I'm Emily. I like stuff, like Supernatural and Sherlock. And Elementary and Hannibal. I also like cartoons like Adventure Time and Amazing World of Gumball, and I might like watching Big Time Rush with my 7 year-old niece.
I like languages and linguistics, and animals and my dogs (I have two beagles who are the cutest things on the planet), and I am also the most rad substitute teacher on the planet.
I like a lot of things actually so you should probably just go through my blog and see.
I was a Japanese major who now has a Bachelor's as of 2/2013. I spent my Spring 2011 semester abroad, and intend to return to Japan to participate in the JET program. I wish to one day be a Japanese language teacher.
I'm pretty open about things, and my ask box is always open if you want to talk or need something. I like it when people message me on the Internet. It makes me feel special.
So yeah. Enjoy~
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How dog breeders have “improved” breeds over the past 100 years.
- The basset hound never used to sit so low. The dog has suffered changes to his rear leg structure, has excessive skin, vertebrae problems, droopy eyes that are prone to ectropion and entropion, and excessively large ears.
- The bull terrier used to be an athletic dog, but over the years his snout was mutated to be oversized and bending downwards, leading to respiratory issues. Many bull terriers have supernumerary teeth and are compulsive tail chasers and air biters owing to brain deformities.
- The boxer now has a much shorter face with an extremely short snout. The hindquarters are also lower. Like all brachycephalic dogs, the boxer has difficulty controlling his temperature in hot weather, meaning they are prone to overheating and collapsing in the summer. The boxer also has one of the highest cancer rates among dog breeds and many modern day boxers suffer from seizures.
- The english bulldog has evolved into a creature that suffers from almost every known disease. A kennel club survey conducted in 2004 found that they die on average at only 6 years and 4 months old. They cannot mate without human intervention, and cannot give birth naturally due to their giant heads. There is no such thing as a truly healthy bulldog.
- The dachshund, at one time, used to have functional legs and necks for their size. Their backs and legs have gotten longer, chest jutted forward, and legs have shrunk to such proportions that there is barely any clearance between their chest and the floor. Obese dachshunds usually have to actually drag their bellies across the ground. Their risk for intervertebral disc disease - which can result in paralysis - is extremely high. They are also prone to achrondoplastic related pathologies, progressive retinal apathy, and problems with their legs and joints.
- Pugs are the most inbred breed of dog in existence - an investigation carried out found that amongst the 10,000 pugs found in the UK are so inbred, the gene pool consists of the equivalent of only 50 individuals. They are extremely brachycephalic, and suffer severely from all the associated problems - the folds in their face frequently get infected, they struggle to breathe (making snoring/snorting/huffing noises even without moving), they have high blood pressure, low oxygenation, often collapse and die in the summer or if allowed to overheat, dentition problems due to their skulls being so curled in, and perhaps most shocking - their double curled tail is actually a genetic defect, and in its most serious forms leads to paralysis and many dogs needed a wheelchair or being euthanised if this progresses. These dogs are usually culled if they fail to produce this ‘attractive’ trait.
Healthy puppies that do not succumb to these ridiculous modern day breed standards are usually culled. One very heartbreaking example is the rhodesian ridgeback. The ridge is actually a genetic deformity - a mild form of spinal bifida - and puppies born without this ridge are healthy - but since the ridge is their namesake, healthy puppies are normally culled at birth and only those with noticeable ridges are bred from, thus passing the disability down to future dogs. Below is a ridgeback alongside a healthy, ridgeless dog.
3 to 4 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full…. people are choosing to buy from breeders or shops instead of offering them a home.
Homeless animals outnumber homeless people by 5:1.
Only 1 in 10 dogs will ever find a permanent home.
25 PER CENT OF DOGS THAT ENTER SHELTERS ARE PUREBREEDS.
Please consider adopting a homeless dog. Please don’t encourage breeding these animals when there are so many being killed every year. Breeding is a profit, not “just” a hobby, and even if you think your breeder is reputable, they are still churning out puppies into a world where pets are seen as disposable.
This post is EXTREMELY important and I want all of you to read it.
NEVER buy a dog. Adoption should be your only option.
This is the second time I’ve seen this today so I feel compelled to say something.
First off, by doing the proper research, you would know that the gene that causes the ridge of hair on the Rhodesian Ridgeback is not caused by spina bifida. It is a gene that was bred in ages ago from a native wild dog that happened to have the hair feature. If the dogs had spina bifida, they wouldn’t be walking. Or properly doing much of anything so how that would be a desirable trait at all, ever, is beyond me. You should probably Google spina bifida.
You would also know, given that spina bifida is normally able to be seen (seeing as in people it normally presents outside the body), and the ridge is solely two rows of hair that grow opposite the rest.
Do I agree with culling puppies that don’t have this feature? Absolutely not. Some breeders have taken recently instead to spaying or neutering these dogs, which, if you had one anyway and weren’t breeding, chances are high you would. I would rather see healthy, fixed dogs living in healthy homes than being killed for undesired traits.
I also agree that pedigree standards are a bit ridiculous, but as someone who one day may want to breed or own several Irish Wolfhounds, it’s ridiculous to say never to buy from breeders. So what, then? We don’t dare, at the very least, monitor blood lines for the sake of health? We don’t try to foster love and understanding for certain breeds of dogs?
Adoption is always something I would reccomend, but don’t shit on breeders because you have some agenda. Shit on the people who weren’t educated enough to take care of their dog and now it’s in the shelter.
In one experiment, mothers were asked to guess the steepness of a carpeted slope that their 11-month olds would be able to crawl. Then the children actually crawled the slope, and the difference between actual and mother-predicted angles was noted.
The results showed that both boys and girls were able to crawl the same degree of incline. However, the predictions of the mothers were correct within one degree for the boys and underestimated their daughter’s ability by nine degrees.
What this shows is that the presumption that boys are more physical causes parents to encourage their boys more in physical activities while cautioning their girls. This further translates into providing more opportunities for boys to be physical and fewer for girls. The result?
Boys actually do develop stronger physical skills than girls. But not because of anything innate or biological, but rather because of the gender roles that the parents subconsciously projected onto their babies.
The experiment mentioned is available in full HERE.
writer vs. muse: the animation
I tried to scroll over this
i saw this a few times but I just realized what was happening, this is sick
In the vein of that last post here is a compilation video of soldiers being welcomed home by their dogs. Feeling blue or having a craptastic day? seriously watch this
I love watching these.
the beagles tho. that’s what I get every time I come home, ever rofl.
This film was fucking amazing and horrifying and sad and good god. It deserves it.
my room was getting cold so i went to check if my vent was open and
Imagine the glorious moment when we get to Marathon all the Hobbit movies
and then LOTR right after
My mum broke her wrist and didnt want to go to her dinner party with an ugly cast so I broke out some brushes and painted Van Gogh’s ” Starry night ” on it for her.
Tony likes to make bird puns at Hawkeye.
According to the captions of the first Thor movie, the battle between the Jotuns and Asgardians take place in Norway, 965 AD. Around this time, Loki was born.
In Thor 2 the life expectancy was stated to be around 5,000. The average human life in developed countries from what I’ve gathered is approximately 82.
Therefore, in human years Loki is somewhere around 17.
reblogging for the tags.
you fucking teen dork
yo that second gif is one of my absolute favs ever
“If I can see it, then I can do it”
− R. Kelly
this is amazing
who can actually accomplish this shit.
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