Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide
Close persons and friends may appreciate a list of all things Newt Scamander-related, to help them understand how to care for this unique creature. Here is a composed list, which shall be ongoing. Fantastic Wizards and Where to Find Them: A Field Guide - pg 1.
Brief notes and Findings:
When very deep in thought, Newt will usually put something to or in his mouth. Fingers pressed to lips, wand between teeth, or, in unfortunate circumstances, tie being chewed on. These are the signs of a happy, productive Newt, and should not be bothered. Make note to check back in several hours, as this Newt is likely to forget to eat.
An angered, protective Newt is a very dangerous Newt. He is very easily recognizable by sharp, command-like instructions, nonverbal spells cast at your assailant(s), and a need to stand in front of you. Note: This Newt is not harmful to you, and once all external dangers are removed, should be gently and cautiously talked down, both with quiet words and soft touches. Some outside assistance may be required; i.e. a light calming draught or a fluffy, non-violent creature.
When frustrated, Newt can become exceedingly waspish and sarcastic. Do not take these attacks to heart, and give him space. Your Newt will come to you with a proper apology eventually, and you can help him work through his most recent problem then.
Even at the best of times, a happy and content Newt will forget about basic necessities, such as eating and sleeping. It is important to make sure that he is getting enough of both, and has regular contact with those outside of his case, regardless of current research. Note: Exceptions must be made for creature hatchings, births, or injuries. Newt will not respond to any outside force during these times.
While very shy, Newt is an extremely tactile creature himself. If it’s noted that he has spent too much time sequestered away with his creatures, attempt small, forward gestures and light hair pettings. A Newt who is comfortable with you may offer cautious touches or hugs in return. Be sure to accept these, and reward all interpersonal behaviour with smiles, affectionate words, and treats. Note: Chocolate and marzipan are always accepted.
Walk the perimeter of your property to check that everything is in good order. Bring trash bags and do a general clean up of anything that is not where it should be.
Make a miniature maypole for your altar if you can not make a full size version
Get a new mirror, or use one you have already, and decorate it with ribbons and flowers for your bedroom
Fill a cauldron or a large bowl with fresh flowers (wildflowers are best)
Braid bracelets out of white ribbons and give them as gifts to friends or family
Make a dish of fruits, berries, nuts and leave in the wood for the animals and fae folk to enjoy
Cut branches of fresh green from budding trees, or make garlands of flowers to decorate the home for this celebration. Hang them on the doors and windows early, so the may sunrise finds them there!
Create a special wreath for the top of the May Pole
Make “May Day” baskets of flowers and leave on friends and family’s doorsteps as a surprise gift. Maybe they’ll think a faerie did it!
Create hair pieces and garlands for decorating your head or around your neck from flowers that are in bloom
Tie ribbons to trees to celebrate the coming of spring. Make a wish each time you tie a ribbon as it’s good luck to wish for things on this day!
Bathe your face in the morning dew to retain youth. The fair maid who, the first of May Goes to the fields at break of day And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree Will ever after handsome be. Other sources suggest using the dew found under oaks or on ivy leaves. Make a special wish as you wash your face in it or as you drink from a well before sunrise.
Dance the May Pole
During the Maypole dance, think about what you wish to weave into, or out of, your spirit. The Maypole is an ancient symbol of the male aspect of the Divine, while the ribbons are strands of life. Have small baskets of goodies around the room to symbolize the coming abundance and to enjoy after the Circle. Magic is hungry work. (from Trish Telesco’s Victorian Grimoire)
Could you discuss delayed desexing and the alternatives like an ovary sparing procedure? It seems clear that in breeds like the GSD it benefits their health, but do we know much in regard to smaller breeds? (I know this topic can be controversial so if you'd prefer not to delve into it, or already have I understand) Also I've been loving the breed posts, thank you for taking the time to write them up!
don’t at all mind discussing the topic when everyone remains civil
about it. It’s very interesting and an aspect of veterinary medicine
that’s bound to change as we gather more information. I’m happy to
discuss it as long as all participants refrain from making personal
It’s a long discussion folks. I’d grab a cuppa tea if that’s your thing. Also, unfortunately I can’t hide it under a ‘read more’ because it’s an answer to an ask, and Tumblr will eat the hidden part if I do. I will try to make it look pretty if you’re not interested.
in dogs we have performed desexing (spey) by performing an
ovariohysterrectomy, removing both ovaries and the uterus. Some
alternatives have been suggested including tubal ligation, hysterectomy
(removing only the uterus), ovariectomy (removing only the ovaries) or
doing nothing. This is good. Science as a process should periodically
review data, question the knowledge base and make recommendations based
on new research. Otherwise it’s just dogma.
don’t think you can claim that it is ‘clear’ that leaving the ovaries
benefits the health of breeds like the GSD. The practice is still
controversial at best, with some veterinarians outright labeling it at
malpractice. There is some breed variability in terms of what relative
benefits and risks might be expected, but I really wouldn’t call it
Before I talk about various cancer risks, let’s talk about relative risks of non-cancerous conditions.
an ovariohysterectomy (traditional spey)that is properly performed, there is zero risk of
pyometra. Stump pyo can occur if remnants of the uterus or ovaries are
left behind. Cruciate tears are affected by multiple factors, but
desexed dogs seem more prone to them than entire dogs. Weight gain and
obesity is more common in desexed dogs.
