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Haiku by Dog: Scents and Sensibility

If it smells good, roll in it. At least that’s what the poets of Haiku by Dog say.

Susan C. Willett  |  Jul 1st 2015


You can tell when a scent catches your dog’s attention. She’ll be trotting along the sidewalk when she suddenly stops. Her nostrils work overtime to draw in the aroma. Nose to the air — or nose to the ground — she tracks it to the source.

And then slams herself on top of it in a doggy version of stop, drop, and roll. Because sniffing it isn’t enough; a dog must wear a good stink.

After a long, cold winter like some of us had this year, sometimes it’s good enough to roll around in freshly cut grass, according to Tucker.

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It’s so much better, though, when additional ingredients are added, creating musky notes that appeal to the most discerning canines. Deer droppings were particularly popular with the canine set this spring. Just ask Lilah.

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The best scents attract attention; once someone starts radiating an alluring fragrance, others are going to want to wear it, too. My dogs will do nearly anything to immerse themselves in Eau de Goose Peau or Parfum de Dead Worm.

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Do your dogs love to roll in stinky stuff? Tell us about their stinkiest adventure, or write a haiku in the comments!

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About the author: Susan C. Willett is a writer, photographer, and blogger whose award-winning original stories, photography, poetry, and humor can be found at Life With Dogs and Cats. She lives in New Jersey with three dogs and four cats (all rescues) and at least a couple of humans — all of whom provide inspiration for her work. Refusing to take sides in the interweb’s dogs vs. cats debate, Susan enjoys observing the interspecies interaction among the varied inhabitants of her home — like living in a reality TV show, only furrier. In addition to Life With Dogs and Cats, you can find more Lilah, Jasper, and Tucker (and the rest of the gang) on Haiku by Dog™,  Haiku by Cat™,  and Dogs and Cats Texting.