30.Jun.2009 A canine sidekick in the fight against peanuts?!

Wow. I just got this crazy link sent to me by my good friend Jessica Mason and my mind is kind of blown.

Forget guide dogs for the blind or drug-sniffing police pooches! It’s time for the real canine crusaders to step up and start doing something really worthwhile: Cue Peanut Detector Dogs!

Kidding aside, this is actually pretty amazing. The premise is simple: Dogs have a sense of smell that puts human noses to shame, so train them to sniff out peanuts and have them stand vigil over someone with serious allergies. Think taste-testing for safety but with acute doggie olfactory skill!

This adorable purpyface is set to seek out and destroy all peanuts...er...I mean, prevent people like me from eating them.

This adorable purpyface is set to seek out and destroy all peanuts...er...I mean, prevent people like me from eating them.


Now, years of living with a peanut allergy have honed my nose to the point where I can usually smell peanuts or peanut butter as soon as I enter a room. But imagine entering a treat-filled party with a canine companion that is “easily able to detect minute quantities of peanuts in any form; raw, cooked, oil, butter, dust, etc” thus allowing me to know which brownies and cookies were tainted, saving me from hospital trips aplenty. If only I’d had one of these stalwart savants a few months back when a “poisoned” egg roll made its way into my unsuspecting stomach?!

Whether or not I ever attain one of these miraculous beasts for myself is undecided (I’m sure they don’t come cheap, as well. So…), but the Enemy of Peanuts in EoP: The Webcomic has now officially gotten a canine sidekick (when I can work it organically into the story)! Pierre the Peanut-sniffing Pooch, perhaps! Ok…I’ll work on the name later, but EoP is definitely getting a furry buddy somewhere in that narrative.

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