This Retriever Is Obsessed With Giving Hugs To Everyone She Meets

Posted by Editorial Staff in Nature and Travel On 14th February 2017
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Whenever Cesar Fernandez-Chavez walks his dog Louboutina in Manhattan, it's never an ordinary walk. Within minutes of hitting the sidewalks, Louboutina, or Loubie for short, wants to stop, greet people and then hug them, wrapping her forelegs around their knees. She makes people feel happy with her sweet hugs and it also makes her feel happy to show her affection.

#1 Fernandez-Chavez Never Taught Loubie To Do This

He says she just started doing this on her own. It all started when she began holding hands and now she can't stop hugging. And she loves to hug almost everyone she meets.

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#2 She Started By Holding Hands First

Before Loubie started giving hugs, she wanted to hold hands. That tradition started around Valentine's Day in 2014, shortly after Fernandez-Chavez had ended a long-term relationship. “She started sitting up and grabbing my hands with both of her paws, and then crossing the other paw over her paw,” Fernandez-Chavez said. “I remember joking with my friends, ‘At least I have someone to hold hands with during Valentine’s.'”

#3 She Then Tried Holding Hands With Strangers In NYC

Before long, Louboutina, or as she likes to be called, Loubie, was holding hands with everyone and even stopping on their daily walks to try and hold hands with strangers as they walked through the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City.

"From then on, every walk, she wanted to hold hands," Fernandez-Chavez says. "She would just sit up and cross her paw over the other, and look around like a lady. People passing by were like, 'Oh my god, she's so cute.'"

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#4 She Soon Graduated To The Hugging She Is Best Known For

After getting several regular handshakes from neighbors, Loubie then began stopping random people and showing her affection in a different way by hugging them with both her paws wrapped around their legs.

"Instead of asking me to do the holding hands thing, she just sat up, very close to my legs, and she'd wrap her legs around my knees," Fernandez-Chavez says. "I thought, 'This is weird. What's going on?' But I let her do it." That's when she began trying to get a free hug from people walking by.

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