Saturday

That Smell...

Maybe I’m weird, but I have noticed that my dogs smell different from each other.  It’s not that I smell them frequently, but in a sense, I guess I do.  Saturday morning, while we were having breakfast, all of the dogs were around us and would often change places to get a better spot.  Dutchess started it when she started barking when she wanted a bite, but with Dutchess, she always needs a taste of anything and everything, always.  Once she started, that was the calling for everyone to circle around the people, “they have food.”


As always, they sit patiently until it’s there turn to get there bite, but if you drop something, it’s game on, and who can move the fastest.  Dahlia was standing next to me which means her head is next to mine because I’m sitting down.  I put my arm around her and hugged her, putting my face into her fur.   “Wow,” I said to myself she smelled good, and I liked that smell.  It was earthy and woodsy and reminded me of walking in the forest. 
Too Woodsy

Woodsy
Maybe I’m weird, but I have noticed that my dogs smell different from each other.  It’s not that I smell them frequently, but in a sense, I guess I do.  Saturday morning, while we were having breakfast, all of the dogs were around us and would often change places to get a better spot.  Dutchess started it when she started barking when she wanted a bite, but with Dutchess, she always needs a taste of anything and everything, always.  Once she started, that was the calling for everyone to circle around the people, “they have food.”

As always, they sit patiently until it’s there turn to get there bite, but if you drop something, it’s game on, and who can move the fastest.  Dahlia was stand next to me which means her head is next to mine because I’m sitting down.  I put my arm around her and hugged her, putting my face into her fur.   “Wow,” I said to myself she smelled good, and I liked that smell.  It was earthy and woodsy and reminded me of walking in the forest. 

I do have to make a confession, I can’t remember when I gave one of my dogs a bath… Hold on everyone, let me explain.  We do a pretty good job keeping them groomed, but a bath is usually never in the picture because they don’t seem to need it.  The last bath I remember giving any of our dogs is when we were taking Dutchess and Clancy to a nursing home for a therapy visit, and we felt that it would be appropriate.  It was ill-fated because, on the way, Dutchess got car sick and threw up on Clancy, not on the seat, ON Clancy.  That didn’t end very well.

Our saving grace is the lake because of the frequency they get in it, which is often, no matter how cold it is.  On one occasion, I was taking Clancy somewhere, and I took him to the lake and threw a ball into the water.  He jumped in after it, and when he got out, I lathered him up a few times with shampoo.  He was clean as a whistle and to rinse him, I just keep throwing the ball into the water.  It’s not for lack of a place to wash them, I have a dog washroom with a dog tub with hot and cold water and even a collar that is anchored to the tub so they won’t move. 


I have noticed that the German Shepherds do smell different than my Border Collies, and each dog is different in a good way.  

Getting some thought from some people surprised me, I thought it was only me…

"My son thinks I'm crazy because I think our 5-month-old puppy smells really nice. Even when she's wet, she just has this really nice, appealing smell to me. The first day we got her I thought she smelled like dark chocolate, haha."

"My dog's natural odor just smells like home to me. It's a really comforting smell. I can't describe it any other way."

"I love the way my pup smells. Sometimes I smell his head because one day when he's gone, I want to remember how he smells."

"They smell like love, cuddles, and home."

"I love the way my dog smells. He's a greyhound, so in general they are not "smelly dogs" I'm a total creep and sometimes when he's near me, I have to schmooze him and breathe him in. I love it! He has a very comforting smell."

"I do like my dog's smell -- it's a blend of natural light sighthound musk, maple syrup, and corn chips."

One thing about the dog world is everyone and every dog is different.  What works for me may not work with you.  If you ask your followers on social media, everyone may have a different answer and some may be quite unique.  But I'm wondering, how many times do you bathe your dog and what do there feet smell like to you?   Ken