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So Paige and I were filming us playing with Nikka yesterday. For [livejournal.com profile] beasts_and_men mostly. And in retrospect, I realized...the end of this video sounds a lot like the beginning of a found footage horror film xDDDDDD

NO SERIOUSLY WATCH IT. You may have to turn the volume up to hear what Mom's saying well.

And then I remembered I also have this from last summer...

So...Paige and I have decided to go ahead and just film constantly from now through this weekend and see if we can frankenstein together a bit of a horror movie out of it. Considering our house+woods are just. Legitimately pretty creepy. xDDDD We're also going to try and scare each other throughout the weekend to get some of that sort of footage as well.

ALSO DAD GAVE ME AN EXTERNAL HARDDRIVE YAAAY (my computer memory has gotten...really full lmfao)
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So I finally found the upload cord from my camera. I got some old pictures off it, plus some I just took yesterday and the day before of Tripper fetching in the snow. He's SO HAPPY ABOUT THE SNOW OMGGG

Cookiez )

Tripper+Nikka )
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So on Thursday we went down to Petco and got Tripper a new bed (as well as new, limited-ingredient, high-quality food that he loves and should help with his itchies, yay!)

Unfortunately, Nikka thinks it should be her bed.

Tripper is afraid to disagree. )
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Our first snowfall was last night! Tripper was very excited.

Photos thisway )

Sewing post coming up soon!
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Internet problems seem to have been solved. I think. Yay!

This morning, I woke up to find Tripper staring at me. This conversation commenced:

Me: Hai Tripper :D
Tripper: :3 *tailwag* *STARE*
Me: Come on up! *pats corner of couch where my feet are*
Tripper: *stares at me as if I've lost my mind*
Me: ...*pats again* come on!
Tripper: *continues to stare*
Me: *leans up a bit to pat more emphatically*
Tripper: *wedges self between my head and the armrest*
Me: D: ...not what I meant!
Tripper: *stares at me with woe as I invade his personal space with my head*

Then Paige came downstairs and took pictures. )

Apparently that is HIS corner of the couch, thankyouverymuch. He stayed there until I decided I did not want to sleep on dogbutt and got up.

Also, got a good photo of Nikka, since her self-warming bed is back so she was quite asleep:

Yeah, that's our DVR box. No, it is not good for it to be slept on by a cat. I say it's back because we had to get it replaced after she decided to go warm up on it after a long night of being outside in the rain...

.......she apparently was not very impressed with it having sparked and smoked at her, since she's sleeping on the new one...

6 n 9;

In OTHER news I dreamt (AGAIN) about getting a cat. It's very similar to the last one I had, in that the cat could make an 'oh'-sounding noise, that sounded like it was speaking; and it came into the house an unusual way (the front door that we don't use). It was also an older adult cat. I WANT A CAT THAT DOESN'T HATE ME ;A;
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Hey look, new icon!

And some photos from Tripper snuggling all up on me yesterday when I got home:

Cut for ur convenience 6 u 9 )

Also, some music. I'm in love with this song (as well as Mrs. Pumpkin's Comical Dream) right now:

Sewing post coming later! I finished the bunny last night. It would be happening, like, now, but my internet connection is still unusably slow, it took me long enough just to upload those two photos. Have determined it is probably due to virii hogging my bandwidth, so have downloaded Avast and am running a scan. We'll deal with the school's firewall not liking Avast when we get there.
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HEY GUYS IT'S PHOTO TIME yeah I found my USB for my camera :D :D

There's some different stuff here like some Tripper pics and the stuff we bought at the mall AND (WARNING) photos from the day of the hurricane to show the damage from the tree and lines being tugged around, so if that sort of thing is scary or triggering for you proceed with caution. I'll put those at the beginning under a first cut if you want to skip them and see just the cute photos k? K LET'S GO o u o


Not-storm photos )

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Omg we have a major storm brewing right now. Like it's about as dark outside right now as it would be at 5AM. And it only just started raining.

I hope this keeps up through work, I love stormy days at work. :D It feels so cozy, serving hot coffee to people during a rainstorm (or when it's snowing out)! And it seems to put people in a better mood than when it's sunny out, hell if I know why. I know that's not the usual trend, but customer trends at coffee shops seem to be very different than usual customer trends.

OMG now it is REALLY raining. And thunder. Excited! This also means the pain in my ears will stop soon (very sensitive to pressure changes).

