Harold and I provide mouth cultures for our science project.
We thought it would be fun to break out the petri dishes and see exactly what was going on inside that little mouth of Harold's. We carefully swabbed the inside of his mouth and my own, and planted the samples inside two separate cell culture dishes. Then we left our little microbe gardens to incubate in a dark place for 2 days.
The results: Harold's jeebies (bottom)>Johanna's jeebies (top).
We didn't bother sending these off to a lab for proper disclosure, so our findings are very basic: Compared to my own, Harold's mouth is chocked full of heebie jeebies. Just look at that fuzzy, curdled mess! Blech. These are not the kind of warm and fuzzies that are brought to mind when I think of our darling IG.
Further research on the subject revealed that while dogs and people can't trade colds or coughs, dog licks can easily transmit bugs like salmonella and stomach flu. The good news is, the health benefits of cohabiting with a canine far outweighs the hazards of puppy love. Pets are known to reduce stress, boost our moods, ward off loneliness and encourage exercise. According the Center for Human-Animal Bond at Perdue University, just petting a dog will reduce a person's blood pressure and heart rate.
The moral of the story (or just a reminder of what we all probably already knew): Dodge face licks and wash our hands after prolonged petting.