Cory was over at his buddy’s place to watch football. Midway through the first quarter, the family terrier hopped up on Jason’s lap and vigorously licked the inside of his ear.
“Ew! Gross. Why do you let him do that?” complained Cory.
“He likes the taste and it keeps my ears clean. His little tongue is amazing. It really gets in there,” replied Jason.
The expression of horror on Cory’s face reflected the unsatisfactory nature of Jason’s explanation.
“The animal kingdom is filled with relationships like these. Some small birds clean the teeth of alligators. Remoras clean the skins of sharks. Sometimes I’ll even let him clean out my nostrils, especially when I have a cold,” explained Jason.
As Jason spoke, Cory lifted a potato chip to his mouth, gave a dry heave, then set it back down.
“If you think about it, it’s the most natural thing in the world,” added Jason.
“Dude,” groaned Cory, “I’d rather not think about that, thanks.”
Jason shrugged. “Don’t knock it ‘til you tried it.”
“Not only will I not try it,” grumbled Cory, “I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to scrub the image from my brain.”
“Your loss,” said Jason. His dog moved to the other ear and dug in.
Cory leaned back in the couch and sighed. “I need some normal friends. Dog people are so weird.”