Join Date: Jun 2009
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I think it was a McConnell book, not sure but it had a breakdown of just how absurdly powerful a dog's nose(used a GSD as example, huzzah!) is.
Imagine a building 20 stories tall, with the corresponding footprint. This particular building is just a shell, no floors or anything, just a huge box. Now there is a pheromone or some chemical that we/animals release when scared, can't remember the name of it. Anyway, one gram of this stuff released inside that 20 story building would trigger our(human) senses. Pretty good huh? Well, scale that building up to the size of PHILADELPHIA and Mr. GSD could detect it.
So bruises are prolly pretty smelly to a dog. Extra blood near the surface with the addition of extra white blood cells and the cast-off dead cell esters and whatnot. Seeing as how dogs can likely smell hair growing, an extra smelly bit of skin will attract attention to a curious mutt.
A friend of mine had Hodgkins in high school. He had to go through chemo and radiation, it really whalloped him good. He went bald, got weak...the normal routine for radical elimination of the cancer(full remission 20+ years later). When he came over to my house my Border Collie, Katy, went wild. She sniffed, licked and howled and generally fussed over him. She knew something was terribly out of whack and tried her hardest to let us know. My dad died of cancer, and Katy was around. She glued herself to him, snarling at the hovering relatives. When he over-dosed on morphine(several times mind you, he'd forget he had a patch on and apply multiple) she would come and bark and whine at me.
Never cook bacon while naked.