The relative risk of pyometra in non-desexed dogs is about 25%. Risks typically increase with age.
an ovary sparing spey (hysterectomy), only the uterus is removed.
Pregnancy is prevented. Pyometra can still occur if any uterine or
cervix tissue remains (a stump pyo). With the apparent influence of oestrogen, these
dogs may be less at risk of cruciate disease and are less at risk of
an ovariectomy, only the ovaries are removed. This renders the dog
infertile and removes the influence of oestrogen. The uterus will
atrophy and shrink down without stimulation from female hormones,
rendering the risk of pyometra basically zero. It may still increase the
risk of obesity and cruciate disease like the traditional spey.
that pyometra is often lethal, while cruciate disease is painful but
treatable, personally I would err on the side of preventing pyometra.
Also keep in mind that obesity in dogs can be moderated with owner
control of the diet, and obesity will predispose to cruciate injury. I
would recommend removing at least the ovaries.
Male dogs have less surgical options. Vasectomy can be considered, but these dogs are basically entire but infertile.
entire male dog is more at risk of perineal hernia, benign prostatic
hyperplasia, perianal adenoma and inter-male aggression. A castrated
male dog is relatively more at risk of, again, obesity, cruciate
ligament disease, and possibly diabetes.
the information above, and I haven’t brought cancers into the equation
yet, you might wonder of preventing obesity in desexed dogs might reduce
the incidence of cruciate disease and subsequently other conditions
that we know are more common in obese dogs, namely cruciate ligament
disease and diabetes. You might conclude that there is little benefit to
leaving a dog entire if you’re able to control its weight.
think that’s a reasonable assumption so far, though it’s clear to me
that the benefits of traditional desexing are more pronounced in
Now lets talk about cancers.
are multiple types of cancer. Some are more devastating than others.
Some are more common than others. In terms of highly malignant cancers
that show up relatively commonly in dogs, the ones we talk most about,
and of most interest in this topic, are mammary cancer, haemangiosarcoma
(HSARC), Mast Cell Tumor (MCT) and osteosarcoma (OSC).
cancer is extremely common in entire female dogs. In European countries
where prophylactic desexing is not routinely performed mammary tumours
make up 50-70% of all cancers seen. They are relatively rare in
countries with a high desexing rate but extremely predictable in dogs
desexed late in life or not at all. Speying earlier appears more
protective compared to being left entire: speying before the first heat
reduces risk to 0.05%, before second heat to 8%, and before 3rd heat to
26%. after the third heat there is negligible reduction in risk of
mammary cancer compared to intact dogs.
may be three times (3x) more common in desexed large breed dogs.
Cell Tumors maybe up to three times (3x) more common in desexed dogs of
certain breeds. Lymphoma may be up to 10% more common in desexed dogs of
Haemangiosarcoma may be more common in neutered dogs of
some breeds, but less common in neutered dogs of other breeds.
isn’t much consensus across ALL dog breeds in ALL situations. There are
numerous retrospective studies, and more coming out all the time
(Science!) but more data needs to be analysed.
is fairly clear is that there is a dramatic reduction in otherwise
common mammary cancers by early desexing of females. There is probably
some benefit in reducing other cancer risks to later desexng, or not desexing,
So do you? Or don’t you?
certainly more incentive to desex female dogs, as even pyometra on its
own is a sneaky, life threatening condition. I recommend desexing most
female dogs in their senior years if they haven’t already been done for
this reason alone.
you do chose to desex, and I’m talking about procedures that involve at
least removal of the gonads, it becomes a matter of when. If you don’t
remove the ovaries then you have no benefits from desexing other than
infertility. There’s no significant benefit in leaving the ovaries
compared to leaving the dog entire.
a small dog, OSC is incredibly rare. HSARC is rare. MCT can happen to
anything. We weight up those relatively low risks compared to the very
high risk of mammary cancer and pyometra, and I would advise speying
before the first heat. With males timing is not as critical unless
behavioural factors are involved.
a larger dog, I personally think it’s worth delaying desexing to between the first
and second heat. I would get too nervous about mammary cancers to wait
beyond the second heat but there may be some benefit in preventing
osteosarcoma by delaying surgery until more skeletal maturity, and same
for cruciate injuries.
