June 11, 2014

smelly dog.

back in college someone told me about a person they knew who had a family dog. they had the dog since it was a puppy and it was very loved. but the dog aged and started to smell. family members began to notice the smell and would always tell the dog how stinky it was and would not go near it. later the dog began to avoid people. if the dog was resting on the sofa and someone came to sit on it the dog would remove itself and go into a corner. when i heard this story it made me terribly sad. they must've smothered it to pieces when it was just a puppy, but now that it was old they began to discard it. it seemed too cruel. 

i think this person told me this story as a forewarning. it was around the time when piri became family. he was but a puppy and was the center of attention. the person was trying to tell me that piri would eventually grow old and smell and i wouldn't think he would be cute anymore. 

piri is now 15 years old. he's an old dog but still such a good dog. and he has his "wise years" scent to him. there is also his chronic ear infections and breath/teeth {which we didn't maintain well} that contribute to his overall scent. but i like piri's smell. i love everything about it. it's uniquely him. i can't imagine shunning him away. i hug him multiple times a day and dig my face into his back and give kisses on his face.  

i used to, even recently, comment to others about piri's smell. i would make it into a light joke or a passing remark. i did this because it hurt less when i said it rather when someone else did. do you know what i mean? it's actually a really bad habit of mine. mentioning a fault before someone else does. i don't want them pointing things out in a negative way so i do it first. but most recently when i remarked and joked to a couple of folks about how piri smelled, i felt bad. who cares if piri smells. i don't need to play it off so people can accept it. and so i told piri that i would never do that again. 

now if someone ever says anything yangkyu and i decided to say something like "oh it's actually the newest fragrance that's quite popular - it's called eternity by piri. you should try it some time."

 // linking up with blogpaws wordless wednesday bloghop

60 comments

  1. Aww that's a really sad story. I know you would never treat Piri like that... he's so loved. xx Kat


    Love and Ace

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  2. Aw... He's so sweet. Love the eternity by piri!

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  3. You are the best dog owner out there, Jane. I know I have said this many times but Piri is very lucky to have you. That story sure is sad. I never know old dogs have unique odor like elderly people but that story sure is sad. I wonder if old cats smell. Mine turned 10 yrs old this year. I cant believe the cost of their dental care, very expensive.

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    1. thanks nelah <3 dental care is so very expensive. well i guess overall pet care can be expensive and something that not a lot of people foresee or take into consideration.

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  4. Oh Jane. Let's hug for a while?

    Eternity by Piri! Love that.

    You bring such soul to the blogging world Jane. I like you for that xxx

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    1. yasumi! thank you so so much! your kind words makes me continue plugging away at this thing called blogging. thank you thank you!

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  5. That is a sad story. It almost sounds like the dog may have been ill. But yup people do not think often before they go out and get a pet. I am very sensitive to smells and dog order actually can make my nose get stuffed up, which is why I do not own a dog. But I am smart enough and have the foresight to think ahead. Glad that this dog oder does not bother you and it is people like you that should always own a dog! : )

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. i think you bring up such a great point allie. sometimes people get in the moment of cuteness and take in a pet without considering other factors. <3<3 thanks for sharing!!

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  6. "Wise years scent." Love it.

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  7. That is the most hilarious comeback I've ever heard of!! And omg this post really touched me. Our dog is getting old and smelling wiser now too. She's going to be 12 this year, and when we first got her as a puppy we used to joke she would forget how to walk because we carried her EVERYWHERE. Even though we can't carry her anymore, I couldn't imagine shunning her or giving her a day's less love. So sad about that other dog :[

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    1. don't dogs get more charming as they grow in age? they are great at all stages of life but when they are seniors they are kind of the best :)

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  8. I think some families are not fit to be forever parents for their pets, unfortunately.That story makes me so sad :( Louie has her distinct odor too and I can smell her scent as soon as I walk into our front door. But I love it. It's when I know I'm really home. I sniff her ears and her paws everyday, in fact. & love the Eternity by Piri!! Haha!

