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- I gave M her @playologypets Dual Layer Ring to chew on, and she was very pleased with herself as you can see. After 2 hours of happy shark-biting, I’m pleased to report that the ring is still in one piece! Swipe left for a short video of her happy shark-biting 😂🦈💜 Also I acquired some new pillows, so she had to drape her velvet black-bean burrito sausage body causally over all of them for the most optimal amount of crotch touching 😂 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped #PlayologyPets
- I gave M her @playologypets Dual Layer Ring to chew on, and she was very pleased with herself as you can see. After 2 hours of happy shark-biting, I’m pleased to report that the ring is still in one piece! Swipe left for a short video of her happy shark-biting 😂🦈💜 Also I acquired some new pillows, so she had to drape her velvet black-bean burrito sausage body causally over all of them for the most optimal amount of crotch touching 😂 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped #PlayologyPets
- I gave M her @playologypets Dual Layer Ring to chew on, and she was very pleased with herself as you can see. After 2 hours of happy shark-biting, I’m pleased to report that the ring is still in one piece! Swipe left for a short video of her happy shark-biting 😂🦈💜 Also I acquired some new pillows, so she had to drape her velvet black-bean burrito sausage body causally over all of them for the most optimal amount of crotch touching 😂 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped #PlayologyPets
- #BurritoWrangling: I have discussed Mila’s humping issues before, but I haven’t acquired a clear video of it. Note how strong her little claspers are and how focused she is! She started doing this when she reached sexual maturity (~1.5 yrs of age), and no it has nothing to do with “dominance,” (dominance behavior is associated with intraspecific competition over access to resources and mating privileges). In domesticated canines, humping is often associated with social anxiety, or as a displacement behavior for excitement (there are also other possibilities). With Mila, it’s probably both as she is triggered pretty much any time someone visits, or I get on the floor and wrestle with her. Today I was doing yoga and of course M decided to barge in and “assist” with pelvic force. Obviously this is a behavior I do not want, and is likely tied in with her anxiety, so I am considering making an appointment with the DVM behaviorist in Houston for a full training plan. But until then, I’m working on counter conditioning her: I get on the mat and do a push up, she immediately becomes excited and charges over. I ask her to do a “down” before she reaches me, say “yes” the moment she drops (her marker word), and throw her a treat. I’m trying to teach her that if she can remain calm when I am on the floor exercising instead of assaulting me with humps (unless invited), she gets a reward. We are still working on her “go to bed/place” command, which will also be helpful when we have to deal with the humping of visitors. Now if I can only get my visitors to behave 😂 🦈💜 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- #BurritoWrangling: I have discussed Mila’s humping issues before, but I haven’t acquired a clear video of it. Note how strong her little claspers are and how focused she is! She started doing this when she reached sexual maturity (~1.5 yrs of age), and no it has nothing to do with “dominance,” (dominance behavior is associated with intraspecific competition over access to resources and mating privileges). In domesticated canines, humping is often associated with social anxiety, or as a displacement behavior for excitement (there are also other possibilities). With Mila, it’s probably both as she is triggered pretty much any time someone visits, or I get on the floor and wrestle with her. Today I was doing yoga and of course M decided to barge in and “assist” with pelvic force. Obviously this is a behavior I do not want, and is likely tied in with her anxiety, so I am considering making an appointment with the DVM behaviorist in Houston for a full training plan. But until then, I’m working on counter conditioning her: I get on the mat and do a push up, she immediately becomes excited and charges over. I ask her to do a “down” before she reaches me, say “yes” the moment she drops (her marker word), and throw her a treat. I’m trying to teach her that if she can remain calm when I am on the floor exercising instead of assaulting me with humps (unless invited), she gets a reward. We are still working on her “go to bed/place” command, which will also be helpful when we have to deal with the humping of visitors. Now if I can only get my visitors to behave 😂 🦈💜 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- #BurritoWrangling: I have discussed Mila’s humping issues before, but I haven’t acquired a clear video of it. Note how strong her little claspers are and how focused she is! She started doing this when she reached sexual maturity (~1.5 yrs of