Many people let their dogs kiss them — briefly. The pooch gets a few licks, maybe a few more if you’ve had a drink or two, and then its “back off, pal! We’re not like that!”
At the ninth annual Valentine’s Day Canine Kissing Contest and Cocktail Party, however, it was definitely like that. The owners remained stock still, eyes clenched, taking all the kisses their dogs could give, perhaps thinking about the “cocktail” part of the kissing contest to get them through those final, just insanely wet seconds.
Did they know it was going to be so wet?
Appropriately, the dog-kissing contest was also a Valentine’s Day party. What better gift to give your dog than unfettered access to your face, for as long and as slobbery as he wants?
The annual event at the Planet Dog Company Store in Portland is surprisingly popular, with people lining up out front to enter, all for the chance to win a grand prize of a … $75 gift certificate. Oh well, the real reward is letting your dog kiss you as long as he wants.
“It gets very competitive,” said Jim Williams, the owner of Planet Dog. “Some of our dogs and owners actually train for this every year.”
That’s right: The owners train. At least that’s what they tell their spouses when they unexpectedly come home early from work. THAT’S A JOKE!
This year’s winner was the incomparable kissing duo of Linda West and Beau, who smooched for 45 seconds without a break, like two teenagers in 1976. This is the second year they’ve won. According to Jim, last year they kissed “was upwards of one minute and some seconds, which is a pretty lengthy kiss to watch.”
Casey Mountain and Sunny, Staffordshire Terrier, took second place, with 16.8 seconds. Sunny seemed to have the wettest kisses of the night, soaking Casey in a thick sheen of saliva from hairline to chin.
Erik Boucher and Django took third place, with 11.7 seconds of lightening-fast tongue-work.
Congratulations to all the competitors, and we look forward to next year’s contest. Happy training!
Via the Daily Mail
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