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    1. that is a sad truth. not everyone is fit to have a pet, which is ok. i just wish they didn't have one. so happy that louie found a forever family with you. :)

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  9. eternity by piri! hahah I love this post. it's so good to hear and see and feel how much you guys love piri. thank you for being awesome examples of what it means to be responsible dog owners, piri is a lucky doggie!

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  10. Aww that story is so sad! It sounds like you're handling this wonderfully with Piri though.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  11. My parents do that to my dog! And I finally got so tired of it all the time I made a comment to them. I haven't heard my mom mention it in a long time now... She is an older dog too - 11. I like the way she smells, usually :)

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    1. :) that's great that your parents listened. we all do things without knowing how it may come off or feel to others. it's done without the purpose of being mean or harmful. i think when people change by listening it's the most wonderful thing. not everyone is opening to listening and changing. and your parents are awesome for listening to you!

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  12. Eternity by Piri... so cute! My daughter was looking at my soap this morning and asked me why I chose soap that smelled like "wild puppies"... I had to correct her and tell her that it was actually "wild poppies". So funny!

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    1. :) oh my goodness that is so cute! :)

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  13. I didn't really think about the scent but i have heard stories of dogs that were loved so much as a puppy but often ignored when they got older. With our family dog, we haven't noticed a scent to her just yet but i will remember to take a similar to approach--to appreciate her scent the way it is! love the eternity approach too ;)

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    1. i too have so many stories about senior dogs being neglected for all sorts of reasons. it breaks my heart. some of the shelters i support are posting urgent foster care needs for dogs that were surrendered because they were old and the family didn't want them anymore. it breaks my heart to see that.

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  14. Well, people stink as well, so why should dogs be any different. It's the way it is, doesn't mean it's nice to make it a big issue, dogs have feelings too. Love the idea of what to say to them :) xx

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  15. That's a sad story, quite stupid too. If smell is the only problem... Pff.
    Our dog is 12+, and he seems happy! (As in, rolling around on his back, playing around etc. :] Always has been part of the family!)

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    1. aww rolling around on his back sounds amazing :)

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  16. That story is heartbreaking :c sometimes I
    wonder why people are so cruel....
    Again, Piri is lucky to have you guys c;
    and the love from people through social
    media :D Xx

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  17. aw. this story touched my heart. My co-worker brings in her dog to the office and I love him to bits. He's so fun. He's a bit on the older side and likewise has a scent but, I don't mind.

    I also do the same as you where I point out faults before others do. Like you mention, it's a defense mechanism. But, you're right. I should probably stop. It's not healthy.

    I love the idea of a scent called Eternity by Piri!!

    xo,
    nancy

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    1. so neat that your workplace is a pet friendly place. and yes! it's definitely a defense mechanism! i'm trying to not do it so often.. but sometimes my habits get the better of me.

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  18. Oh my, that story is the saddest thing I have ever heard. Of course dogs get a little smell when they get older but I can't imagine making them feel so unloved or gross themselves that they would discard themselves. I love my little 14 year old Dachshund, even his "older" smell :)
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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    1. aw your doxie sounds adorable :)

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  19. This really kind of broke my heart. I have a senior dog as well (though Riley is on the young side of "senior"), and I love him to pieces. There is really nothing like an old dog. I can't believe people would actually start to "not like" their pet because of his smell...that seems awfully cruel to me. I, for one, happen to like Riley's smell - a mix of corn chips and wet fur - and wouldn't trade him for a non-smelly dog any day!

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    1. aww your riley sounds like a charm! there are so many stories of dogs that are discarded for all sorts of reasons.. it's terribly sad..

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  20. Awe, what cute dog! We are dog sitting for and I am extremely excited! :)

    xoxo,
    Taylor Morgan

    NYC Fashion Blogger

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  21. My best friend's dog was right around the 15 yr mark too, and she pointed out the smell to me first, which I appreciated. I'm the type to get down and play with the dog face to face, so that forewarning helped prevent me from any unexpected winds of bad breath.

