What Chew Doing?

Posted by Francesca

Sharkey and I love to share our many adventures but sometimes, it really is just a dog's life.  And a dog's life involves a lot of chewing and licking!

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Hey Franny, what do you have there?

1 Hey Franny, what do you have there?

It's one of our stuffed toys!  It's nice and soft and doesn't hurt my mouth when I chew on it.  Sometimes, when I chew it just right, it makes a squeaking noise!

2 It's one of our stuffed toys! It's nice and soft and doesn't hurt my mouth when I chew on it. Sometimes, when I chew it just right, it makes a squeaking noise!

Chewing is very important to dogs!  Puppies chew when they are teething, but full grown dogs need to chew, too.  We inherited a lot of our chewing habits from our relatives.

3 Chewing is very important to dogs! Puppies chew when they are teething, but full grown dogs need to chew, too. We inherited a lot of our chewing habits from our relatives.

Dogs, like our non-domesticated wolf relatives, are pack animals.  Often, we assert dominance over another pack member by fighting over the last bit of food.  That's why we love biting and chewing toys!

4 Dogs, like our non-domesticated wolf relatives, are pack animals. Often, we assert dominance over another pack member by fighting over the last bit of food. That's why we love biting and chewing toys!

I sure showed him who's boss!

5 I sure showed him who's boss!

Dogs are also avid lickers.  You've probably noticed that's the first thing we do when we meet you!  Sharkey, people don't realize that licking is a way for us to communicate with each other.

6 Dogs are also avid lickers. You've probably noticed that's the first thing we do when we meet you! Sharkey, people don't realize that licking is a way for us to communicate with each other.

Pack animals use licking as a form of silent communication so as not to reveal their location to prey.  Licking another dog's face and ears is a common greeting.

7 Pack animals use licking as a form of silent communication so as not to reveal their location to prey. Licking another dog's face and ears is a common greeting.

Licking is also a form of cleaning.  We not only groom ourselves, but other members of the pack.  Franny, you're such a good pack mate!

8 Licking is also a form of cleaning. We not only groom ourselves, but other members of the pack. Franny, you're such a good pack mate!

Sometimes, Sharkey, I lick your mouth to let you know that I'm hungry, just like a puppy will lick its mother's mouth!

9 Sometimes, Sharkey, I lick your mouth to let you know that I'm hungry, just like a puppy will lick its mother's mouth!

Why, thank you, Franny!  It's so nice to have my own personal groomer to keep me looking beautiful!

10 Why, thank you, Franny! It's so nice to have my own personal groomer to keep me looking beautiful!

Comments (9)

  • Good morning ladies,
    I love to chew & lick, too! My favorite toy is a big blue, brown & white fabric ball from your Mom's toy line at PetSmart. I have a kittie that I love to chew on! When Mimi & Papa are sitting still I like to walk by and give them a little kiss on the foot or ankle to let them know I'm around.
    Hi to all my buddies, hope you are all o.k.
    Rebel

  • Hi everyone,
    You girls take such good care of one another. If you start licking GK you will get a mouth full of fur so maybe you could just kis his nose. hehehe
    Such a nice cool morning. This is my kind of weather. I am going back outside and staying there till the sun comes out. I feel so good when I am out when it is a bit cooler out. Love it, love it, love it.
    Later,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning Girls

    Now this is a great blog!! I love to chew toilet paper as I shared with you in the past, it's also very fun to run around the house with and lately I've discovered all these nice sticks that Irene left behind - YUM :) Another great chew toy is a Barbie Doll, mom's niece left hers on the floor and I enjoyed that one day - got in trouble for that one ;( Yes we have all kinds of toys that mom buys us but it's always more fun to create your own with human things.

    Now on to licking - my Precious cleans me like a cat, she licks me from head to toe. T-Bone is always licking Precious and Sophie's ears and Dad yells at her I'll have to make sure he reads your blog so he'll see all dogs do this.

    By the way Franny you did an excellent job on Sharkey she looks beautiful.

    Busy day today cleaning up from Irene. Mom is taking the day off work and her nephew is coming over to help remove all the tree branches and clean up the yard. Dad spent the day cutting the big branches now they all have to be moved out to the street. I'll have to supervise those branches are too big for me to move. Your mom is lucky she has lots of help with the Irene cleanup, it sure is hard work.

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I’m so glad you put this up today. I’ll have my Mommy and Daddy read this. I keep telling them that licking is a normal thing for me to do. The only problem I have is that I go too far at times and pull my hair out. When I meet someone, I don’t lick them. Don’t want to get any germs from them. I do sniff to see where they have been. Shoes are the best place to find out this information. Well it’s getting “nap time” already.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    Well aren't you two the grooming pair. When Tasha was alive we were the grooming pair also. And we would play tug of war with socks and toys. Oh, the good old days. It would be nice to have new little buddies sometimes, but Mom says that it's just me for now. I guess I am really high maintenance these days so for now I am an only child--that is best I guess. I didn't check in yesterday because I was on garden duty with Mom while she weeded and picked. Boy am I beat today. Time for a nap already. Oh, and everyone be proud of me, I am eating pretty good now.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Francesca I can't say I'm fond of the new small Type Fonts you're using...

    anyway love, love the photos, especially the licking of each other...so sweet, however I do stop at licking MY mouth by a canine, just don't know where it's been ;)

    I still am taking care of my grandog Annie a Shih Tzu, she brought all her squeaky toys for her stay...did you know the reason for the "squeak" in the toy? It's so the dog thinks they caught a live animal and it's screaming...yuck! :(

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Chewing and licking are two of my favorite things to do. Since I don't have a brother or sister or my pal, Bogie now, I wind up licking myself and chewing on my toys and anything I find on the floor or outside. I lick my Mom, also, to let her know I love her. You two girls sure do have fun licking each other and you both look so beautiful-I love you! Sure hope everyone that had Irene visit are doing better now. Basil, glad you are eating well! Kirby, glad your hot spots are gone-stay cool! Cora-Bell, sure hope your pain goes away! Hope everyone has a great day today and stay safe, healthy, and happy! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Franny you did a wonderful job on Sharkey and she sure did appreciate it. Daddy Maddox sure would know that licking GK means a mouthful of fur.

    Glad to see our East Coast buddies are safe. Now comes the fun part-cleaning up. :sad: Irene may be gone but boy she left behind a mess!

  • ..thanks dudley do-right, but the pain is here to stay..too many years of being an active Australian cattle dog here at the farm/ranch..plus I was bred to be ex large..75 lbs. in my heyday..I have some chew toys..like all the feral cats that we catch and nueter (just kidding,,I just scare them..don"t munch them)Lucinda is my big chew toy..always sneaking up and nipping her on the ankle and she still howls after all these years..I love her! Busy day ahead..helping James check our water tank..mow the yard, check the fruit trees and maybe pick some wild blackberries for a pie...wish all you could stretch your legs with me and spy on the otters, coons, deer,elk and oh a naughty lynx is creeping about..he is so cool..over and out cora-belle

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