Monday, June 2, 2008

The Scent of a Puppy

This is Benny.

He's every bit as rascally and devilish cute and innocent as he appears. He loves his morning walks and this past Friday, he was particularly bouncy when he saw his leash appear for the early day stroll. He's generally very trying well-behaved, and it's a fluke due to Frank's patient training that he usually comes when ready called, after romping around off-leash. On this day, we took a bit of a different route along the pathways - one which led around a small peninsula of land which followed the creek. Benny was free to romp around and greet passersby of both the human and canine persuasion.

At one point, we sauntered past a particularly strong and unpleasant smell. "What stinks?" I asked in a nasally voice as my forefinger and thumb quickly pinched my nose.

"I don't know, but I sure as heck hope that Benny hasn't found it" muttered Frank as his eyes scanned the area for a flash of scampering JRT.

We could see him up ahead, greeting a group with very young children - young enough to toddle alongside their strollers. There was something in the way that they all
recoiled eased away from him that told us we were in trouble.

"Benny, come!"


"Benny, get over here, NOW!"



Once it was his own idea, along came a skittering little terrier, followed seconds later by the beast odor from Hell!

"Oh, Benny, not again. You rolled in another dead fish!"

This was only the third or fourth time this spring that Benny scored a rotting carcass and rolled in it to his heart's delight.

This is how he looked immediately after his romp with Eau de Poisson Décomposé. He couldn't figure out what the commotion was about.

Neither one of us could stand the odor long enough to continue our walk, so we turned around and headed back home to give Mr. Stinky a bath.

He was not too happy but he took the consequences like a man.

Immediately after his shampoo and rinse, Benny needed to roll in something - anything, to escape the feeling of cleanliness.

He chose the living room sofa to restore some of the daily smells that his bath removed.

I'm sure there'll be more urgent baths in his future and we'll just have to deal with more Smelly Dog from time to time.

Along with all of the licks, cuddles and genuine puppy fun...
this is Benny!


Frank Baron said...

This is what I CANNOT figure out: Where the heck does that attraction to fish come from?

Fun post Hil. :)

Kat said...

Is that a sassy little Jack Russell? What a cutie! A stinky cutie, but a cutie!

Reb said...

Love the video Hilary! Benny has to be cute so that he doesn't get drowned while being bathed for the umpteenth time! At least he is a manageable size, I had to actually get in the shower with my standard poodle!

Anonymous said...

Benny is adorable...especially as I can't smell him!

Seamus said...

What a cutie - stink and all! At least it wasn't skunk! ;)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Flashbacks to skunk sprayings. Bad, bad, bad!

RiverPoet said...

Eek! What a smell, I can imagine!

We had a Samoyed who, when left to her own devices in the back yard, would catch birds and then flatten them with her body, loving all over their remains until she stunk to high heaven.

Makes no sense to me! And you can imagine how much fun it was to wash that thick, double undercoat!

Peace - D

Daisy said...

What an adorable dog (despite his stinky proclivities)!

Hilary said...

• Gee I dunno, Frank. Where did he learn that? (Now hit the shower!)

Thanks ;)

• He is indeed a sassy JRT, Kathryn.. and yep, kinda cute too. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

• Thanks, Reb. Benny is strangely compliant when it comes to his showers. I guess he figures it's a fair price to pay. :)

• Susan, be happy that you can't! ;)

• Agreed Seamus.. on all counts. :)

• Jenn, as much as Benny stunk, it was nowhere near as intense as skunk. At least this odor only lingered a little while he dried off. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Momma, I can imagine how difficult it would be to get her smelling decent again. A Samoyed is a beautiful dog, but they're all a bit ugly when they stink. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Daisy Jo. I'll give him that. ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

Benny really loves life, doesn't he?

Tink said...

Between that and eating poop it's a miracle we love our fur-babies still! They're so lucky, and they don't even know it.

Michele said...

He's absolutely adorable and yes, rolling around in stinky fish is definitely not good but can you get upset at a adorable little guy like that! I enjoyed this post Hilary and I love the photos of him and the video. Great blog and thanks so much for dropping by my blog. I appreciate it!

