Haiku by Dog: Trail

Haiku by Dog: revealing secrets / trail speaks of visitors past / a dog's nose knows all

Today’s haiku is by Lilah and Jasper.

A few years ago, I was walking my dogs when a deer strolled across the street about two blocks away. The wind was blowing toward us and the pups were distracted so they didn’t see it. A few minutes later when we reached the spot where the deer had crossed, all three dogs stopped, put their noses to the pavement and tried to pull me in to the bushes.

That’s when I understood completely the power of a scent trail. It’s a loud, striking stripe of information, drawing them in like a siren call that dogs must answer. Kinda like your cell phone.

I can always tell when someone has paid a visit to our yard. My dogs tell me. With their noses.

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  1. MIley says:

    Mom always gets nervous when we run around the yard with out noses stuck to the ground. The stories we could tell with our noses!

  2. easy rider says:

    the nose knows best :o) I fear this moments a little when Easy is on to something, specially now in fall.

  3. Emma says:

    Looks like those two are enrolled in Bailie’s tracking class. Mom is amazed at all she has learned about odor and our noses this year.

  4. Marg says:

    Dogs noses are something special. I have never done any tracking with a dog but I bet it is fun to see how they do it. Wonder how they learn what the different smells mean??? Guess it is all just instinct. Happy Thursday to you.

  5. Kitties Blue says:

    Really like this haiku ’cause it is so true! How long did you have to remain at the spot while they read the deer mail? XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  6. Bongo says:

    Sometimes I try to drag my person into the bushes too.

  7. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    ewe bee smellin squirrelz
    watch out coz they iz vizshuz
    uz cats can tell ya

  8. Brian Frum says:

    Yep, those magic noses knows!

  9. Some times on our morning walks the dogs will both be very intent on smelling a spot I see nothing at too. But i know something interesting must have been by! Sometimes (especially in the winter) I can see the prints of who left the good smells, so I don’t feel as out in the dark!

  10. Dawn says:

    It’s funny all the things my dogs smell on a walk, but when we play the find-it game, they use their eyes to find the treats. 🙂

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