Overwatch Characters as Dog Breeds

Genji- Shiba Inu: “The Shiba Inu originated in Japan and was used primarily as a hunting dog to flush out small game and birds. A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect.” 

McCree- Coyote: “The coyote is a canine native to North America and one of the most adaptable animals on the planet. It is gregarious, but not as dependent on packs as more social canid species like wolves are. The coyote is a prominent character in Native American folklore (Southwestern United States and Mexico), usually depicted as a trickster. As with other trickster figures, the coyote acts as a picaresque hero which rebels against social convention through deception and humor.”

Pharah- Pharaoh Hound: “The Pharaoh Hound is an ancient dog breed who has changed little since its development more than 5,000 years ago. They were the dog of kings and may have hunted gazelles with pharaohs, hence their name. As with any hound, they can have moments of aloofness and can be strong-willed, but in the main they are gentle and get along well with others. They love human companionship and will seek out affection and attention from people while still maintaining their independence.”

Ana- Canaan Dog: “ The Canaan Dog is a pariah dog that has survived in the desert region of Israel for thousands of years. Canaan dogs have a strong survival instinct. They are quick to react and wary of strangers, and will alert to any disturbances with prompt barking, thus making them excellent watchdogs. Though defensive, they are not aggressive and are very good with children”

Reaper- Presa Canario: “ The Perro de Presa Canario, A.K.A. the Canary Mastiff, is a Molosser-type dog breed originally bred for working livestock. They are large dogs with thick and muscular bodies. Their aspect denotes power. They are especially gifted for the function of guard and defense; their impetuous temperament, fighting skill, and low, deep bark make them quite formidable. They are gentle and noble with family and distrustful with strangers.”

Tracer- Jack Russell Terrier: “Jack Russells are an energetic breed originating in England, and rely on a high level of exercise and stimulation. Jack Russells tend to be extremely intelligent, athletic, fearless, and vocal dogs. Despite their small size, they have a tremendous amount of energy, a fact which can sometimes lead to trouble involving larger animals.”

Hanzo- Akita Inu: “The Akita is a large and powerful dog breed with a noble and intimidating presence originally used for guarding royalty and nobility in feudal Japan. The Akita also tracked and hunted wild boar, black bear, and sometimes deer. A fearless and loyal guardian of his family, the Akita does not back down from challenges and does not frighten easily.”

Junkrat- Dingo: “The dingo is a wild dog found in Australia. They are opportunistic hunters, but will also scavenge from human settlements and even eat fruits and plants. Europeans regarded them as devious and cowardly, since they did not “fight bravely”. They were seen as predators that killed wantonly, rather than out of hunger. They were associated with thieves, vagabonds, and bushrangers.”

Mei- Samoyed: “ Originally bred to hunt, haul sledges, and herd reindeer, the Samoyed dog breed proved a valuable companion for northwestern Siberia’s Samoyede people. To this day, the Samoyed’s reputation as an intelligent, dignified, family dog is well deserved. They often choose to dote on one special person in the household, but are affectionate with everyone in the pack. Happiest when part of family life, this breed needs to be with people. In fact, leaving a Samoyed alone too much is the best way to make them miserable.”

Torbjörn- Schipperke: “Known for a stubborn, mischievous, and headstrong temperament, the Schipperke is sometimes referred to as the “little devil”. Schipperkes are very smart and independent; and sometimes debate listening to owners, instead choosing to do whatever benefits them. They are formidable barkers and can be aggressive with other dogs.”

Widowmaker- Standard Poodle: “The poodle is a medium sized dog that was standardized in France. Although today’s poodles seem to epitomize a life of leisure and luxury, make no mistake: These are real dogs bred to do real jobs. Poodles are renowned for a playful but dignified personality and keen intelligence, as well as what his fans call “an air of distinction”: a dignified attitude that’s hard to describe, but easy to spot in the dog.”

D.Va- Korean Jindo: “Originating in South Korea, the Jindo exhibit unmatched loyalty. They are incredibly intelligent dogs with a knack for hunting, tricks, and even agility. Renowned for their bravery and intelligence, they show diehard loyalty to their owners, making them great companions, and rather reserved with strangers, making them effective watchdogs as well. In fact, they are such good watchdogs that the Korean army frequently uses them as guard dogs for military bases.”

Reinhardt- Leonberger: “Originally from Germany, this giant breed, with their lion-like looks and deep bark, make intimidating watch dogs. First and foremost a family dog, the Leonberger’s temperament is one of their most important and distinguishing characteristics. Leonbergers are self-assured, well-composed, and self-disciplined when obliging its family or property with protection.”

