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!
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.