Scents and Sensibility

Today I wrote a poem about dogs and our noses.

I can smell that cookie in your hand!
I can smell that cookie in your hand!

WHAT? Why would you write a poem about THAT?

Because our sense of smell is SO COOL! Did you know scientists have proven the sense of smell for dogs is AT LEAST ten thousand times more acute than it is for humans? And it may even be more so than that! Some odors we can detect in parts per trillion!

Humans have about 6 million olfactory receptors. Dogs? We have about 300  million.

I can smell the cat food inside that can! Mmmm..... smells good!
I can smell the cat food inside that can! Mmmm….. smells good!


And our noses are different from yours. You breathe and smell through the same chamber. Us? We have two separate chambers- one for smelling and one that leads air to the lungs. AND we have a second olfactory chamber thanks to an organ we have that you don’t.

That’s why we’re so good at search and rescue. Or sniffing out smugglers. Or finding food in the trash can.

So here is today’s offering. I call it,

Yep, I confess: I am an avid sniffer of cat butts.
Yep, I confess: I am an avid sniffer of cat butts.

Scents and Sensibility

For us dogs, it’s all ‘bout the smell.
With it, there’s much we can tell.
What we sense in our chute
is far more acute,
We can even sniff when you’re unwell!



Check out this cool article for more info on our noses!

PBS Nova: Dogs’ Dazzling Sense of Smell

25 thoughts on “Scents and Sensibility

  1. Very interesting poem, Rumpy! I’ve heard that there are some dogs who smell human who have cancer….which is very special talent of dogs, isn’t it?

  2. Great poem Rumpy and so true…tonight on dusk I took the pups out the front to leave a pee mail…Forrest stood on the porch and had his head turned up right up and his nose working overtime..he walked in a line along the verandah and just kept sniffing…I know we must have had roos very close by..his sense of smell is like nothing I have seen in any dog we have had..we gave him a snake skin that we found that had been shedded(in the backyard…mannnn) and he told us where it went..dribbling all the way..the connection between his scent glands in his nose and mouth hot to trot..bless him I am always in awe of his scent talents 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx

  3. That’s true they know when you are unwell. My dog hasn’t left my side since I got home from the hospital. I also didn’t know about the two chambers. Cool post. 🙂

  4. BJ can smell Greenies through the plastic wrap, the heavy cardboard box and through the glass jar I keep them in. Their sensitivity to smell is one of the reasons researchers are using dogs for detecting medical issues.
    Good post.

  5. Yep Rumpy yous sniffew is purretty pawsum. And dat gwavy lovews der is meowsy gweat tu. MOL But da kittys behind?? OMC Rumpy, find sum roses instead. MOL Hav a Pawsum day!! 😀

    Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses ♥♥♥


  6. Great poem. Mummy says whee guinea pigs have better senses of smell than hoomans but whee are not quite as good as doggies! 🙂

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  7. I’ve seen recent research that suggests humans–while way behind dogs–have much better sense of smell than we thought. I’ve started to sniff some of the things that attract Honey out of curiosity.

    One of my favorite things to do is to toss a treat on the ground and watch Honey sniff its path, every bounce, until she nails it down. But I would never have thought to write a poem about it. 🙂

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