SMELLS LIKE DOG
Author: Suzanne Selfors
Ages: 11+ (adults included)
This thrilling book is a long read. Some parts, especially near the beginning, are tiresome and may make readers want to give up, but the story is guaranteed to capture you. (Actually, it isn’t, it’s just a book, and it is possible to not even capture you metaphorically, as implied by the statement.) It is one of those books that involves the reader, forcing them to feel the sadness, fear, disbelief and excitement of the characters.
And, of course, it’s about basset hounds. It is generally realistic (it does get a tiny bit sci-fi) and it does not feel as fake as most mystery/kids books (I suppose it isn’t really a mystery book, though).
This book is the first in a series of three treasure-hunting, basset books, each better than the previous.
I give this book a 7/10
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Apologies for the blurry picture
Nothing much new happening with our puppy. He has found a fascination with beds, and is not getting the message that he’s not allowed on them. He has no trouble finding a comfy place to lie with his long legs. I am trying to teach him to leave a treat on his head, later to move to his nose. I expect it to take a very long time, but, at the moment, he doesn’t even realise that the treat is there, which makes it impossible to teach him the patience necessary.
Cloë the basset hound has really benefited from playing with Marshall the Fast. sprinting around the garden trying to keep up with him has made her the fittest and fastest basset I have ever known. If you feel her very carefully you can feel her ribs! This does not mean we need to feed her more, it is a good thing and a sign of health. We sometimes walk her and Marshall around the block and I always time Cloë. She used to take about 22 minutes and her record was 19 minutes, but recently she crushed that time with an amazing-for-a-basset 11:53!
He has learnt to wait for his food while I put it down, even if I step away. We have used a choke chain while walking (don’t worry, we do not hurt him), and he doesn’t pull so much. His socialising is going well, but he does bark a lot when he sees a new dog and occasionally his games with Cloë the basset get a bit too rough.
He’s got the hand signals and verbal commands for sit, wait, down and up. He can go quite well from ‘down’ to ‘stand’ or ‘sit’. If anyone says ‘find it’, he puts his nose to the ground and hunts madly, and when he finds a trail, he will follow it. To exercise him I occasionally place jumps on bricks. I can normally get him to do two jumps about four bricks high (one brick≈9cm) (not very high for a 60-centimetres-at-the-withers dog) and 1,2m apart in a row. Recently I tried to get him to three jumps two bricks high in the same distance, but, somehow, he kept doing two (80cm apart!) in one stride! (And he cleared all three.)
Tip: you can exercise
your dog’s brain or
nose by placing flower
pots or cups in a row
and placing treats
under some for your
dog to sniff out on