Roadhog- Bullmastiff: “The Bullmastiff is a a large, quiet, fearless dog with the speed to track down poachers and the strength to hold them. While standoffish toward strangers, they have a soft spot for loved ones. Large and powerfully built, the Bullmastiff was bred to be a silent watchdog and only rarely barks; their formidable appearance is a wonderful deterrent to would-be attackers or intruders. They are determined protectors when needed and a loving family companion the rest of the time.”

Zarya- Caucasian Shepherd Dog: “Caucasian shepherd dogs are large, strongly-boned, muscular, and even-tempered molossers originating in Russia. They have existed since ancient times, and served shepherds in the Caucasus mountains as guard dogs, defending sheep from predators, mainly wolves, jackals and bears. They are still successfully served in this job.”

Lúcio- Boxer: “ Boxers are large, muscular, square-headed dogs who look imposing but are very bright, energetic, and playful. They are known to be clownish and loving to their family, but also headstrong, dignified, and self-assured, especially in guard work. They often are distrustful of strangers at first, but will not be aggressive unless they perceive a threat to their families.”

Mercy- Berger Blanc Suisse: “The Berger Blanc Suisse is a breed of dog originating in Switzerland. Most are gentle, very intelligent and learn easily. They are loyal to their family and may be wary around strangers, but are not prone to show shy or fearful behavior. They are suited for a variety of services to man from search and rescue to medical alert to therapy. They are also structured and have temperaments to succeed at performance events.”

Symmetra- Kanni: “The Kanni is a rare indigenous South Indian dog breed used mainly for hunting. Though usually shy, it will always defend its home or master, if the need arises. They are a silent breed and are not nuisance barkers. The Kanni dogs are faithful and easy to train but they will always think independently when on a hunt. They are extremely agile and strong while remaining light on their feet.” 

Soldier: 76- Yellow Black Mouth Cur: “ The Black Mouth Cur is a well-muscled rugged herding, hunting, and all around utility dog originating in America. The black mouth cur was bred as a homestead dog that would protect its family and home against intruders. This means that a well-bred black mouth cur is territorial; most off their ‘turf’ work well with other dogs, hunting or herding stock, but on their family property will chase the same dog away.”

1. Clean, fresh air
2. Pure water
3. Foods for which we are biologically designed
4. Sufficient sleep
5. Rest and relaxation
6. Vigorous activity
7. Emotional poise and stability
8. Sunshine and natural light
9. Comfortable temperature
10. Peace, harmony, serenity, and tranquility
11. Human touch
12. Thought, cognition, and meditation
13. Friendships and companionship
14. Gregariousness (social relationships, community)
15. Love and appreciation
16. Play and recreation
17. Pleasant environment
18. Amusement and entertainment
19. Sense of humor, mirth and merriment
20. Security of life and its means
21. Inspiration, motivation, purpose, and commitment
22. Creative, useful work (pursuit of interest)
23. Self-control and self-mastery
24. Individual sovereignty
25. Expression of reproductive instincts
26. Satisfaction of the aesthetic senses
27. Self-confidence
28. Positive self image
29. Internal and external cleanliness
30. Smiles
31. Music and all other arts
32. Biophilia (love of nature)
—  The 80/10/10 Diet, Dr. Douglas N. Graham

I need to talk about Mareena Robinson Snowden being in the nuclear engineering doctoral program at MIT. 

This woman means so much to me. She’s so real and encouraging and has always been such a big cheerleader to me throughout her own personal circumstances. And here she is kicking ass at MIT. 

A snippet: 

Now that she’s at the Institute, Robinson works voraciously to provide others the same communal support from which she’s benefitted. She is co-president of the Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers, a group that serves, in her words, “to provide a community and a safe space to voice goals, grievances, and just feel supported.” The group holds weekly “accountability meetings” that are “just like seeing your family,” Robinson says. “Everyone gets together and you get to check up on people.”

She also works with an organization called Grad Catalyst that steers underrepresented minorities into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Members of Grad Catalyst visit other institutions to hold seminars on graduate school — from what internships to apply for to how to manage relations with a PhD advisor. “There are all these little nuance things that people may not tell you, but if somebody did tell you, you’re automatically at an advantage,” Robinson says.

She graduated from FAMU
She’s recently married (which is why I added Snowden at the beginning)
She’s has a beautiful singing voice
And an amazing dedication to service and academia

I just have to talk about her because not enough people are. 
Her existence is such an inspiration to me. 


That is my best friend.

That is the man that I love.

love him like he’s my brother.


