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March 1, 2014 8:08 AM   Subscribe


 
Awww, look at that happy, happy dog. What a good boy. I have the same reaction to head massages.
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 8:49 AM on March 1 [13 favorites]


I was sleepy and smiling by the end of the video. Thanks
posted by rmhsinc at 8:51 AM on March 1 [1 favorite]


Who's a good boy? Who is?
posted by Madamina at 8:52 AM on March 1 [4 favorites]


Perhaps one of the most underrated inventions of all time.

If you haven't experienced one - - go - - now.
posted by fairmettle at 8:59 AM on March 1 [3 favorites]


If you haven't experienced one - - go - - now.

I call them "the head-orgasm thingy".
posted by jb at 9:10 AM on March 1 [10 favorites]


There are those who loathe the head massager. I am one of them. The feeling it produces makes my skin crawl. My best friend likes to sneak up on me with one.
posted by cooker girl at 9:18 AM on March 1 [12 favorites]


Sorry, I'm not well-versed in this genre. How does this compare to other dog breeds experiencing head massagers for the first time?
posted by univac at 9:20 AM on March 1 [20 favorites]


Don't tell me dogs don't smile.
posted by mudpuppie at 9:35 AM on March 1 [18 favorites]


They can smile but they can't look up.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 9:37 AM on March 1 [11 favorites]


You know those milking machine setups where cows just walk in when they feel full, and get robotically milked? Now I'm imagining a self-service dog massage station.
posted by Joh at 9:37 AM on March 1 [3 favorites]


Wait till that Husky goes off to summer camp and the councilor does the "break an egg on your head with my hand" thing after tick check.
posted by Rhomboid at 9:52 AM on March 1 [7 favorites]


cooker girl: "There are those who loathe the head massager. I am one of them. The feeling it produces makes my skin crawl. My best friend likes to sneak up on me with one."

Never take MDMA.
posted by symbioid at 9:57 AM on March 1 [11 favorites]


A Husky,now there's a breed I can get behind. And it's not just trying to steal cat-memes. This, this I like. :)

Seriously it's adorable, and I couldn't help but empathically smile after my mirror neurons were firing off.
posted by symbioid at 9:58 AM on March 1 [1 favorite]


With both dogs and cats, if you can find just the right place to scratch they will look and act seriously drugged. Sometimes it's behind the ears, on the stomach, or right over the hips, but when you get the location and the speed/pressure of the scratching exactly right it's like it flips a switch in their brain and they go from awake and aware to ten-bong-hits-stoned in an instant.
posted by Dip Flash at 10:01 AM on March 1 [11 favorites]


My grandfather could make any dog go from wide awake to comatose in seconds with his head-scratching skills. I can kind of do it, but not with the same regularity or speed as grandpa.

(I can, however, make almost anyone burp without contact. I've even done it over the phone. This is a less useful skill than you could imagine, and has nothing to do with dogs. As you were.)
posted by scruss at 10:16 AM on March 1 [11 favorites]


*BRRUPP*

Ooh, excuse me.
posted by petebest at 10:24 AM on March 1 [32 favorites]


With both dogs and cats, if you can find just the right place to scratch they will look and act seriously drugged.

For my dog, it's her ears. If you scratch anywhere around her ears she'll tilt her head and try to get your scratch in just the right spot which happens to be inside her ears. She gets this look on her face that says, "OH YEAH, THAT'S THE SPOT! DON'T STOP 'TILL YOU'RE SCRATCHING MY BRAIN!"

Dogs are weird.
posted by VTX at 10:24 AM on March 1 [5 favorites]


My dog's favorite scratchy spot is on her throat, practically under her collarbone. It's really weird, because I feel like I'm practically scratching her trachea. But she gets the same look as this dog has in the video.
posted by Existential Dread at 10:35 AM on March 1


just the right spot which happens to be inside her ears. She gets this look on her face that says, "OH YEAH, THAT'S THE SPOT! DON'T STOP 'TILL YOU'RE SCRATCHING MY BRAIN!"

