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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:58 AM
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Why Dogs Sniff Each Other's Butts
<<<Do you ever wonder why dogs sniff each others butts? Whether it is a new acquaintance or old one, they meet up and immediately run to the rear. Most people believe it is their way of saying hello. However, this is a myth. Dogs sniff each others butts for a much deeper reason - to get to know one another.

Dogs have two anal glands in their rectums, which emit a strong scent. Dogs sniff each others butts in order to get a whiff of it. The aroma they smell gives them detailed information about the other dog.

The aroma emitted from a dogs butt tells other dogs vital information about him. It tells his sex, health status and temperament. Therefore, on a first meeting, two unacquainted dogs know if they want to befriend each other or not. So what does that mean to us? It means we need to trust our dogs instincts.
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http://www.examiner.com/x-677-Dogs-Examiner~y2008m9d23-...
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:06 AM
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1. It's not like they have pockets to carry around ID's, so okay.
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:08 AM
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2. Hmmm. I've been called a son of a bitch before. I wonder if
it wasn't some sort of invitation to butt sniff that I just completely missed ....
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foxfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:35 AM
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3. Get to know me!
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flying_wahini Donating Member (856 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:38 AM
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4. Just don't scratch And sniff
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 09:38 AM by flying_wahini
huh ? ;)
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:05 AM
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5. It also tells what they've been eating. nt
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:59 AM
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6. Why do men scratch & adjust their ballsacks?
nuff said!
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:02 AM
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7. Just stirring the tanks
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:32 AM
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9. Do you see me massaging the ovaries so I can 'stir up the tanks'
I know my ovaries are there - I don't need to fondle them every 10 minutes to be reminded of them.
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 12:36 PM
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11. We men are very forgetful
Remember, ours can freeze and lose feeling. Massaging ensures that they receive heat. Plus, they itch.
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:28 PM
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17. CAUSE ITS ITCHY AND SWEATY DOWN THERE
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:33 PM
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19. lack of hygiene
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:03 AM
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8. Because it's impolite to teabag a stranger?
:yoiks:
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trackfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 12:00 PM
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10. I prefer the ancient fable, which goes something like this:
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 12:01 PM by trackfan
The dogs decided that they were being ill-treated by men, so they sent ambassadors to Zeus to argue their case. When the ambassadors arrived they were so awestruck by the sight of Zeus that they shit all over the floor. The gods were angry; they dismissed the dogs without a hearing.

Back on earth, the other dogs began to hear rumors of what had happened to their ambassadors, so the accredited a new set of ambassadors, this time taking a precaution, so that the same thing wouldn't happen. They stuffed the envoys' rear ends with perfume, and plenty of it, and sent them on their way.

Once again the ambassadors were admitted to the great hall of the gods. But when Zeus wielded the thunderbolt, they once again couldn't hold their bowels, and they soiled the whole hall. The gods demanded action from Zeus to punish the dogs for such behavior.

Zeus had the ambassadors thrown in prison, and decreed that, since it was obvious that dogs couldn't hold the contents of their bellies, they should henceforth always be ravenously hungry.

Meanwhile, the dogs back on earth, are still waiting for the return of their ambassadors, and for this reason, whenever they see a strange dog they sniff its butt to check for the perfume.
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 12:37 PM
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12. to make us jealous? nt
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:50 PM
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13. Beats the hell out of eHarmony, I guess
:eyes:
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:59 PM
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14. Our cat does that to other cats. I always assumed that Ginger s just curious
about what the other cats had for breakfast.
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kimmerspixelated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:49 PM
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15. That's what I've always thought. A food thing.
Or maybe it's just...You are what you eat.
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kedrys Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:20 PM
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18. At our house, that's cat traffic control
If one of the hordes wants another to move, the first one plants his/her nose in the second cat's butt. Second cat invariably moves. :rofl:

If Plato wants to know what you had for breakfast, he walks up to you and puts his nose 3 inches from your face. Then you have to very softly blow on his nose so he can perform the requisite chemical analysis. :D
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:27 PM
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16. .
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 05:28 PM by rcrush
oops
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:40 PM
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20. They are grossed out by bad breath
Sniffing rear allows them to be sociable but remain as far away from offensive doggie breath s possible.

I know what I speak of, for I am the DOG YELLER!
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