could you do a drabble where newt and reader just came home from a small date and theyre literally so happy but still arent sure the other reciprocates their feelings but then they kiss and then one of them (preferably newt) says "oh, there's no way i'm done kissing you." idk its something thats been bothering me for a while have a great day love ♪
“Would you like to come in?” You mumble, face already turning a bright red as you ask the question. You pray he won’t misunderstand. You just want to spend more time together. He’s a fantastic man—funny, interesting, cute—and you want to spend more time with him.
You fiddle with your keys, eyes fixed on how them gleam in the light over your front porch. Oh Merlin, what if he doesn’t want to come in? What if he thinks you mean something else? What if he’s really just waiting for a chance to disappear? He seems kind enough to not outright reject you; what if he says yes but doesn’t really want to?
You bite your lip. “You don’t have to. I was just thinking you may like some water or a snack.”
Merlin’s beard, this is horrible.
He himself seems nervous, hands shoved deep in his pockets, eyes avoiding your own as he nods. “I’d love to if you’ll have me.”
You glance at him, searching his expression for any hesitation but find none. “I’m sorry if it’s a little messy.”
He chuckles and shrugs. “I don’t really mind a mess.”
“Okay.” You give him a nervous smile before turning and fumbling with the keys, cursing yourself in your head when it takes a few tries to turn the lock. You look over your shoulder as you push the door open. “Dumb thing likes to stick.”
“I could look at it if you’d like.”
You shake your head quickly. “That’s all right. I don’t want to make you work at all. I’ve already put you through enough this evening.”
“Please,” he replies as he steps past you, “I’ve been the one wasting your evening.”
Your palms start to sweat when he says that. Does he think you haven’t enjoyed the date? Oh Merlin, that’s not at all how you feel. You’ve loved every second of it. For a while there, you’d even been able to relax. Then you’d worked up the courage somehow to slip your hand into his on the walk home, setting the nest of butterflies waiting in your stomach all night into motion. You’d become an utter wreck, wondering the entire time if you were gripping his hand too hard, if he was interested in you, if he even wanted to be walking you back to your house. You second guessed yourself so much, you considered pulling your hand away, but you figured you were in too deep. It would seem weird if halfway home you just dropped his grasp.
So you’d walked here hand-in-hand, exchanging light conversation, absolutely exhilarated by how amazing Newt is.
“Not at all!” You blurt out. You close your eyes, kicking yourself. Why can’t you just act normal?
Newt recovers enough of his sense to raise an eyebrow. “You aren’t annoyed by me yet?”
“No. I don’t see how anyone could be. Your stories are fascinating.”
He pulls a hand from his pocket to rub the back of his neck. “You’re in the minority of people.”
You frown, speaking without thinking. “Well, the majority is stupid, then.”
You run a hand through your hair, staring wide-eyed at the floor, embarrassed by your candid confession.
Newt, though, smiles, cheeks pink. “I tend to call them boring.”
“Either way, they’re wrong.” You mutter, ending the conversation.
The floor creaks as you shift your weight from one foot to the other and try desperately to come up with something to say to end the silence.
Before you can, though, Newt clears his throat. “I realize I haven’t told you just how lovely you look tonight.”
“Oh, thank you.”
“I know it’s the first date, so don’t feel pressured to say yes, but…” he trails off, taking a deep breath before glancing up at you, head bowed, hand paused on the back of his neck. “Would it be all right if I kissed you?”
Your face may as well be an oven for hot it gets as you begin stuttering and stammering. “Oh, I, I don’t, I mean, that’d be…”
Newt interrupts you with a raised eyebrow, his own face as red as yours must be. “Yes?”
You let a long breath through your lips as you scratch your upper arm. “Yes.”
He chuckles and steps forward.
Your heart nearly stops when he brushes back your hair and rests a hand on your cheek. He’s so close you can see the light freckles crossing his nose and damn, they’re so adorable.
His eyes search your face as the corners of his lips twitch up into a sweet smile. The butterflies in your stomach storm around as he tilts his head and leans in, pressing a light kiss to your lips. It’s gentle, just one kiss that he holds for a few seconds, one kiss that’s soft and tender and sweet and sends you floating on air, one kiss that you won’t forget.
