love our dogs

grimm-fairy  asked:

I don't know if you've ever answered this before, but do you believe that snake and lizard pets feel love for their owners? There are a lot of conflicting opinions online.

This is a complicated question! People like to argue back and forth about it, but really, the answer is no. 

Reptiles, as awesome as they are, are incapable of feeling love as we understand it. There’s a kicker there, because human and reptile brains are very different. There’s a complex series of chemical reactions that govern human emotions. What we understand as love is closely related to oxytocin, a hormone that reptiles simply do not produce. Reptiles are also not social animals like dogs (for the most part- there are limited exceptions!) and they’re not domesticated. Domestication plays a HUGE part in why our dogs “love” us- we selectively bred the most social, friendly proto-dogs. Dogs have genetic instincts to socialize, to live in a pack with others, and to cooperate- but reptiles really don’t. 

That being said, reptiles do have emotions- fear, stress, curiosity, comfort- and can definitely come to recognize and trust their owners. They’re non-social creatures that are in many cases actively ok with hanging out with an animal much, much larger than them- some reptiles will even run up to their people when they see them, even if they don’t get a food reward. A well-acclimated reptile is often very curious about their person, and some reptiles will bond with their people- not so much the way a dog will, but they’ll trust a person and prefer their company and attention. But they’re not mammals and so trying to understand their emotional capabilities from a mammalian perspective is really difficult. It tends to lead to anthropomorphizing, or ascribing human thoughts and feelings to a non-human creature- and for reptiles, which have sensitive needs, this can end in tragedy. 

I think that’s actually one of the fairly rewarding things about pet reptiles- that they can come to trust a creature (us!) they should naturally fear or ignore. While they might not love us like we love them, they’re still wonderful, dynamic creatures. The best way we can show our love for them is by giving them the best lives possible and doing our best to earn their trust. 

HAIKYUU!! 2nd season - ep. 23 - Yahaba vs. Kyotani

“If you track dirt onto our senpais’ stage, I’ll never forgive you.”

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A few of the flowers we saw walking our favorite local trail.

Beekeepers are so fucking ridiculous omg

You claim to love your bees like we love our cats and dogs but like…I don’t need to profit from having cats??????? If I could sell their fur or something for a bunch of money I still wouldn’t do it because like, that’s not how loving someone works???? Having companion animals means there’s cost involved, ALWAYS. If you can’t handle the cost without exploiting them, then you’re not a responsible caretaker and you should find them a new home with someone who isn’t going to treat them like a little ATM. Just like people keep chickens and cows and goats without taking their eggs and milk, you too can keep bees without stealing their honey, which they work very hard to make FOR THEMSELVES. Trying to find some “ethical” way of taking honey is just gross creepy dominionism, and you’re never going to get a stamp of approval from me or any other vegans so for god’s sake quit trying. I’m sick of getting messages in my inbox from “ethical” beekeepers. You all suck, quit saying you “love” your bees. What you love is making money off them.

let’s be honest, if I ever go to Korea and see my bias walking his dog I’m probably not gonna pay attention to my bias the dog is the real star here

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Swings instagram (translation):

Why do I like this kid so much

He’s very straight forward, and sometimes he’s a little irritating, even when meeting someone new, he will just put on his earphones and listen to music, he might be a little naive but I feel like he’s always staying beside silently looking at everything objectively, or you can say positively, without having any bad thoughts. He’s more of a soul person than a brain person. When I’m having a hard time, he’ll always just come over without saying anything then lie on the sofa and sleep. Once he wakes up he’ll say “I’m going now” and he’ll just leave. All my younger brothers are just like typical guys so we never do kisses to each other but you know what? I do it everyday to this kid that’s gonna turn 27 soon kekekeke I think I might be the biggest giri fan. Let’s all love our dog-cat Giriboy more.

@giriboy91 idiot beggar-boy

  • INTJ: soooo I deserve a high five
  • INTJ: because I was sooo close to getting mac n cheese
  • INTJ: AND THEN I DIDNT
  • INTJ: (it has nothing to do with being too lazy to leave the house and spending money on food)
  • mINTP: Yea that's pretty impressive
  • INTJ: I KNOW
  • INTJ: but I Had pizza yesterday
  • INTJ: sooo
  • mINTP: Yea but it's so easy when you're on a junk food streak
  • INTJ: yeeaaaahhh, I was like I have nice rice stuff and I probably have gained weight since the streak
  • INTJ: and I WANT TO BE SKINNYYY
  • INTJ: and then stanley got on the couch and cuddled with me
  • mINTP: He's helping you diet
  • INTJ: he is
  • INTJ: gonna eat him when I’m starving tho
  • mINTP: That's a good plan.
  • mINTP: I want the tail
  • INTJ: no
  • INTJ: thats first to go
  • INTJ: I want to eat him in segments
  • INTJ: so he stays alive for longer
  • mINTP: You have to bleed him. Learn from your aunt Susan
  • INTJ: for a vegan you’re pretty morbid