John Sargent Noble
Otter Hunting ("On the Scent")
In the public domain in the United States
The sun shone in my heart this morning as I was walking Sasha out to the baseball field. The dew was still on the grass and nestling its way between my toes. I reached down and took off her leash so that she could sniff as her nose might lead her and not for the first time, stopped to think about what joy that simple act must give her.
I have heard that the difference between a human's olfactories and that of a dog can best be described thusly:
While I might smell something cooking on the stove as marinara, Sasha can smell each ingredient, its proportion, and could, if she had the knowledge, tell you where the ingredient came from.
A perfumerie really.
Her nose tracks some scent
lost to me
intensity in tracking
until she finds the exact spot
then she pees on top of it
pee mail received and answered
copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013