Wil o’ the Whiff

My sense of smell is pretty acute, though obviously from a dog’s point of view it’s actually pathetic.

However, I am sure most of us have had an encounter of the smelly kind and in some instances have found it almost impossible to hide our reaction.
fartThis is the obvious, and when there are three of you in the room, you can usually get away with implying someone else is the culprit. In households with dogs or cats as pets, they get the blame though don’t they.

smelly feetThis is probably the second most popular contender.
My Dad suffered terribly with smelly feet. He’d take his shoes off and you could hear his toes sigh in relief then the green haze would rise off his socks as the smell of rancid blue cheese filled the air.
Mine aren’t exactly rosy either, especially if they’ve been stuck in trainers all day, and Hubby will readily admit that sometimes his socks will walk themselves to the wash bag!

bad breathNumber three on my list is halitosis.
Sometimes this can’t be helped no matter how careful you are with your diet and oral hygiene. One of my early bosses had garlic with practically everything, and the morning ‘Hello, how are you today?’ was received some fifty yards back.
In the 90s when it was suggested I took garlic capsules to help my blood pressure, I armed myself with bags of mint imperials, though I was later told that the capsules were odourless, but if I was that worried about it, a good counter remedy was parsley.

b oNumber four is something your best friend may or may not tell you.
Our bodies smell, period. Diet, health, perfumes, deodorant, soaps, all play a contributory factor, plus of course our biological make up. Much to Hubby’s relief in the early days, expensive or exotic fragrances always went sour on me, so he saved a fortune by not feeling the need to buy Chanel or Oskar de la Renta perfumes for me.
I know of two instances of going too far the other way, one guy overdosing on his use of BRUT (something I never liked anyway, much refer the original Old Spice) and a lady I worked with in the late 60s who loved Rapture by Avon. So much so, she had every product in the range, and wore them all……… at the same time.

My biggest hate is related to the above, and it is somewhat hypocritical to a degree as I used to be one of them (but then you never notice that about yourself do you).
I will pick up on it in supermarkets, shops, church, even the hospital grounds.
smoke skullToday as I was out with the dog, several people came up to me to chat and make a fuss of her. One lady stopped me in the street to say she saw me walking her every day and thought how well behaved she was off lead. She told me where she lived and it’s in one of the houses in the Avenue. I pass it twice if I do the figure of eight route and this past week I’ve taken Maggie there at least twice a day. She herself has a 13 year old rescue lurcher they’ve had for 11 years.

Each one of these people was a smoker and I just hope my nose didn’t wrinkle too much as I politely passed the time of day as we made conversation.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to Wil o’ the Whiff

  1. My dad loved limburger cheese. He always wanted us to try some, but I could never get past the smell.

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