Tamie said...

That's funny!!

Russell said...

What a dog!! What a pup!! He's great!

My dog, Bailey, loves to roll in the craziest things, too. Once he kept rolling over a dead snake in the yard and, if nothing else, he runs out to the horse pasture and finds some fresh ..... to roll in! What is it with dogs??!! Oh well...

The advantage I have out here in the middle of the country is I can just let Bailey run around and roll around in the lawn until he sort of cleans himself up. But, yes, there are times when I have to get out the hose and give him a bath!!

I keep thinking of that TV show Frazier every time I see a JRT! They are great dogs and I have never met a person who did like them!

Take care.

Sweet and Salty said...

That is one very cute and rascally looking puppy! Man he's cute...

What is it with dogs and their attraction to very smelly things? sheesh

the Bag Lady said...

Loved the video, Hil!! The Princess's "roll of choice" is cow urine. Lovely.
Dogs love to cover their own odour, must be some primitive hold-over from their wild cousins. (Ever smelled a wolf? - Me neither.....)

Daryl said...

Wonderful ...

Frank .. you fish .. he must associate the fish with something good .. like you!

Watching that video reminded me of how insane Rosie gets some evenings ... she races from one end of the apartment to the other .. full speed ... if you are sitting on the couch .. she will leap over you ... or not...


Hilary said...

• He absolutely does, Leah. And it loves him right back! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• That's so true, Tink. My neighbour's dog comes over to play with Benny and we have to make the room where my cats' litter box is accessible to cats only, lest she dine at what she sees as a buffet. :/

• Thanks so much for your kind words, Michele. It's true - it's hard to hold him at arm's length.. at least after he's cleaned up. ;) Thanks for the visit.

• Thanks, TKWI. :)

• Russell, Bailey sounds great except for the smelly part. I have to admit that when I first heard that Frank got a JRT, I thought "Oh no.. it'll make my cats' lives miserable." And he does .. but not really, and he also keeps them amused! :)

• Pavel, I have no idea. Cats are mortified when the aren't smelling wonderful. I'm still trying to get used to the little stinker. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

• Ha! Good point, Baggie but if they smell anything like Benny did, I'd know it for sure. Thanks for the always kind words. :)

• Thanks, Daryl. We all know Frank was fishing for a compliment such as yours. ;) And yup, cats sure are insane.. but so lovable. :)

Anonymous said...

Awww!!! He is so adorable! Thanks for making me smile! Sorry it had to be at your expense!!=D

gary rith said...

hey, I'm new to you, but how can I resist a blogger with a stinky dog?

Kerri Farley said...

Oh he is a cutie!!

Anonymous said...

OMG... what a great post... and Benny.. what a perfect name... he probably did that just for the attention and it appears he likes the baths...see ya!
The Bach

steviewren said...

Love that video! He has such personality. He must be a handful.

Louis la Vache said...

Indeed, as Frank Baron asked, "Louis" is curious where the attraction to fish comes from! Is this chien part chat?

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness--I always understood that Benny was energetic and adorable, but I don't think I quite GOT what a tornado he is until I saw that video.

Good thing he's a small dog or he'd bust up the house! He couldn't be any cuter, but all that energy makes me feel so old.

In fact, hmmm.... time for a nap?

Hilary said...

• Hi Shanna! I'm glad that Benny's silliness could evoke a smile, and really it was much more at Frank's expense than mine! ;) Thanks for the visit. Please come back soon.

• Welcome GR! If you have trouble resisting people with stinky dogs, you'll also have to pay Frank (see top comment) a visit.. Benny is his dog full time.. but we share him on weekends. ;) Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will again soon!