My cat does this as well. I have to fold her ear over the canal and massage in deeply with the palm of my hand, and she gets crazy alien eyes and leans into it as hard as she can. She could do this for an hour. I once asked her vet about it, thinking perhaps she had mites or something, and he said, no, some cats just really, really like having their skulls scratched.
posted by mykescipark at 10:37 AM on March 1 [5 favorites]


One of my cats gets that drugged look when you scratch under his chin, and for the little one it's right over both hips.
posted by sweetkid at 10:39 AM on March 1


I like how the dog goes from "what get that thing away from my head" to "ohhhhhh god never stop" over the span of a couple seconds.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 10:45 AM on March 1 [30 favorites]


Disturbing. It's like watching a brainslug take hold.
posted by SPrintF at 10:48 AM on March 1 [13 favorites]


At first I was worried that the dog would get poked in the eye but then I was like aaahhhhhh......
posted by rtha at 10:59 AM on March 1


So THAT'S what Dog Orgasm Face looks like.
posted by meronym at 11:01 AM on March 1 [2 favorites]


If you scratch one of our cats at the base of her tail (the well documented "raise the ass" spot of cat legend) she responds by ceasing whatever she was doing before, folding her ears (and indeed her whole face) back and liking the air endlessly. She can't stop herself. When you stop, she remains stunned for a minute or two before coming to her senses.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:02 AM on March 1 [3 favorites]


I have one of those head scratchy things that I picked up at a thrift store for 25 cents. Now since I'm not about to use a used head scratcher on myself (where has this thing been?), I tried it on one and then all of my cats.

The head scratchy thing did not make them happy cats. It was more "Zero to Fully Clawed in a Quarter Second, a Huffy Retreat and Up to a Hour of Haughty Fur Re-Arranging" so now the head scratchy thing lives in a pencil cup on my desk where I brandish it when a cat tries to sit on my keyboard while I'm on deadline.
posted by jamaro at 11:08 AM on March 1 [16 favorites]


Every cat and dog that I've owned has gone all mesmerized like that during a good ear rub (or "ear wub" as I murmur it to them in the baby-talk I always seem to lapse into when talking to a pet). Rubbing behind the base of the ears, then applying gentle pressure to the external ear flap while rubbing both sides at once (like rubbing both sides of a coin with your thumb and finger), then putting a little more forceful pressure while rubbing near the ear opening (similar to pressing against the tragus on a human ear) is sure to make any dog or cat "smile" like that. I think that their ears might tend feel itch enough (and it's difficult/awkward for them to scratch there properly) that a massage on that area is blissful relief for them.
posted by Oriole Adams at 11:13 AM on March 1


A Husky,now there's a breed I can get behind.

State laws vary in that regard.
posted by yoink at 11:45 AM on March 1 [20 favorites]


We approve.
posted by HuronBob at 11:59 AM on March 1 [5 favorites]


My big dog, Daisy, responded to my tentative approach to her with my head massager thingie with a body language rendition of WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK IS THAT FUCKING NIGHTMARISH FUCKING SCARY THING YOU'RE TRYING TO DESTROY ME WITH, YOU SIMIAN SON OF A BITCH?GET AWAY FROM ME WITH THAT GODDAMN POKY DESPAIR FLOWER!

My tiny saddlebag beagle, Lou, who's a sort of woeful, resigned sort saddled with my constant performance of his presumed inner monologue in a voice somewhere between that of Bill Clinton and an alcoholic lawnmower repairman from Manning, South Carolina, just looked floppy and sad and said, in a voice somewhere between that of Bill Clinton and an alcoholic lawnmower repairman from Manning, South Carolina, "Well, Ah guess yer fahn'lly gon' keel me now? Ah suppose Ah've had a long run, though Ah do wish Ah'd been able to enjoy a bit more of it. Git it all over with, Ah guess."

Thus, I felt too guilty to actually apply it to him, the manipulative little martyr.

Sheesh.
posted by sonascope at 12:09 PM on March 1 [40 favorites]


(me to dog) What's this?
(me to dog) It's a brain eater!
(me to dog) What's it doing?
(me to dog) It's STARVING!

(dog) smiles like a happy fool the whole time

Every time.


