Wednesday, May 25, 2011


At least once every day I see a scene like this.
Hickory spreading a little lovin' all over Maddie's face.

The first time I saw this I thought, "Awwwwww, how sweet. 
 Hickory loves Maddie"
And Maddie held so still....eating up the attention.
(Maddie is our 5 year old Newfoundland,
 and Hickory is our 15 1/2 year old Norfolk terrier.)

And then I realized what was really going on here....

Hickory is actually cleaning up Maddie's "eye boogers", as I call them.
She spends about 15 to 20 minutes, licking both eyes and 
also the slobber that Newfies are prone to.

Ok, so maybe it's not love,
but at least they have a mutual understanding!


  1. Love the picture, but of course I'm a little bias since I have a Newfie! After seeing Maddie's summer cut I think Midnight is getting shaved soon.

  2. What you don't see is Maddie helping Hickory with those unruly eyebrow and ear hairs that old men tend to get. :)

  3. Beverly,
    It's nice to see a younger one taking care of a senior. I too have an older dog that has the same problem. Poor thing! I have to wipe his eyes about everyday. It's tough getting older.
    Hope when we get old, someone takes just as good care of us as your doggies do.
    Have a great day
    Country at heart

  4. Hickory has needs..Maddie meets them..very sweet...

  5. LOL I am not sure I would call that an Ahhh moment but I guess it is for someone there. I used to have Newfies and I know how much they can slobber! Come say hi :D

  6. Oh, I think it is sweet...especially if I don't think about it! lol

  7. Isn't that what friends are for. Better the the cleaning exchange my cat and dog have. The dog gets his ears cleaned, and I'll just leave it at that...


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