(I have a theory that osteosarcoma occurs in its
predilection sites due to increased bio-mechanical forces in these
areas, so waiting for skeletal maturity before removing the gonads might
the other hand, screening for hip dysplasia and desexing if the dog
definitely has it so you can perform a JPS also has benefits, because
you’re addressing pathology the dog definitely has right now.
are so many unknowns in these hypothetical scenarios. This makes it a
challenge to make recommendations when clients just want the ‘right’
The best plan for the individual dog may depend on breed or
breed mix (genetic testing would be ideal, but an added cost) or any
known predispositions within the family or bloodlines.
this explanation is getting rather long, but there’s so much
interesting information on this topic and it’s growing all the time.
there is probably a benefit to delayed desexing in dogs prone to OSC,
cruciate injury and HSARC. Some of the other risks may be mitigated by
weight control. There is minimal if any benefit, and definitely some risk, in delaying
desexing for small breeds.
But this field may change as more information is gathered. It will be worth watching over the next decade.
shelters and rescues will always desex as young as possible, because
their primary aim is population control. They are justified in doing
this and their cases shouldn’t be considered in these scenarios.
(Majority of these statistics come from ‘The spay/neuter controversy’ presented at the OVMA by John Berg, DVM, DACVS and ‘
Long-term health effects of neutering dogs: comparison of Labrador Retrievers with Golden Retrievers‘ by Hart, Hart, et al)
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Recently a fan tweeted Marlene asking if mayas storyline was over and she replied saying their may be a bit more to it. So I went back and tried to see what I could make out of the maya clues and how she fits into everything.
I always love maya and emaya but her character always seemed a bit sketchy at times kinda like alison. (remember this)
when her and emily first meet she seems REALLY interested in getting to know emily, she was asking tons of personal questions about ali and herself, answering questions with a question, and she was being super friendly and almost choosy with her words, almost as if she had other intentions when she met her. What if she was told to get close to her? (Kind of like ezra & cece already knowing who all the girls were and jenna already knowing alison)
In S1: “The jenna thing”, maya meets spencer and when her and emily go back to her house she says “I get your connection to spencer, you both like to win.” and emily replies “well winnings great but usually if I do my best im happy with the outcome.” and maya chooses to move the topic to spencer by asking how she feels about winning which always kind of stuck out to me. Emily tells her spencer HAS to win.
I just never quite understood why Maya only really asked questions about spencer, I know you could argue she was just trying to get to know emily but throughout the episodes maya’s in we don’t really see her interested in knowing about all the liars to me it seemed like she asked about spencer only because she reminded her the most of Ali.
& then maya moves the conversation to Alison again saying how she seemed like she was always the center of attention. Then tells emily she usually runs from those girls. Em says “you don’t look like the type of girl who runs from anyone” and Maya moves the convo to something else. (WHO U RUNNIN FROM MAYA)
Also later in the night when emily turns around maya immediately goes and cuddles with her almost like she KNOWS emily was in the closet. She said she had a boyfriend & i dont think it was something she just did in her sleep. + the A alerts afterwards were right on time, something was up.
this also happens again when they kiss in the photo booth and A steals the strips right away. & maya tells emily not to worry about it that it there was probably just no more paper & drags her away. MAYA WAS IN ON IT THE WHOLE TIME.She was used to bring em out the closet and let A use it against her.
Also in S2: “I must confess” Maya is scene wearing the exact same tory burch boots -A ordered online. (couldnt find a pic though)
But I think somewhere along the way maya started to really develop feelings and wanted out but A/AD or someone connected to them had stuff on maya forcing her to stay in it so she chooses to run away but A gets her first and kills her before she can get far.
Now lets go back to what I said earlier about her kind of acting like Alison
In the pilot maya asks emily if shes ever smoked and em replies No. Maya says this and the way she says it for some reason really just reminds me of something Ali would say.
& then later in the episode Spencer sees who she thinks is Ali in Mayas room (ali’s old room)
But what’s odd is that this person is wearing the same tank Maya was wearing the whole episode.
now this can be explained in a couple ways, either:
1. maya found a blonde wig while looking through the dilaurentis house and tried it on to pretend to be ali.
2. that was really or ali or maybe an ali twin and she was talking to maya & wearing a similiar top? (this one seems too much but wouldnt be surprised if the writers went this way.)
3.maya bought a blonde wig & was really trying to pretend to be someone maybe a trick she learned from a real blonde she knew who liked to wear wigs & be someone else.
