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thesun.co.uk
Mysterious dog-like creature with the face of tiny bear baffles Russia
The animal was taken to an animal shelter in the city of Chelyabinsk in south-central Russia

What an interesting looking dog!

Locals were baffled after discovering the brown animal after it was brought into an animal shelter in the city of Chelyabinsk in south-central Russia’s Cheliabinsk Oblast region.

The animal stands on four legs and has thick brown fur.

But its face appears almost bear-like, with animal rights activists admitting they have “never seen anything like it before.”

They are now hoping to find the animal’s owners to find out what kind of breed of dog it is.

Vets estimate the dog bear to be around four-years-old and a male.

It has not yet been given a name as animal activists search for its home.

Animal activist, only named as Igor, said: “It has a difficult character, actually a little noxious.

"We had a tough time with it, while we were transporting it. The new owner would have to spend a lot of time in order to figure out individual approach to this dog.”

Vets say that although they are not sure, it is likely that the dog looks that way due to being a strange cross of a stray dog and chowchow.

The chowchow genes might be the ones that make it look like a bear.

How to feel magical every damn day.

Originally posted by katieannwicked

Here’s a few ways to make every single day a witchy day.

  1. Go for a walk where you will be surrounded by nature (whether it be the local park or forest or beach) and smell some flowers or collect some dirt/shells.
  2. Press some flowers to decorate your journal (or book of shadows).
  3. Light a candle.
  4. Light a bunch of candles.
  5. Make some natural toothpaste or deodorant to replace your regular one, feel a difference?
  6. Sunbathe.
  7. Moonbathe.
  8. Put your green thumb to good use and start an herb garden in your kitchen or garden.
  9. Harvest from your plant babies and dry/store them for using in your magic (make sure you give thanks and give them an offering in return.)
  10. Cleanse the space with some incense or just by sweeping.
  11. Take a bath with some herbs, petals and bath salts. Soak in all the scents and charge yourself.
  12. Make yourself some really good tea and practice your tasseomancy.
  13. Give your fur baby some love and do a spell for them or enchant something of theirs.
  14. Put sachets of fragrant herbs all over the house.
  15. Weave some magic into to your knitting or cross-stitching. Make bracelets enchanted with glamours or scarves with protective sigils woven into them for your friends or for yourself.
  16. Volunteer at your local dog/homeless shelter and maybe add some magic into their lives. Enchant some dog collars or give out some good luck in soup form.
  17. Bless your old clothes before you give them to charity.
  18. Maintain a journal for everyday magic and challenge yourself to do one magical thing every day.
  19. Read lots of fiction and get creative with your magic by letting them inspire you.
  20. Do some magic for yourself. Whether it be enchanting you favourite lipstick or necklace, to give you a little bit of a boost throughout the day.
Addressing PETA’s Anti-Wool Campaign

Fair warning, the picture PETA published, which I will be including, is gory and bloody.

So here we go.

A few weeks ago, I first saw this PETA campaign picture:

As someone who works with sheep and shears sheep to pay for extra expenses, I was outraged. I had no clue what they did to that poor lamb (Found out its a foam replica). Besides the fact that it looks too small to shear, it looks like someone took a chain saw to it, or it was skinned not sheared.

So I wanted to address this. In shearing a sheep, goat, cow, or pig, you do not want to cut the animal. If its done right, you will not cut the animal. I know its hard not to let nicks happen. Animals move, jump, and flinch. Most shearers take very good care of their animals. If I, for example as a shearer, cut up the sheep I’ve been assigned to shear to the point where they have open and bleeding cuts, I would not be asked back. I would not have another job. Word gets around fast about shearers that hurt and cut up the sheep. Several years ago, there was a group of guys that sheared sheep for the members of the local herding dog club. They mishandled sheep and just moved speedily through them, leaving ewes bloody and stressed. You wanna know what happened to that group? They’re no longer in business. They don’t shear because word got around that they mishandled the animals.

I will say, shearing sheep is a tiring job that will leave you sore at the end of the day, no matter if you do one sheep or one hundred. I only average 3-6 sheep a day, so I have to give it to any shearer that shears whole herds in a day, from 30-100. Its hard work, but they do a good job.

Shearing, in its process, is simple. You restrain the sheep, either by setting it on its rear off its feet or tying it to the fence. You have to restrain the sheep or you could injure it if it tries to run or squirm. You then use a set of shears, manual or electric, to shave off the hair. Its just like how we shave, but we use a razor. Sheep are not hurt, and the process can be from a few minutes to an hour (like me). Shearers are paid by the quantity of sheep (usually) not the hours of work. This means that the shearers can spend the time to make sure the sheep get sheared right.

Below, I’m posting some pictures of what sheep really look like after they’ve been sheared:

These are from two different herds that I helped with this past spring. It was a relief for these sheep to be sheared.

But why do we shear sheep?

