Sniff and Breathe

Good morning!

This is what I followed out of work yesterday. It was a nice, cool August day. We’d had rain and the temperature had dropped to a pleasant 67 rather than its normal triple digits.  Windows were open and air conditioner units were off.


This little guy had its head out the car passenger window the entire two miles I followed them down Elwood. Once stopped at the intersection of 71st Street, I got the full out profile pic!


Why do dogs so love sticking their heads out of car windows? 

The truth of the matter is, it’s all about their sense of smell.  A dog’s sense of smell is approximately 1,000 to 10,000,000 times more sensitive than ours is. A dog has about 125 to 300 million scent glands compared to a human who has 5 million. The mucus on a dog’s nose helps it smell by capturing scent particles, thus their constant wet nose. Their brain may only be one-tenth the size of our brain, but the part that controls smell is 40 times larger than ours.

A dog can sniff and breathe. These are two distinctly different functions for them. Breathing is for air. When a dog sniffs with short breaths, they are actually saving some scent that doesn’t get exhaled.

Did you ever wonder how breathing works? As air moves over the olfactory membrane, odor molecules settle on the scent receptors and are recognized. The more air flowing over the membrane, the more scents the dogs can detect. So when a dog sticks its head out the window, “it’s like pigging out at a hi-definition all-you-can-smell scent buffet.”  

When dogs smell something they are not just registering a smell, they get the whole story that goes with it. They can smell pheromone, which is not only found in urine and fecal, but on the skin and fur. This tells them if what they are smelling is male or female, what they recently ate, where they have been, what they have touched, if they are ready to mate, if they have recently given birth, or had a false pregnancy, and what type of mood they are in. They have even been known to smell cancer on people early enough to save lives.

If a dog has that good of a sense of smell just think about how good God’s is. He is omniscient,  omnipresent,  and no doubt has the best olfactory system there is! And He thinks we are a sweet aroma! How about that?!

Let’s all be a sweet aroma of Christ to God. Let’s not let the trash of this world envelope us in an unpleasant odor. Let’s bring a fragrance so inviting to others that they want to be like us, Christlike. Now go roll down your windows and sniff and breathe.  🙂

For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing
2 Corinthians 2:15

Love and laughter,



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