crickatoo:

caramelzappa:

Kind of scary that when spanking/negative reinforcement is brought up, so many people just should about how they were hit and they turned out fine, and that because of that it must be the only way to raise a child.

Y’all didn’t turn out fine if you think abusing children is a-ok

I was spanked and it was always for a very clear “you did this and now this is happening.” On the rare occasion that it happened to me I understood what was going on. 

More traumatizing actually was listening to my brother get punishments, because he often did more/worse things than I did and would get harsher spankings. I especially remember 10 spankings for two punches - “one for every finger” that he laid on another kid at school.

To be clear, my parents are loving and supportive people, and they spanked/raised voices only rarely. I probably won’t mind using a small swat or two if there is a clear behavior that needs to be corrected immediately or a rule they know full well they are breaking. But an extended physical punishment for a misbehavior that was hours ago isn’t really effective and just creates trauma and resentment - even on a small scale. So if something like that ever comes up when I’m a parent, I’ll probably look for an alternate solution (such as chores, removal of privileges, or maybe just a good long talk about the kid’s feelings and why they turned to violence).

So spanking may WORK… sometimes. But only in the same way that negative physical training methods also work… sometimes. But just because it works once or twice, or because it worked on you, doesn’t mean it’s the best way to handle a situation, or the best way to raise children. I would argue that my brother and I dealt with our problems physically rather than through words - he hit his bullies and I used (rather ineffective) faux-violence to mask my insecurities when it came to both the intimacy of friendship and the threat of conflict.

Whether that was a result of a predisposition or because we learned at an early age that you can hit problems away, I’m in no place to say. But we can’t blindly say that spanking is the best and only way to go. Rules, discipline, and structure? Crucial. Physical intimidation? Possibly unnecessary. 

vodkatiny:

Cannot believe it is legal and acceptable in this day and age to mutilate your pet for convenience or aesthetics

(Source: allthingspawnee)

locksandglasses:

nablayah:

idilardayacad:

maleehaisconfused:

spikefuckingjonze:

anyone else noticing a trend here?

lol

didn’t know ancient egyptians looked like mayo…

RHAMSES IM CHOKING LIKE THEY DIDNT SEE THE STATUES OR NOTHING

Ok but of course the servants and thieves are black ok i see yall

Not even shocked.

what the flying fuck are you doing

who is responsible for this movie

fuck off

necrolic Asked
Questionso before i always understood that depending on the dog, youd get a different temperament. like dalmations, rotties, dobermen are all aggressive guard dogs. yet in recent years ive begun to believe that all dogs are the same as long as your raise them right and breed doesnt matter. now finding this blog's just got me confused, dogs have different temperaments and some dogs (like pits) can just plain be aggressive for no reason other than it's in their breed, right? Answer

notapitbull:

Well, aggression can deal with a couple things. In some breeds (like Dalmatians or Cocker Spaniels), spontaneous aggression can be a hereditary illness. In other breeds like Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, etc, this aggression is trained into them through Personal Protection Training, IPO, Schutzhund, etc. These dogs aren’t inherently human or dog-aggressive by themselves, but have their protective traits (common in livestock guardian breeds and shepherd breeds) honed into a “sport” for them.

The aggression shown by Belgian Malinois and the like towards intruders and criminals is not actually aggression so much as the dog performing a command or a trick. Some breeds are better at personal protection than others, and some breeds, like the Alabai, are both extremely protective (being a LGD) but also very dog-aggressive because they are selectively bred for that.

Dogs that are needed to kill a coyote or a wolf threatening their livestock NEED to be game and aggressive. Where a dog like a Labrador Retriever might cower after getting a nip from a coyote, an Alabai will continue until the threat is killed and will never back down. We’ve selectively bred these “volkodav” (wolfhound) for their extreme dog aggression, and fights throughout Russia and the middle-east take place to test the skills of these dogs as livestock guardians, where two Alabai are fought against one another.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is similar to the Alabai, where it has been selectively bred to be both extremely dog-aggressive and very game. By breeding the most aggressive and game dogs together, we’ve created an extremely good fighting dog. However, some APBT are selectively aggressive and can be perfectly fine and well with other dogs outside of the pit, but these dogs are not to be considered “non-aggressive”, and one should always expect a fight to happen and be prepared for that event.