age), and no it has nothing to do with “dominance,” (dominance behavior is associated with intraspecific competition over access to resources and mating privileges). In domesticated canines, humping is often associated with social anxiety, or as a displacement behavior for excitement (there are also other possibilities). With Mila, it’s probably both as she is triggered pretty much any time someone visits, or I get on the floor and wrestle with her. Today I was doing yoga and of course M decided to barge in and “assist” with pelvic force. Obviously this is a behavior I do not want, and is likely tied in with her anxiety, so I am considering making an appointment with the DVM behaviorist in Houston for a full training plan. But until then, I’m working on counter conditioning her: I get on the mat and do a push up, she immediately becomes excited and charges over. I ask her to do a “down” before she reaches me, say “yes” the moment she drops (her marker word), and throw her a treat. I’m trying to teach her that if she can remain calm when I am on the floor exercising instead of assaulting me with humps (unless invited), she gets a reward. We are still working on her “go to bed/place” command, which will also be helpful when we have to deal with the humping of visitors. Now if I can only get my visitors to behave 😂 🦈💜 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- I believe that dogs are non-human people, and that they deserve some form of legal personhood. The plethora of discoveries over the last decade that have revealed the enormity of their intellectual, emotional, olfactory, and visual capabilities that often transcend those of other mammals, primates, and frequently even that of humans suggests that they are unique in a manner that we are just beginning to understand. We now know that they can read human body language better than primates, that they can smell human fear and happiness, that they have facial expressions just for us, and that they have hijacked our oxytocin-bonding loop (i.e., they secrete oxytocin when staring into our eyes, and so do we, just like a mother bonding to her newborn baby). Considering all this, shouldn’t we adapt our training methods to be pain/fear free since these methods exist, work in all other vertebrate taxa and are backed by all the latest research? Shouldn’t we regulate breeding so that it’s aimed at creating genetically healthy and emotionally stable animals that aren’t born with morphological problems that cause them a lifetime of pain? Shouldn’t we provide dogs with only the best medical care backed by the latest science instead of rejecting preventives in favor of the suggestions of a blog? When I got back from my xmas vacation, Mila was so happy to see me but she was also really upset that I had been gone, and cried while deferring her anxiety onto a toy for 4 hours. It was really upsetting, and I hate leaving her. Thank Anubis I don’t have to board her; I think it would be damaging for her, but then again she is an *extremely* emotional and sensitive pup. After 2 days she’s back to her normal self 🦈💜 Anyway, happy 2018 everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful break and I look forward to another year of interesting discoveries and instagram debates 😂 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- I believe that dogs are non-human people, and that they deserve some form of legal personhood. The plethora of discoveries over the last decade that have revealed the enormity of their intellectual, emotional, olfactory, and visual capabilities that often transcend those of other mammals, primates, and frequently even that of humans suggests that they are unique in a manner that we are just beginning to understand. We now know that they can read human body language better than primates, that they can smell human fear and happiness, that they have facial expressions just for us, and that they have hijacked our oxytocin-bonding loop (i.e., they secrete oxytocin when staring into our eyes, and so do we, just like a mother bonding to her newborn baby). Considering all this, shouldn’t we adapt our training methods to be pain/fear free since these methods exist, work in all other vertebrate taxa and are backed by all the latest research? Shouldn’t we regulate breeding so that it’s aimed at creating genetically healthy and emotionally stable animals that aren’t born with morphological problems that cause them a lifetime of pain? Shouldn’t we provide dogs with only the best medical care backed by the latest science instead of rejecting preventives in favor of the suggestions of a blog? When I got back from my xmas vacation, Mila was so happy to see me but she was also really upset that I had been gone, and cried while deferring her anxiety onto a toy for 4 hours. It was really upsetting, and I hate leaving her. Thank Anubis I don’t have to board her; I think it would be damaging for her, but then again she is an *extremely* emotional and sensitive pup. After 2 days she’s back to her normal self 🦈💜 Anyway, happy 2018 everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful break and I look forward to another year of interesting discoveries and instagram debates 😂 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- I believe that dogs are non-human people, and that they deserve some form of legal personhood. The plethora of discoveries over the last decade that have revealed the enormity of their intellectual, emotional, olfactory, and visual capabilities that often transcend those of other mammals, primates, and frequently even that of humans suggests that they are unique in a manner that we are just beginning to understand. We now know that they can read human body language better than primates, that they can smell human fear and happiness, that they have facial expressions just for us, and that they have hijacked our oxytocin-bonding loop (i.e., they secrete oxytocin when staring into our eyes, and so do we, just like a mother bonding to her newborn baby). Considering all this, shouldn’t we adapt our training methods to be pain/fear free since these methods exist, work in all other vertebrate taxa and are backed by all the latest research? Shouldn’t we regulate breeding so that it’s aimed at creating genetically healthy and emotionally stable animals that aren’t born with morphological problems that cause them a lifetime of pain? Shouldn’t we provide dogs with only the best medical care backed by the latest science instead of rejecting preventives in favor of the suggestions of a blog? When I got back from my xmas vacation, Mila was so happy to see me but she was also really upset that I had been gone, and cried while deferring her anxiety onto a toy for 4 hours. It was really upsetting, and I hate leaving her. Thank Anubis I don’t have to board her; I think it would be damaging for her, but then again she is an *extremely* emotional and sensitive pup. After 2 days she’s back to her normal self 🦈💜 Anyway, happy 2018 everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful break and I look forward to another year of interesting discoveries and instagram debates 😂 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- #BurritoScience: The canine nose is so powerful that trained bloodhounds were found to be able to follow the 48hr old trails of individual humans in high traffic areas with a 96% success rate and zero false positives (Harvey & Harvey, 2003 J For Sci 48 p811). A recent study was just published in 2017 by D'Aniello and colleagues in the journal 'Animal Cognition' confirming what everyone suspected: dogs are capable of smelling human moods, particularly fear via what they are calling "chemosignals." These chemosignals are body odors that humans emit from their armpits under stressful conditions; they tested fear, happiness, and a control (no sweat). The researchers found that the dogs displayed more stressed behaviors (i.e., elevated heart rate) when exposed to the stress smells, than when exposed to happy or neutral smells. They also sought more reassurance from their parents than they did from the strangers. All together, this just reinforces how important and powerful our fur-children's noses are, and is yet another reason why it's so important to provide olfactory enrichment for them on a daily basis. This is one of the reasons why I chose to partner with @PlayologyPets and promote their scent-infused toys. A lot of dog toys and treats smell pleasant for the humans, cherry scented or something similar. These chews are beef, chicken, or bacon scented (she would love cat-turd scented I'm sure), with the smell merged into the human-grade rubber so that the scent is released as they play with the toy. Pretty cool. Mila is a very smart Shark, so I'm constantly looking for new things that will entertain her that doesn't involve constant feeding as much as she wants that (she is a PIG) and these fit the bill. I also appreciate that while she can smell these, but I can't 😂 #PlayologyPets #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- #BurritoScience: The canine nose is so powerful that trained bloodhounds were found to be able to follow the 48hr old trails of individual humans in high traffic areas with a 96% success rate and zero false positives (Harvey & Harvey, 2003 J For Sci 48 p811). A recent study was just published in 2017 by D'Aniello and colleagues in the journal 'Animal Cognition' confirming what everyone suspected: dogs are capable of smelling human moods, particularly fear via what they are calling "chemosignals." These chemosignals are body odors that humans emit from their armpits under stressful conditions; they tested fear, happiness, and a control (no sweat). The researchers found that the dogs displayed more stressed behaviors (i.e., elevated heart rate) when exposed to the stress smells, than when exposed to happy or neutral smells. They also sought more reassurance from their parents than they did from the strangers. All together, this just reinforces how important and powerful our fur-children's noses are, and is yet another reason why it's so important to provide olfactory enrichment for them on a