Up to you to decide whether the brain eater is starving because it just hasn't chewed through the skull yet, or whether there's just no brains to be had.
posted by vers at 12:20 PM on March 1 [4 favorites]


I am seriously headed to my dog with my head massager right now. BRB.
posted by Sophie1 at 12:26 PM on March 1


My cur/hound/mutt Josie loves the inner ear rub. I bend a finger, jam the knuckle into the ear canal, and rub around in there as hard as I can. She leans all her weight against my hand, her eyes go soft, and when I finally stop, she looks bereft.

Of course, she's still a big stupid puppy who rolls her head in sandpits, so it may be a slightly more practical reason that she loves this so much.
posted by cmyk at 12:36 PM on March 1


I continue to be amazed at the number of people that DO NOT KNOW THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO POST A LINK TO A PHOTO FOR EVERY MENTION OF A DOG... (links to photos of cats continue to be optional)


Do we need to hold another training session...? If so, it's gonna be on a saturday, and there will be NO overtime paid! So, get it together people. Sheese...
posted by HuronBob at 12:46 PM on March 1 [20 favorites]


jb: "I call them "the head-orgasm thingy"."

a.k.a. the ORGASMATRON

(see also ASMR)
posted by Rhaomi at 12:51 PM on March 1 [2 favorites]


I am seriously headed to my dog with my head massager right now. BRB.

WHAT HAPPENED I AM IN SUSPENSE
posted by chrominance at 12:54 PM on March 1 [2 favorites]


Sorry. My SO and I were just talking about how we need to find/take a good picture of the dog for these cute dog threads.

Here is Bailey, that I mentioned earlier.
posted by VTX at 1:10 PM on March 1 [2 favorites]


Right, sorry. Here's my Josie waiting for me to throw. the. BALL.

I can only guess at breed and age, since she was found on the side of the road around 8 weeks old. She's a stinker with too much energy and I love her to bits.
posted by cmyk at 1:12 PM on March 1 [5 favorites]


(links to photos of cats continue to be optional)

Lies, lies, damn lies. All mentions of ALL pets require photos. What, are you claiming religious liberty about only wanting dog photos? Sheesh!
posted by hippybear at 1:13 PM on March 1 [7 favorites]


Daisy Mae is 13 and will just about start snoring while sitting up with a proper head/neck massage. I need to find one of these head massager thingies.
posted by azpenguin at 1:21 PM on March 1 [3 favorites]


Also! When Josie was a baby, she made Cute Overload.

As cute as she was then, I like her better now... housebroken.
posted by cmyk at 1:34 PM on March 1 [3 favorites]


All mentions of ALL pets require photos

OK, a few of my cats facing down the dreaded thrift store head scratchy thing. One wisely flees. The other engages in battle.

It's a bit of a slow Saturday afternoon.
posted by jamaro at 1:37 PM on March 1 [6 favorites]


see also ASMR

I feel relaxed (and a bit jealous) just watching this ASMR video about pet massaging, complete with cute snoring.
posted by zombieflanders at 1:47 PM on March 1


Cats don't need weird fingery scratcher things. They're into heavier kinks.
posted by delfin at 2:02 PM on March 1 [24 favorites]


She gets this look on her face that says, "OH YEAH, THAT'S THE SPOT! DON'T STOP 'TILL YOU'RE SCRATCHING MY BRAIN!"

My neighbour's cat is like this. He will not-infrequently end up with a foot (one of his, I mean) wedged into his ear making weird skittery mewling noises and happy as a clam.

Who do not have legs, and thus cannot get feet stuck in their ears.

Which they also don't have.

Um.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:26 PM on March 1 [9 favorites]


yes I know a clam technically has a foot work with me here ok
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:26 PM on March 1 [5 favorites]


Also! When Josie was a baby, she made Cute Overload.

I may have just squeed. Adorbs. I WISH TO MAKE SNORGLE ON HER.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:31 PM on March 1 [3 favorites]


Also, as far as clams go, the conspiracy is eternal.
posted by delfin at 2:49 PM on March 1 [1 favorite]


A friend of mine snuck up on me with one of those head scratchers and I hate it SO MUCH that we he tried to gift it to me, I thought he was taking the piss and asked why he was threatening me again with such a thing. I think he was a bit insulted when I said if he made me take it I'd leave it on the T.

