The dogs love it when company arrives. It’s even better if the visitors are over-night guests… a long weekend visit is nirvana. They know additional people around the house equals more lovin’ and more lovin’ means more petting and belly rubs. To Dolce and Amore, house guests equates to another unsuspecting victim foolish enough to keep their “petting hand” lowered at nose height. Just low enough to fandangle a head rub from the gullible guest, or a scratch to the ear or if they’re lucky, a full body massage.
I tell ya, we have smart dogs…. multiplied by the number of guests, Dolce and Amore can calculate the amount of adoration they should be receiving, and for how long. A gentle nose nudge to the hand, served as a courtesy reminder, is quickly given when a guest isn’t paying enough attention to their rubbings’, when the petting starts to be a bit absentminded, or when the caressing slows to a stop. This soft nose nudge is usually good for another seven or so minutes of full attention. A second tender nudge can easily add another two to three minutes on to their massage session. The third nudge, given under duress once the petting hand has completely stopped all contact, no longer qualifies as a nose nudge – the girls are now into a full-on, no-holds-barred S.N.O.U.T. wrestling approach.
SNOUT wrestling occurs about 36-48 hours after arrival, just about the time when the novelty of the dogs has worn off. It usually starts with Amore, eager for more lovin’ and attention, illegally using her muzzle to gain your attention. It almost always ends with an upset, a drink tossed into the air, only to land back on you, after your arm has been jolted upright by a distraught hooch hooter. Coined by one our favorite guests, SNOUT wrestling stands for STRONG NOSE ON ULNA and TIBIA and it means business.
At best, SNOUT wrestling might give the dogs a few minutes of rubbing. Usually it just encourages our guests to move to higher ground – a tall bar stool, out of reach from Dolce’s strong nose, or better yet, in a standing position with the stool arranged as a barricade from Amore’s attempt to mutt muzzle her way for more consideration, more ear scratching, more rubbing. But at worst, SNOUT wrestling will bring irritated shouts of “NO!”, “STOP IT!”, and “QUIT!”, hopefully without someone tripping or falling after losing their balance from a brief SNOUT wrestle. SNOUT wrestling begins with the nose, usually under your arm, sometimes behind your leg, lifting at a high rate of force, thrust, and energy. The move is always unexpected, even when you’re expecting it. It is always quick, with no notice, and always gets the pin, shoulders on the mat!
Insistent, intrusive and annoying, SNOUT wrestling is the dogs at their brattiest and way past the point of cute, but, on the flip side, it keeps the company from staying too long!