daily basis. This is one of the reasons why I chose to partner with @PlayologyPets and promote their scent-infused toys. A lot of dog toys and treats smell pleasant for the humans, cherry scented or something similar. These chews are beef, chicken, or bacon scented (she would love cat-turd scented I'm sure), with the smell merged into the human-grade rubber so that the scent is released as they play with the toy. Pretty cool. Mila is a very smart Shark, so I'm constantly looking for new things that will entertain her that doesn't involve constant feeding as much as she wants that (she is a PIG) and these fit the bill. I also appreciate that while she can smell these, but I can't 😂 #PlayologyPets #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- #BurritoScience: The canine nose is so powerful that trained bloodhounds were found to be able to follow the 48hr old trails of individual humans in high traffic areas with a 96% success rate and zero false positives (Harvey & Harvey, 2003 J For Sci 48 p811). A recent study was just published in 2017 by D'Aniello and colleagues in the journal 'Animal Cognition' confirming what everyone suspected: dogs are capable of smelling human moods, particularly fear via what they are calling "chemosignals." These chemosignals are body odors that humans emit from their armpits under stressful conditions; they tested fear, happiness, and a control (no sweat). The researchers found that the dogs displayed more stressed behaviors (i.e., elevated heart rate) when exposed to the stress smells, than when exposed to happy or neutral smells. They also sought more reassurance from their parents than they did from the strangers. All together, this just reinforces how important and powerful our fur-children's noses are, and is yet another reason why it's so important to provide olfactory enrichment for them on a daily basis. This is one of the reasons why I chose to partner with @PlayologyPets and promote their scent-infused toys. A lot of dog toys and treats smell pleasant for the humans, cherry scented or something similar. These chews are beef, chicken, or bacon scented (she would love cat-turd scented I'm sure), with the smell merged into the human-grade rubber so that the scent is released as they play with the toy. Pretty cool. Mila is a very smart Shark, so I'm constantly looking for new things that will entertain her that doesn't involve constant feeding as much as she wants that (she is a PIG) and these fit the bill. I also appreciate that while she can smell these, but I can't 😂 #PlayologyPets #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- PSA: It has come to my attention that some people have been sharing dangerous medical advice via social media, advocating that dog owners stop giving their dogs heartworm preventives, vaccinations, etc & instead “protect” their animals using a “natural” dietary method. This is outrageous and dangerous. Eating a raw diet in NO way protects your dog from heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis). Wild canids are infested with parasites and have a much shorter life expectancy, so if a fallacious evolutionary argument has convinced you to stop giving your dog this medication, think again. Additionally, the treatment for a dog that is HW+ is difficult and unpleasant, and HW is a horrific way to die. I’ve dissected dogs who had HW when I took, and taught vet anatomy, and it is nasty. Yes, western medicine frequently makes mistakes, and it’s always smart to be your own (and your dog’s) advocate, question your DVM, and get a second opinion, but there is a HUGE difference between questioning, and deciding to throw out their advice entirely to follow what you’ve read on the IG account of someone with zero medical or no scientific training - just an FYI, I have an MSc & PhD in paleobiology, a 4 yr postdoc in physiology, & a 1.5 yr postdoc in canine orthopedics, and now teach human anatomy to graduate/professional level dental/PT students and conduct research in evolutionary morphology so I am not just rambling at you with zero credentials here. But I’m not a DVM, and I listen to my vet; and when I do want to challenge her, I make sure to dig through the primary literature (via PubMed & GoogleScholar) so that my arguments are backed by legitimate peer-reviewed sources. So by all means, get a second opinion but PLEASE, when doing your own independent research, use legitimate scientific sources 💜🦈🔬 #MilaOfTroy #BurritoScience #AdoptTheCropped #ThePhocidQueen