That's OK. Keep those things the fuck away from me.
posted by maryr at 3:01 PM on March 1 [1 favorite]


fffm - she shows love by licking faces like an anteater going into a termite mound. Up the nose, in the ears.
posted by cmyk at 3:38 PM on March 1 [2 favorites]


*starts a memail campaign for a mefi meetup flashmob wherein we all sneak up on maryr with wire head massagers for a 24-hour period*
posted by hippybear at 3:38 PM on March 1


Better idea: I haz wun

MEFI DOGGY MEETUP
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 3:44 PM on March 1 [3 favorites]


I want one of those head massager thingies. Are they just as good self-administered?
posted by bunderful at 4:04 PM on March 1


I want one of those head massager thingies. Are they just as good self-administered?

Yes they are, though it tends to wear off after a few times, even if someone else is doing it for you (which definitely is better than self-administration). Which is why I don't know where mine is anymore, when I really really really want to try it on my dogs.
posted by HotToddy at 4:11 PM on March 1


Whenever we send Dodger into this weird scratchy-bliss state after a few moments he sorta snaps out of it, runs to the other side of the room and sits down casually.

Like, "Me? An insane person? I don't think so. Maybe it was one of the other dogs. I've just been hanging out here for hours."
posted by Saminal at 4:17 PM on March 1 [2 favorites]


Blah blah dog seems to be unimpressed (but I think he's secretly jealous.)
posted by homunculus at 5:20 PM on March 1 [1 favorite]


ProTip: If you do use this on a cat, you won't get the same reaction, and your hand will bleed shortly thereafter.
posted by xingcat at 6:31 PM on March 1 [2 favorites]


If you want a woof of the future, imagine a hand-held hand massager massaging a Husky's head-- forever.
posted by gwint at 6:34 PM on March 1 [2 favorites]


also, say that 10 times fast
posted by gwint at 6:34 PM on March 1


Happiness Is a Husky with a Handheld Head Massager
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 7:04 PM on March 1 [1 favorite]


So I just tried this on my kitty, and she was all "yeah, yeah, yeah, baby" but it made her so happy that she rolled over on her back, making her head inaccessible* due to extreme pressed-against-couchness, and then she was mad at me because I stopped scritching it.

I may or may not have muttered, "Massaging your brain, little kitty. Massaging your little brain, little kitty. Oh no, wait, got no brain, little kitty. My mistake. I'll stop then."

___________
* Reconstruction of actual scene only. Or preconstruction, I guess, since this photo is a few months old.
posted by lollusc at 7:15 PM on March 1 [7 favorites]


There's a Cats of MetaFilter Flickr group — is there a similar group for dogs?
posted by Lexica at 8:07 PM on March 1


*starts a memail campaign for a mefi meetup flashmob wherein we all sneak up on maryr with wire head massagers for a 24-hour period*

I'LL KILL YOU ALL.

No, actually I'll just shudder and squirm and in all likelihood it will be greatly entertaining for you all, but please know that while you laugh I will be thinking MURDER at you. Gah, head scratchers. Bleh.
posted by maryr at 8:36 PM on March 1 [1 favorite]


feckless fecal fear mongering: "Better idea: I haz wun

MEFI DOGGY MEETUP
"

Mefi dog park (OK, we'll have a kitteh one also) on the Mefi farm. Consider it done as soon as I win the lottery.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 9:41 PM on March 1 [1 favorite]


Our new rescue Dave is a bit timid and is afraid of his brush, so I'm not sure how he would do with this.

*This entire comment was just an excuse to post his picture, apropos of nothing related to head-scratches. He's definitely prone to writhing in joy should you scratch his chicken wing inner hind legs, though...
posted by rollbiz at 9:41 PM on March 1 [3 favorites]


How about instead of doing that to maryr you do it to me? I will pretend to hate it if that will make you all head massage me

I may also drool a bit
posted by NoraReed at 10:02 PM on March 1 [2 favorites]


Cats don't need weird fingery scratcher things. They're into heavier kinks.

