I know why a dog sticks his nose out the window

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This is how I feel when I’m writing
Or on the back of an expertly driven motorcycle. πŸ™‚

(First published August 30, 2013)

As I ride on the back of a motorcycle, I think about the times when all 5 dogs pile into the old Cavalier with windows open enough to stick their noses out as we drive along the back roads. Their eyes are half closed with the pleasure of it, noses twitching to catch every scent. When the car goes over 40, they start to sneeze–choosing to look out the back window instead.

When you’re on a motorcycle, the rush of wind invigorates, your mind is at alert. You notice much more on a motorcycle than you do when you’re in a car, but that’s just the beginning.

The freshly mowed grass intermingles with exhaust as the small cycle kicks into higher gear. The wind is a collage of hot sun and cold breeze. Colors become a child’s finger painting, my eyes closing when I’m no longer able to piece together the images. The scents of mystery flowers and the soil they grow in and the aroma of water from the lakes fly past you at 45mph. It’s an Earthly olfactory gourmet.

In a society where only a service dog can go into the store, where imprisonment by fences, doors, and cages are mandated by law, I know why a dog sticks his nose out the window. It’s one of the few times he can truly feel free.

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Pictures from http://digital-photography-school.com/29-shots-of-dogs-sticking-their-heads-out-of-car-windows-humor