any breed

There’s certain breeds that I want that, no matter what purpose I want the dog for, I’ll always get from a working breeder who’s had their dogs proven to be athletic and sound

These breeds include: labs, olde English bulldogges, pretty much any bully breed dogs I get tbh

sharpington  asked:

Hi, I want to ask about the azawahks in your last post, what qualifies each as "healthy" or "obese?" The healthy one doesn't seem to have enough fat or muscle to cushion its bones and the obese doesn't have near enough fat to impair movement or put excess pressure on its joints. Is their weight being judged by how healthy and comfortable the animal is or by how cool it looks?

Here’s another similar ask on the subject that came in:

“ You recently got into a discussion on dog body types and obesity and ended up comparing the body of a healthy azawakh and an overweight one, but in the picture you used for the healthy dog you could see its ribs. So I was wondering what about the breed or any type of dog could lead to that being a healthy appearance. Is is something with what the dogs were originally breed for or maybe the environment? (it was also mentioned that azawakhs are capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures) “

These are the dogs involved in the question, for those just tuning in:

Correct weight azawakh above, obese below. 

I asked @desertwindhounds to answer this for me because she’s got a huge background in sighthounds, both from her own breeding and extensive research. Here’s her take:

“ Azawakh have what is known as very ‘dry’ musculature and skin. The muscles are very flat and the skin is very thin and tight, and their coat is typically very thin with very short hair. Combined with the lack of body fat, what you get when you are looking at many Azawakh is the same effect as a human body builder (without the deliberate dehydration.) This is an endurance runner, not a sprinter with big bunchy fast twitch muscles like a racing greyhound. The look is simply the way the dog is constructed.

The purpose of fat and muscle is not to 'cushion the bones’ on any dog, muscles move the dog and fat provides insulation or energy storage. You do NOT want a layer of fat on a working sighthound, it insulates the body. Running produces a lot of heat and some of that is dumped through the skin, a fat layer prevents that and the dog will overheat. Most sighthounds appreciate a bed to lie on, but something I have never seen in a country of origin dog, which don’t typically have cushions or blankets, they sleep on the ground, in a basic shelter, or in a den, is pressure sores. COO Azawakh have a large variety of appearance, and many do not have the extremely dry look that is appreciated by Western breeders. It’s a matter of personal preference in Western breeding. 

 Note that the coat has a good deal of influence on how thin and dry the dog looks. A smooth Saluki in hard condition with no body fat and a very short coat can have a similar dry appearance. A feathered Saluki in the same condition would not, because the coat is long enough to smooth out the appearance, it hides the extreme contours. With coated sighthounds like Borzoi or Afghans you’d never see that degree of dryness, the hair hides it. Sighthounds also have much thinner skin than other dog types, and a good sighthound will have very tight, elastic ligaments, including the layer under the skin (if you pull the skin up on a sighthound, it should pull back strongly), so the skin will actually 'cling’ more tightly to the dog, emphasizing the musculature. 

 It is really difficult to explain this to someone who is freaked out by the appearance. It helps to get your hands on such a dog. They do NOT feel frail or sickly, they feel solid and muscular, dense, and they should have plenty of muscle over the loin and along the withers. It feels, frankly, like running your hands over a human marathon runner with little body fat. Same thing, actually, except that humans are constructed in such a way that they don’t have a lot of pokey boney bits that are visible. “

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This dairy goat farm lets the public take tours during/a little after the kidding season during spring! I got chewed on and it was great.

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A lot of people message me and ask for advice about how to start when they first get into pet play. This text post is designed to help beginners know the best places to start exploring. And this post can be used for any breed/species of pet.


  • Do research. There are a lot of sites dedicated to puppy and kitten play, so those will not be hard to research, but more obscure pets like bears, dragons, mice, etc. will be harder to find. I would recommend researching pet play in general and then adapting what you find to fit your species. You can never do too much research, so be sure to check all platforms and read as much as you can.
  • Research ≠ rules. Just because someone says “If you’re a puppy/kitten/etc., wear a collar”, that does not mean you have to wear a collar to be a pet. Pet play is about self-expression and everyone experiences it in their own way. Use the research you do to set a guideline for yourself and use it to help yourself learn what you do and do not like. It’s all about your comfort level and what you will enjoy.
  • Do not let anyone make you uncomfortable. Some Doms, especially “Tumblr doms”, will try to make you do what they want, just because they are in control. Do not stand for it if you are uncomfortable with their request. For example, if they want you to “mark your territory” by urinating (and yes, I’ve seen this before) and you’re not comfortable with it, do not do it. As my ex-Alpha told me, “The sub/pet is the one in control. Things only go as far as they want them to, they are the ones that set the boundaries. A Dom simply follows their rules.” If you’re uncomfortable with something, and a Dom tries to pull the “you have to listen to me because you’re my slave” bullshit, get out of there immediately. Do not let yourself be taken advantage of. You may be a pet, but you’re still a human being that deserves to be treated with respect.
  • Spend time in the head space. [ click here to see a list of ways different pets get into their head space ]
  • Purchase toys/collars/gear/food. There are a lot of things that you can purchase on your own, even if you don’t have an owner, to help you get into the head space of being a pet.
    • Toys: squeaky bones, feather toys, balls, chew toys
    • Collars: you do not need to be owned to wear a collar, a collar can be used on your own as well, if it helps you feel more like a pet
    • Gear: ears, tails, paws, fake teeth
    • Food: beef jerky, fruit, veggies, candy
  • You can still be a pet without an owner. Some pets like to make it seem that you are only a pet if you are owned/collared by someone but that is simply not true. Anyone can be a pet, no matter what.
    • Click here to read about being a lone pet
    • Click here to read about how to get into pet space when you’re single / in a LDR

There are a lot more aspects to pet play but these are some of the best ways to get started. I am always willing to help new pets, so if you are confused about something and need clarification or guidance, feel free to message me. Enjoy your time exploring, pet.

with the weather getting warmer I wanted to address something that a lot of people don’t know. if you have a german shepherd, husky, pomeranian, corgi, collie or any breed with a double coat, DO NOT SHAVE THEM DOWN

so many people shave their double coated dogs thinking it will keep them cool in the summer but this couldn’t be more wrong!!! the undercoat actually helps keep them cool!!! by shaving them down you are actually doing more harm than good. without the protection of the undercoat, your dog can easily become sunburned and will feel the heat much more than they would with the undercoat. shaving them removes their ability to cool themselves down

so in conclusion, PLEASE DONT SHAVE YOUR DOUBLE COATED DOGS

anonymous asked:

Do you have any headcannon breeds for the clan founders? (Thunderstar, Skystar, Shadowstar, Windstar, Riverstar)

thunderstar - red bicolor british shorthair. he’s described as being broad and short what more do u want

skystar - russian blue. shorthair, pale gray and w blue eyes (blue green in this case)

shadowstar - black turkish angora. she’s longhaired but i still imagined her as being sleeker and more graceful compared to thunder or river

windstar - black ticked oriental. do i even need 2 explain this one

riverstar - clasic silver tabby maine coon. large cat with long fur and rippling stripes?