There’s this stereotype of the librarian profession as one with a significant number of ‘crazy cat ladies’. I have not generally found this to be true (although – without naming names! – I will admit there’s somebody on staff who is, shall we say, exhibiting tendencies…) I, on the other hand, am a dog person. I’m a sucker for all those heartwarming books written about dogs that change an owner’s life. But I also like something a bit more scientific and I’ve found just the book : Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz.
Publishers Weekly wrote that “Horowitz… explores the way dogs experience the world in this rich and absorbing examination of noses and scents. By studying the process of “seeing” the world by the scents that flood a dog’s nose, Horowitz hoped to increase her own sense of smell while increasing her understanding of dogs. By performing sensory experiments on herself, she explores the structural differences between canine and human noses and the ways in which dogs are better designed to detect scents. Sniffing, the key to capturing smells, is hilariously practiced by Horowitz as she walks her dogs, Finnegan and Upton. Horowitz’s experiences with dog trainers, perfumers, and truffle hunters will leave readers sniffing to find the rich aromas in their colognes, wines, and backyards. Both dog lovers and pop science readers will want to stick their noses in this book, and they may find themselves using their noses, like Horowitz and dogs everywhere, to experience the world more vividly.”