Following on the heels of my latest tweet, “If a dog rolls in poo in the forest, and no human is there, does the dog still smell?” I’ve decided to ask my readers. Do female dogs roll in poo and dead animal more often than their male counterparts? According to the nursery rhyme, girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, and boys are made of snips of snails and puppy dog tails. But when it comes to dogs, I don’t think the maxim holds.
When my wife and I were first married, we lived on a horse farm with our female Aussie Shepherd, Sundown. There were several other dogs on the farm, both male and female, but only the female dogs participated in a game that Sundown invented called “Queen of the Manure Pile.” Outside one of our barns was a pile where we placed our manure. Local farmers and gardeners would come by, and pickup the manure and haul it away for us from time to time. Between their visits, the pile could get up to 7 or 8 feet high. Sundown figured out that if she ran to the top of the pile and barked, the other dogs would come chase her. Eventually the game evolved into a doggie version of “King of the Hill” One dog would run up and try to knock or wrestle the other dog off the top of the pile. The winner would stand on top of the pile, covered in manure, triumphant for all the world to smell. The loser smelled the same, they just didn’t get to stand on top of the pile.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, Sundown also loved to tear up the garbage and roll in it, something my male dogs have never done. Even my current dogs, Gavin, a male Aussie, and Annie, a female mix, take a different view on scent. Gavin will indulge in an occasional roll in rabbit pellets, but Annie is obsessed with cow manure. And not just any cow manure will do, it has to be fresh, and she prefers the dark green color. A habit which reminds me that spending time working on her recall, is better than spending time giving her a bath.
So you tell me, do girls like to stink more than boys?