Our goldendoodle, Cooper (a.k.a. Cooper the Super Pooper when I want to make little kids laugh, or I'm cleaning up the yard), has thick, shaggy fur. Not quite sheepdog shaggy, but close. When it gets long, it hangs in front of his eyes. We've all seen dogs like this, right? Do you ever wonder why it doesn't bother the dog, causing him to scratch incessantly at his forehead in an effort to remove the offending facial fur? I kind of wondered that...
|What fur? Hey, someone across town is cooking bacon!|
Then I got thinking. Dogs rely more on their sense of smell, or so we're told by "real" dog experts. It's their primary sense, with eyesight coming in second at best--maybe a close third after hearing.
Does it bother you to wear scented lipgloss? Of course not. But think about it--you smear it on right below your nose. This kind of thing would probably drive Cooper nuts.* Since we rely on sight as our primary sense, we are bugged by something hanging in front of our eyes, but an ever-present scent right by our noses is not a problem. Cooper's out-of-control eyebrows are like a heavy dose of wintergreen Chapstick in front of his second-favorite sense organ.
...and I'm not sure why this is important enough to write about on my blog. It's just something I was thinking about.
* Actually, Cooper doesn't need to be driven nuts. I think he's already there. That's part of what makes him such a fun pet!