- PSA: It has come to my attention that some people have been sharing dangerous medical advice via social media, advocating that dog owners stop giving their dogs heartworm preventives, vaccinations, etc & instead “protect” their animals using a “natural” dietary method. This is outrageous and dangerous. Eating a raw diet in NO way protects your dog from heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis). Wild canids are infested with parasites and have a much shorter life expectancy, so if a fallacious evolutionary argument has convinced you to stop giving your dog this medication, think again. Additionally, the treatment for a dog that is HW+ is difficult and unpleasant, and HW is a horrific way to die. I’ve dissected dogs who had HW when I took, and taught vet anatomy, and it is nasty. Yes, western medicine frequently makes mistakes, and it’s always smart to be your own (and your dog’s) advocate, question your DVM, and get a second opinion, but there is a HUGE difference between questioning, and deciding to throw out their advice entirely to follow what you’ve read on the IG account of someone with zero medical or no scientific training - just an FYI, I have an MSc & PhD in paleobiology, a 4 yr postdoc in physiology, & a 1.5 yr postdoc in canine orthopedics, and now teach human anatomy to graduate/professional level dental/PT students and conduct research in evolutionary morphology so I am not just rambling at you with zero credentials here. But I’m not a DVM, and I listen to my vet; and when I do want to challenge her, I make sure to dig through the primary literature (via PubMed & GoogleScholar) so that my arguments are backed by legitimate peer-reviewed sources. So by all means, get a second opinion but PLEASE, when doing your own independent research, use legitimate scientific sources 💜🦈🔬 #MilaOfTroy #BurritoScience #AdoptTheCropped #ThePhocidQueen
- PSA: It has come to my attention that some people have been sharing dangerous medical advice via social media, advocating that dog owners stop giving their dogs heartworm preventives, vaccinations, etc & instead “protect” their animals using a “natural” dietary method. This is outrageous and dangerous. Eating a raw diet in NO way protects your dog from heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis). Wild canids are infested with parasites and have a much shorter life expectancy, so if a fallacious evolutionary argument has convinced you to stop giving your dog this medication, think again. Additionally, the treatment for a dog that is HW+ is difficult and unpleasant, and HW is a horrific way to die. I’ve dissected dogs who had HW when I took, and taught vet anatomy, and it is nasty. Yes, western medicine frequently makes mistakes, and it’s always smart to be your own (and your dog’s) advocate, question your DVM, and get a second opinion, but there is a HUGE difference between questioning, and deciding to throw out their advice entirely to follow what you’ve read on the IG account of someone with zero medical or no scientific training - just an FYI, I have an MSc & PhD in paleobiology, a 4 yr postdoc in physiology, & a 1.5 yr postdoc in canine orthopedics, and now teach human anatomy to graduate/professional level dental/PT students and conduct research in evolutionary morphology so I am not just rambling at you with zero credentials here. But I’m not a DVM, and I listen to my vet; and when I do want to challenge her, I make sure to dig through the primary literature (via PubMed & GoogleScholar) so that my arguments are backed by legitimate peer-reviewed sources. So by all means, get a second opinion but PLEASE, when doing your own independent research, use legitimate scientific sources 💜🦈🔬 #MilaOfTroy #BurritoScience #AdoptTheCropped #ThePhocidQueen
- Happy 2018!! 🎉💥🦈 I hope you all have a wonderful year, filled with unlimited treats and toys, car rides and hamhock massages, and an endless cat turd buffet! Many people are very upset about the state of affairs that was 2017. Personally, I always remind myself that it could be worse: we could be living through 14th century Europe when the bubonic plague struck (killing ~30-60% of Europe’s population), or living in Carthage in 146 BCE at the end of the Third Punic War, or in Nineveh in 612 BCE when the city was sacked by a coalition of Babylonians, Medes, Scythians and other ancient peoples. So when you start to become despondent about our current government, or anything going on today, just remember, we are living in the least violent time in human history statistically speaking. It is also the best possible time to be female, and the best time to live with a chronic illness (at least in the western world). Personally, with my chronic migraines, I would have been eaten by lions or wolves ages ago if I lived in an ancient society! 😂🐺🦁 In the grand scheme of things, it could definitely be worse! 😁🦈💜 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- Happy 2018!! 🎉💥🦈 I hope you all have a wonderful year, filled with unlimited treats and toys, car rides and hamhock massages, and an endless cat turd buffet! Many people are very upset about the state of affairs that was 2017. Personally, I always remind myself that it could be worse: we could be living through 14th century Europe when the bubonic plague struck (killing ~30-60% of Europe’s population), or living in Carthage in 146 BCE at the end of the Third Punic War, or in Nineveh in 612 BCE when the city was sacked by a coalition of Babylonians, Medes, Scythians and other ancient peoples. So when you start to become despondent about our current government, or anything going on today, just remember, we are living in the least violent time in human history statistically speaking. It is also the best possible time to be female, and the best time to live with a chronic illness (at least in the western world). Personally, with my chronic migraines, I would have been eaten by lions or wolves ages ago if I lived in an ancient society! 