Morning Free Association: Limping into the Weekend

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This week has been a battle, mostly within my head and my inability to get out of it. Thankfully I have my dog, Boomer, to motivate me to get out of bed and go out. Recently we learned that dogs can smell time; this synesthesia works in either the dissipation of a scent over time, like when their person goes away or in the way the air smells at different times of the day, like morning, afternoon, and night. Dogs with their 300 million olfactory receptors can even detect all sorts of diseases and disorders including cancer and seizure onset. Sometimes, I wonder if Boomer can smell when I’m depressed and does what he can to get me out and moving or if he just wants to go and knows I will take him.

All of this is a long way to say that I’m limping into the weekend. So, I’ll just leave you with another sign that hockey is coming: Charlie McAvoy being the Bruins poster boy on NHL Media Day in the Windy City.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

When I was a kid..(Jesus was a classmate) we had a white boxer. At 2:55 every weekday ahternoon, the dog would climb up the back of the couch to sit in the window and wait for us to come home from school. People thought it was a statue!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
Sorry, this week has been such a battle for you, Gh. Yes, dogs know when you need that little nudge with a wet nose to cheer you up. Amazing animals!
Yes, we got my fat ass brother in a kayak yesterday! Some chicken fat and a shoe horn and he was in! Kayaked once before about 8 years ago. He did well! One swim only. We only ran about half the river….. Bro was exhausted!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hats off to your bro. Not sure you’d tempt me into having a go!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Animals are pretty amazing. Nugget has been pretty much by my side 24/7 because she knows Mom’s been sad.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Or she just worries that I’ll vanish and forget to give her treats. lol

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning,

oh, I hope you feel better soon, VA. Thankfully it’s not something I’ve ever been afflicted with so I can’t say I know how you feel, but I do know a lot of people who suffer.

Recently we learned that dogs can smell time;

I love stuff like this. When we take Woody, the Golden Retriever, out for his walks he spends the whole time with his nose to the ground.

I heard dogs have been pretty successful at sniffing out Covid.

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As good as their sense of scent is, their hearing and eyesight aren’t impressive.
Wednesday, I took Boomer outside and he stops in an unusual spot on the side of a hill, and starts sniffing. Soon, I spot a flock of adolescent turkeys walking around the top of the hill and approaching us. Like 8 of them, of decent size.
Boomer doesn’t hear them. He’s looking vaguely in my direction, sniffing at the air, as I gaze up at the hilltop. Most of he birds are 20 feet away, and continue to approach. I try to get him to look up there and he just won’t do it. One of the birds walks down the leaf-coated hill directly toward him. I still can’t get him to turn and look. When the bird is 3 (human) paces away from him I just give up and take him inside to avoid whatever kerfuffle would have ensued.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Oh wow – wild turkeys? That’s cool. Are they a pest? Presumably they don’t smell strongly!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Monrovia has a gazillion turkeys!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

My parents dog does the same thing out on walks. And if something is out of place she makes sure to bark at it.