Dog breeds are dog breeds because we’ve selectively bred them for specific purposes. Some dogs we want to be very aggressive (like Alabai), and others we want to be extremely nice to both people and animals (Labradors). We would never be able to train a bunch of Labradors to be good fighting dogs because they weren’t bred for gameness. Surely, you could abuse a dog and it could become aggressive because of this, but you’d only wind up in having an extremely unstable dog making unexpected and unwarranted attacks on people and animals. The aggression in APBT is most certainly not due to beating, starving, or training the dog to be that way.

The belief that dogs can be “trained” to be aggressive is kind of both true and false.
True dog or human aggression is mostly bred into the breeds through decades of selective breeding, and “fake” aggression like that in police dogs is trained into them through bite sports.

That was kind of long-winded but I hope it makes sense!

(Serious stuff in a second but literally laughing out loud that this asker listed DALMATIONS as “aggressive guard dogs” - Dalmations are literally Pointers with a color mutation that gives them spots on top of piebald instead of ticking. They are game dogs. Maybe some of them are protective enough to be guard dogs but that is not what I think of when I think about Dalmations. They’re also often deaf and have a huge list of health issues related to inbreeding - you cross a dalmation out to a regular pointer and the pups don’t get those distinctive spots since it’s a recessive gene. Most of the time they don’t have the physical fitness to useful as guard dogs. So yeah. Just… lol. Okay onto the real opinions:)

Just a note for my followers: keep in mind that this blog is talking about TRUE Pit Bull Terriers, and not necessarily “bully mixes”. Mixes that look like APBTs or other related breeds (Staffies, etc) may not be as much that breed as you think, and therefore their range of behavior can vary wildly. My dog is a pointer/bully/lab mix, based on phenotyping, and this hypothesis is supported by her behaviors - she chases birds and points at bushes (pointer), she’s soft-mouthed most of the time (lab) and when allowed can show the tenacity and game of a bully breed (chasing/catching large fowl, grabbing and ripping cardboard or paper bags). She is well-trained and polite and socialized. Overall, a “good dog”, The bully part of her shows the most in her ears, eyes, and forehead. When I introduce her, I call her a “pointer mix” because I believe that is the dominant breed in her genetics.

Mis-identifying any bully mix as a “pit bull” is harmful because the more dogs labelled “pit bull” the more incidents happen involving “pit bulls” and the more the public fears “pit bulls” (aka bully mixes) and votes in legislation that leads to breed discrimination - based on nothing more than looks! Laws that would take a wonderful, friendly, rounded dog like mine and if one non-objective law officer decided she was a “pit bull”, she’d be banned or killed! That’s not okay.

But using the term “pit bull” for every friendly bully mix and in your campaigns against breed discrimination means that those few bully mixes that do have temperament problems and purebred Dogos, APBTs, etc that ARE bred to be more game and reactive are going to run into issues with people thinking they are harmless and can be “nanny dogs” or otherwise put in situations that might cause them to react badly and cause another “pit bull” incident that the news runs away with. 

So BE SAFE with your dogs, and if you think your dog may have Pit Bull in him but you aren’t sure, or if he looks like the public image of a “pit bull”, call him a bully mix for goodness sake. Pretend “pit bull” is a term like “wolf dog”. Don’t use the term for a dog unless you KNOW the parentage or pedigree (or the dog is a walking example of the breed standard for APBT - which is very unlikely in your run of the mill bully mix) - for the sake of EVERY dog and every dog owner!

This just in - trying to emulate your style and anatomy from four years ago is hard.

2014 - She’ll Be With You for the Rest of Your Life

I was having a fun old time bidding on a pixel pony and they gave it to the other person because the bidding was supposed to be called if no one responded in “1 day”, and my first bid was a bit of a snipe/impulse bid because when I checked her bid it said “23 hours”. After the fact the timestamps just say “1 day” and “2 days”. >:( I feel a bit jipped because we bid for a full two days after I made that initial bid and my opponent never complained that I bid on her at 23 hours.

There is a solitary but very loud cricket set up right outside my bedroom window.

I can’t find it in my heart to be mad at him. You strum those little legs, little one! You can do it!

We weren’t even testing for that…

2014, Watercolor and Photoshop, Kate Frizzell/daughterofthestars