*familiar

Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.

Honestly you want to know what trope I think needs to be retired for a while? That one where it’s a (heterosexual) battle couple where the guy is really massive and super strong and the girl is really tiny and acrobatic and stuff. Like, it’s everywhere. I can think of five examples off the top of my head. I want that trope to stop for a while and be replaced with the exact opposite. The girl is the one who’s big and muscular and super strong and the guy is the one who’s small and lithe. But also without gender based stereotypes of big woman = masculine and small man = feminine. Think like ogre!Fiona and Dick Grayson from season one of Young Justice if they existed in the same universe and the age gap wasn’t a thing. Give me more gender reversed battle couples with size differences who don’t play into stereotypes.

Okay, so I think this is very interesting…

Gunner here - who we believe was born in a shelter, not adopted until about 6ish months, returned after being too rambunctious, and then adopted by us at 10 months - took maybe two tries of a combination of shaping & luring to get into that box.

Asher, on the other hand, is hesitant to interact with the box whatsoever, to the point that he is almost fearful. He’s like this with objects kind of in general, which has prevented me from doing any shaping at all, but is probably also why he only ever chewed up a sock as a puppy and nothing else. Asher never saw the inside of a shelter. He was left on a doorstep and then immediately taken into a foster home.

We wager Gunner is part boxer (which may help with overall exuberance and confidence), part houndy something, and then maybe some more of some other bully breed or some other altogether mutty mutt business. Asher is certainly part ACD, the rest is a mystery at the moment.

@herebelife, was Thistle fearful or hesitant with interacting with various objects or boxes when you went about the how! small! can! we! go! exercises? I’m curious about your take on this.

Here’s how I went about getting them to interact with the box. (This is kind of long. Oops. But if you have the time, I’d appreciate it if you - whoever you may be! - gave it a read and gave me some feedback.)

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Purple-haired guy is the cool one

Comments while watching ArsMagna’s incredible Geishunsai which I finally got and I love a lot

Intros
”Oh, it’s white-haired guy.“
"Hehe, yep. Do you know who this is?”
“It’s the purple-haired guy. I know who he is now. He’s the cool one.”
“Purple-haired guy is the cool one?”
“Purple-haired guy is the cool one. White-haired guy is the one who thinks he’s the cool one.”

When two members put their arms around each other
“*laugh* I love how they just go with it, even if it doesn’t make any sense, and it doesn’t fit them at all. Like they’re all guys, but they’re like, ‘Oh, I’m a sexy woman now.’”

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