• Kerri, you won't get an argument from me! Thanks for visiting. :)

• Thanks, Bach. Benny does EVERYTHING just for the attention. I don't know where he gets that.. do YOU, Frank? :)

• Thanks, Steviewren. He's several handfuls! :)

• Welcome, Louis. Benny is Frank Baron's chien. And Frank is part poisson himself. So that would explain his affinity toward the scaled critters. Merci pour la visite. Revenir bientôt! :)

• Crabby, if he makes you feel old, can you imagine how old he makes Frank feel? Oh, wait.. he IS old. ;)

Anonymous said...

That was so funny! you captured the joys of dog wonership beautifully with words, and then added the perfect video for all who have ever looved a dog :)!

Suldog said...

Rolling around in dead fish? Sounds perfectly reasonable to me. What's the problem?

Yrs Trly,


Country Girl said...

I think this post is adorable! And Hilary, I totally relate to the stink thing. George does it all the time. He also likes to rub his neck in goose poop, which is also lovely. But hands down, the dead fish is worse. Luckily, we have no dead fish for him to find. Usually it's just swamprot and goosepoop.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

I'm starting up the South Texas Benny Fan Club even as we speak!

He's seriously cute.

lime said...

rotten fish stink.....P-U. that sounds much less than pleasant. but by golly he is a cute little thing.

Jo said...

LOL! Aw, Benny makes koo-koo look so fun. It cracks me up how he has these momentary pauses before spazzing out again.

So we're looking into getting a Shiba Inu...they're a small breed that thinks like a big dog. We were just reading that one of their quirks is: "They like to roll around in rotted fish, meat, and/or vegetables." I immediately thought of Benny! :D

photowannabe said...

So funny Hilary, to me I guess, probably not to you.
Benny has quite a personality and i love the way you write about him.

david mcmahon said...

Thank goodness he has a woof over his head!

(And yes, your latest comment on my blog was an absolute masterpiece!)

G said...

Oh Hilary... this is priceless! What a dear dog Benny is. I love JRTs. I grew up with one and I appreciate their intelligence and the challenges they pose to their owners.

Bruno was a tyke - his choice of rolling material was fresh cow pats. Long walks in the English countryside would invariably involve my father, hands protected by large leaves, picking Bruno up and tossing him into a river to let him rinse off. He was a great swimmer and hated to come back to shore, so by the time he did he was pretty much clean.

Looking forward to reading more of Benny and more of your blog in general. :)

Hilary said...

• Thanks so much for your kind words, Meredith. It's difficult not to love them. :)

• Beats me, Suldog. Now hit the shower, willya? ;)

• Thanks,Country Girl. Swamprot and Goosepoop eh? I think either one of those would make a good nickname for Benny. :)

• EWBL, South Texans will never know what hit them! :)

• I've got to admit that's true, Lime but he's not nearly as cute when he stinks. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Jo, that's pretty much how JRTs were defined.. a large dog in a small body. At least I think that's what Frank said. He can confirm, or not. I'd never heard of a Shiba Inu, so I Googled. Sheesh, they're cute! And they sound as if their temperament is quite similar to that of aJRT. Sounds like a fun pup. I can't wait! :)

• Thanks so much, Photowannabe. It's funny to me too.. since he's smelling good again. ;)

• David, your comments always give me paws for thought. Yeah, that was arful! ;)

• Welcome, Blog Princess! Your tale about Bruno and your Dad is hilarious. I can just picture it. What a good idea to toss him into the water to get clean. Thanks so much for stopping by and please do return soon. :)

Sweet and Salty said...

I just had to come by again and show Benny to a friend. He really is a cute, rascally looking doggy!

Mike said...

Is that pure jack russel?

I have a border terrier.

She too finds invisible things that stink to roll in.

Hilary said...

• Glad to know that you and your friend are enjoying Benny, Pavel. :)

• Mike, he's pure JRT, with a lot of brat thrown in for good measure. I predict lots of doggie baths in your future. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Kappa no He said...

I'm going to start a Benny Fan Club, I am!

Chica, Cienna, and Cali said...

haha...he's a what if he stinks....:)

Hilary said...

• Go for it Terri.. and then sign me up! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• I agree, Moi. He's a cute little stinker. Thanks for the visit. :)