Monday, July 30, 2012

Dogs are gross

Oh, sure. Make fun of me.
When I came into my bedroom this evening I found my dog was licking a shirt I wore on Saturday and left lying around. When I took it away from him I discovered the particular area of the garment that he found tasteful was the armpit.

Dogs have an opposite rule of fragrance to people. If it smells like an armpit, my dog wants to taste it. If it smells like poop -- indeed if it is poop, as in bird droppings on the sidewalk or another dog's pile of doo -- then he sniffs deeply and at length and has to be dragged away from it. And if it smells putrid, rancid, rotten ... then he rubs his face in it, rolls around in it, and wallows in it.

If my dog lived according to his own nature he would be a filthy, reeking beast. But under my care his is reasonably clean and not very smelly. Only his breath is beyond remedy. He loves me enough to put up with being deprived of the pleasures of stink, and I love him enough to try to keep him civilized.

4 comments:

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Mine love to lay in the dirty clothes piles and they love to roll around in the cat poop if we don't stop them first. Dogs are gross but I would be lost without their love.

Janette Kok said...

Today was garbage collection day on our block, which makes my dog's morning walk just so much more interesting! Gotta love them.

Mavis Moon said...

That is a very cute picture of Jesse.

Janette Kok said...

I have many cute pictures of him. :-)