Dogs sniff differences in identical twins

When parents and DNA tests can't tell twins apart, a highly trained German Shepherd might be able to, according to an online article in National Geographic. … [Read more...]

Stories that start with a sniff

Dogs-sniffing-at-the-beach

Is it true that dogs have a better sense of smell than humans? In a word, yes. Their noses contain about 10 times more olfactory neurons that ours do. But that doesn't mean that they are better at every type of smelling. Because of their anatomical prowess, dogs excel at long-distance detection. But … [Read more...]

Confinement

Mishu and I visit a nursing home, and he tugs me toward the bed of an elderly woman. He sidles up to her and gently rests his chin near her frail hand. She sizes up his wolf-cub face and then smiles tenderly at him. She palms his fluffy head a few times. She looks up at me with cloudy blue … [Read more...]