Winniechurchill has grown too large for me to cuddle in the way i did when she was a pup. so now i have a new way of holding her. while watching hugh laurie on youtube, she sits on my lap and i play her like a guitar. a dog guitar. she gets the cuddles she likes, i get her warmth without the licks on my face (which....er.....can be overdone by dogs now and then). it can really be rather pleasant. if you have a big dog, i would recommend you give it a try.