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a video of a puppy wriggling
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wriggle like a puppy. To emulate the uncontrolled excitement that a puppy expresses by wriggling with pleasure.

Puppies do indeed have a distinctive wriggle that is quite expressive. In her fictitious account of gold mining in Colorado, novelist Dorothy Gardiner described her heroine in this way: “And then her rocking chair would squeak, or hit her in the wrong place in the back, and she would forget personal glory and wriggle like a puppy.”reference 1


1. Gardiner, Dorothy. 1936. The Golden Lady. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran & company inc. 144.



About the illustration: From a youtube video of the boxador Basco greeting Kasia who filmed this. Used with permission.
see also: puppy dog Last updated: March 31, 2008
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