Before I even clicked the link, I knew there was a 50/50 chance it was either going to be that exact video or this one. No paddles, but the dance she does with her front paws more than makes up for it.
posted by radwolf76 at 10:54 PM on March 1 [5 favorites]


I put a photo our girl Rascal on my profile page. She is addicted to tummy rubs.
posted by scottymac at 11:49 PM on March 1


I shared this video with my boyfriend, who is an AVID fan of me running my fingers through his hair (an actual conversation from when we were first dating: "Ohhhh, I love playing this game." ". . . What game is that?" "The you-touch-my-head game."). His response was, "Hey, that husky is me!!!!"
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:21 AM on March 2


I believe that people who are good pet scritchers make the best lovers. They identify and respond to skin tension, as well as facial expression and they are clearly prepared to provide pleasure without any other reward for long periods of time.
posted by b33j at 6:24 AM on March 2 [5 favorites]


No paddles, but the dance she does with her front paws more than makes up for it.

Wilshire really loves heavy petting as well. Really, really heavy petting. Two pieces of music get her attention: the intro Aspyr "jingle" as Civilization V loads leads her to sit on the keyboard, while Devo's Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA means it's PETTING TIME. Smart Patrol gives us time to get into position in her favourite spot on the carpet while she rolls around and we get into the rhythm, but when Mr. DNA kicks in, I give her spanks and slams and she purrrrrrrs so hard and it's her favourite thing. She meows and punches me if I stop. I love my fuzzy!
posted by avocet at 7:04 AM on March 2


Many more photos of Pico, Wilshire and Fairfax in this AskMe thread. I found a friend's Vine of me petting Pico and Wilshire to the beat on the magic spot on the carpet and the only comment was WHOA THAT'S A FAT KITTEH and I got depressed because Pico is still gigantic despite the exercise and diet regimen she is on :( Down with catfatphobia!
posted by avocet at 7:07 AM on March 2 [2 favorites]


There's a Cats of MetaFilter Flickr group

WHAT
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:26 AM on March 2 [1 favorite]


Shouldn't their names be Pico, Wilshire, and Olympic?
posted by Justinian at 8:31 AM on March 2 [1 favorite]


That was my thought too, Justinian (next kitteh gets to be Venice? Or maybe National?) but it looks like Fairfax Ave runs north/south-ish between Pico and Wilshire, over by La Cienega. I guess the metaphor works (or my brain can torture it into working).
posted by Alterscape at 9:17 AM on March 2


Heh, we had the name Fairfax picked out before the cat. When he sits with one of the two big cats I can describe the two of them as if they were an intersection, and then I tweet pics of them and people assume I'm tweeting street-level photos and oh hey it's two tuxedo cats in a box hugging.

At work I do a lot of technical writing of tutorials in GIS software and other mapping applications – my little cat easter egg comes in the fact that my screenshots typically show me working in the vicinity of Pico, Wilshire and Fairfax all in one large-scale view, all labelled.
posted by avocet at 11:38 AM on March 2 [2 favorites]


also I have just discovered that Wilshire loves heavy petting to the hook of Beyoncé's "Partition". Her fur is now full of static and she is covered in crap and is so so so so so happy
posted by avocet at 12:40 PM on March 2


"...when a cat tries to sit on my keyboard while I'm on deadline."

You need to deploy some cat traps on your desk.
posted by Jacqueline at 1:34 PM on March 2 [8 favorites]


Jacqueline, that was much funnier than I thought possible.
posted by sweetkid at 1:56 PM on March 2 [1 favorite]


I DO deploy cat traps. But I have far more cats than room on my desk for traps, so they have to take shifts resulting in an overflow issue with displaced cats. Also, you have to watch out for that small fluffy one, she does not like to share, no matter how big the desk.
posted by jamaro at 2:07 PM on March 2 [2 favorites]


Oh, that's my partner. He is in to scratching his head in a big way, so when I saw these wire thingys, I instantly bought him one.

He is not allowed to use it himself, our of fear he'd not stop. :-)) Also found a vibrating one, but it's in no way superior.
posted by Goofyy at 12:00 AM on March 3


My schmoo seriously loved the head scratcher, but rather than her head, she really, really liked it on her butt!
posted by Sophie1 at 8:26 AM on March 3


This dog deserves a head massage.
posted by homunculus at 11:48 AM on March 4


VERY happy nathan
posted by homunculus at 12:29 PM on March 5




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