If we had a olfactometer, we would see that the olfactory nerves of our animals are often officially in over-drive.
Their sense of smell can lead to high-octane observation, and obstreperous, offensive, even odious, behavior.
For instance, on the occasion of an offered oral and odiferous delight, Daisy may obliterate all interference and become oafish and obdurate, or overly optimistic, jumping for the object as if competing for Olympic gold. She will go for an olive or an omelet, being a creature of omniverous taste.
Or she may decide obedience will cause her human to offer the object of delight, though her occult eyes may give her away.
Or sometimes cuteness is her ploy.
Horses prefer oats, fruit, or orchard grass.
And like Oliver Twist, their pleading optic orbs and twitching olfactory nerves seem to say, "Please, sir, I want some more."
With their obsessive interest in ordinary odors and associated foods, it is odd that these creatures do not become obese.
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