Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 10, 2018

Kepler Loves Bulldogs

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Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

Master and I are big fans of the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

UGA had a great season of football this year, finishing the regular season 11-1 and then thrashing Auburn 28-7 in the SEC Championship game. They finished the season ranked #3 in the country, and thereby earned a spot in the Rose Bowl against #2-ranked Oklahoma and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield.

As a result, Missus won’t need to trim my toenails this month — I wore them down pacing around with nervousness and excitement during the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day. It was one of the greatest bowl games of all time! After two overtimes the University of Georgia Bulldogs came out on top 54-48.

This past Monday Georgia played the University of Alabama Red Elephants for the college football National Championship. Alabama was favored by four points. Georgia scored first early in the second quarter and led the rest of the way until Alabama tied the score at 20 with just under 4 minutes left in the game. Georgia made a field goal in overtime to lead 23-20. After a big sack on first down, Alabama hit a 41-yard touchdown pass to win the game 26-23 in overtime.

It was a heart-breaking loss for me. I so wanted Master’s Bulldogs to win. But finishing #2 in the country is still pretty good. Here is a USA Today article telling the story of the game: “Alabama captures national title with overtime win over Georgia.”

In two post-game interviews, I heard Alabama’s winning freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa give credit, praise, and thanks to his “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” I know there are disciples of Jesus Christ on both teams who badly wanted to win, but the sovereign ruler of the universe, who works all things after the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11), ordained Alabama to win the championship this year.

My only beef with UGA is I think they should use a Jack Russell terrier for their mascot instead of a bulldog. Wouldn’t the University of Georgia Jack Russell Terriers be much better? I would be a great live sideline mascot for the team. My enthusiasm is limitless, and jumping high into the air is one of my specialties.

Bulldogs & Elephants

The Georgia-Alabama National Championship game was especially interesting for me, because I like Bulldogs and Elephants very much. Do you wonder why? It’s because as a dog I like Noses! I always root for teams with good noses.

Most people think bulldogs are ugly, but I really admire their noses — they are so well-designed by the Great Creator. The bulldog’s pushed-in nose permits the bulldog to maintain its powerful jaw grip and still breathe. While the bulldog hangs onto its prey, the loosely-wrinkled face-skin provides channels to drain dripping blood away from the bulldog’s eyes and air passages.

Of course I am envious of elephant noses. They are so big and multi-purposeful. The largest nose on earth is the elephant’s trunk — 6 feet long, weighing 300 pounds! It’s a respiratory device, an olfactory instrument, and a food-gathering machine. I absolutely love it! What a gift from the Great Creator!

I loved watching Big Al, the Alabama elephant mascot, patrol the sideline during the National Championship football game. What a superb nose he has!

Elephant trunks can pick up small berries and leaves from the ground with the sensitive tip or pull seed pods and fruit from 20-foot trees. If necessary, elephants wrap their trunks around trees and shake food down. They even uproot trees with their trunks to reach upper leaves and fruit. Elephants use their trunks to strip bark from trees and dig up roots for food.

Elephants can pick up 600-pound logs with their trunks. An elephant can suck up 1.5 gallons of water to spray into its mouth, over its back, or all over you. Elephants looking for water dig pits 10 feet deep with their trunks. Elephants are also excellent swimmers using trunks as snorkels. Trunks are noses designed for amazing breadth of use.

I would love to have a trunk for a nose! My nose is a super-smeller, but a handsome little Kepler-sized elephant trunk would really add to my capabilities to serve Master and Missus.

Another animal nose that I greatly admire is that of the moose, because with a moose nose I could dive underwater and explore for extended periods. Moose can dive almost 20 feet deep to graze on underwater vegetation.

The moose nose is a fascinating piece of engineering with multiple large passages. Specialized structures of muscle, bone, and cartilage work together to seal moose noses for underwater dives. Within each nostril a thick tissue pad can be pulled in to block outer nasal passages while diving. On each side of the dome of the moose nose is a pulley-like structure that helps muscles pull each nostril shut. A mobile cartilage joint on each side slides back and forth to widen or narrow the nostril.

