Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sniffing Out the Truth


When the year begins again, adult humans often want to change themselves. They try to alter their shapes so that some parts are smaller and some parts are bigger, and they want more hair on their heads and around their eyes. They believe they will be more likely to attract a new mate, even when they are past the normal breeding phase. Humans are more preoccupied with mating than dogs. It's a question of survival, I think, since humans produce such small litters.
The canine attitude towards mating is more balanced. We consider it as one pleasurable and necessary activity among many, such as eating, excreting, exploring, sniffing, walking, playing and sleeping. Humans are attracted through sight rather than smell and this is unfortunate because they have a lot of hairless and furless skin. My advice for this starting year is to give equal importance to everything that gives you satisfaction; and when searching for a friend, use all five senses instead of only one (seeing).

Thought for the Day
It's not how you look, it's how you smell.
Favourite Things
Painting: Party JackChi NYE '72 by Tina Waugh (above)
Food:     Twiglets [Here]
Song for the Beginning Year
Start Each Day with Love [Here] by Kara Square

11 comments:

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  2. Very reasonable words to live by for the New Year. That's why I keep coming back to SWD/TR.

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    1. Thank you, Mr Mark, I am very pleased you will be coming back for more. Regular visitors are like new friends to me.

      Warmly

      Tony Russell

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  3. Fantastic advice, once again. Thank you for sharing Tina's adorable painting with us, Tony. And thank you for sharing "Start Each Day with Love." I'm hoping everyone starts the new year with love... and this was a great place to start starting...

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    1. You are a true friend to me, Ms Kara, and it makes me extremely happy to be able to share your music with visitors to my blog. I believe in you and your talent.

      It's a wonderful portrait of me, I agree. I don't think about what I look like but I admire human skill and Ms Tina knows what she is doing with pencils and brushes.

      With warm affection

      Tony Russell

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  4. Tony Russell is as wise as Yoda. Rock on!

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    1. Hello, Ms Toni. A new visitor - and, I hope, a regular one. Thank you for your nice feedback. Some people even think I look a bit like Yoda when my ears are in a certain position. I may use a picture in one of my upcoming posts to demonstrate the likeness.

      With best wishes

      Tony Russell

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  5. Thank you for such honesty. Us humans can certainly learn a lot from SMD. However, when exploring for a mate, I might leave out the sniffing until a later date.

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    1. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a comment. I agree humans can learn from dogs, just as I have learned many useful skills from humans, such as talking, reading and enjoying natural history documentaries on BBC2. I understand that humans must 'look' first but I think they sniff out someone without even realising it.

      With best wishes

      Tony Russell

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  6. Happy New Year Tony! I am so happy I discovered your blog. I too am a strong proponent of sniffing. Was it Proust who commented on the power of aroma? I also like to lick. I am a newly adopted pit bull named Cecily and I would love to be your friend. I am easy going but quite adept at getting out of the yard when I am not supposed to. I also like to chew the molding of the door. Otherwise, I am a good dog, or so I would like to believe. Regards, Cecily Dog

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  7. Hello Cecily. It is a treat to find a comment from a fellow canine and a well-educated one at that. I have read a little Proust. He was fond of madeleine biscuits. I, too, like to escape from the confines of the back garden and often take non-speaking friends on adventures with me. I hope you will be one of them and that you will visit my blog again.

    With appreciative sniffs and licks

    Tony Russell

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