One of the most wonderful things that Mabel does (and honestly, every rottweiler in my family has done this to a degree) is greet the humanoids in the pack with an equal gusto to that of dogs. Dogs typically greet other dogs and they may or may not greet the humans. All my rotties have always acknowledged the humans around them but Mabel does it with such flourish. And I'm grateful that the other pet pawrents at the creek welcome her with open arms and lavish her with kisses and scritches.
Mabel greeting Hank and Sue's Mom
On the rare occasion I venture forth in the world...for a real job or to meet a client or teach a class, such a sadness falls over my spoiled girl. I think she knows I'm leaving her home alone because of that stuff I put on my face. As I stand in the bathroom primping, Mabel always ventures into that too small space and stares up at me. This started when she was just a pup. I will always ask her, "Did you want to put on your makeup too???"
She does this little bounce from side to side and I grab some tissue and pantomime dabbing it in the makeup and blot all around her face. I stand back admiring her and tell her how beautiful she looks. With that, she seems satisfied and she jumps on my bed and allows me to finish getting ready.
Mabel greeting Lucy's Dad
When I've been working on the computer for too long - according to the four footed member of my household - Mabel always lets me know. She hooks her paw into the arm of my desk chair and pulls, spinning me away from the computer. She does this periodically during the day, during the evening and especially at bedtime.
The Sweetest Girl
There are times when Mabel hugs me... yes, hugs me! I cannot demand a hug as I do a kiss. It is always a spontaneous thing. When we are at the creek and she is having a good time, she will sit in front of me (which is rare with her greyhound hips!) and take her front paw and place it behind my knee and pull me into her!
The other hug I get is when we are playing bitey face at night. I will start to get up to end the game and Mabel will place both paws around my neck and pull my head close to hers. I often get a kiss with this one...