All about Seamus
Most dog owners are aware that dog noses are extremely sensitive. This is due to the quantity of olfactory or ‘smell’ receptors in a dog’s nose. Whereas humans have around five million olfactory receptors, dogs have two hundred and twenty million. This makes their noses exponentially more sensitive than a human’s. Most times a dog’s sensitive nose works to our benefit. All kinds of dogs are used as service dogs to help humans find missing people, sniff out explosives, drugs etc. They can smell people coming from quite a distance and alert us to their presence. There are some embarrassing occasions however, when a dog’s nose is just too sensitive from our human perspective. Most notably this occurs when dogs try to sniff humans in their private areas.
This behaviour is a common one in dogs and equally common is the fact that it upsets most dog owners. The reason some dogs sniff at a human’s private parts is the same reason they sniff the private parts of other dogs. We know that when they smell other dogs in this way they can tell the sex, rank (is the dog more dominant or submissive) age and other information about the dog.
- John O'Rourke
- St. John's
- Province, Country:
- NF, Canada
- German Shepherd
- Date of Birth:
- May 1, 1991
- Date of Death
- July 27, 2002
- Coat Colour:
- Eye Colour:
You always seemed to know what I was thinking and how I felt. You were there for me in the good times and the bad. Your mere presence and the glint in your brown eyes always made things better. You were an important part of my life and shared in all of the major changes that came my way. You welcomed my wife Dawn and in time our two boys Mícheál and Ciarán. You became their friend and protector when I could not be home. Your gentleness with all that met you endeared you to them.
Our 11 years together passed in the blink of an eye. It seems that we spent every waking moment together. Looking back now, it was not nearly enough time. Your youthful exuberance of chasing butterflies gave way to a dignified maturity until the cruel hand of time stole you away from me. No matter how you felt, you never hesitated to jump up when I wanted to go for a walk. And how we walked. No matter where we lived we certainly made some paths old friend.
As I sit here looking at your pictures, the memories come flooding back. Your habit of collecting rocks and bringing them home, the weight of your head against my arm to get my attention, the way it tilted as you listened intently to what I was saying. I shall miss all these things and you my dear friend. I know that someday we will be together again.
Sorely missed and forever remembered by Jack, Dawn, Mícheál & Ciarán