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Man kissing cocker spaniel

Man kissing cocker spaniel

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Updated: October 14, 2012 12:15PM

Q. You disillusioned me when you did not chide one writer who boasted she “cooks for” and “kisses” and “sleeps” with her two dogs. I suppose the cooking and sleeping parts aren’t harmful or silly, but what about the “kissing” part? Doesn’t that person know that dogs use their tongues in lieu of toilet paper? Ugh!

A. Dog Lady admits, in all the mail, sometimes things slip by. Smooching a dog slipped by.

Please do not kiss your dogs on or around the mouth. Regular readers of this column know “Ask Dog Lady” is a stickler on this issue. Why? Well, there is some medical evidence suggesting that if a disease can pass between humans and canines, it would most likely happen through mouth to mouth contact. Also, why would you want to kiss your dog on the mouth and then kiss your partner or your child?

Recently, Dog Lady was at a party and announced her stand against kissing dogs on or around the mouth. The room fell silent until someone adamantly piped up: “I can kiss my dog if I want to.” Of course, swap saliva to your hearts’ content with your pets. Just don’t say you learned it from “Ask Dog Lady.”

Q. My husband and I just returned from a vacation. We left our own dog with a dependable sitter and returned to find him eager to get back to the dog park to see his pals. I too was more excited to see the dogs than the people whose names I haven’t learned and whose conversation can bore me. Is this odd to care about the dogs more than the people?

A. The priority of learning dog names before people names is not odd at a dog park, a preserve unlike any other. Dog parks have different rules and regulations. In this special place, it doesn’t matter at all if the two-legged people have a lower status.

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