caressed (part of speech: verb)
- When the bustle was all over, Abby found herself a heroine in her small circle of admiring friends and neighbors, who praised and petted her as if she had saved the city from destruction. - "Spinning-Wheel Stories", Louisa May Alcott.
- You never paid any attention to him, never petted or played with him, just let him tag along." - "The Short Life", Francis Donovan.
- The hull family loved and petted her from Miss Huff and her old father down to Billy, who alternately petted and teased her. - "Samantha at the St. Louis Exposition", Marietta Holley.