Dog ownership has taught me many lessons, most of them profound. But not all of them.

Soon after we brought Bailey home, I started to notice a distinct popcorn aroma. Since this aroma wasn't unpleasant, and far preferable to certain other dog-related odors, we just accepted it. Today, however, my wife stumbled across the answer:

"Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating or drooling. They sweat through the pads of their feet. If you notice a curious popcorn smell coming from your dog's pads, that's just canine sweat."

So dog feet smell like popcorn. Another lesson learned. I don't know about you, but I don't see a lot of popcorn in my dietary future.

By the way, I spent way too much time deciding which picture to use (this, this, and this were the runners-up).