Tag Archives: trust


Doggy quote of the month for March

Doggy quote of the month for June

“Dogs can tell when your heart is open – can tell when you’re dignifying them with your trust. Dogs smell trust.”

-poet Stephen Kuusisto, in his book Have Dog, Will Travel

Doggy quote of the month for March

“The love of a dog is a pure thing.  He gives you a trust which is total.  You must not betray it.”

– Michel, Houellebecq, author

Izzy greyhound by R Sloan Photography

Tummy rubs

On the side of my company car, it says “…because love and a tummy rub aren’t enough”

I believe this – since I work every day with dogs and their owners to help manage pain, mobility, skin problems, weight control, and the impacts of aging.  It takes ore than a tummy rub and affection to manage these issues.

When a dog invites me in for a tummy rub, however,  I consider it a compliment.  And you should, too.

Tummy rub photo

Norman, photo courtesy of iHeartDogs

Dogs will often expose their bellies to us in a sign of trust and this is particularly the case with our own dogs.   Most dogs enjoy a tummy rub because it’s an area of their bodies that they can’t reach to the same extent as we can.

Of course, dogs can expose their belly in a sign of submissiveness as well.  This is usually accompanied with other signs of stress such as lip-licking, a tucked tail, and general tension throughout the body.  It’s pretty easy to see the difference – although some people do get it wrong (usually those who don’t have a lot of experience with dogs).

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand


Doggy quote of the month for July

Bill Murray quotation