Olfactory experience

In reaponse to today’s writing promt from Daily Post, i decided to post this text i saved up for another time immediatly.


The perfume of a lady on the tram seemed to have hightened my olfactory awareness. It wasn’t the most pleasent smell one could put on a body, but i wouldn’t have complained if i had known of the heavily sweating man who came in later to replace her.

Later i saw a dog sniffing at the base of a tree, looking up the tree, some more sniffing. The person who seemed to be his owner has walked on. The dog realized this and followed her; taking a quick detour after a few steps in her direction, to circle the tree and taking in another nose of whatever he was smelling there.
When i passed by the tree i took a big nose too. Nothing exciting, the cold weather kills almost all scents and all i got was the usual city stink.
I wondered how a dog, who’s olfactory sense and organs are more highly developed than ours, and in turn must certainly inform the way he naviagtes it, might perceive our world. Is he able to see smells? Can he handle them like filters in a CAD software?
Would that lady’s perfume smell good to him, or would he be able to decode the single smells that make up the whole of it, an appreciate the craft behind its composition?


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