Juniper's Journey

Hullo! Cardinal here. I'm the (proud) owner of a nearly 2 year old Rottie/GSD mix named Juniper. Despite early socialization and training my muttface grew into a dog aggressive leash reactive lady. This blog is to document our journey together. :) Do not be surprised by a bit of madness thrown in, reblogging random things, etc.. but this will mainly be a dog/reactive dog/dog training blog.

I know in person I come off as distant, unfeeling, and unaffected. I’m sorry if its intimidating at all. I know I’m the punchline and not contributing to conversation outside of a lewd joke, acting dull and flippant.

What you don’t know is I actually care. I want to join intense conversations, but then people would discover I’m not made of stone. Not all sharp edges and sarcasm.

That’s scary. Heart stopping, stomach dropping.

missjalesi:

I found this on a certain ‘Inspiring Am Bully breeder’ facebook. And it makes me laugh. Really hard.
First thing first: the dogs. The picture of the pit bull isn’t great to judge how conditioned it is except for it’s back end… which has been cut off (because logic). It would be better if the dog had it’s front legs on the ground. The Am Bully appears to have most of it’s weight on it’s front paws and is in a terrier stance. Also, the same amount of muscle on a shorter frame is going to naturally look bigger.
Secondly, just because the muscles are bigger doesn’t mean they’re stronger. The guy at the top is a kickboxer (or similar). His muscles are there in order to kick butts and take names. He’s trained in fighting techniques and has the stamina to last in matches that could go on for 5+ minutes. He knows his strengths and weaknesses and uses them to his advantage. The guy at the bottom is a body builder. He can lift a large amount of weight at a time but his stamina is very low. His muscles are purely there for the aesthetics. In a fight, he would have to knock out his opponent quickly with a well placed blow or he won’t stand a chance.
Finally, just because the muscles are there in the first place doesn’t mean the dog will choose to use them. A key trait of the APBT is tenacity. A game APBT must have enough the tenacity to ignore pain, ignore everything and go after what he wants. Am Bullies often lack this trait. They’re not working dogs. They’re pets that have docile temperaments.

missjalesi:

I found this on a certain ‘Inspiring Am Bully breeder’ facebook. And it makes me laugh. Really hard.

First thing first: the dogs. The picture of the pit bull isn’t great to judge how conditioned it is except for it’s back end… which has been cut off (because logic). It would be better if the dog had it’s front legs on the ground. The Am Bully appears to have most of it’s weight on it’s front paws and is in a terrier stance. Also, the same amount of muscle on a shorter frame is going to naturally look bigger.

Secondly, just because the muscles are bigger doesn’t mean they’re stronger. The guy at the top is a kickboxer (or similar). His muscles are there in order to kick butts and take names. He’s trained in fighting techniques and has the stamina to last in matches that could go on for 5+ minutes. He knows his strengths and weaknesses and uses them to his advantage. The guy at the bottom is a body builder. He can lift a large amount of weight at a time but his stamina is very low. His muscles are purely there for the aesthetics. In a fight, he would have to knock out his opponent quickly with a well placed blow or he won’t stand a chance.

Finally, just because the muscles are there in the first place doesn’t mean the dog will choose to use them. A key trait of the APBT is tenacity. A game APBT must have enough the tenacity to ignore pain, ignore everything and go after what he wants. Am Bullies often lack this trait. They’re not working dogs. They’re pets that have docile temperaments.

Did You Know Even Dogs Get Breast Cancer?

dogwalksnow:

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Did you know a dog could develop breast cancer just like a human can? That’s right, even a male dog!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we wanted to get this information out to dog owners. If breast cancer is caught in early stages it can be treated successfully! As a dog owner,…

I’d rather deal with breast cancer any day of the week then deal with bone cancers, orthopedic issues, or lifetime incontinence. Besides, new research is showing spaying has very little to do with the formation of mammory tumors.

 Nice PSA, otherwise.

A PSA about Dog Chews

missjalesi:

It’s extremely important that you pay attention to what you’re feeding your animals, even more so if they’re going to be eating a lot of something in one sitting. Chews are something people should be giving their dogs as chewing is a natural behavior in dogs. Chews can be used as enrichment, to keep your dog busy and as a way to curb destructive behavior. Most of the cheaper chews on the market are designed to be eaten in one day and this can cause problems like blockages when they’re poorly formulated.

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I’m guilty of a few of the offenders, but it comes down to a know thy dog for stuff like the smoked beef knuckles (mostly cartridge) and pork ears (which hey, are better if you make yourself! Same with actual raw hide).

Nice list though! This needs to be said more often.

Seriously?

The reptiles ‘cuddling’ in pet stores do not ‘love’ one another.

Thats not an excuse to house them together.

Oh my god.

missjalesi:

people who proudly post pictures of their animals in dirty living conditions…

LOOK WHAT I MADE! Green 1inch dog collar that fits a 12-14inch neck. White suede lacing with clear crystal rivets. Silver hardwear. Excuse the suede dust, this was before it was cleaned. The cats were the only one small enough to model it. :( Since the owner has received it, I can post here!

Someone suggested to breed down bears to make tiny bears to keep as pets.

Why. Just why.

Anonymous asked: Live plants in my BP's enclosure--thoughts? I know they're heavy bodied snakes and don't care for them, so this would be more for me and wanting to make his enclosure look nice :)

bendragon-cumbersmaug:

I have absolutely zero amount of green thumb. I can grow trees and that’s about it.

Followers, what do you think for live plant ideas?? I definitely think that no matter what, you should keep the plants in pots so they can be removed asap. Make sure you buy nothing with pesticides or chemicals on the plants or soil, either.

I think most anything would be smooshed. I have a couple species of succulents in my enclosure and are letting them ‘detox’ for a couple months in eco-earth… But I mean these are for a future Spotted Python which aren’t really fat-fats. Spider plants may be hardy enough to work, mondo grass as well. Either way I’d allow them ATLEAST 4 weeks to detox in soil (like eco earth) with absolutely no pesticides or fertilizers organic materials (cow manure) or other. I’m keeping mind in the pots as well for easy removal and cleaning. I’m using a turkey baster to water to keep from wetting EVERYTHING.

Finding ‘decoys’ for a reactive dog is freaking impossible.