Dracunculus and Dogs

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:17:40 PDT
For many years I shared my garden with Dracunculus and Alaskan Malamute 
dogs. I also have a pretty good sense of smell. When the Dracunculus 
flowered, I often misinterpreted the odor as a dead mole; the dogs often 
killed moles and shrews but didn't eat them, unlike the rodents and 
rabbits they killed. The dogs also didn't pay attention to the 
Dracunculus (though, interestingly, they liked to roll on garter snakes, 
including live ones, which I tried to rescue). Perhaps the plant's odor 
is similar to that of the carcass of an inedible animal?

Jane McGary

Portland, Oregon, USA

On 7/22/2016 3:44 AM, Kelly O'Neill wrote:
> On 21 Jul 2016 at 17:00, Judy Glattstein wrote:
>> Some time ago I mentioned something about the rotting meat smell of
>> dracunculus when in bloom and how odd it was that dogs totally ignored it.
>> Someone did offer an explanation but I cannot find it.
>> Anyone? An explanation / theory / suggestion - scientific or otherwise?
> ...
> I do not actually know the answer, but, It seems likely we think
> it smells like rotting meat and dogs can tell the difference easily
> due to having much better noses than us. Or maybe they
> chased the smell down one time and found it was not a good
> thing to get mixed up with and they stay away from it now...
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