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    1. that's a good point! some folks like the heads up. i guess i don't mind too much :)

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  22. Jane, I didn't know that. I had a miniature Schnauzer but she passed at 10 years old. Maybe she wasn't old enough for a smell to kick in. You're handling things awesomely. I so admire you and your husband. You're doing a great job.

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  23. What a terrible way to treat a dog! I'm glad that you and your husband love Piri so unconditionally. And the way you've chosen to handle it is just lovely!

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  24. This post got me thinking about my mom. My mom had me when she was 35 and I was the 8th of her 9 children. Growing up, she was always old to me. My classmates had younger moms and they all smelled good. My mom had this smell I associated with old people. But I found the smell comforting. When I was in my 20's I noticed her smell changed. It wasn't as pleasant. I mentioned it to her and she said someday it would happen to me too. She had no control over the smell. Well, I had my 2 kids and when they were little, they loved hugging me and I'm guessing they didn't mind my smell. Now they're teens, my girl sometimes mention my smell. I am starting to be aware that my own smell is changing as I age. My kids too have lost their baby, toddler smells. My girl still has some scent which is still considered "babyish". I'll be sad when it's totally gone.

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    1. such an interesting perspective you bring jane! and i so know what you mean about the scents of people changing as they get older. i had a friend whose mom also began to change and she felt so sad because she knew it was a sign of aging.. but she embraced it of course. i guess we're all the same more than one way.. us and animals :)

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  25. I bet Piri smells like love, baked goods, and flowers :P

    But in all seriousness, Audi has that "old dog" smell and I used to like it. The smell made me happy, but as Audi gets increasingly sicker, he can no longer hold in his... bodily fluids. His scent is no longer just old dog. It's also pee and poop, so it grosses me out now.

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    1. aww thanks :) piri has urinary incontinence too. we noticed it a few years back. he's on medication so tighten his muscles so he can hold his pee in. i feel bad for putting him on a strong medication but at the same time i don't want him to have pee all over himself. it's not that bad and we only give him one tablet a day and i hope his condition doesn't worsen.

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  26. Piri is adorable! I can see why you'd smother him to pieces!

    Old age in our german shepherd had never even crossed my mind til I read this post. I would hope that I would never be offended or grossed out by my dogs scent but if she did become smelly there's always sprays and shampoos!

    Loved your touching post!

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    1. :) thank you and so true about sprays and shampoos and wipes too!

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  27. ahh so sweet Jane :) I have that bad habit too of pointing out faults before others get the chance, must try and change that!

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    1. thanks fee! and yeah i do seriously try to stop this bad habit of mine but it gets the better of me sometimes!

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  28. So so sad when people discard pets when they are no longer "cute". You see this all the time with puppies and kittens. Sad. Animals have feelings and cannot be discarded like toys. I am so glad you love Piri more than ever :-)

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    1. isn't it.. i hear so many stories of people giving up their pets because it's old and no longer cute.. it breaks my heart. a few shelters that we support post stories like this and i just can't understand why..

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  29. Very interesting post! Especially you being able to admit that you first point-out what's wrong before anyone else does....but back to the dog smell. That is a poor (friend's) dog indeed and just goes to show that dogs can understand more than we give them credit for. It's a reminder to me to go home tonight and give my dogs the attention they deserve. No more talking bad about them. Not even the puppy who still pees in the house. Plus, my son repeats it and I don't want him to not like the dog!

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  30. It is really sad to hear those stories, which almost seem unreal for pet lovers, but unfortunately they are not, of people abandoning their pets when they get older or when they don't "fit" their current lives :S I seriously can't understand it, because they totally become one member of your family, even I don't see them as a pet anymore :) (hope it doesn't sound crazy :P) So many sweet words in this post, specially the "wise years scent" comment.

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