Last night Duchess let me rub her belly!
She’s been working up to it. After the second or third week she was here, she started rolling onto her back and giving me the “See how cute I am!” look. But at first, when I started to reach over, she would bolt from the couch.
After a while, she wouldn’t run, but as soon as my hand touched her belly she would flip upright again.
Last night she rolled over onto her back, with her little white forefeet up by her chest, and gave me that appealing look. I reached over and gently rubbed her belly for a few seconds, then withdrew before she got too overwhelmed. She stayed on her back and looked thoughtful: she’s found a new way to solicit attention.