Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dogs howl in the night at unseen spirits.

Niko, our dog at home

Abe V Rotor

Dogs have keen senses of seeing, smelling and hearing, many times more sensitive than ours. Many animals such as members of the cat family - lions, tigers, and the domesticated cat – are equally, if not more sensitive, in the dark.

Dogs also have infrared vision that enhances their predatory habits. Dogs also have an acute sense of smell. The nose of a German shepherd dog has 25,000 sensory cells as compared with the human nose that has only 5,000 cells. That is why dogs are used in sniffing concealed illegal drugs and in tracking down criminals.

The limitation of our senses is the mother of many of our beliefs or superstitions.~

Living with Folk Wisdom, UST-AVR

1 comment:

circarigel said...

That's why I hope to train Galen, my Shiloh Shepherd puppy (also a service dog in training) to scent cancer, working beside me in the medical field, saving lives. Dogs can detect it in its earliest stages, when cancer is most treatable. That's why I'd love to see a dog's nose used for routine physical examinations. That's where it would serve cancer patients best, because that is where the cancer would be detected first and earlier. If the patient is already with an oncologist, then there is already high suspicion of cancer...which is usually when it's more advanced.