dog on the roof

URRGH I HATE MY FAMILY I SPENT FUCKING HOURS ARRANGING THESE CUPS AND THEY JUST KNOCK THEM OFF LIKE “HI DEAR NICE TO SEE YOU, THANKS FOR FIGHTING EVIL WHOOPS WHERE THOSE YOUR CAREFULLY STACKED CUPS?? LET ME JUST HURL THIS GOAT LEG FROM THE TABLE AND KNOCK ‘EM ALL DOWN” AND THEY TRAP ME IN MY ROOM BY SITTING IN FRONT OF THE DOOR AND THEY CALLED MY DOG STUPID ONE TOO MANY TIMES

I am taking them onto the roof and SHOUTING them into the lake 

anonymous asked:

WHY DO PPL THINK 2012 IS COMING BACK

i dont even know. the beginning of the year started with them being at a new years eve party and not tweeting for a few minutes and dan and phil publicly announced they were both going up north for phils birthday and then dan continued to talk about how he had gone to every single one of phils bday celebrations and dog mentions are through the roof and their complaints about the flat pile up and they continue to flirt on camera more and more and everything is soft and pure. this 2012 mindset isn’t good for anyone’s health

The neighbor across the street built a deck in their backyard that goes up to their roof and i didn’t know so I walked outside and their giant fucking dog walked over the peak of the roof and stared at me and I swear to god my entire mind hung for like thirty seconds as I tried to figure out what the fuck I was looking at

nefja  asked:

Do you have any tips for fluffy dogs to keep cool during summer or just warmer temperatures?

Probably not the ones that people would agree on, but I’ll share what I know, what I plan to do in case of emergencies and well what I do as precaution.

1. Brush your dog thoroughly. (precaution, pre-work, whatever)
Ideally your dog won’t grow a magnificent poofed up mane and fur for the summer. This can vary depending on the genes and how the spring goes through. I mean, I’ve noticed that if the Spring time has been cool, wet and windy our dogs have had more fur during the summer and with that been more lethargic and practically dead. (Thank you global warming, I guess we’re really moving to Lappland soon to stay cool.) 
Anyway, what I mean is that you need to get all the loose-dead undercoat off. That’s part one and will make a dog usually very happy dog, no matter if they are neutered or not. 

Which brings up a side point - There is no shame in shaving double coated a dog that you have gone an snip-snipped them, causing the hormone balance of a normal growth to tilt.It doesn’t happen to everyone, but by gods and dogs alike please think of your dog as an individual that they are.

I’m speaking from a point of view where our national winter temperatures go to -35 Celsius (at the northernmost parts) and also have had heat waves of +30 in the summer during the recent years. That is a really BIG GAP of temperature for animals to cope through, especially those that are used to cool mid-temperature weathers. I’m ready for someone in like Texas or Australia to challenge this part but what can I say - Climates are different, people and animals are individually different. Even within my nation borders there are places where the heat doesn’t feel as overwhelming as it does at another city. Heck, I get sweat drops at +10 Celsius and whine how damn hot it is, stripping down to T-shirt and shorts already. 

2. Outings only before sundawn and past sunset. Praise the shade. (what we do)

I know, horrible. Especially in Finland where our summer has these things called Never-ending day’s during the mid-summer. The sun just doesn’t set at all. Also horrible if you’re craving to take photos of your dog and… yeah. Fun times. Anyway, this has the point that the moment sunlight doesn’t reach the areas they begin to cool down. Asphalt roads become safer to tread on and humidity rises. Best times I take my dogs out during the summer are past 10pm and prior to 6am. Even then it’s not even dark enough to say that it’s “night”. Tsk….

3. Water, wind and ice. (what we do)
Ice cubes are fun. Well, at least my dogs love them. They think they are a snack/treat. Cool water availability. Electric fans and coolers are your best friends for double coated dogs. Do take into notice though that the “wind” dries up things real fast and can cause some issues if used for longer periods. 

I’d say that invest in those fancy “cooling harness” things rather than soak up towels and place them over the dog. Dogs loose heat / try to cool down by 1) panting, 2) paws and 3) stomach area. Giving them a chance to dip into a puddle/stream will help if you need to go outside during the day time. 
Note: We do not own said harnesses, due to lack of funds but we’ve heard good things from puppy owners - especially the Hurtta model has been in good graces.

Covering up the dog with a wet towel, prevents their “natural insulation” from working. I say that in quotations because it is so damn overused wrongly that I want no part in that argument. To put it simply: You cover up dog - > dog starts to heat up -> body heat rises to the skin and fur -> long strands of fur keep the hot air “rolling” in between the skin and cloth -> dog doesn’t get any relief and heat piles up. 

4. Common sense. (final straw, emergencies)
If worst comes to worst, really do the worst, that the tumblr community / breeding community fear, and shave/trim them. You’d rather have them pant all day long, stress, not be able to do things, not be able to sleep (even with a perfect daily brushing to prevent matting) because of the heat? I mean, Aika almost had a heat stroke while doing nothing. In the sense that we went out for a quick pee, since they had emptied their water bowl again (third time on the day), and barely managed to get back in the house. We literally walked less than 50 steps outside on the forest patch. In the shade.
Another example is a sheltie owner from last summer. She owns I think 5-6 shelties. They had barely left their yard when one of her dogs just simply collapsed from the heat stroke. They hurried to cool down the dog back inside. These were all dogs who regularly were groomed and brushed. Fancy showring stars, like I would say. There had been no excitement. No rushing. Just suddenly slowing down and collapsing on the grass. The dog was saved and was able to enjoy the summer with a shaved down coat just like that. No conformation winner anymore, but a happy dog that didn’t die of suffocation to it’s own fur. 

I’m not telling it’s the only right way of doing things, but it’s by gods and all that is around us the final decision: either you shave or start preparing farewells. I’m being really short worded here. If you are a responsible owner (anyone reading this) and taken all the previous measures, bought probably every damn “cooling “ gear that there is on the market and nothing helps - don’t sit there crying your eyes out, that won’t amount to anything. 

I’d say even more examples where it has saved the dog to shave them down, but I’d be asking for trouble. Hell, one collie owner even managed to help other dogs to SEE the body language of the gentle, but nervous dog with that - they were BAT training and nothing was working forward.

I mean, in Finland there are TONS of dog owners, who don’t dare to speak up, (to name some breeds: border collie, collie, lapphund, afghan, sheltie, aussie… these are just from groups that I follow) who do this, because they acknowledge that the dog is more energetic, happier and actually enjoys their life during the summer. And they do this, because summers are becoming hotter each year. 

And side note: Once it’s winter you can barely tell the difference if they were shaved or not. 

Sure. “Get a dog that you know you can manage and take care of. Groom them regularly. Exercise them all the time. Keep them active and happy.” But what if it’s not entirely within our hands anymore to deal with that and just need to watch even our well-groomed dogs suffer from the heat and not being able to do anything at all for the 4 months of heat waves. 
The temperatures aren’t what our native dogs and breeding lines are used to. I remember when I was 7 years old and the highest temperature was +25 during the summer. Now they are near +30 Celsius. Maybe across the globe on a different climate bred dogs are more acclimated to the heat and don’t grow all that undercoat like dogs here do. Maybe, just maybe someone who wants to argue with this final part can see a point of view that not all dogs even within breeds are similar.