First off, we would not pass up the chance to be one of Carole Radziwill's pets and have cameos on The Real Housewives of New York City. Sure, we'd have to settle for being called "Baby" but we know it would be in an empowering, non-objectified way. If we had to rank Carole's pets in order of her favorite, how can one not think Baby and Baby (the cats) come out on top? They did get their own closet after all.
Carole — If you're reading this, Baby (the dog) doesn't want to be snuggled. Baby wants a closet.
Now some experts say that dogs don't like being hugged as it makes them feel trapped and stresses them out. It's hard to forget that article in Psychology Today which cites common dog behavioral cues: "The most common sign of anxiety is when the dog turns his head away from whatever is bothering or worrying him, sometimes also closing his eyes, at least partially. Alternatively, dogs will often show what is commonly called a 'half-moon eye' or 'whale eye' which is where you can see the white portion of the eyes at the corner or the rim." While the article did raise key points, the follow-ups were intense (e.g., The Washington Post's "No, 'Science' Didn't 'Prove' That Dogs Hate Hugs").
Every dog is different and chances are, as a dog owner like Carole, you know when your pup is not into cuddle time. And, whether your dogs like hugs or not, we can all agree on what dogs would like: A cozy den of their very own ... even if that happens to be inside your closet.