You are one of the luckiest signs, because you believe in following your wanderlust to your bliss and living life to the fullest. You seek to be a sage, and every aspect of your life seems to flow from that basic ambition. Extraordinary reading comprehension enhances your scholarship. And your yen for travel is a metaphor for your quest for knowledge. An abiding sense of optimism constitutes the soles of your vagabond shoes. Your gregarious personality and ability to navigate your way out of adversity fuels your faith in fun and adventure. You sing in the key of freedom, and that has definite implications for your love life. A conventional long-term relationship doesn’t appeal to you because it implies a restrictive commitment. Only one that would enable you to remain totally free would suit your idea of happiness. You would make a good single guy/gal, because routine crushes your spirit, and you want to see too much of the planet and its peoples to be anything but a nomad. Your happiness requires a multiplicity of stimuli, and you’re unlikely to settle down enough to suit a significant other who doesn’t understand your impulse to stay on the move. Your prognosis for happiness is high, indeed, because wherever you lay your hat is your home. People you meet along the way don’t feel like strangers; you hold friends close and your liberal wit and relaxed style put people at your feet. 

Jobs based on the 16 Myers-Briggs Personality Types


Realists who are quick to make practical decisions.

  1. Insurance Sales Agent
  2. Pharmacist
  3. Lawyer
  4. Project Manager
  5. Judge


Hard workers who value their responsibilities and commitments.

  1. Auditor
  2. Accountant
  3. Chief Financial Officer
  4. Web Development Engineer
  5. Government Employee


Gregarious traditionalists motivated to help others.

  1. Sales Representative
  2. Nurse/Healthcare Worker
  3. Social Worker
  4. PR Account Executive
  5. Loan Officer


Modest and determined workers who enjoy helping others.

  1. Dentist
  2. Elementary School Teacher
  3. Librarian
  4. Franchise Owner
  5. Customer Service Representative


Pragmatists who love excitement and excel in a crisis.

  1. Detective
  2. Banker
  3. Investor
  4. Entertainment Agent
  5. Sports Coach


Straightforward and honest people who prefer action to conversation.

  1. Civil Engineer
  2. Economist
  3. Pilot
  4. Data Communications Analyst
  5. Emergency Room Physician


Lively and playful people who value common sense.

  1. Child Welfare Counselor
  2. Primary Care Physician
  3. Actor
  4. Interior Designer
  5. Environmental Scientist


Warm and sensitive types who like to help people in tangible ways.

  1. Fashion Designer
  2. Physical Therapist
  3. Massage Therapist
  4. Landscape Architect
  5. Storekeeper


Natural leaders who are logical, analytical, and good strategic planners.

  1. Executive
  2. Lawyer
  3. Market Research Analyst
  4. Management/Business Consultant
  5. Venture Capitalist


Creative perfectionists who prefer to do things their own way.

  1. Investment Banker
  2. Personal Financial Advisor
  3. Software Developer
  4. Economist
  5. Executive


People-lovers who are energetic, articulate, and diplomatic.

  1. Advertising Executive
  2. Public Relations Specialist
  3. Corporate Coach/Trainer
  4. Sales Manager
  5. Employment Specialist/HR Professional


Thoughtful, creative people driven by firm principles and personal integrity.

  1. Therapist/ Mental Health Counselor
  2. Social Worker
  3. HR Diversity Manager
  4. Organizational Development Consultant
  5. Customer Relations Manager


Enterprising creative people who enjoy new challenges.

  1. Entrepreneur
  2. Real Estate Developer
  3. Advertising Creative Director
  4. Marketing Director
  5. Politician/Political Consultant


Independent and creative problem-solvers.

  1. Computer Programmer/Software Designer
  2. Financial Analyst
  3. Architect
  4. College Professor
  5. Economist


Curious and confident creative types who see possibilities everywhere.

  1. Journalist
  2. Advertising Creative Director
  3. Consultant
  4. Restauranter
  5. Event Planner


Sensitive idealists motivated by their deeper personal values.

  1. Graphic Designer
  2. Psychologist/Therapist
  3. Writer/Editor
  4. Physical Therapist
  5. HR Development Trainer

Southern Right Whale Dolphin - Lissodelphis peronii

Right whale dolphins include Northern Right Whale dolphins, Lissodelphis borealis, and Southern Right Whale dolphins, Lissodelphis peronii (pictured), which are both small dolphins with the most slender bodies of all the cetaceans. These dolphins do not have dorsal fins or dorsal ridges which makes identifying them quite easy. They have small curved flippers, small tail flukes and short, well-defined beaks.

Like other dolphin species, these black and white dolphins are gregarious, found in schools of 200-2,000 that communicate using clicks and whistles, and are often found in V-shaped configurations.

Southern Right Whale dolphins are found only in cool temperate to subantarctic waters of the Southern Hemisphere.

