Monday, February 8, 2010


02.08.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

There's obviously something worth sniffing out here as this canine's snout was happily engaged until nudged away. Unlike the predominant sense of human's vision to interpret the world, dogs rely on a very keen sense of smell - more than 100 times more sensitive than human. That olfactory focus has been honed for search and rescue missions, for detection of illicit substances, and just for recognition of others dogs and humans alike.

This sense of smell is an obvious strength for the canine species. Humans, on the other hand, appear to have more specific talents and skills...but I often wonder if we focus too much on areas that 'need improvement' and not enough on individual strengths. Our world can benefit from the diversity that natural inclinations allow, and yet, we tend to push the role of standardization to the forefront in the educational environment. Naples, FL

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