Hey, don’t be embarrassed. Admit it. You sniff your dog’s ears, right?
A lot of us do. And if you don’t, you should.
Taking a good deep whiff of your pooch’s radar dishes on a regular basis could help you diagnose infection, fungus, or other problems. Knowing how those ears smell when all is well in there is important, so that a different odor will tip you off when something’s not.
Your dog’s aural organs are miracles of evolution, providing him with a sound-detection range estimated to be several times wider than yours. He uses that sensory super power to protect you, holding those amazing listening devices on constant alert to warn you of intruders and all manner of other dangers.
Not to mention making sure you never open a box of cookies or a bag of chips without his immediate offers of assistance.
To help keep those furry receivers in perky, tip-top shape, go for it—stick your nose right where it belongs.
Fido might think you’re weird, but hey, when has he ever passed up a chance to sniff your ears? Or your mouth, or feet, or pits, or… ahem… OK, we won’t go there…
TODAY’S ADORABLE ADOPTABLE
Info from FOCAS – Friends of County Animal Shelters
Meet Jasmine, a two-year old bull terrier/pit bull blend. This black and white beauty weighs 42 pounds.
She is shy and needs a quiet, stable home. Jasmine loves to cuddle and give kisses.
She is a spotlight dog with FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters www.focas-sandiego.org).
Her $69 adoption fee includes license, vaccinations, microchip, and spay.
To find Jasmine and other beautiful best friends:
County Animal Shelter in Carlsbad
2481 Palomar Airport Road
Hours are 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday
Tel. (858) 205-9974
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A lifelong dog addict and rescuer, Katerina (a.k.a. Kathryn Makris) wrote Your Adopted Dog: Everything You Need to Know about Rescuing and Caring for a Best Friend in Need (The Lyons Press, 2007) with coauthor Shelley Frost.
Katerina’s other credits include seventeen novels, numerous newspaper and magazine articles, and a CBS teleplay.
Her story Small Change was a finalist in The Bark magazine’s short fiction contest, and will be published this year.
Katerina is also the Animal Policy Examiner.
Email Katerina at [email protected], and visit her and Shelley at www.youradopteddog.com.