The Dog I've Always Wanted

Canine Behavior, Training and Photography

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May 13th, 2008 · · Quotations

“…dogs, like many other animals, inhabit a perceptual world where things are as likely to be understood and remembered by their smell as by their sight, where mental maps are assembled from avenues and topographies of odor, where the unseen is alive and vibrant and the seen is grayer and starker. If we could see through a dog’s eyes we would be shocked and dismayed by what had happened to our most precious link with the world around us: detail lost, blurs that no amount of staring and focusing can alter, a world of washed-out hues and odd shifts of color. A dog would be equally appalled if he smelled through our nose.”

Stephen Budiansky from “The Truth About Dogs”


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