Anyways, a bit more talking about training Tripper. Worked with him a bit more last night. I've decided the best solution to my and his non-syncing schedule is to do very short sessions with him in the evenings, so he won't get tired and frustrated. We worked on 'brofist' because he's having a lot of trouble with 'lick' still so I want to wait and work on that separately.

I have a hard time understanding why people who have the time to work with their dogs, don't. I don't think I really knew Tripper before I started training him, and I was vastly underestimating his intelligence, too. I mean, it's not like I'm an awesome trainer, we're learning together and I think I'm getting a lot better.

I wish I could go outside and stand in the rain a bit, maybe even walk into the woods (good chance then of encountering the new inhabitants close-up, I think...at least, rain used to draw the old ones out, even though they were usually not active during the day). But I have work later and don't want to have to take another shower between now and then. Also, there's a fog that's collecting in the woods in a way that makes me kind of uneasy.
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A few videos of Tripper!

From the beach:

And mom taped this last night; I bring Tripper some munchkins after work every night. This has taught him to tell time somehow, and he gets excited around 9:45 every night, although I don't get home until about 10:10. I've been working on him being a bit more relaxed about the donuts; just a few weeks ago, he wouldn't have been able to focus enough to lay down, let alone practice a new trick (brofist).

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Tripper and I have the house to ourselves a bit, so I took the opportunity to do some training with him :D I couldn't find his clicker, but he caught on to my verbal marker ('yes!') immediately. We ran through some things he knows already to get him warmed up (touch, down, sit) and to try and work a bit more on distinguishing between 'sit' and 'down'...he still thinks they mean the same thing 6 n 9 I can't start teaching him proper stays until he knows the difference. He blatantly refused to do 'show your belly' on hardwood (barked at me when I asked, then offered everything else he knew very quickly xD) and then when I got him on the bed and asked him to do it, he looked at all the things around him (he didn't have much space) and then gave me an 'are you serious?' look. I guess it's moot since we don't have any carpet in the house any more, so it's not like he can ever show it off since he won't do it on hard surfaces P:

So then we started working on a few new things...'lick', which I've been wanting to teach him for awhile (to get him to clean his mouth when he's drooling or foaming after eating, blegh) and 'brofist', as well as meeting my eyes when I call his name. He got 'brofist' really fast, probably because Derek already taught him to give low-fives when a hand is offered palm-up, so it was the second thing he offered after trying to 'touch' (we do nose-touches). 'Lick' he is having a bit more trouble with, he'll get it for awhile but then he's not sure of himself and starts offering other behaviors in addition to the lick to see if he'll get a jackpot xD his favorite at the moment is hitting me with his paw while he licks.

We also kept practicing 'touch' just to mix something in with the other two and because he likes it (I think he especially enjoys the behaviors that involve interacting with me - he gets kind of excited about 'brofist' too) and practiced a bit on leaving food, which he did surprisingly well with. I got him to run through several tricks, including trying to practice down vs. sit and even though that one frustrates him a bit he didn't get distracted/frustrated and grab the treat off the floor like he used to.

Anyways, we're taking a break right now. I'm nervous because I have to report for jury duty tomorrow :C Dad had me drive there and back twice so I know how to get there, but there's still a lot of interacting! And what if I get called?! I can only hope that my obvious terror of people will keep them from picking me, since I refuse to lie to get out of it. ;A;
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A few 'creepy' things in my house that are actually not creepy at all:

The downstairs bathroom door. For some reason dad took it off its hinges awhile ago, and he put it back on at a slant somehow, and now it closes itself - with a good portion of its own weight behind it, so it feels rather forceful. There's no way to get it to stay open more than a crack, as soon as you stop touching it it closes. Tripper has gotten himself locked in the bathroom a few times like this, because he can't figure out how to open the door towards himself, and instead pushes it all the way shut with his nose :P

The mysterious light in the basement. The first time I passed by the basement and saw all the lights were off but it was still illuminated by a blue glow, I was quite frightened. Since then I have found that this happens on most nights, and combined with the fact that Derek and his buddies have been cleaning out down there, I can only conclude they keep leaving some sort of light on down there that isn't controlled by the main switch.

The weird noises in the middle of the night. Most actually dad snoring. Can be quite startling when you're all the way upstairs and at one end of the house, and he's all the way downstairs and at the other end; and he snores sporadically, not constantly. The rest of the noises are bats outside.

Anyways...hmm...Nikka got in a fight last night with something. I assume another cat, but I only heard her yowl, and by the time Tripper charged outside to rescue her, the other thing was apparently gone; he sniffed all over the yard and the path he seemed to be sniffing led to the trees near the woods. Also, she was soaking wet from the belly down. Not like 'the ground is dewy' kind of wet, and it was a hot night so we didn't have much dew anyways. It was like she had been wading in water. The nearest water is the creek in the woods. I'm not drawing any conclusions, it was just a strange incident.

