Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Dog gone happy May 11, 2016

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Waiting at a stoplight on Cedar Avenue in Apple Valley Sunday afternoon.

Waiting at a stoplight on Cedar Avenue in Apple Valley Sunday afternoon.

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT A DOG sticking its head out a vehicle window that makes me smile as in, gosh, look at that happy canine.

Still waiting...

Still waiting…

Such behavior also exhibits a carefree spirit. I wish life for humans was as simple as the rush of wind on our faces, the freeing of worries to the wind.

The light changes and, oh, the exuberance of all that rushing air.

The light changes and, oh, the exuberance of all that rushing air.

Why do dogs stick their heads out vehicle windows? I wanted a scientific answer, not just my poetic perspective.

Enjoying the ride...

Enjoying the ride…

My unscientific research (aka google the question) reveals that dogs exhibit this wind catching behavior not to observe the world around them or to cool off, but rather to take in the overload of scents rushing over them. The higher the air flow, the more they can smell. And that, apparently, makes for one happy dog.

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16 Responses to “Dog gone happy”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I love to see dogs with heads out car windows as well. Just photographed one last week. 🙂

  2. Dan Traun Says:

    I concur – “I wish life for humans was as simple as the rush of wind on our faces, the freeing of worries to the wind.” My wife and I are both dog lovers; our dachshunds are beyond spoiled and enjoy a wonderful life. Just once I’d like to change places with one of them. Wake up to a belly rub, have some breakfast, nap the day away, chase squirrels and bunnies in the backyard, go for a car ride, go for a walk and cap it off with a few licks of a DQ cone. Ah the life.

  3. OOOOOOOO, every time I observe a dog w/ his head out the window, inhaling the wind, I think, “YEAH, that’s how I want to live!!”

    xxxx

  4. My dog loves to hang out the window. If you watch him closely, you can see his nose twitching non-stop. He loves the smells out in the country.

  5. One Happy Pup 🙂 I was sitting in traffic last week and I looked to my left and all I saw was one big pink nose sniffing and snuffling – some kind of poodle/mix – hehe. Dogs and car rides or just being able to be outside to run makes them happy and healthy pups. Happy Day – Enjoy – this made my day!

  6. Jackie Says:

    I also like to see a happy dog hanging its head out the (back) window, BUT…… yesterday I watched a dog go back and forth to the window over it’s owner in the drivers seat as the owner was driving. I put that in the same category as texting, such a crazy thing to let a dog do while driving a car. Hate to be negative Nellie, but I see this quite often and it makes me cringe.

    • I’m with you on this behavior, Jackie. When a dog is sitting/climbing around on the driver’s lap or exhibiting the same type of action you describe, it’s dangerous. Yes, this fits in the category of distracted and dangerous driving.

  7. Sue Ready Says:

    When we get close to the lake we open the window so Bella can stick her head out . She goes crazy with anticipation of our IMMINENT arrival. The lake has a smell like no other.

  8. Animals (house pets) have such care free lives.


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