When he pulls away, you have to swallow three times before you can speak. “I, um, that was nice.”
He laughs lightly. “To say the least.”
You don’t drop his gaze as you search his eyes, trying to identify every shade that makes up their gorgeous color while you murmur, “It’s getting late.” Though you don’t want to, you begin to step away. “I don’t want to keep you.”
Newt grins, it’s nervous but lovely. “There’s no way I’m done kissing you yet.”
You can’t help your own smile. “Well, if that’s how you feel…”
He smiles and closes the distance between you again, and you wouldn’t mind if the night never ends.
Merry (late) Christmas to @haikujitsu!!! I made this comic from this amazing drabble that brought joy into my life. I hope you like it, sorry it’s late! I hope your Christmas was amazing, and I wish you a happy new year!! <3
Could you discuss delayed desexing and the alternatives like an ovary sparing procedure? It seems clear that in breeds like the GSD it benefits their health, but do we know much in regard to smaller breeds? (I know this topic can be controversial so if you'd prefer not to delve into it, or already have I understand) Also I've been loving the breed posts, thank you for taking the time to write them up!
don’t at all mind discussing the topic when everyone remains civil
about it. It’s very interesting and an aspect of veterinary medicine
that’s bound to change as we gather more information. I’m happy to
discuss it as long as all participants refrain from making personal
It’s a long discussion folks. I’d grab a cuppa tea if that’s your thing. Also, unfortunately I can’t hide it under a ‘read more’ because it’s an answer to an ask, and Tumblr will eat the hidden part if I do. I will try to make it look pretty if you’re not interested.
in dogs we have performed desexing (spey) by performing an
ovariohysterrectomy, removing both ovaries and the uterus. Some
alternatives have been suggested including tubal ligation, hysterectomy
(removing only the uterus), ovariectomy (removing only the ovaries) or
doing nothing. This is good. Science as a process should periodically
review data, question the knowledge base and make recommendations based
on new research. Otherwise it’s just dogma.
don’t think you can claim that it is ‘clear’ that leaving the ovaries
benefits the health of breeds like the GSD. The practice is still
controversial at best, with some veterinarians outright labeling it at
malpractice. There is some breed variability in terms of what relative
benefits and risks might be expected, but I really wouldn’t call it
Before I talk about various cancer risks, let’s talk about relative risks of non-cancerous conditions.
an ovariohysterectomy (traditional spey)that is properly performed, there is zero risk of
pyometra. Stump pyo can occur if remnants of the uterus or ovaries are
left behind. Cruciate tears are affected by multiple factors, but
desexed dogs seem more prone to them than entire dogs. Weight gain and
obesity is more common in desexed dogs.
The relative risk of pyometra in non-desexed dogs is about 25%. Risks typically increase with age.
an ovary sparing spey (hysterectomy), only the uterus is removed.
Pregnancy is prevented. Pyometra can still occur if any uterine or
cervix tissue remains (a stump pyo). With the apparent influence of oestrogen, these
dogs may be less at risk of cruciate disease and are less at risk of
an ovariectomy, only the ovaries are removed. This renders the dog
infertile and removes the influence of oestrogen. The uterus will
atrophy and shrink down without stimulation from female hormones,
rendering the risk of pyometra basically zero. It may still increase the
risk of obesity and cruciate disease like the traditional spey.
that pyometra is often lethal, while cruciate disease is painful but
treatable, personally I would err on the side of preventing pyometra.
Also keep in mind that obesity in dogs can be moderated with owner
control of the diet, and obesity will predispose to cruciate injury. I
would recommend removing at least the ovaries.
Male dogs have less surgical options. Vasectomy can be considered, but these dogs are basically entire but infertile.
entire male dog is more at risk of perineal hernia, benign prostatic
hyperplasia, perianal adenoma and inter-male aggression. A castrated
male dog is relatively more at risk of, again, obesity, cruciate
ligament disease, and possibly diabetes.
the information above, and I haven’t brought cancers into the equation
yet, you might wonder of preventing obesity in desexed dogs might reduce
the incidence of cruciate disease and subsequently other conditions
that we know are more common in obese dogs, namely cruciate ligament
disease and diabetes. You might conclude that there is little benefit to
leaving a dog entire if you’re able to control its weight.
think that’s a reasonable assumption so far, though it’s clear to me
that the benefits of traditional desexing are more pronounced in
Now lets talk about cancers.
are multiple types of cancer. Some are more devastating than others.
