Tracy (Chaucer's Mom)
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: SF Bay Area
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We have a Havie (also a rescue) in our little play group that does this. It's only (and always) whenever any of us give him our undivided attention and pet him, and he stops immediately as soon as the petting stops. He plays eagerly and energetically with the other Havs, and nose-bumps people to coerce them into petting him, so he's definately not in pain. We all think it's his version of "purring" (maybe because he's happy to be getting love now?).
I agree with Kimberly--I think he'd pull away if you were hurting him, even if it were just a soft, timid flinch.