We know that animals can sense danger before humans. Some of the best examples of this higher sensitivity has been during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. According to eye witnesses, elephants screamed and ran for higher ground, dogs refused to go outdoors, and flamingos abandoned their low-lying breeding grounds. While over 150,000 people perished as a result of the flood waters, very few animals were killed. While it might appear that the animal kingdom has a sixth sense, in reality, their more acute senses allow them to sense danger where we humans simply cannot. Today, this ability is even being used in the medical field to detect diseases, such as lung and bladder cancer as well as diabetes.
Clearly, our pets can truly be sentinels or sentries for our health and well being. So what does this have to do with Moms? A few years ago, our little Bijon Friese Paco would always sit outside the shower waiting for the water to stop running. As soon as we opened the shower door, he would quickly jump in and lick the water off the floor. Being that we did not like to scrub our shower very often, we decided to try one of those products that you spray onto the shower walls, keeping the soap scum and mineral deposits from adhering to the surface. Soon after we started using the shower spritzer, Paco stopped licking the water up. While he continued his vigil outside the shower, he completely stopped entering the shower. He would walk up to the shower, literally stick out his nose, sniff several times, sneeze, and walk away. It truly did not dawn on me what prompted this change in behavior until we converted our home to natural cleaning products. The first day we switched to a shower spritzer that was non toxic and safe, Paco sniffed and quickly jumped into the shower, licked the floor of all free water, then proceeded to lick the shower walls.
So now, when one of my mischievous grandsons manages to bypass the cabinet locks and pull out all of the cleaning supplies, I smile, knowing that he’s safe and secure, all proven by the senses of a small dog.