care for dogs

Ok dog people

My dog sheds, but not a lot.  He is part pug and part some sort of retriever (I would guess black lab).  He has a soft smooth coat, but it is also kind of thick.  He seems to scratch a lot and licks his paws a lot.  But I gave him a bath today and there were no fleas or anything.  I used a mini bottle of shampoo that I got from the Humane Society, but I don’t think it is sold at regular stores (it was a special organic mix that maybe they made there?).   What shampoo might you recommend for the next bath?

shell-bell  asked:

regarding the post you just reblogged, is it BAD for a dog to be dog aggressive? like, does it imply that the owners have done something wrong? ive met a few dogs like that (all small breeds) and they seemed like well-loved and cared for dogs. they just preferred humans.

Heavens no. Some breeds are specifically bred to be dog-aggressive or human-aggressive (talking about working animals here, not fighting dogs) and that does not make them bad dogs. Dogs can have shit experiences when they’re in impressionable periods, they can have neurological issues that cause aggression, or they can just straight up be traumatized. I’ll judge people for not managing a DA dog appropriately, but there’s no reason to assume that dog aggression is any sort of thing an owner is at fault for. (That being said, you can do things to cause dog aggression, like shitty management, but you can’t ever tell that from the get-go). 

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.

if you get mad at yourself a lot for stuff a good thing to do instead of punishing yourself is to think “would I get mad at a dog for doing this?”

sleep too much or only at weird times? still a good dog
sometimes feels like/actually needs to shout for no reason? still a good dog
has periods of uncontrollable hyperactivity?  still a good dog
eats too much/eats things you probably shouldn’t? still a good dog
too friendly/enthusiastic/free with affection? still a good dog
scared or nervous around new people? still a good dog
easily startled by loud noises/new places/imagined threats? still a good dog
obsessive over certain people and objects/only happy in your safe spaces? still a good dog
zero impulse control? still a good dog
any and all of the above? still a good dog

basically we don’t get angry at dogs for any of that because they are good and perfect angels and so are you so give yourself a break sometimes