I am Bert and I will be your guide thru the next seven days as we learn all about Wilderness SAfety, Humans and Dogs and How they smell and a hole bunch of other stuff.
WE are going to start out with The difference between the Human Nose and the Incredible K-9 Nose.
My Vickie wants to thank everyone who sent in pictures for us to use. I want to thank you for checking in each day and hopefully learning some new things.
OFF we go:
So whats with all the stuff floating in the sky? Well my friends those are Skin Rafts.
Every person loses 40,000 skin cells per minute. These cells take the shape of tiny flakes called skin rafts which can float on air currents or drop to the ground depending on humidity levels, wind currents, sunshine, cloud cover, terrain, and temperature.
I am sure you have heard that humans have fingerprints and that no fingerprint is alike. Not one person on the whole earth has a fingerprint like yours. That makes you special and different than anyone else....But Did You Know that you also have a SMELL that is unique only to you. No other person in the whole world smells like you.....
And the cool thing is that us dogs, well we have such great noses that we can tell the difference between the way you smell and the way anyone else smells.
Here is how.......
Inside the human nose is a tiny microscopic little hair known as your olfactory receptor. On the end of each receptor is 5 to 10 itty bitty little hairs called Cilia. They gather the smells you come across and send a message to your brain.
"Mmmmmmm What's That Smell I Smell" You ask..
After it goes past the filament hairs and into the bigger hairs (receptors) and in to your brain... you get....
If you read the picture above you now know that us dogs have WAY more hairs in our noses than you do.
So when you smell Chocolate Cake, you think.... "MMMMMM Chocolate Cake"
But when we smell Chocolate Cake, we think...... "MMMMM, butter, sugar, eggs, flour" (I have to stop with the recepie now cause thats all My Vickie knows about cake cookin.)
And what is even more cool, is that because everyone in the world smells different and us dogs have such incredible noses, we can do what is called "Scent Discrimination" so if you were ever lost, we could search with hundreds of other people and dogs, but our super noses would not be confused by the other smells, cause we would be looking of your particular special smell.
Be sure to join us tomorrow cause we are gonna go over what those humans should do "Before They Go" and "What to Take in Your Pack" if you are big, little, young or old.