Some are more common than others. In terms of highly malignant cancers
that show up relatively commonly in dogs, the ones we talk most about,
and of most interest in this topic, are mammary cancer, haemangiosarcoma
(HSARC), Mast Cell Tumor (MCT) and osteosarcoma (OSC).
cancer is extremely common in entire female dogs. In European countries
where prophylactic desexing is not routinely performed mammary tumours
make up 50-70% of all cancers seen. They are relatively rare in
countries with a high desexing rate but extremely predictable in dogs
desexed late in life or not at all. Speying earlier appears more
protective compared to being left entire: speying before the first heat
reduces risk to 0.05%, before second heat to 8%, and before 3rd heat to
26%. after the third heat there is negligible reduction in risk of
mammary cancer compared to intact dogs.
may be three times (3x) more common in desexed large breed dogs.
Cell Tumors maybe up to three times (3x) more common in desexed dogs of
certain breeds. Lymphoma may be up to 10% more common in desexed dogs of
Haemangiosarcoma may be more common in neutered dogs of
some breeds, but less common in neutered dogs of other breeds.
isn’t much consensus across ALL dog breeds in ALL situations. There are
numerous retrospective studies, and more coming out all the time
(Science!) but more data needs to be analysed.
is fairly clear is that there is a dramatic reduction in otherwise
common mammary cancers by early desexing of females. There is probably
some benefit in reducing other cancer risks to later desexng, or not desexing,
So do you? Or don’t you?
certainly more incentive to desex female dogs, as even pyometra on its
own is a sneaky, life threatening condition. I recommend desexing most
female dogs in their senior years if they haven’t already been done for
this reason alone.
you do chose to desex, and I’m talking about procedures that involve at
least removal of the gonads, it becomes a matter of when. If you don’t
remove the ovaries then you have no benefits from desexing other than
infertility. There’s no significant benefit in leaving the ovaries
compared to leaving the dog entire.
a small dog, OSC is incredibly rare. HSARC is rare. MCT can happen to
anything. We weight up those relatively low risks compared to the very
high risk of mammary cancer and pyometra, and I would advise speying
before the first heat. With males timing is not as critical unless
behavioural factors are involved.
a larger dog, I personally think it’s worth delaying desexing to between the first
and second heat. I would get too nervous about mammary cancers to wait
beyond the second heat but there may be some benefit in preventing
osteosarcoma by delaying surgery until more skeletal maturity, and same
for cruciate injuries.
(I have a theory that osteosarcoma occurs in its
predilection sites due to increased bio-mechanical forces in these
areas, so waiting for skeletal maturity before removing the gonads might
the other hand, screening for hip dysplasia and desexing if the dog
definitely has it so you can perform a JPS also has benefits, because
you’re addressing pathology the dog definitely has right now.
are so many unknowns in these hypothetical scenarios. This makes it a
challenge to make recommendations when clients just want the ‘right’
The best plan for the individual dog may depend on breed or
breed mix (genetic testing would be ideal, but an added cost) or any
known predispositions within the family or bloodlines.
this explanation is getting rather long, but there’s so much
interesting information on this topic and it’s growing all the time.
there is probably a benefit to delayed desexing in dogs prone to OSC,
cruciate injury and HSARC. Some of the other risks may be mitigated by
weight control. There is minimal if any benefit, and definitely some risk, in delaying
desexing for small breeds.
But this field may change as more information is gathered. It will be worth watching over the next decade.
shelters and rescues will always desex as young as possible, because
their primary aim is population control. They are justified in doing
this and their cases shouldn’t be considered in these scenarios.
(Majority of these statistics come from ‘The spay/neuter controversy’ presented at the OVMA by John Berg, DVM, DACVS and ‘
Long-term health effects of neutering dogs: comparison of Labrador Retrievers with Golden Retrievers‘ by Hart, Hart, et al)