We sheer sheep for a variety of reasons. For the number one reason, its to remove the hair from the sheep. Sheep started as being used for wool and meat. Early sheep farmers cut off the sheep’s wool to be used for clothing, bedding, and other clothe items that came with eating the sheep too.

Now, farms that raise sheep for anything but wool or hair production, we shear the sheep to keep them comfortable. Where I’m from and where I go to college now, its not unusual for temperatures to be over 100 degrees F for the majority of the day, sheep with a full coat of wool/hair are miserable! It can also be deadly. They can’t cool down like they should and are very susceptible to over heating and heat stroke. That’s why we shear in the spring, before it gets too hot. It also allows the sheep to grow a little bit of wool back to act as sunscreen. We also shear off the wool/hair yearly to keep sheep clean. As sheep poop and pee, it gets on their wool/hair. As their wool/hair grows, it can cover up the sheep’s back end, and eventually, the anus of the sheep. That will make it very easy for bacteria to get back up into the sheep’s body and make them sick or even kill them.

So in conclusion, this sums up my point:

Shearing the sheep doesn’t hurt it. It certainly doesn’t kill the sheep. Its actually beneficial for the sheep to be sheared.

I bought these on impulse some point in the past year and never used them?? So:

BAD IMPULSE CONTROL GIVE AWAY

One large floatable retrieving toy
One medium dental ball thing

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boyfriend taehyung // a day in the city

anonymous asked:

In general it seems wolfdogs are spitz/husky mixes. Is this something that is always a must in their breeding? Obviously a lot of these breeds have vaguely similar characteristics and behaviours, more so than say a yorkshire terrier, and breeding with such extreme differences like that would host a whole range of problems. Are there mixes of others, though? Like collies, or wolfhounds, or sighthounds or dalmatians? would they still be classed in the wolfdog breed?

With VERY few (and well-known) exceptions, wolfdog breeders produce their animals using only three domestic breeds: Huskies, malamutes, and German shepherds (and often mixes thereof). These canines are already rather lupine in appearance (which is why they are also a favorite amongst misreppers), and lend themselves well to the creation of an animal that is literally defined by its wolflike characteristics.

Even so, a few oddball wolfdogs do exist out there, and most are well-documented in the wolfdog community given their uncommon nature, and the novelty of their appearances.

Crossing a wolfdog with a breed like wolfhound or Dalmatian would still make the resulting offspring a wolfdog, assuming that they exhibit physical, biological, and behavioral wolf attributes. 

Here are some examples of strange wolfdog mixes:

The strange little pups above are (I shit you not) F1 wolf/Jack Russel terrier mixes. They were bred outside the USA (though I forget their country of origin now) as an accidental pairing between a captive-raised wolf and the wolf owner’s pet terrier. The two animals were raised together, but it was assumed that due to their size and behavioral differences, that they would never produce offspring. Oops. 

Next is everyone’s favorite oddball pup, Horton, a low-content Irish wolfhound/wolfdog mix saved from a hoarder in Canada. The hoarder housed several wolfdogs with her wolfhounds and allowed them to breed unchecked. Horton here still clearly exhibits some wolflike characteristics despite his unique heritage. 

Then there’s this strange-looking critter, who I believe was also part of a rescue situation. His father was a Labrador, and his mother is the white wolf pictured in the background. 

Similar to the situation above, this lovely pupper came from a high-content female who was pregnant at the time of her rescue. No one was sure what her pups would look like, but since the person she was confiscated from had other wolfdogs in the pen with her, they assumed that her offspring would be classic wolfdogs, as well. After the pups were born, it became suddenly apparent that this was not the case. The rescuers did some digging and found that the previous owner also had several bully breed mixes (claimed pit bulls) on the property. One of them is evidently the real father. 

I’m sure everyone also knows about the F1 wolf/poodle litter created as part of a German experiment on domestication. Many people don’t know that there is also an F2 litter from these same animals, created when the F1 were bred back to another poodle to make F2 25% mixes:

There are some other strange wolfdogs mixes out there, too, but I don’t know the stories on them as well as I do the pups shown above. Many are created outside the USA, in countries where ownership of pure wolves is less restricted, but where the people producing these animals are also less likely to sell to the general public. So don’t expect to see wolf/JRTs running about at the local dog park or anything (I suspect they wouldn’t do do hot in a dog park environment anyhow). 

Hope this helps!

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Located in Kraków, Poland, is the Dżok monument. This monument commemorates the tragic tale of a Polish dog. In 1990, he was orphaned after his owner suffered a heart attack while in the car. When his owner was taken away by an ambulance, Dżok hung around waiting for his return. After a year on the streets, he was taken in by a lady who used to feed him. In 1998, however, his new owner died and Dżok was alone once again. He was taken to a local dog pound where he managed to escape on the second day. Tragically, Dżok was run over by a train.

In 2001, this monument by Bronisław Chromy was unveiled in Krakow. The inscription reads:

“Most faithful canine friend ever, and symbol of a dog’s boundless devotion to his master.“