Book Review: Being a Dog
Dogs can sniff out some pretty incredible things—explosives, drugs, cancer, criminals—the list continues to grow, bounded only, says cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz, by human imagination.
In her newest exploration of doghood, Being a Dog: Following the Dog into the World of Smell, Horowitz explores why the dogs’ olfactory system so surpasses our own and how scientists are teaching dogs to use it to accomplish remarkable and life-saving feats. Horowitz also throws out a challenge to readers–and it’s one she’s undertaking herself. She wants readers to think about how they engage their own sense of smell–hint: Horowitz says over millenia humans have “unlearned how to smell”–and to start sniffing again. Dogs, she says, can teach us how.
You can read my full review of Being a Dog: Following the Dog into the World of Smell at EcoLit Books.
Jacki Skole is an award-winning journalist, author and adjunct professor of communication. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she spent a decade as a writer and producer at CNN before turning to teaching. Jacki launched WRITE Now to assist students in writing the college application essays that will chart their future. Read More...