Yesterday we had a fascinating, fun and furry Human Library event: Ann Gunderson, a certified Nosework trainer, visited Saints with her two detection dogs, Keeper and Spring! Ann trains dogs, and humans, in the sport of odor detection, and she taught us all about how dogs use their sense of smell, how powerful their noses are, and how humans can harness this power for work and fun.
Some interesting facts we learned:
- Even though dog brains are smaller than human brains, the area devoted to processing smells is much, much larger than that of humans.
- If you dissolved a teaspoon of sugar in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a dog would be able to smell it!
- Dogs are used for sniffing out not only illegal substances and weapons, but also invasive species such as mussels.
Here are some photos of the day. A big thank you to Ann, Keeper and Spring for sharing their knowledge with us!
Ann explains how dogs’ noses work
Keeper makes some friends
The boys are fascinated!
Keeper gets some loving
Ann describes how Nosework competitions are run
Keeper hunts for the odors hidden in the library
“A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.”
~ Robert Benchley
To start your weekend off right, we humbly present two seemingly unrelated tidbits from the curious world of Curious St. George.
First: it’s always exciting to us when someone (other than us!) reads or comments on our blog, and we received notification today that another blogger liked Mr. Weber’s kitten-poster story from this morning. Thanks, Jimmie Chew, for liking that post!
All you Warriors fans, be sure to check out The Meowmoir of Jimmie Chew – a blog written by a young kitten trying to make his name as a cat model.Personally we see a lot of similarities between Jimmie and some of the feral cats of Erin Hunter’s series. We’re just not sure whether Thunderclan would fully endorse the orange sweater – but sometimes, you gotta take some risks.
Secondly: The staff at St. George’s Junior School are currently doing Secret Santa in the lead up to the Christmas break. Miss Walker, not undeservedly, has a bit of a reputation as the “crazy dog lady” at school, so she was delighted to find these waiting for her in the front office this morning:
Best Secret Santa ever!
Those are cardboard cutouts of Spratley and Nutmeg sporting some very stylin’ Christmas getup – perfect gift for a crazy dog lady!
Have a great weekend, everyone!