western showing

fun fact: companies sell products with inferior quality to eastern europeans as opposed to western europeans. it is known, but apparently legal. 

so, for example, the way nutella tastes in germany will be different to the way nutella tastes in bulgaria because the one in bulgaria is of a lower quality.

it’s so much fun being eastern european. 

and then some cocky western european shows up and says “well, it’s nothing personal, they’re just adapting the product to your tastes.” which is not only rude af, but wrong

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I’ve been working on designs for a new project I was invited to. 

Mage Oikawa who wanders into the woods looking for a rare hearb and gets lost and meet the Forest’s Guardian, the Fairy King, Iwachan….. or smth xP

EXO Will Become the 4th K-Pop Artist to Perform at the Seoul Olympic Stadium!

EXO will perform 2 EXO’rdium DOT shows at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul on May 27-28th. It is the largest stadium in South Korea, with a capacity for concerts reaching 72,000.

EXO will become only the 4th K-Pop artist to hold a concert at the stadium. Previous K-Pop artists who held concerts at the stadium include: H.O.T. JYJ, and g.o.d. 

Michael Jackson was the first musical act to perform at the Olympic Stadium back in 1996, during his HIStory World Tour, playing 2 sold out shows. Other western acts who previously held concerts in the stadium include: Elton John, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, & Lady Gaga.

Congratulations EXO!

So you want to get into the dog world!

This last week at the borzoi nationals, I realized just how far I’ve come in the last four years, how much I’ve learned and how much I still have to learn!

I have a lot of half-baked ideas. I’m looking for people from all breeds to pitch in and see if we can make / build something awesome.

The Problems: 
Dog sports are aging out. All you have to do is attend any event and see that the ratio of young to older people is *heavily* towards older people.

Us young people have grown up in an era where “Adopt Don’t Shop” is practically a moral imperative. Those of us who actively choose to move towards purebred dogs face a lot of stigma from our peers.

Very few of us have solid connections into the dog world. So we turn to google to find breeders. Unfortunately, the mediocre and worse breeders are the ones who tend to have the best websites with the best SEO. Combine with the fact that even if you do locate a quality breeder, most will not take a chance in any form on a newbie, and you get newbies who get suboptimal specimens who enter the breed or performance ring(s) with NO idea of how to handle their dogs and no resources for improvement and get burned out quickly. 

The Dog World Establishment is pretty damn cliquey. If you get a dog from a disreputable or not well liked breeder, odds are good you’re not going to be welcomed into any fold with very open arms.

Learning dog conformation IS HARD AF. There are A LOT OF PIECES and finding someone who is not kennel blind enough to be able to be less biased and more straight forward about what makes a good / bad dog or not AND who is able to analyze, break down and communicate effectively to someone who has NO foundation or baseline for understanding this stuff is at this point pure luck.

Learning handling skills is HARD AF. And again. Unless you find someone WILLING to help you in the first place who also has the skills to analyze, break down and communicate to you small pieces of what you need to work on at a time, you’re up shit creek.

Learning how to effectively train a WORKING quality dog is a whole new experience from the pets you’ve had before who are fine just laying on the couch and easy enough to teach basic domestics. When you get a dog that’s smart, devious and has a temperament designed for having a job of some kind, everything escalates. And if you don’t know where to go for that kind of serious training (read: not petco level training), puppyhood can be super challenging.

Solutions:

We need a network of people who are available to mentor and help newbies. Regional, or better yet, state lists of GOOD obedience and handling classes perfect for people who are new. Lists of TALENTED mentors by breed who can teach from the ground up what makes a good dog, how to read breed standards and how to identify good breeders.

I think ideally, you should work with someone who ISN’T in the breed you’re shooting for, but has experience in that group. I was lucky enough to find an experienced sighthound owner who has been an incredible, analytical mentor who has helped me to understand, see and feel the mechanics of a functional dog in all breeds, sighthounds specifically and we’ve learned borzoi together. In shadowing her search for a silken breeder, I’ve learned so much about what I should have done and am doing for my next borzoi breeder. We need to identify people like those in any and all breeds that are willing to work with enthusiastic greenies like I was. Or else all this knowledge and expertise dies out. And WHAT A WASTE that would be!

I don’t know how to go about this or where to begin. I’m also terrible at effective tagging.

But I think this is a start. IF YOU ARE A PROSPECTIVE DOG WORLD NOVICE IN THE SEATTLE AREA, please know that I’m available to you. I will hook you up with the school and trainer I assist and teach at and with. Don’t be discouraged. This world is a hard nut to crack. The good news is us younger folks are pretty sick, by and large, of The Establishment in any arena and just want to learn and contribute. I think we can stand to change the culture of the dog world for the better. There’s a lot to learn and it’s SO REWARDING. I would hate to see this world die away and out. 

Let’s get a conversation going on how to make this shit better.

Bts is nominated for their 1st ever Billboard Award for ‘Top Social Artist’ army’s this is massive news and a big achievement in it self as Bts is the only Kpop group nominated. Please we’ve made many dreams come true for our boys, Daesang, Artist of the Year, Album of the year, Icon of the year and now we have to work together to make another Dream come true. So far Justin Bieber has won all years in this category and 2017 he and other big names including Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez are nominated so don’t feel safe and when voting starts keep voting and DON’T STOP! This is our chance, so voting commences May 1st so please spread this for all army to see so we can bring these boys a Western Award.

Show starts May 21st 8pm or 4pm ABC will update about the voting procedure expect either a hashtag battle or voting via Billboards website. Will confirm which it is. Please spread!

Update: Fan votes will not alone help BTS win, mass streaming of their music will need to be done in accompany with voting - read more here Source 

How to vote: Source 

If link didn’t work the basis of voting is #bts to vote, voted or voting with the #BBMA. Do not start until may 1st as VOTEs won’t count. Remember to stream Mv’s, share and like to keep Bts in top social artist ranking as they count.

Today I saw someone at a show bridling their western pleasure Arab so much their chin was touching their chest. The guy’s rommel reins were super loose and draped, and the guy was just being an overall ass hat to this horse that was literally being the beautiful grey angel horse he was. The guy got super pissed (for some reason????¿¿) and jerked the reins super hard and I guess he expected to feel horse on the end of his rommels to stop his fist but his rommels were draping so much that he Legit puNCHED HIMSELF IN THE FACE and it brought me a lot of joy.

Guys, the beliebers are using they’re tactic again, they’re doing a mass voting, I want to stay calm buT I CAN’T OUR BOYS REALLY ARE GETTING NOMINADET AND NOW THEY SHOULD LOSE EVERY KPOP FANDOM SHOULD VOTE, THIS ALSO SHOWS THE WESTERN WORLD THAT KPOP IS NOT ONLY WHAT THEY THINK EVERYBODY VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!