Being A Dog
Following The Dog Into A World of Smell
By Alexandra Horowitz
To a dog, smell equals discovery.
What do we really know about our dog’s nose and their sense of smell? Have you ever really looked at your dog’s nose and wondered how it works? What is it your dog finds so intriguing that they insist on stopping and sniffing every tree, hydrant, pole and random spots on the grass while on a walk? Why when we pull on that leash to get them to move on their response is to plant those paws in defiance, not wanting to leave that scent that intrigues them so?
There are times our dog’s nose can embarrass us as they push their snouts into those awkward personal places that belong to your friends and acquaintances. And I’m sure we’ve all been on the receiving end of a dog sneeze that sends a spew of wet and yuck into your face.
Until reading Alexandra Horowitz’s book, “Being A Dog, Following The Dog Into A World Of Smell”, I’d never given much thought about my dog’s nose or her sense of smell.
Alexandra Horowitz goes to great lengths as she gets down to the root of the smell, literally putting her nose down to the ground trying to sniff out what it is our dog’s smell at the base of that tree. Alexandra Horowitz covers in detail the differences between the average household pet and the working and service dogs.
I guarantee you that after reading Alexandra Horowitz’s book, “Being A Dog, Following The Dog Into A World Of Smell, you will look at your dog’s nose in a different light. You will find yourself paying more attention and wondering what your dog is smelling as they point that twitching nose up in the air. And the next time you’re out for a walk you will be sure to think twice before pulling your dog away from the base of that tree, now understanding that your dog is reading more than just the local pee-mail but in fact they are reading a story.
Note: Book available for purchase October 2016