Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Of Sniffs and Smells and Puppy Dog's Tails

Its all about smells in our world of Canine-dom - it's how canines experience the world.

How does a dog get the neighborhood news? Through its nose! How does a dog get to know another - whether it be human or dog - again, through its NOSE! And the best spot where the wealth of smells lies... like it or not, the DERRIERE!

You'd be surprise what rich information the derriere (whether human or canine) can reveal!

Of all a dog's senses, its sense of smell is the most highly developed. Dogs have about 25 times more olfactory (smell) receptors than humans do. These receptors occur in special sniffing cells deep in a dog's snout and are what allow a dog to "out-smell" humans.

Dogs can sense odors at concentrations nearly 100 million times lower than humans can. They can detect one drop of blood in five liters of water! Sniffing the bare sidewalk may seem crazy, but it yields a wealth of information to any dog, whether it's the scent of the poodle next door or a whiff of the hot dog sandwich someone dropped last week.

So gentle readers, be not offended when a dog sniff's your behind. It's a canine's way of 'getting to know you'; to learn more about who you are, where you come from, where you're headed, your preferences, your tastes, your lifestyle, even your personal health history!

Therefore, think NOT our derriere sniffing as rude ... but how a friendly canines say 'How-do-you-Do and Pleased to have met you!'

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