At 4:00 AM, I would like to blame the dog for my unwanted alertness at this hour. Despite the fact that he just shared a relatively rude, room clearing odour, I can normally sleep through his foul smelling attempts at canine aromatherapy. I’ll safely blame the insomnia on shift work, which is another story, and focus on stinky dog for now.
Dogs Aren’t Meant To Smell Like Humans
While dogs aren’t meant to smell like humans, certain breeds have their fair share of odours. I’ve always been perplexed as to why the Black Dog hasn’t been annoyed by some of his foul smelling events over the years. After all, the German Shepherd has been know to have 225 million scent receptors as opposed 5 million scent receptors in humans.
Let’s throw this into perspective. That’s like comparing Timbits hockey to the NHL…there is no comparison really. I guess the most realistic comparison, in the animal world, would be to compare the vision of a hawk to human beings. Even for those with the best of vision, it’s no comparison to a hawk spotting a rodent’s urine from hundreds of feet above to swoop down for a kill.
Perhaps, with the Christmas season approaching, the Black Dog is stressed. He’s sampled one too many fancy Christmas drinks. That part is actually true, as he recently slurped down my rum and egg nog. Do you know many dogs are actually lactose intolerant? ¹ That was over a weak ago, so it’s safe to bet the interlude with Captain Morgan and friend is not the culprit.
Perhaps his diet is a factor in the grotesque odour he shared a few moments ago. Diet can actually play a factor in a dog’s subtle room clearing abilities. Many brands contain fillers that are indigestible.² This too can lead to foul smells and allergies. His diet is fairly consistent, eating frozen chicken patties prepared by Carnivora. Ahhh, perhaps the pumpkin, he scattered into a dozen pieces in my yard, may have something to do with it. While pumpkin is a great binder for dogs with diarrhea, I’ve never experimented with a full pumpkin…the Black Dog conducted that experiment on his own.
I recently googled stinky dogs to learn German Shepherds don’t even make the official top ten stinky dogs. Thank goodness, I guess rude smells are a matter of perspective.
Life Lesson – With Some Perspective
I shall monitor the Black Dog’s foul smells for now. As I mentioned, foul smells are a matter of perspective. I rode around with the ever so gallant Black Dog for eight years. He was always good at locating people who smelled of poor body odour and cigarettes. Ah, the smell of #$%^#$%*. I’ll leave that to your imagination.