You know, when they flop down on the grass or on your bed or on their dog beds and roll around on their backs, rubbing their noses against the fabric or the ground and making a low, moaning, growling gurgly noise.
Lamar's always been a big convulser, and with the paws flailing in the air, the tail loosely wagging, those happy groans resounding, he seems like the epitome of happiness at those moments.
Lately, he seems to be stepping it up a notch. At all hours, but at least a few times an evening, I'll hear that low gurgling sound that I think must signal a happy, itchy nose and I have to just go wherever Lamar is and check it out.
I think I may have heard once that this behavior may signal something is wrong. Is there more to it than just an urge to scratch that nose and that back?
Since Lamar's been doing this ridiculous thing for all of his 13 years, and Tashi did it for all of her 15+ years, I can't bring myself to be too worried about it.
If anyone has any insights about dog gurgling, growling, rolling, happy convulsions behavior, now would be the time to let me know.
Why do they do it? What does it all mean?
We await your wise counsel.
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