The Cone of Shame

Poor Rosie  was sentenced to the cone of shame by the vet last week.  She was recently spayed and had to wear it when the humans were unable to keep an eye on her.  If they didn’t watch her, Rosie would lick her wound and take the staples which hold it out.  We all know from past experience how much Rosie loves staples!  She had to wear the cone to bed, which upset the doggy very much.  The cone was very bothersome and always bumping into things!  Rosie couldn’t run or jump and was starting to feel cooped up.  She would have the “zoomies” inside and start racing through the house, grabbing anything she could!  Today, though, my humans brought her to the vet to get the staples removed, and one of the first things she did when she got home was run!  She is so happy to be back to normal after her surgery and can now run and jump to her heart’s content!

You’ve probably heard the advice of never letting a dog know you’re afraid of him.  Often, dogs mysteriously know when someone fears them, and some guess that canines can smell it.  Can they?

Dogs have about 300 million olfactory receptors in their nose, while humans only have 6 million.  That means that your dog could possibly smell a stinky trash can from a mile away!  With their amazing ability, dogs could be smelling something to give them clues to a person’s fear.  A fearful person sweats and releases certain chemicals in their bodies.  A dog can certainly smell sweat, and it is possible that he can detect those chemicals, too.  However, your dog cannot differentiate the smell of fear sweat from, for example, heat sweat.  If dogs can detect those chemical being released, he can smell fear, but this has yet to be proven.

While it is still unsure whether or not canines can smell fear, dogs do seem to be very wise on the matter.  Dogs do not have smart phones, TV, or books, so they spend a lot of their time watching their humans.  They learn humans’ reaction to stress, happiness, grief, fear, etc.  Therefore, when they meet someone fearful of dogs, they use their past knowledge and put two and two together.  A quickening pulse, stiffness, prolonged eye contact, and heavy breathing are all clues to fear.

Happy Birthday, Rosie!

Today, Rosie turned two years old!

This Goldie has changed so much since she was first brought home at seven weeks!

She’s hated baths since day one!

One of the humans made a cake for Rosie’s special day.  An additional one was made for me so I wouldn’t get jealous.

The dough of the cake was lightly sweetened with honey, and the icing was made out of bananas.  Yum!

As “Happy Birthday” was sung, Rosie grew very solemn.  She was so proud to be turning two!

My humans had to chop up my cake as my teeth don’t work as well as they used to.  It was paw-some!

A Doggy Book Review: The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Pongo and Missis have a litter of fifteen Dalmatian puppies.  Their owners, Mr. and Mrs. Dearly, adopt another Dalmatian named Perdita to help take care of the many pups, and they are all prepared to happily raise the large canine family in peace and quiet.  Cruella de Vil, however, has other plans and invites the Dearlys to dinner.  While Cruella and her husband keep the two busy, hired villains kidnap the fifteen puppies.  Pongo and Missis are sick with worry and leave in the night to save their babies.  Perdita stays with the humans for comfort, and the other two trek to Suffolk where there has been news of a large amount of mysterious, spotted puppies.  They have small adventures and meet friends along the way.  When they arrive at a spooky mansion, they hear that their puppies are going to be used for dog skin coats to start Cruella’s coat business.  Time is ticking away, snow is falling, and the puppies must be taken to the safety of the Dearly home – soon!

The Hundred and One Dalmatians is a paw-some tale which Rosie and I enjoyed thoroughly.  Rosie almost cried when she learned that the puppies were to be made into dog skin coats, but she panted happily when the stressful part was over.  While you might feel like you know the story from Disney’s version titled 101 Dalmatians, it actually varies and is quite pleasant and amusing to read.  The ending is very satisfying, and I would recommend this book to anyone.  It is a funny story for adults, charming for children, and a great read aloud to your youngsters.  I give this book four paws up (which is all I have!) and a tail wag for good measure.