Dog’s being allergic to chicken is one thing we didn’t expect to hear from our vet when we took Leona in for a routine check up a few months after we got her. The vet started questioning us on all things Leona. I felt like I was on a game show and if I got a wrong answer, they’d take her away from us. I was nervous. In questioning us on her behavior and demeanor, she asked if Leona licked her paws a lot–not just a few licks, but a consistent licking that was noticeable. German and I looked at one another and in a puzzled tone answered yes. All this time, (especially at bedtime) Leona would spend minutes licking her paws to the point where I’d sometimes place a pillow over my head to mute out the sound. Usually I’d put the pillow over my husband’s face to stop the snoring. No, it’s not smothering if you don’t press to hard.