This well-designed moose nose system could not have evolved gradually. It had to work properly from the beginning or moose would drown. Less-than-perfect operation confers no survival advantage for moose.

You might wonder at my fascination with all the different noses that the Great Creator made, but remember, I’m a dog. My nose is the primary tool the Great Creator gave me for learning about my world.

Even the Bible is big on noses. Israel’s King Solomon, often considered a connoisseur of feminine beauty, admired big-nosed women. He praised one wife for her enormous nose “like the tower of Lebanon” (Song of Solomon 7:4). This was apparently a successful compliment because Solomon accumulated 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:1-3). Today Master could give Missus an analogous compliment by saying, “Your nose is like the Washington Monument!”

Surprisingly, most people do not drool over bulldog noses or elephant noses. Nobody wants a bulldog nose — except bulldogs. Nobody wants an elephant nose — except elephants. Not all noses are as attractive as Mrs. Solomon’s nose, but I myself have never seen an ugly nose; even moose noses are beautiful. In fact, noses substantially contribute to facial attractiveness. Imagine if that spot on your face were empty! How handsome or beautiful do you think you would be?

People Noses

The Great Creator gave Master a nose of sorts. I know it was designed just for him, but I would prefer him to have a bulldog nose or an elephant trunk.

I consider Master nose-blind, because he can hardly smell anything. But that’s what I’m good for — I help him out with smelling.

However, Master argues that he is not as nose-blind as I think. He says the roof of his nose contains 10 million scent receptors of 500-1,000 different types that detect thousands of chemicals. Scent receptors are proteins folded to fit odor molecules of particular shapes. When odor molecules snap into protein receptors, olfactory nerves signal the brain.

The sense of smell is very complex. A single odor may contain 1,000 different chemicals. A quick whiff generates activity throughout the brain. Strong emotional memories result because the human nose is also connected to the brain’s limbic system which controls emotion.

Trained perfumers can identify 10,000 different fragrances. To warn of natural gas leaks, a rotten egg smell is added. The human nose can detect as little as one 400-billionth of a gram of this chemical in a quart of air.

For comparison, I have about 220 million scent receptors in my nose, over 20 times the number that Master has. If the membranes in my nose were spread out, they would cover several king-size beds. The Great Creator gave me far more smelling ability than Master.

The nose hosts a second detection system. The centimeter-long vomeronasal organ (VNO) detects odorless pheromones which influence feelings and mating behavior. It is wired directly to the hypothalamus which affects emotions and drives. Evolutionists once incorrectly believed the VNO was a useless vestigial organ. How would two completely separate systems for detecting invisible molecules in the air evolve by random increments?

Who designed, engineered, and created noses?
Who made something for people and animals that can explode like a cannon in a sneeze, warn of danger, detect minute invisible chemicals, filter noxious elements, destroy germs, sense direction, generate pleasurable sensations, provoke powerful emotions, and give the breath-of-life? Who could even imagine, much less create, such a phenomenal multi-purpose tool as the nose?
I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)
Praise be to the Great Creator for His gift of noses!

So that’s how things smell from the Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. Why is a strong imposing nose out of fashion as an element of beauty in western culture?
2. Why would Terriers be a good mascot for a team?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 28th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-29 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy

Read the sequel:
29. Kepler Ponders Snow

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday January 10, 2018 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)


Responses

  1. I find it interesting that I just read a description of the Terrier and how their nose and enthusiasm lend them to the hunting ability and joy of finding that unknown item in a deep dark hole. They don’t give up until the human in their life “ends” the hunt or game.
    Just think how much that Terrier drive and excitement would help fuel a flagging team. Truly the world and all that are in it are amazing.
    Thank you for once again stirring my thoughts and emotions.

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