One thing most of us neglect to consider when getting a dog is the smell – specifically, what dogs can do to the interior of a vehicle. People love dogs, but not too many are enamoured with the effect a pungent pooch can have on our olfactory systems. Dogs and cars mix, but there’s a cost. A few years back, a survey commissioned by the British cycling and automotive retailer Halfords found that “wet-dog smell” was the odour drivers hated most. Six out of 10 motorists picked it over such fragrances as “dried spilt milk,” “child’s sick” and “teenage B.O.”
As the proud owner of a black lab I decided to plug my nose and wrote a column for the Globe and Mail about it.