It’s me again, Annie dog. I’m sneaking onto my human’s computer to keep you updated. Kinda hard to type with paws on these tiny buttons humans use.
My human and her mate left me for a couple of weeks again to go visit her mate’s pack. I wish they would take me with them on these trips. I fear they may become a regular thing. I even heard they met another dog at the airport. If that dog can go on planes, why not me, right?
Anyway, things have settled back into a routine for me now that my Kendra human is back. There is something I don’t understand about my human around this time every year. Why won’t she let us stay outside longer? I love outside. There are so many scents to follow! Sometimes I get so excited that I extend the retractable leash all the way and start pulling for Kendra human to move faster. However, when snow comes, we only go outside for potty breaks….
I have a goal of sniffing all the places ever, and it’s hard to work on that goal during winter when my human insists me go back inside as soon as I poop. (Also, what is it with humans and putting poop in baggies and throwing it in the smelly containers outside?)
Sometimes, the ice does hurt my paws when we go out early in the morning, and outside is really cold. But I’m ready for all the sniffing adventures aside from that time.
I even looked up some of the benefits of sniffing. Maybe Kendra human will see this and take me on longer winter walks.
It provides mental stimulation.
Dogs are less likely to misbehave.
It makes me happy.
Beagles like me are scent hounds, bred to follow our powerful noses.
It lets me understand my surroundings and feel a sense of control or more at eases.
It makes me happy.
It helps me socialize with people and other dogs.
It uses up my pent up energy.
Oh, and it makes me happy.
I’ll be back soon to let you know about more of my adventures!
(sources: https://www.petwaggin.net/post/let-them-sniff, https://www.petmd.com/dog/behavior/importance-scent-walks-dogs, https://www.rufflesnuffle.co.uk/the-sniffari-why-you-should-let-your-dog-sniff-on-their-walk/)