😂🐺🦁 In the grand scheme of things, it could definitely be worse! 😁🦈💜 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- Happy 2018!! 🎉💥🦈 I hope you all have a wonderful year, filled with unlimited treats and toys, car rides and hamhock massages, and an endless cat turd buffet! Many people are very upset about the state of affairs that was 2017. Personally, I always remind myself that it could be worse: we could be living through 14th century Europe when the bubonic plague struck (killing ~30-60% of Europe’s population), or living in Carthage in 146 BCE at the end of the Third Punic War, or in Nineveh in 612 BCE when the city was sacked by a coalition of Babylonians, Medes, Scythians and other ancient peoples. So when you start to become despondent about our current government, or anything going on today, just remember, we are living in the least violent time in human history statistically speaking. It is also the best possible time to be female, and the best time to live with a chronic illness (at least in the western world). Personally, with my chronic migraines, I would have been eaten by lions or wolves ages ago if I lived in an ancient society! 😂🐺🦁 In the grand scheme of things, it could definitely be worse! 😁🦈💜 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- The Phocid-simurgh is a Persian mythological deity, often depicted as a female avian-canine chimera, 🐺🦅with copper colored feathers, and is the mortal enemy of all snakes. 🐍 According to Iranian folklore, the Phocid-simurgh is considered to be so old that she has seen the destruction of the world three times over and thus has all of the knowledge of all previous eras. 💥🌍 She represents the union between the Earth and the sky, acting as a messenger between the two realms. If one ever becomes lost in the Vourukasha, the Persian world sea, the Phocid-simurgh will leave her home in the mighty Gaokerena tree,🌳 and bring you a @PlayologyPets Gallus gallus 🐥 scented Dual Layer Ring to aid you on your journey home so that you make it safely without running out of life-sustaining resources 💜🦈 #PlayologyPets #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- The Phocid-simurgh is a Persian mythological deity, often depicted as a female avian-canine chimera, 🐺🦅with copper colored feathers, and is the mortal enemy of all snakes. 🐍 According to Iranian folklore, the Phocid-simurgh is considered to be so old that she has seen the destruction of the world three times over and thus has all of the knowledge of all previous eras. 💥🌍 She represents the union between the Earth and the sky, acting as a messenger between the two realms. If one ever becomes lost in the Vourukasha, the Persian world sea, the Phocid-simurgh will leave her home in the mighty Gaokerena tree,🌳 and bring you a @PlayologyPets Gallus gallus 🐥 scented Dual Layer Ring to aid you on your journey home so that you make it safely without running out of life-sustaining resources 💜🦈 #PlayologyPets #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- The Phocid-simurgh is a Persian mythological deity, often depicted as a female avian-canine chimera, 🐺🦅with copper colored feathers, and is the mortal enemy of all snakes. 🐍 According to Iranian folklore, the Phocid-simurgh is considered to be so old that she has seen the destruction of the world three times over and thus has all of the knowledge of all previous eras. 💥🌍 She represents the union between the Earth and the sky, acting as a messenger between the two realms. If one ever becomes lost in the Vourukasha, the Persian world sea, the Phocid-simurgh will leave her home in the mighty Gaokerena tree,🌳 and bring you a @PlayologyPets Gallus gallus 🐥 scented Dual Layer Ring to aid you on your journey home so that you make it safely without running out of life-sustaining resources 💜🦈 #PlayologyPets #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- So xmas is over and NYE is almost here: it’s time to think about resolutions for 2018. What are yours? I would like to do more novel training activities with Mila. Teach her more tricks, work on her scent tracking, and agility moves in my backyard to keep her mind engaged. It’s easy for me to get so busy with work that I fall into the trap of just walking and playing with her and forget to provide creative mental enrichment. She’s an extremely intelligent and curious dog, and really loves when we do fun new activities together. I plan to do more for her brain 🧠 in 2018 🎉 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- So xmas is over and NYE is almost here: it’s time to think about resolutions for 2018. What are yours? I would like to do more novel training activities with Mila. Teach her more tricks, work on her scent tracking, and agility moves in my backyard