Tribute to my best friend. You were always there for me, through sunshine and rain. When my dysfunctional family was crumbling down, when I was bullied in school, when the entire world seemed so bleak, you wagged your tail and smiled at me. And suddenly everything was going to be okay.
We dug giant holes in the backyard, filled it with water, jumped in and covered ourselves in mud. The best days were when we got to go to your favorite lake. You really loved to roll in duck poop and dead fish. I held you in my lap even when you smelled like rotten fish. I had to shampoo you twice and it was all so much fun.
With each divorce and remarriage, we had to move and give you away when the new place didn’t allow dogs. But somehow you always made it back to me. When emotional trauma gave me amnesia for one year, I couldn’t remember the people in my life but I remember you. If my mom had gone through with the suicide, I would have been okay because I had you.
I grew up and you grew old. Now I’m old enough to be okay on my own, and it was thanks to you. I’ll always miss you. Thank you for the 17 years of unconditional love.
what’s absolutely beautiful about tamika flynn is that night vale is so ass-backwards because it believes that the books the librarians guard, and thus prevent the people of the town from reading, are more dangerous than the librarians themselves, right?
right. except, wrong. because somewhere in that library little tamika found books on guerilla warfare. she found che and machiavelli and sun tzu. she learnt that the people liberate themselves. she read malcolm x and paulo freire and maya angelou. tamika learnt rebellion by living it, and she learnt resistance by reading about it. she came out of that library with the head of her vanquished foe in one hand, and a book in the other.
the city council is right to fear reading. reading grants knowledge, and pedagogy liberates, and all dictatorial regimes hate, above all else, when people realise that they’re in chains. tamika flynn has seen the bars of her cage, and she’s mad as hell. directly by trying to prevent her becoming such a person, she became such a person. the leader of the resistance is a little girl who just wanted a book to read. (because every revolutionary was, once, just a child who didn’t understand why they were afraid.)
Dogs don’t feel guilt. Your pet pooch may get jealous, but researchers found those puppy dog eyes are not a sign of guilt. In fact they are just the way we interpret a dog’s reaction to being scolded.
Dog urine can corrode metal. Apparently allowing your dog to wee on a lamp-post could be more dangerous than you think - because the acids in the urine can corrode the metal.
Dogs can smell disease.
Research at the Schillerhohe Hospital in Germany found dogs have an incredible ability to recognise the smell of a range of organic compounds that show the human body isn’t working as it should.
A wagging tail doesn’t always mean they are happy. Tail wagging has its own language. Apparently dogs wag their tail to the right when they’re happy and to the left when they are frightened. Wagging low means they are insecure and rapid movements accompanied by tense muscles or dilated pupils can signal agression.
Dogs have their own fingerprint. A dog’s paw print may look pretty generic but their nose print is actually as unique as a human fingerprint. Their combination of ridges and creases is so distinct it can actually be used to identify them.
Dogs can fall in love.
It may sound far fetched but Paul Zak, a professor at Claremont Graduate University in California, found that a dog’s brain releases oxytocin - the love hormone - when it interacts with humans and dogs, just the same as a human brain does when we hug or kiss.
When dogs kick after going to the bathroom.
Why do they do that?
they are using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory.
No night vision goggles needed! Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.
McGonagall made it so that dogs were allowed at Hogwarts after the war. She herself was known to keep a dog by her side. Most didn’t understand why though – the large black dog was possibly the most playful and unruly one around. And for Merlin’s sake, what kind of a name was Marauder?
Happy National Dog Day, y’all! We thought we’d throw around some pup-appreciation with the following dog olfactory facts for you to fetch.
1. Besides being much more powerful than ours, a dog’s sense of smell can pick up things that can’t even be seen at all. The olfactory bulb, the area dedicated to processing smells, takes up many times more relative brain area in dogs than humans. This allows dogs to distinguish and remember a staggering variety of specific scents.
2. Everything in the street, every passing person or car, any contents of the neighbor’s trash, each type of tree, and all the birds and insects in it has a distinct odor profile telling your dog what it is, where it is, and which direction it’s moving in.
3. Dogs smell in stereo. The ability to smell separately - with each nostril - helps them determine from what direction smells come. A whole separate olfactory system, called the vomeronasal organ, above the roof of the mouth, detects the hormones all animals, including humans, naturally release.
Hott Spott Cafe in Lesbos, Greece, open their doors each night after the customers have left, to allow stray dogs a warm and comfortable place to sleep for the night. “In the city there are many dogs. When the bar closes each night, the dogs come and sleep here. We don’t have a problem,” one waiter said.