From day one, Brody has always loved to give puppy kisses. Our previous GR, River, never did this, though we showed love to one another in different ways, i.e., hugs and embraces. I read all the comments about what dogs do, things they put in their mouths, etc. Yeah, if you concentrate on that, it's kind of yucky. River loved to eat wild critter poop, but Brody doesn't seem to enjoy this delicacy.
When we were struggling with whether or not to get another Golden after River passed, someone on this forum shared that replacing your dog with another Golden will not be like having River again... What a true statement! Brody is indeed so different in so many ways than River ever was. Conversely, as much as Brody is different from River, the personality traits of a GR do shine through. In fact, sometimes I think River has talked with Brody to make sure he knows all the right things to do with us. I know this is a long reach, and I'm probably wrong in thinking this way, but it sure is a pleasant thought.
Brody awakens me each morning by gently licking my bald head. He is such a lover. If I stop him from linking my head, he then gently licks the back of my hand. I can't think of a much better way to begin the day.