If you have dogs or cats, you might be worried about the smell of stinky dog fur or the odor from pet stains or even kitty litter.
If you aren’t worried, you might want to rethink that. You just might be blind. Nose blind.
What is nose blind, anyway? Well, the best way to explain it is to start with a story. Read on….
We have clients that we have been servicing for years. They have two beautiful cats, Sophie and Trixie. They’re Persians. These cats are mesmerizing to look at. Silky fur, blue diamond eyes. They also have a German Shepherd, Rex, and a poodle named Princess Diana. Rex is adorable and sharp as a tack. He fetches, opens the refrigerator and well, he puts Princess Diana in her place when she needs it. She runs the show, that’s for sure. She wears a diamond studded collar. You understand? Yeah, one of those. We love those babies to pieces, though. They’re all so loving and have amazing little personalities.
Nose blind? Yeah, we’re getting to that.
So, these pets live in a beautiful home that looks like it is off the pages of a magazine. We should love visiting this home. The pets are smart, well-behaved and the house is right in the middle of our territory.
The problem? The place stinks to high…. Well, the place reeks. It is the strongest urine smell you have ever breathed in. We pull our shirts over our faces, gagging like second graders. The smell is unbearable. Horrible. Other than the stench, the house is immaculate. The worst part is this: The owners have NO idea. They are completely unaffected by the smell.
How is it possible that the smell is so bad that is leaves us gagging and the owners go seemingly unbothered?
They’re nose blind!
They can’t smell it.
I’m sure they smelled it once upon a time. Maybe they thought they tackled the odor issue. Maybe they thought Princess Diana stopped peeing on the carpet. Maybe they thought that they FINALLY chose the best litter for Sophie and Trixie’s litter box. Nope. They’re nose blind. Plain and simple case. Nose blind.
How does a person become nose blind? Well, it’s as simple as this:
According to febreze, there are three steps to becoming nose blind.
(1) Odor Adaptation. Your nose notices a new smell. Good or bad. It’s a physiological response.
(2) Odor Habituation. Your brain tells your nose to ignore the odor. Good or bad. That’s a psychological response.
(3) Odor Infestation. Man, the smell is everywhere. Good or bad. This is what your friends, family and PET SITTER smells as they walk in the door. This, my friends is the sociological impact of becoming nose blind.
Are you nose blind? Have you, over time, become accustomed to an odor lurking in your home? Do you have friends or family that are nose blind?