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Photo credit: ©Iván Hinojosa | Locality: Chile (2009)

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Alice + Frank Longbottom  + Aesthetics

Endlessly loving and thoughtful, Alice was always the smiling girl who was known to be supportive of her peers, ready to listen to their problems and give them advice, or lend them a shoulder to cry on. From a young age she has her sights set on becoming an auror; wanting to do something worthwhile and something that she could proudly claim has changed the world for the better. Whilst Frank Longbottom was Hogwarts’ charming and chivalrous gentleman. His gregarious, personable nature makes him likable to many. His heart is certainly in the right place, and his bravery is yet to be tested, but standing for the greater good had always been his calling. To do so as a fully-fledged auror would be a dream come true for the bloke. At some point they’ve been a large part of each other’s lives, both helping each other out at achieving their dreams of becoming aurors. Their constant support and unwavering belief in each other abilities have proven invaluable, giving them both the confidence they need to succeed together.

We live with a value system that I call the Extrovert Ideal – the omnipresent belief that the ideal self is gregarious, alpha and comfortable in the spotlight. The archetypal extrovert prefers action to contemplation, risk-taking to heed-taking, certainty to doubt. He or she favours quick decisions, even at the risk of being wrong; works well in teams and socialises in groups. We like to think that we value individuality, but all too often we admire one type of individual – the kind who is comfortable “putting himself out there”. Sure, we allow technologically gifted loners who launch companies in garages to have any personality they please, but they are the exceptions, not the rule, and our tolerance extends mainly to those who get fabulously wealthy or hold the promise of doing so.

Susan Cain, Why the world needs introverts

Leonard Nimoy was Star Trek’s greatest ambassador

Spock was an outsider; Leonard Nimoy was not. It’s an interesting paradox—an actor best known for playing an alien driven by cold logic on Star Trek was in real life a kindhearted, gregarious man who projected a mixture of counterculture ’60s swagger and old Hollywood glamour. For many fans it feels nearly impossible to separate Mr. Spock from the actor who played him. Nimoy himself even claimed the character’s calm logic influenced his own personality. But if that’s the case, then both Spock and Nimoy should be remembered as much for their humanity as for their intellect. The actor died at his home in Los Angeles today at the age of 83, and while his career included everything from military service to music to poetry, he’ll always be remembered first and foremost as Star Trek’s iconic Vulcan and the show’s best ambassador.

It was Nimoy’s ability to suggest the warmth behind Mr. Spock’s unflappable exterior that made the character so iconic. Though the half-human, half-Vulcan was the show’s only alien crewmember, his desperate desire to belong somehow made him the most instantly relatable crewmember on the Starship Enterprise. Fans long connected with the intelligence and empathy hidden just beneath Star Trek’s colorful sci-fi surface, so it makes sense that Nimoy’s similarly layered performance would become the heart and soul of the series.

The Star Trek fandom couldn’t have asked for a better ambassador than Leonard Nimoy, and he’ll be dearly missed by fans around the world. Yet Spock encouraged others to “Live long and prosper,” and it’s worth celebrating the fact that, for his part, Nimoy did.

Read the full piece on Leonard Nimoy at


”Some people get the wrong idea, you know. If you’re quiet and you’re just not the most gregarious person, that you’re like.. I don’t know, self-involved, rude possibly, frigid. I get that a lot from people who don’t know me, like online all you guys think I never smile, ever. It’s not true. I do smile sometimes.”


Creator Spotlight Victor Dandridge

by Shanna B

“Five years ago this October, Victor Dandridge left a “cushy” job to start his own comic publishing house Vantage: In House Productions based out of Columbus, OH. After years of observing people in the comics industry, Dandridge, a gregarious and lively person, jumped into publishing with his first book The Samaritan. Though he is also an artist, Dandridge tends to take the role of writer collaborating with a variety of artists on a number of projects.

One book, The Kinder Guardians, is an all-ages book drawn by Justin Castanaeda and “edited” by Dandridge’s five-year old daughter. The story follows a bunch of superhero kids at the Wonder Care day care center. The book also has activity pages and space for children to use their imagination. It’s a must-read for little comic book aficionados.

Dandridge writes the stories and does the lettering on his books, which allows him to do last minute edits. He’s also a master marketer…”

Keep reading at projectfandom 

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Burrowing Parrot (Cyanoliseus patagonus)

Also known as the Patagonian Conure, the burrowing parrot is a species of Arine parrot (Arinae) which is typically found in Argentina but populations occur in Chile and possibly Uruguay as well. Burrowing parrots typically inhabit arid bush steppe areas known as Monte. Like some other parrot species burrowing parrots are highly gregarious and will form large colonies in cliff faces, thus the name “burrowing”. Burrowing parrots feed mainly on seeds and fruit but will feed on grain as well. 


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Images: Gerzo Gallardo and DickDaniels