So, updates.  We are going to look at apartments this weekend that are absolutely perfect and will actually have a bedroom and a patio and are really really nice.  I have also been talking with a fosterer about this cat that I found that looks and sounds absolutely perfect.  He is still available, and they do pre-adoptions, meaning once we decide on an apartment I can meet him and start the pre-adoption application and they will hold him for me.  He’s young, goofy apparently, and absolutely adorable.  

I’m so excited to finally be moving towards something I have wanted for so long and to have Marcus be just as excited about it as I am.  This studio was a good first apartment but both of us knew it wasn’t permanent, and I really feel like this other apartment could actually be home for us.  And having the pet I want finally will make it more so.  Also, I’ve been eyeing up the 20-30 gallon tanks and stands at Petco lately and am even more excited at the prospect of actually setting up the big community tank I’ve always wanted, something more than my little 2.5 gal that I’ve got for my betta now.  Just a place that will feel permanent, a place where I can open the windows, sit on the balcony, have space, etc.  We wont be able to really move sooner than a month from when we find the apartment but I can hardly wait.  Moving is going to be a bitch but I don’t even care.  it will be so worth it.

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koryos:

Dominance Behavior in Canids

I didn’t really even WANT to make a post about this.

The alpha-beta-omega model of wolf packs is dead in scientific literature, hammered into the ground, so to speak, and it’s been dead for over ten years. So why am I still hearing about it on TV and reading about it in articles? Why are popular dog trainers that encourage you to “be the alpha” still taken seriously?

I think the unfortunate truth is that the idea that there are strong and ferocious leaders in wolf packs and that you, too, can take on that role with your dog is just somehow appealing to people. Almost romantic, in the older sense of the word. And because of this, it makes money. It sells werewolf media. It sells dog training classes. Educational science channels that have no business promoting this false ideology keep it on board because it gets people watching.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m pretty fed up with the whole thing.

Okay, let’s talk about dominance, particularly what the word even means, because popular media does a terrible job of explaining it.

Read more…

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bite-over-bark:

weaselwoman:

hobboxcorner:

weaselwoman:

foxinu:

the teeth of a Pug…

This is greatly unsettling…

Aren’t pugs adorable?

I think this could apply to English Bulldogs too? I know some have shorter faces than others, all depends on the lines and such. I’ve seen a longer faced one and one with a face so flat he gurgled all the time…
My mom’s friend is a “pug fancier”, and has had a ton over the years. They all have to be walked in harnesses only and in old age, they needed a special wall pillow to lean on because breathing while laying down was very difficult. The friend was also a smoker, and had to smoke outside in a special area so her dogs would not get issues in the house. They also needed a TON of dental work (just as the picture demonstrates here).

English Bulldogs are bad, but not as bad as a Pug, here’s an upper jaw of one.
That’s not to say EngBD should be bred still, IMO neither pugs nor EBD should be bred at all for any reason. Let them go extinct :/

bite-over-bark:

weaselwoman:

hobboxcorner:

weaselwoman:

foxinu:

the teeth of a Pug…

This is greatly unsettling…

Aren’t pugs adorable?

I think this could apply to English Bulldogs too? I know some have shorter faces than others, all depends on the lines and such. I’ve seen a longer faced one and one with a face so flat he gurgled all the time…

My mom’s friend is a “pug fancier”, and has had a ton over the years. They all have to be walked in harnesses only and in old age, they needed a special wall pillow to lean on because breathing while laying down was very difficult. The friend was also a smoker, and had to smoke outside in a special area so her dogs would not get issues in the house. They also needed a TON of dental work (just as the picture demonstrates here).

English Bulldogs are bad, but not as bad as a Pug, here’s an upper jaw of one.

That’s not to say EngBD should be bred still, IMO neither pugs nor EBD should be bred at all for any reason. Let them go extinct :/

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omg pugs are like so cute ugh

thebrainscoop:

Cosmopolitan: Get That Life 
How I became a museum’s Chief Curiosity Correspondent

Did you ever think Cosmo would run an image of dermestid beetles nibbling on a goose carcass? 

WELL, THEY DID. 

I can’t describe how proud I am that such a popular magazine typically focused on fashion and sex tips is also incorporating scientists into their features because fashion and sex tips and gross anatomy are not at all mutually exclusive. 

We are rebranding feminism and empowerment one major media publication at a time. 

Thank you, world. 

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COOL

zooophagous:

naturepunk:

These two pups are named Shentea and Diamond. They are in desperate need of a foster home, and if none can be found before the end of the week, they will likely face euthanasia. 
Why? 
Because their previous owner claimed that they were wolfdogs. They are not. They are likley German shepherd/husky mixes, and now their lives are on the line because of misrepresentation. 
I’ve offered to foster these two if no other option can be found, but if you or anyone you know may be able to lend a hand, PLEASE contact me ASAP. They currently in Klamath Falls, Oregon, but I can help with transportation if need-be. 

Case in point: why it’s a big stupid idea to claim your dog is a wolfdog when it isn’t one.

zooophagous:

naturepunk:

These two pups are named Shentea and Diamond. They are in desperate need of a foster home, and if none can be found before the end of the week, they will likely face euthanasia.

Why?

Because their previous owner claimed that they were wolfdogs. They are not. They are likley German shepherd/husky mixes, and now their lives are on the line because of misrepresentation.

I’ve offered to foster these two if no other option can be found, but if you or anyone you know may be able to lend a hand, PLEASE contact me ASAP. They currently in Klamath Falls, Oregon, but I can help with transportation if need-be.

Case in point: why it’s a big stupid idea to claim your dog is a wolfdog when it isn’t one.

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YOUR DOG IS NOT A WOLF THIS IS HARMFUL