Recently, my husband and I visited Southeastern Guide Dogs during a “Puppy Hugging” morning session. We arrived a bit early since it had been quite a few years ago that we attended one of these. While waiting, we walked around peering into the pens containing some of the cute little puppies who had just been bathed. Even though it had been a warm morning, they were huddled together in their family groups. We realized quite a change in the rules between puppies and visitors since our last visit: we were not allowed to reach into the pens to pet these little fuzzy babies even though they would bark and jump at their gate for attention. They had been weaned from their mother recently and were now sporting individually colored and patterned collars enabling their handlers to tell them apart. These collars were new to all the puppies and they were alternately fascinated and frustrated having to wear them. Many wanted to scratch them as unwanted pests. The three pictured “Goldadors” (part Labrador Retriever and part Golden Retriever) approached this problem from a different perspective. Two siblings decided to chew on the collar of their brother in the middle — one on either side. Somehow, I look at the eyes of the middle puppy and see a bit of desperation.