It is fast approaching the one year point of having Bow in my household, making me surprised that so much time has passed so quickly but also now hard to imagine her not being a part of daily life.
Signposts of bonding pop up every week, sometimes catching me off guard. Some are endearing, and some can be a bit odd of confusing. One that I’ve heard many others describe and have seen plenty of YouTube videos of is the rubbing in dirty laundry on the floor. While I want to believe the theories that it’s her showing her deep bond by getting my scent all over her, I have my doubts. She does the same when she sees an abandoned, smelly mattress on the street or a pile of compost in the back yard. For a breed that supposedly is fastidious about cleanliness and without any real odor, she certainly has a strong desire to rub herself in the smelliest things she comes across. I hope she doesn’t equate some of the less savory ones to my dirty laundry on the floor.
Another morning routine that has become more common is seeing a red and white head peek through the corner of the shower curtain each morning. Though she is cooperative, her own bath time is not her favorite activity. But observing mine, and then licking my feet the second I step out of the shower is a favorite activity. (I had a cat that had a similar fascination of licking my wrists the rare times I wore cologne.) I’ve heard various theories that all dogs are attracted to soap because they smell animal fat, though I usually use ones made without it. I’ll continue with my belief that it’s her being maternal and thinking she’s found a few spots that I didn’t scrub well enough.