Today I wrote a poem about dogs and our noses.
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.
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,
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