dogs. Guess we will have to explain why that is not 5.
Despite her role as the Chief of Security, Kiska is quite the cuddler if she knows you well (though she can be standoffish with new people). She loves snuggling with the Hu-Dad and he loves stroking his hands through her long fur. If you stop snuggling with her, be prepared for The Claw. It is a sweet, but firm, gesture for more snuggling.
Just take one look at Qannik and you know he is a giant cotton ball. We should point out, however, that on rainy days like yesterday (thanks to the moisture from Hurricane Matthew), Qannik loves sitting in the rain and soaking up as much water as possible. Then he is the equivalent of cuddling with a soaking wet cotton ball. On the other hand, he loves giving kisses as anyone who has ever met him can attest.
Cheoah is a hyper snuggler, meaning she will jump from person to person for hugs. But she loves the attention and will stay with you as long as you are scratching. Slow down, and she will move to the next person or woo quite loudly at you.
Frankie is the ultimate snuggler and is proudly a daddy’s boy. Whenever possible, he has his front paws wrapped around the Hu-Dad’s arm to make sure he gets maximum attention. Hu-Dad has developed a great skill in turning pages in a book with only one hand since Frankie has the other arm in a bear hug.
Ok, that is a solid 4 out of 4 dogs. So where does the 0.5 come from? Typhoon, of course. Yes, Typhoon has the softest, silkiest fur that just begs for human hands. Unfortunately, Typhoon is decidedly anti-hugs. Fortunately, he will give kisses to those he likes (and he gave out lots of those yesterday). And his antics makes everyone smile. No hugs, but lots of comfort, so we give him .5 points for effort.
P.S. – We were overwhelmed with all of the notes, comments and emails of sympathy. We sincerely appreciate every single one of them and thank you for your kind words. We miss our Baby Bear, but we will forge ahead.
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