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      Did you ever stop to consider...

      ...how clean your dog's face is when you smooch or rub your face on it???

      You know how sometimes the mail being sniffed on a bush or taller plant/grass is obviously recently deposited? I know that sometimes I'll think...at that moment...that the sniffer's face is picking up some of that mail. And then I forget all about that.

      Well...this morning, as I nuzzled Dan's face while brushing them out, the light bulb went off. It took 66 years of life for me to realize that maybe my lips shouldn't be touching where there could be residue from other dogs. My light bulb, in general, must be on a dimmer switch.

      I won't stop smooching (even though I don't think dogs especially like that)...but I think I'll take a wet rag/wipe to the faces more often. Maybe that'll be the first place I put the paw wipe/rag after walks when I notice wet mail having been sniffed.

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      Oh yeah, about as often as I happen to catch Oban with his nose up a cat's butt. By the time he kisses me I figure he's kicked his own lips clean. Researchers somewhere are probably trying to find something good in the stuff that rubs off on us from our dog's sniffing. I have heard of very sensitive people getting poison ivy from their dog though, just from petting, not kissing.

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      We'd put off getting our first dogs for two years...trying to get all the poison ivy off our property. It was even growing in the grass. I gave up after two years and periodically would get rashes on my hands that I swore had to come from dogs...ours or someone else's. (I know I was extremely susceptible. When we first moved in and put in our hedge bushes, that's when I found out that PI would grow unnoticed in the grass...the grass that I was sitting on in shorts while fooling with those bushes. I had PI rash in places I didn't even know I had places....ended up taking time off work and being put on some med...steroid?...that had to be tapered off. I never want to go through that again.)

      I try to keep these guys out of the ivy that grows so prolifically at two of the parks we frequent. Either I've gotten a bit resistant or I'm just not getting it off them.

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      Somebody probably posted this article when it came out. I'm not a big fan of my dogs licking my face or my kids'/grands' faces for the reasons included. Plus, being in health care, I do tend to evaluate things in terms of their germiness. I'm far from a germaphobe but some things are just a no. Both of mine will eat stuff they find on the ground, particularly Lark, who will police our yard for animal poo, including Chase's. Poor Chase gets followed closely by both Lark and me whenever there's the likelihood that he'll make a deposit. On walks they've got their noses and muzzles buried deep into heaven knows what. Yes, I've also had poison ivy from our dogs walking through it and then rubbing or stepping on me. So yeah, I do stop to consider, my poor dogs.

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      My little grand nephew, four years old, has recently developed quite an affection for Oban. Last visit I walked into a room to find him offering his face to Oban to lick. Oban is not much of a licker but nephew had eaten a snack with lots of remnants on his face so Oban was really going at him. "Ah, let's not do that." is all I said. At least he kept his mouth closed, nephew.

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      Thor is a licker and my husband loves it (I don't allow it as much) but even he draws the line somewhere. As I was reading this thread I could hear him in the other room: "no, thor, don't lick, I just saw you eating goose poop"
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      Oh gosh yes to it all! I will warn my husband not to accept Keeley (shih tzu) kisses on days when she has been caught eating yard kibble. Even been the poison ivy route. But they are my children and won't have it any other way. Thanks for the giggle this morning.

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      I honestly try not to think about it. You know like this morning, first thing he did was give me a big old kiss, with a warm smile, time to get up dad. Oh yes Hemi I love you too and give him a morning smooch.

      However, I know very well since there are times I get up before him. One of the things he does is lick his penis after he wakes up.

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      I try not to, lol! Because Maxx is such a sloppy eater/drinker he has had his face wiped with baby wipes or a towel since he was a puppy, I would guess his face is a bit cleaner than some dogs. It is kinda funny because he "asks" for his face to be wiped if I am not paying attention. I honestly never really thought about how gross it is to smooch him after he has been on a sniff fest. I will from this point forward!
      Having said that, when he decides to eat something gross I will tell him "no kisses today" and my silly boy will bug the heck out of me for loving until I give in! (And me kissing the top of his head does not count, in his book!) He will stalk me for the opportunity to "kiss" me, yuck! Obviously it is a game to him due to my over the top reactions.
      I have also gotten poison ivy from my dogs, several times. I can't imagine where else it came from, I definitely was not rolling in it!
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      Archie is a licker and he heads straight for the face. I'm not a fan of being licked in the face so I present my chin.

      You certainly don't need to touch poison ivy to get the rash. It's the oil in the plant that causes the problem so a dog brushing up against the plant can get the oil on the fur and then when you pet or the dog rubs against you transfer happens. Back when I was a teenager and babysitting, one of my little fellows was out helping rake leaves while his Dad was burning them. He got poison ivy from being in the smoke which contained the oil. Poor kid even had it in his ears and up his nose.
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