to keep her mind engaged. It’s easy for me to get so busy with work that I fall into the trap of just walking and playing with her and forget to provide creative mental enrichment. She’s an extremely intelligent and curious dog, and really loves when we do fun new activities together. I plan to do more for her brain 🧠 in 2018 🎉 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- So xmas is over and NYE is almost here: it’s time to think about resolutions for 2018. What are yours? I would like to do more novel training activities with Mila. Teach her more tricks, work on her scent tracking, and agility moves in my backyard to keep her mind engaged. It’s easy for me to get so busy with work that I fall into the trap of just walking and playing with her and forget to provide creative mental enrichment. She’s an extremely intelligent and curious dog, and really loves when we do fun new activities together. I plan to do more for her brain 🧠 in 2018 🎉 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- If an alien species entered our solar system and sent their anthropologists down to Earth on an expedition to investigate our species, I bet they would be tremendously confused and would perhaps write up the following report: Earth is overrun by a bipedal species of primates that drape themselves in an array of colorful woven textiles, and share their dwellings with a completely unrelated canid (or felid) species that appears not to offer any particular overt service to the living residence. This primate takes frequent and seemingly aimless patrols around its village, attached to a rope, and lead by the canid. During these treks, the primate often collects the fecal matter deposited by the canid, by hand, in small neon colored bags and carries it to the home residence. The purposes of this collection remain unclear, except that the collection practice is not uniform between the primates, and occasional fights break out concerning their collection methods (or lack-thereof). Inside the domicile, the primates appear to spend an inordinate amount of time stroking and worshipping the small canids, and providing them with food. The sleeping arrangements of some primates are even seemingly oriented around the comfort and needs of the canids. The canids do not appear to acquire any food for the home, or participate in any useful activities aside from sleeping, or destroying random items. Upon the entrance of a visiting primate into the home, the canid engages in an elaborate welcoming ritual and loud noises are exchanged between the primate and the canid. The canids were also found to emit clamorous vocalizations whenever they detected an outdoor disturbance or desired more victuals, and the primates would generally respond within minutes to see to their demands. Thus it is our conclusion that the canids are overlords, ruling over the primates as some sort of servant species 💜🦈 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- If an alien species entered our solar system and sent their anthropologists down to Earth on an expedition to investigate our species, I bet they would be tremendously confused and would perhaps write up the following report: Earth is overrun by a bipedal species of primates that drape themselves in an array of colorful woven textiles, and share their dwellings with a completely unrelated canid (or felid) species that appears not to offer any particular overt service to the living residence. This primate takes frequent and seemingly aimless patrols around its village, attached to a rope, and lead by the canid. During these treks, the primate often collects the fecal matter deposited by the canid, by hand, in small neon colored bags and carries it to the home residence. The purposes of this collection remain unclear, except that the collection practice is not uniform between the primates, and occasional fights break out concerning their collection methods (or lack-thereof). Inside the domicile, the primates appear to spend an inordinate amount of time stroking and worshipping the small canids, and providing them with food. The sleeping arrangements of some primates are even seemingly oriented around the comfort and needs of the canids. The canids do not appear to acquire any food for the home, or participate in any useful activities aside from sleeping, or destroying random items. Upon the entrance of a visiting primate into the home, the canid engages in an elaborate welcoming ritual and loud noises are exchanged between the primate and the canid. The canids were also found to emit clamorous vocalizations whenever they detected an outdoor disturbance or desired more victuals, and the primates would generally respond within minutes to see to their demands. Thus it is our conclusion that the canids are overlords, ruling over the primates as some sort of servant species 💜🦈 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- If an alien species entered our solar system and sent their anthropologists down to Earth on an expedition to investigate our species, I bet they would be tremendously