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I have shared with Ricochet that we were adopted by a ten-week-old puppy last November. His name is Jack. He pretty much looks like a pure-breed black lab except he isn’t. People that know the breed spot his nonconformity quickly.
To me, he is just Jack. He is now 18 months old and losing some of his bad habits and getting smarter every day. I saw right away that his nose was something different from any dog I ever had. Jack is my 17th dog. I noticed that he smells other dogs before he could see them. He sniffs out mole crickets in the yard all day long. He eats them and I get to fill in the holes. He can smell a treat in someone’s pocket immediately. He sits and begs to a stranger on the beach that has a treat in their pocket. We have to hide his toys and he finds them anyway.
For the last three days, I have had to drag him past the front of our car. Because of the virus, we haven’t been using it every day. At first, he was sniffing at the front wheel wells. Yesterday he was sniffing the grill and under the car. Today he stood on his hind legs and sniffed the space between the finder and the hood. I finally listened to the dumb animal. I popped the hood and something (either a squirrel or a rat) had pooped and left acorn shells on my nice, clean engine.
I swear Jack smiled when I told him he was a good dog. He nose.Published in