Amelia here, again! With a very important post!
This time it's Foster Friday, even though the title of this post doesn't say that. It says something much more important and something that exactly describes what I'm looking for in my forever family.
A BELLY SCRATCHER!!!
Are you ready to check your qualifications?
In this post, I will explain exactly what is required. No worries, previous experience isn't required, although it is preferred. However, I will train the right person willing to learn.
Belly scratching position.
This above photo is my way of showing you I'm ready for belly scratches. I'm pretty much always ready for belly scratches, but when I flop over on my back, it means I'm really ready and would like belly scratches at that exact moment!
What do you mean, you're not writing this down?
Now, the next few steps can get complicated, so you should probably take notes. There are different types of Belly Attention. Belly scratching, belly massaging and belly rubbing. Although the position is labeled as a Belly Scratcher and not Belly Attention Giver, all 3 areas of belly attention is under the job description and are requirements for my happiness.
This is not how it's done, foster lady....
In the above picture, foster lady is holding the camera AND scratching my belly. This is a big no-no. When belly scratching, you MUST concentrate on ONLY belly scratches! Since the camera was being used for learning purposes of future adopters, and the foster lady is already a skilled belly scratcher, I decided the slight distraction in belly scratching would be okay for the moment.
Ahhh, yes. Right there... scratch scratch scratch!
The best belly scratches come when foster lady grows her nails out a bit so they're longer and can get nice deep scratches. Belly scratches should be in short, quick movements. It also helps to have both hands working the belly scratches to make sure maximum belly area gets covered. When belly scratches are done well, I just might fall asleep!
Use that whole hand, foster lady!
Then there's belly rubbin's. Now, some might say belly rubbin's are easier to preform than belly scratches. I do think belly rubbin's is easier to teach because there's less motor skills involved, but I do think it's equally important to belly scratches. Belly rubbin's are done using your whole hand. If you're using one hand, your hand should never leave my belly. The nail part of your fingers isn't effective in the rubbin' part, so you just let those nails rest and use the soft part of your hand. Once your hand is firmly against my belly... you rub up and down my belly.
Along with belly scratches and belly rubbin's, I do enjoy belly massages, as being shown in the above picture. Instead of using her nails, foster lady uses the soft parts of her fingers and gently massages my soft, velvety skin in little circle motions. Foster lady also makes her hand bigger and smaller by contracting and stretching her fingers, making a very relaxing kneading motion. Now, this is a technique that comes with much time and practice, but I'm willing to be your Guinea dog while you practice to perfection.
Sometimes, instead of falling asleep during belly scratching, rubbin's or massages, I go into a deep daze where I just stare into the nothingness ahead... The foster lady thinks I just forget to close my eyes or blink, but what I see in front of me is just too good! You see, when I get into my deep belly daze, I'm watching my perfect life with my perfect forever family where they scratch my belly, take me for walks and snuggle me on the couch! Who would want to blink when that's what you get to see?!
Wag that tail, Corbin! Rub my belly with your nubbin'!!!
Sometimes the foster parents are too busy or too dense to see that I need belly scratches - another reason why I need to find my forever belly rubber! So, I take advantage of the Corbin's nubbin' tail! He wags his tail and my belly is RIGHT there to reap all the benefits of his belly rubbin' nubbin'! PERFECT! Although, a brother with a belly rubbin' nubbin' is not a requirement for my forever belly rubbin' family.
I'm ready to flop! Get ready to give my belly attentions!
Now, I understand that some people aren't belly scratching, belly rubbin' or belly massaging people, and that's A-OK! I'm just not the dog for you non belly loving people. But, I do give everyone I meet an equal opportunity to give my belly the best attentions you have. I have yet to find the most perfect Belly Scratcher, but I just know they're out there!
Do you think my perfect belly scratcher is out there?
Amelia is still available for adoption through Homeward Bound Dog Rescue of NY! Want to learn more about her?
Visit her Petfinder page HERE!
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