Our dog Buddy does have some strange doghabits. After sharing his companionship for 10+ years, I suspect that he knows exactly what makes me tick, but some of his behaviors are still a book with seven seals to me. This is one of them: he will suddenly turn on his back and get into a weird, convoluted posture and stare up at us.
It took me a while to figure out this is simply attention seeking. Buddy will do anything to get attention, and groveling is no issue for him. Doghabits! He invites me (or any random visitor, or any unknown lady in the street for that matter) to rub his chest and belly. Scarily enough, he bares his jaws and teeth at the same time, making him look like a little devil… and scaring most innocent bystanders away. The latter are in many cases already confused by his spread-out hind legs, offering a full view on his private parts (of which two essentials are missing since his castration).
The Mysterious Ways of the Labrador
And he is inseparable from his tennis balls. I have to buy new ones regularly, since although Buddy loves them intimately, he loses (and forgets) them as quickly as they drop from his jowls. Labradors are retrievers, and thus having something in their mouth (a ball, a stick, a piece of cloth) is apparently highly comforting. Sometimes he shares his bed with three tennis balls and a deflated basket ball.
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It is Buddy, our Labrador. This grin may look threatening, but in reality he is completely relaxed and waiting for somebody to scratch his belly.
The bigger the stick, the better. It is impressive what size of stick Buddy can carry – the one on this photo is medium-sized. Over the years he also learned to grab them in the middle.
This time, one of my sons tied a rag around his head, but Buddy doesn’t mind (as his wagging tail shows). Buddy loves to be a part of a family, and enjoys being at the center of attention.
Buddy is part Labrador, part Pastor Mallorquin. This means that he loves to fetch stuff (the Labrador Retriever part), and that he barks like a madman if unknown people enter the house. His bark is worse than his bite, luckily enough.