Lonely but Friendly Golden Retriever Stops And Hugs Everyone
Lonely but Friendly Golden Retriever Stops And Hugs Everyone she meets
Loving and loyal, dogs are man’s best friend for a reason and every dog owner will attest to this. Though most dogs show affection for humans with tail wags and lots of licks, Louboutina (or Loubie for short), is an adorable Golden Retriever, who displays her love through cuddly hugs. Whenever Loubie goes on a walk with her owner Cesar Fernandez-Chavez, it’s never a typical walk. The incredibly friendly pooch insists on stopping to greet strangers within minutes of hitting the sidewalks — and when they stop to pet her, Loubie loves to hug them by wrapping her forelegs around their knees
According to Fernandez-Chavez, Loubie learned the behavior all by herself, she just loves cuddling people, which sometimes includes complete strangers. Because of this, Loubie’s daily walks around New York City are quite the sight. “It’s just not a regular walk,” Fernandez-Chavez told The Dodo. “It’s a walk with hugging. So we don’t get to go too far.”
Prior to Loubie wanting to give out hugs to people, she wanted to hold hands. That particular hand-holding tradition started way back around on Valentine’s Day in 2014, just after Fernandez-Chavez got out of a long-term relationship.
In an interview with The Dodo, Fernandez-Chavez explained, “She started sitting up and grabbing my hands with both of her paws, and then crossing the other paw over her paw. I remember joking with my friends, ‘At least I have someone to hold hands with during Valentine’s.” It soon became Loubie’s favorite activity, and she quickly began seeking it handholding attention whenever she went out hit the streets of New York.
From then on, every walk, Loubie always wanted to hold hands. It was seemingly a comfort response for her, but passers-by couldn’t help but stop to comment. Then, a few years later, Loubie started showing her affection in a different way – through hugs. Instead of insisting on holding hands, she would instead sit very close to Chavez, right near his legs. She’d then wrap her legs around his knees. At first, Chavez thought it was weird, but allowed to her continue doing it.
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