In this case, it is a tie. Mike flinches and Kate recognizes him and his weapon.
Had he fired, he would have taken off the top of her head, and it would have been game, set, match. Licking the face is not only a friendly greeting between pack mates, but for a submissive animal it can also mean, â€śDid you bring me any food? Will you regurgitate it for me?â€ť