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This dog loves giving hugs to people he comes across on his walks

Don’t believe what the studies tell you. Dogs actually love hugs – well, one of them at least.

Louboutina (or Loubie for short) is a Golden Retriever living in Manhattan who just loves giving out handshakes and hugs. In fact, her walks take up to two hours because she keeps stopping to hug strangers!

“It’s just not a regular walk,” her owner Cesar Fernandez-Chavez told The Dodo. “It’s a walk with hugging. So we don’t get to go too far.”

According to Fernandez-Chavez, the pup started giving handshakes first when he needed consoling after a rough breakup some three years ago.

Loubie shaking hands

“She started sitting up and grabbing my hands with both of her paws, and then crossing the other paw over her paw,” Fernandez-Chavez said.

“I remember joking with my friends, ‘At least I have someone to hold hands with during Valentine’s.’”

Loubie giving a hug

From there, Loubie moved on to hugging by wrapping her front legs around her owner’s. Then she started hugging others, including complete strangers whom she felt she had a connection to.

Loubie giving a hug

Loubie’s hugging has even made her quite the personality on Instagram, where she already has almost 100K followers.

“It’s nice to see people walk away with a smile,” Fernandez-Chavez added. “Especially with everything that is happening now, people say it’s so good to see this on the street. She’s bringing them joy. It’s very rewarding.”

Loubie giving a hug

If you ever need a hug, you know where to go.

Via The Dodo