Zoey

Dog Blogger blogs about smells

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on November 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

Zoey loves to use her sense of smell.

Zoey loves to use her sense of smell.

Dogs don’t journal but this dog blogs.

I blog about my very interesting life, about how cute I am and how everyone wants to pet me and adore me. I blog about dog behavior, dog communication and the best training practices to get dogs to behave and show good manners.

This week, I think I’ll blog about my favorite sense, that of smell, especially when food is involved. I experience my world first through smells of different types and intensities, tracking and exploring them to obtain my information.

When my BFF Shelley takes me on a walk, I have to stop at every brick wall, light pole, street sign and grassy area to check out the smells and find out how many other dogs stopped by. If I do encounter another dog (hopefully not big), we’ll engage in mutual sniffing to greet each other, as if shaking hands or exchanging business cards with our essential information, such as sex, breed and mood.

I can separate smells into distinct odors and don’t blend them, but I don’t do so well with sight, because, unlike humans who can distinguish the full color spectrum, I only see blues, yellows and grays; plus, I use vision as a secondary sense to confirm what I already know.

With sound, I am better than my human counterparts. I can hear higher-pitched sounds and am quicker at identifying a sound’s direction.

If you hear me (or other dogs) whimper or whine I might be telling you that I’m hurt or that I want something. If I yelp, I might be hurt or terrified. If I growl, it’s likely I’m fearful, angry or demonstrating threat to another animal or human. And when repeated barking occurs, I’m telling you I’m excited.

What gets me most excited is learning that someone read my blog and hit Like, the instant recognition that not only do I look cute, I sound cute.

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