The Nose Has It

Maggie could win gold in any Olympic sniffathon, and taking her for a walk can be slow and laborious as she has to find the exact blade of grass of the exact length before she graces it with a pee or bonks it on the head with something else.
We all know that a dog’s sense of smell is thousands of times better than ours so when you consider that the average human nose can detect nearly 10,000 distinct scents, that is quite a feat!

Dogs use their smell to send messages through peeing

…………. “Dogs read about the world through their noses, and they write their messages, at least to other dogs, in their urine.” It’s tempting to drag your dog along on a walk when he’s sniffing everything annoyingly slowly, but give him chance to read the neighborhood gossip column, and let him do a little writing while he’s at it. “”  Source

However, last night I learned something else about the sensitivity of a dog’s sense of smell, and had to get up and remove the offending article.

Bro and SIL sent us a Wild Rose reed diffuser air freshener for Christmas and I’ve had it in the bedroom. Rather than use all 6 reeds, I only used three and it ran out yesterday (that is damn impressive to last 6 months). I replaced it with one bought here in a fragrance called ‘Cotton’, a gentle aroma that didn’t knock your socks off, and although there were eight reed sticks in the pack, I only used 4.
I set it on a coaster on the book shelf at the end of the bed and thought nothing more of it.
Going to bed last night, the room smelt fresh, but a few hours later, Maggie was getting up for long drinks and was restless.
At 1.45 I got up to let her out, and had to pass the bottle which was a little ‘high’. Once back in bed, Maggie started to cough and I realised she was having a reaction to the freshener, so again got out of bed and moved it into the lounge.
I put the fan on and opened the window a little and she was asleep in about 10 minutes.
This morning when I came into the lounge, I was hit by a wall of pong, not unpleasant, but enough to make me take notice, so I’ve reduced the sticks to 3 and it will stay in here.

Poor Maggie. I was bombarding her with scent and her nose when into overdrive.
Photo: May 2019

Update 5.15 pm

We’ve both got headaches and the dog is restless, so I have reduced the reed to one, bunged up the hole and if it still stinks us out tomorrow, it’ll have to go.


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! We have recently lost our beloved dog 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, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. 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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20 Responses to The Nose Has It

  1. Cats are sensitive too. Plug ins and other “scents” are discouraged by shelters. Glad you figured it out.

    • Now you come to mention it, I read that about cats. In trying to keep our homes sweet, we’re knocking out our pets (or maybe worse) Funny how the rose one didn’t affect her. Wonder if that was because it was a ‘natural’ smell.

  2. Liz says:

    This was why when I had cats I would hardly use a scented candle, because of theirs being a sensitive nose.
    Although I am using a scented candle more now, I still don’t light one as regular still, or ling, because of my hamsters nose.

  3. fransiweinstein says:

    It’s interesting. I have never been scent-sensitive until recently. In my older age I cannot tolerate any scented products, particularly scented washing detergents and fabric softeners.

  4. murisopsis says:

    I’m sensitive to certain scents. I can tolerate the natural ones in moderation but some of the artificial “flavors” really set me to sneezing and I get a horrible headache! I bet the original was a natural and the replacement was synthetically produced…

  5. Carol anne says:

    Awww! I didn’t know dogs could or would have allergic reactions to fresheners! Interesting! I’m glad she’s ok!

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