My little dog Bella has definitely got a nose on her. I believe she could smell a gecko’s fart at fifty paces. We just got back yesterday from a weeklong camping trip, where we hiked trails is state parks and nature parks. My wife and I do it for the exercise, and we do enjoy the scenic parks as a bonus. But for Bella, the scent’s the thing. And while we’re hiking, I do let her follow her nose, to some extent. But she’ll get her nose right down on a scent, and when I try to get her to move on, she spreads all fours out for as wide and low-to-the-ground a stance as possible, so I can’t easily move her. And when I still try, she’s like, “Wait! Don’t you smell that? What’s your hurry? What do you think we’re here for? The scenery?!? The exercise?!?” Bella is a designer dog, I suppose you could say. Her father was Beagle, her mother a Cocker Spaniel (Bocker Speagle, I like to call her). I know her Cocker heritage points to a history of bird hunting (woodcocks, hence the “Cocker” name), but I suppose it’s her Beagle side that definitely ensures she’s a scent hound (a breed with a history of hunting hares). As I review this rambling post, I guess there’s no real point to it, except that I’ve just enjoyed some time away in nature, with a little dog (stands about 13” and weighs about 25 lbs.) that brings me a lot of pleasure. (This pic happens to be of Bella treeing a squirrel, in the pecan tree in our back yard. I've got to get pics of her from our trips off my phone and onto my laptops hard drive.) Feel free to add to this thread pics and/or stories of your own dog. Bonus points for more scent hounds.