Also, standing outside watching for your dark-colored dog at night, with no glasses on, is fucking scary ;n;

Here's some music:

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We brought Tripper to the beach yesterday! Seabrook, which is one of those 'dogs are supposed to stay on a leash, but if they behave nobody will say anything' places, so we had Tripper off-leash only when playing fetch with him, which is when he behaves best. He was even good when some other off-leash dogs came around and were playing fetch into the water as well.

I got a bit of a sunburn, and kind of wish I had been able to bring one of my sun-umbrellas, but as I had designated myself Photographer it would have been difficult to juggle.

I took over 200 photos :o! In only an hour or so! I ended up tossing about 38 of them for being very crappy, and ended up with exactly 200 that went up on facebook. I'm only uploading a small fraction of my favorites here so as not to photospam y'all :P also, coding 200 photos into an entry would be both boring and annoying.

Photos under hurr! )

Stay tuned for a baking post in about five minutes. I wanted to separate them so people who wanted to see the baking post don't have to deal with the photospam load time :P


Aug. 13th, 2011 12:42 am
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The promised videos!

Tripper loses the ball in the woods, refuses to go after it:

Tripper gets frustrated with my lack of Go-Go-Gadget Arms:

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Some photos that were sitting on my camera from last week, and some I took today :D

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Dad's gone a bit wild over ancestry.com :P he's traced our family back pretty well. Apparently, I'm 3rd generation out of Canada, and possibly from Ireland before then; and on Mom's side, mostly German, as I already knew (her mom's family name before she married was Schroeder, I even used that name for awhile back when I was calling myself Azrael like a baby goth :P).

He's still puzzled over why one of his female ancestors was on one census listed as a daughter, then on the next, apparently married to her brother. It's obvious to me that they were already married but were living with the parents and they just listed her as 'daughter' because 'daughter-in-law' was too long for the form, or just out of mistake.

Sorry the rest of this got a bit bland and insipid, probably because I'm still dealing with some emotional issues.

Bland rambling )

I am also surprised by how popular my latest creepypasta on halfdeer is. And it gave Amanda a nightmare, but that is entirely her own fault, I sent it to her in the middle of the afternoon and she waited until THREE AM to read it. But I based it on my own fears, which in retrospect should have been the most obvious way to start.

Tripper is carrying around a hockey puck in his mouth again lmfao xD
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Watching this wonderful documentary, Dogs Decoded. It's available to stream on Netflix, EVERYBODY GO WATCH IT IT'S AWESOME

It summarizes some research into communication between dogs and humans. Some really interesting things:

Dogs look to the left of people's faces first - as people do when looking at each other to get a more accurate read of emotions. They don't do this with each other (obviously, as dogs don't express emotion in their face, for the most part).

And they just demonstrated quite a few people very accurately reading the emotion and situation of the barks of dogs they weren't even familiar with :D

These are both behaviors that they must have evolved during the long process of domestication, since wolves obviously have no need to read the emotion in people's faces - nor do they - and they only bark as a warning.

I doubt we'll ever see this kind of communication with cats, even if we gave them as much time domesticated as dogs have had; cats are rarely selected for their ability to communicate with people, because they don't perform any job that requires it. Dogs, on the other hand, even the pets we have today, are descended from animals that performed closely with people for a very long time, and were selected for their ability to perform tasks with people and work for people.

There's also the fact that that potential was probably already there - wolves were working together long before we started domesticating them. Cats are generally loners, not social animals.

I think I discussed last time I watched a dog documentary - that dogs understand the human indication of pointing, which wolves do not. I didn't realize, though, as they show in this one, that chimps don't understand it, either. I'm surprised they haven't developed that yet. Also, they're now demonstrating that dogs don't just understand pointing, but also the human gesture of the indicative glance.

Also, a collie is currently demonstrating her ability to use abstract thinking by seeing a photo and bringing the toy it represents. AMAZING. The best part was that you could just see her getting it the first time they did it - she stared at it for a moment, then barked suddenly and turned and ran to the toys. Ffff dogs are so awesome


May. 19th, 2011 12:09 pm
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My dog can extend his tongue like...like a probiscus.

He just attacked my stomach with it.



Srsly though, he can stick it like. Straight out. When he wants to. And he'll poke you with it.

Oh and this meme )

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