LIKE MOST DOGS, my rescue mutts have very active sniffers. Their noses are always in the lead and their bodies follow.
The Appalachian foothills of Western North Carolina provide an ample variety of critter smells and living in a heavily wooded area gives them many different scents to track.
It makes me laugh when they really get excited about a spot, certain that they have found evidence of a wild beast, and it is just where they themselves had peed a few hours before. Unless I'm late for work, that is. Then I don't laugh so much.
HERE IS THE KICKER,...we do the same thing all the time.
Okay, so most of us don't go back and excitedly smell our toilets. But often in life we will unwittingly retrace our own steps, completely unaware that the evidence of activity we find was created by our own actions. Life can be funny that way, as long as we are not running late for work.
THE NEXT TIME YOU FIND yourself "running over the same ol' ground" either figuratively or literally, cut yourself a little slack. Your sniffer isn't quite as effective as your pooch's snozz.