On The Nose

Putting My Feet In Dirt September Prompt#12 Genuine Genius

Photo A.M. Moscoso

When Hamish runs across something that has startled him or confuses him, he sits and looks at my chin. Its part of his training, when I want his attention I point to my chin and say “look”.
He did this several times on our walk Saturday morning.
I think the smoke is affecting  the scents he normally picks up on and it is causing  a drastic enough of a change to cause him some sort of distress or confusion and by coming forward and ‘looking’ he was waiting for me to give him a command to help him navigate this ‘new ‘ situation.
In the last couple of years when when we had fires and smoke coming in and it was this heavy  we didn’t walk, we went to our dog park so maybe that’s why  I didn’t notice this behavior.
Today I read that the smoke coming in contains ‘tar’ from wood that’s not completely burned. From what I learned this toxic smoke cloud is historically  bad and maybe that’s what Hamish was reacting to and the fact that during the past fires and  the ensuing smoke we just went out back and hung around in the park had nothing to do with it.
Our walks this weekend our now considerably shortened to potty breaks.
Good Boi Hamish! Your Mom believes you are a genuine genius!

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