confused and would perhaps write up the following report: Earth is overrun by a bipedal species of primates that drape themselves in an array of colorful woven textiles, and share their dwellings with a completely unrelated canid (or felid) species that appears not to offer any particular overt service to the living residence. This primate takes frequent and seemingly aimless patrols around its village, attached to a rope, and lead by the canid. During these treks, the primate often collects the fecal matter deposited by the canid, by hand, in small neon colored bags and carries it to the home residence. The purposes of this collection remain unclear, except that the collection practice is not uniform between the primates, and occasional fights break out concerning their collection methods (or lack-thereof). Inside the domicile, the primates appear to spend an inordinate amount of time stroking and worshipping the small canids, and providing them with food. The sleeping arrangements of some primates are even seemingly oriented around the comfort and needs of the canids. The canids do not appear to acquire any food for the home, or participate in any useful activities aside from sleeping, or destroying random items. Upon the entrance of a visiting primate into the home, the canid engages in an elaborate welcoming ritual and loud noises are exchanged between the primate and the canid. The canids were also found to emit clamorous vocalizations whenever they detected an outdoor disturbance or desired more victuals, and the primates would generally respond within minutes to see to their demands. Thus it is our conclusion that the canids are overlords, ruling over the primates as some sort of servant species 💜🦈 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- I love going home and visiting my family for the holidays, but leaving the Phocid Queen causes a physical pain that is difficult to bear. I keep feeling for her warm velveteen black bean-Burrito body in the bed next to me whenever I’m half awake, and every time I put something in the floor I have a moment of confusion thinking: I can’t put this here, Mila might get into it, oh wait, she’s not here 😭. I would die if she wasn’t being worshipped by a live-in Royal Phocid Shark-Sitter who is staying with her in her Royal Phocid Palace. To be honest, I wouldn’t leave if I couldn’t find someone to do this. The first year I adopted Murphy, I didn’t go home at xmas just because I had only had him for two months and didn’t feel as though I should leave him for any length of time yet. If an alien species landed on Earth tomorrow and saw the lengths that some humans go to take care of another unrelated species that they collect and have living in their house, I would imagine that they would be very confused and perhaps amused 😂 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- I love going home and visiting my family for the holidays, but leaving the Phocid Queen causes a physical pain that is difficult to bear. I keep feeling for her warm velveteen black bean-Burrito body in the bed next to me whenever I’m half awake, and every time I put something in the floor I have a moment of confusion thinking: I can’t put this here, Mila might get into it, oh wait, she’s not here 😭. I would die if she wasn’t being worshipped by a live-in Royal Phocid Shark-Sitter who is staying with her in her Royal Phocid Palace. To be honest, I wouldn’t leave if I couldn’t find someone to do this. The first year I adopted Murphy, I didn’t go home at xmas just because I had only had him for two months and didn’t feel as though I should leave him for any length of time yet. If an alien species landed on Earth tomorrow and saw the lengths that some humans go to take care of another unrelated species that they collect and have living in their house, I would imagine that they would be very confused and perhaps amused 😂 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped
- I love going home and visiting my family for the holidays, but leaving the Phocid Queen causes a physical pain that is difficult to bear. I keep feeling for her warm velveteen black bean-Burrito body in the bed next to me whenever I’m half awake, and every time I put something in the floor I have a moment of confusion thinking: I can’t put this here, Mila might get into it, oh wait, she’s not here 😭. I would die if she wasn’t being worshipped by a live-in Royal Phocid Shark-Sitter who is staying with her in her Royal Phocid Palace. To be honest, I wouldn’t leave if I couldn’t find someone to do this. The first year I adopted Murphy, I didn’t go home at xmas just because I had only had him for two months and didn’t feel as though I should leave him for any length of time yet. If an alien species landed on Earth tomorrow and saw the lengths that some humans go to take care of another unrelated species that they collect and have living in their house, I would imagine that they would be very confused and perhaps amused 😂 #MilaOfTroy #ThePhocidQueen #AdoptTheCropped

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