“Her father had taught her about hands.
About a dog’s paws.
Whenever her father was alone with a dog in a house he would lean over and smell the skin at the base of its paw. This, he would say, as if coming away from a brandy snifter, is the greatest smell in the world!
A bouquet! Great rumours of travel!
She would pretend disgust, but the dog’s paw was a wonder:
the smell of it never suggested dirt.
It’s a cathedral! her father had said,
so-and-so’s garden, that field of grasses, a walk through cyclamen–
a concentration of hints of all the paths the animal had taken during the day.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
All Things Collie said:
I love my collies’ paws! 🙂
The Lonely Dogs said:
I find them completely irresistible 🙂
Molly The Wally said:
My friend use to say her dogs’ paws smelled like cookies. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly
The English Patient is one of my favorite novels, and this passage one of the most memorable. 🙂
Love it, love it! I just posted this to my FB page for my peeps who live with dogs…
I do much the same. Thanks for Sharing validation that I’m not the only one.
Pawesome paws! Woooowooooo!
Mags Corner said:
Oh, yes those paws are amazing. Love this post. Hugs and nose kisses
We tried it immediately… mom sniffed on my paws… now she looks a little green :o) Thanks for a beautiful post!
Wayside Artist said:
Mmmm… Dog paws! Like fresh baked bread!!! 🙂
And I thought that I was the only one who loved her dogs tootsies! Guess I am in good company with the rest of you!
This is lovely! Both the paws and the words – thanks for sharing with us! 😀
Wonderful Kathryn, that is one of my favourite movies. Those words are so meaningful and written from the heart. I’m straining to remember Buddy’s paws now, gentle kisses and big brown eyes. Ooops, now mine are pinching back tears..but they’re happy ones. That’s why I love visiting here because you and your sweet pals remind me how wonderful it is to have a dog xoK
Casa Mariposa said:
What a beautiful perspective. 🙂
Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.
Beautiful indeed..i smell the boys paws all the time..smells like fun and wanders in grass and dirt..smells like a friend to me..and the kitties paws never smell except when they are at the vets and scared..then they smell like popcorn …go figure 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx
A very impressive set of paws!
If memory services me our little pom’s feet use to smell like popcorn. What beautiful strong feet Wednesday 🙂
Marie Anne said:
This is adorable! I love the way my dog smells. I call it “warm dog smell.” There’s just something about when he cuddles up next to me in bed, and I breathe in his scent, it’s so comforting 🙂
By the way, I nominated you for The Liebster Award! If you’re interested, you can check out the rules on my blog. Happy blogging!
Susan and Wrigs said:
I love this quote and couldn’t agree more! (Adore the photo, too!)