Sami stands about 2 feet tall and weighs 40 pounds (which we’ve been told is *achem* quite hefty). She is naturally wary and acts like a tough guard dog, but she’s really a big scaredy cat. It takes her a long time to trust people, but once she does, she is very sweet and loves kisses.
Sami can be very energetic or snooze the day away in the sunshine, depending on the threat level presented by the mailman. Her hobbies include obsessing over tennis balls, playing with her sister (an English yellow lab), and trying to befriend the cat.
“Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance.” - Saki
Do people heavily gendering their pets ever hinder your work? Like I've seen people at the groomers throw a fit because their boy dog got a ribbon instead of a bandana and ribbons are girly. I was just wondering if you've had similar issues before.
Not most of the time. I will sometimes ‘run out’ of bandages in any colour other than pink and rarely have an issue. Sometimes a few chuckles, if anything.
More of an issue is people refusing to desex their pets because of preconceived notions of gender. This mostly manifests as men refusing to castrate their ‘tough’ dogs because they don’t want to emasculate it. Women don’t seem to have the same hesitation to spay their female dogs, most of the time anyway, and I assume it’s because most women have some aspect of their reproductive tract that misbehaves and they don’t expect the dog to put up with that.
Generally I don’t really care so long as it doesn’t threaten the health of the animal due to anthropomorphism.
A much bigger issue is people presenting their animals as the wrong sex when they are sick.
There is a subset of the population that always, every time, refers to all cats as ‘she’, whether or not that cat is female. In their vocabulary, all cats are girls.
Most of the time this isn’t a big deal, unless that cat has any sort of toileting issue. Because if that cat has a penis, and it’s really straining to urinate, that’s an emergency and the cat can be dead in as little as 48 hours. And most people don’t notice the problem until at least 24 hours has passed. Lots of people mistake it for constipation and try to treat it with home remedies.
So if you’re triaging this cat over the phone, and the owner isn’t sure if they should bring ‘her’ in tonight or wait until morning, and consistently refer to Daisy as a girl, the cat may have delayed treatment and will possibly die.
What we really want to know in this situation is what sort of waterworks the cat is urinating through.
This is a surprisingly common trap for new vets and nurses to fall into, because we generally assume people know what sex their animal is, but for some people in the world all cats are automatically always female.
so when some dude with a beard puts on flannel and chops a tree down, hes some kind of strong sensual alpha male. ok what about when a woman puts on flannel and like, i dont know, saws a plank of wood in half or something, and shes faintly sweaty and not wearing a bra, and her hands are calloused and like, i dont know, shes got a 1980s lesbian haircut and a big and tough but friendly dog named “buster” and a scar on her right shoulder and you’re in a pine forest also. wheres the candle for that. thats the kind of shit i like to think about when i’m in the bath. you’re missing out on a valuable market here, yankee candle
Which members of Monsta X would want to raise a cat with you and which members would want to raise a dog with you?
Shownu would want to raise a dog with you, a big dog like a great dane. A big strong dog that even manages to drag Shownu around when you take him out for a walk.
Kihyun would want to raise a cat, preferably two cats that are pretty like siamese cats. You two would take photos with them and probably run one of those instagram accounts for your pets.
Wonho would want to raise a cute little dog like a corgi with you! Something that he can hold up and nuzzle and you two can affectionately refer to as your baby.
Hyungwon would want to raise a cat because they’re lower maintenance. A lazy, big, fluffy cat like a ragdoll cat. You’d come home to him laying on the couch with the cat nestled right on his chest.
Minhyuk would want to raise a puppy with you, one full of energy just like him so a beagle or jack russell. You’d end up chasing him and your puppy through the park because they’re so energetic and it might be a tinsy bit hard to keep up.
Jooheon would want to raise a dog, probably adopt it from a shelter, and i can really see him with a bull terrier! He’d be like “look at him, doesn’t he look like me???” and you’d both refer to him as mini-Jooheon.
Changkyun/IM would want to raise a dog, and as he would call it, a cool dog - so like an doberman or german shepherd. He’d pretend to be chic and tough because like his dog is so strong looking, but in reality he’d be cooing at the dog and kissing its face like an over excited parent.
Hey so that emoji challenge, I didn’t forget about it! Thanks for all your lovely suggestions, I had a lot of fun making these on my vacation. E4 was a popular one, haha, but I decided to go with Sera cause I hadn’t drawn her yet.
I used @baewall‘s recent mabari pic as a reference for Dog because I had no idea how to go about drawing a smiling mabari, suffice to say I’m not taking any credit for it. But it was good practice!