- i’m thinking its this last one! (or i hope it is)
In S2E12: “eye of the beholder” Jason tells em & spencer that maya found some of Ali’s old things in the attic, “Like they were hidden” he thought they threw everything away but maya kept some things, maybe b/c she knew what they were for.
Another thing I wanna point out is maya has mentioned on more than one occasion (1.02 & 1.12) that she has trouble sleeping. I mean I would have trouble sleeping too if I was worried my secrets may catch up to me.
Now I know there a lot of maya theories & some have even said they think she’s A. I don’t think I could really hop on board with maya being A but I do think when mona said “MAYA KNEW” she really meant maya fucking knew, like she knew the game & knew what was going on & just how dangerous A could really be.
Okay so, we all know there seems to be a couple different teams when it comes to PLL and their alliances. Theres,
AD & Cece (& maybe someone else? idk yet still looking into this)
Could this mean this is Maya’s unnamed brother? Did she also hang out with Ali, Cece, & Melissa during that summer? Or was she scared of them like she mentioned to emily about attention seeking girls like Alison?
Now I heard from twitter it may be fake but still why would they make the mistake of putting it in the credits? Idk I just think it would be a nice twist for maya to have a deeper connection to Ali than just living in her house.
UPDATE: MARLENE SAID WE’RE MEETING AN UNKNOWN RELATIVE OF MAYA’S! Some people meationed that reporter Aria went off on in 7.12 may be her brother but I couldn’t find a pic and I didn’t wanna sit through hulu commercials to find out so if someone finds the pic reblog it cause I wanna knowwww!
I mean we find out they had to have known each other either way or at least met before b/c they were both staying in the kahn cabin around the same time!
Also when Ali and Maya’s body are found the scene is so similar they even play the same song.
I think at first Alison gave Maya the idea to fake her death & Noel, Garrett, & Jenna helped her carry it out.
Marlene also posted this pic on insta w/ 2 dolls that w/ the hashtag #emison but to me the 2 dolls look more like ali and maya then ali and em. Idk I just think there’s alot more to their relationship than we know right now.
Now lets talk about the night mayas body was presumably found:
Maya trys to call emily but she cant get service so it never goes through, I don’t think this was maya b/c her phone was already stolen by this point. I think A just was trying to distract emily to mess with hanna.
Jumping ahead to when Mona falls off the cliff, we get a zoom in on her watch that says its 12am. The girls then go back to their houses and the cops have a body they think is Mayas.
BUT we later see this video of Maya at the kahn cabin at 1:14am
So are we just really gonna believe it took the liars OVER 1hr & 30m to get to thier houses?? B/c maya had to have got kidnapped and then dragged over to emilys back yard from the cabin and murdered. Which just in my head doesn’t add up with the timeline.
In addition to this I noticed when Maya gets pulled out of the cameras view it doesn’t necessarily mean she was captured by A, I think theres a good chance it was Ali who pulled on her to take her out of view and talk to her. We know Ali was staying there too so maybe she already knew where the cameras were and didnt wanna take any chances being seen seeing as this was before A supposedly knew Ali was alive.
Now lets talk about after her “Death”:
We find out Maya went to the kahn parties often and met holden before, she was also friendly with Jenna, we see her get into a car with garrett the night she died (But we know he didnt kill her because he was arrested at 12am) & its when Nate (lyndon) is introduced and he is accused of being the one who killed Maya.
Nate never openly says he killed Maya, in fact some of the things he says when he tries to kill paige kind of indicate he thinks emily has something to do with her death.
He says “Im gonna do to you, what you did to me. Im gonna take someone from you & you are gonna watch me do it.”
Its also been speculated that Maya was involved in the night em dug up Ali’s grave b/c they used her bottle of pills to drug her (which was also prescribed after she died) & flashbacks she remembers having + jenna lies to her saying she found her on the street drunk when spencer asks why she lied she says b/c she’s protecting a friend.
This was also one of the flashbacks she remembers having,
LIKE COME ON WHO ELSE WOULD WRITE THAT???
Most of me really does believe Maya did end up really dying sometime later before the end of season 3 or in the beginning of season 4
The girls do find this carved into the dollhouse in S4 maybe AD found maya & took her to the doll house to be his Ali for a while before Mona got there.
But idk i’ve also read alot of theories w/ extra clues and reasons she could indeed still be alive helping out emily and hiding from AD or might even be bethany young herself. So theres that lol. I’m just excited to know that Maya still is relevant b/c her character had so much potential, hopefully mar doesn’t fuck it up!!
Reblog & tell me what you think, do you think maya’s still alive or dead? & if she wasn’t the person in the body bag in 2.25 then who was?