Tapetum Lucidum.
Cool creature of the night.

How my cat tells me it’s time to wake up.




Dog Breeds That Greatly Resemble Wolves:

1. Sarloos Wolfhound (aka Saarlooswolfhond)- (H: <76cm; W: <40kg) Very rare. Only recommended for experienced dog owners as it retains a lot of wolf-like traits. The breed originated when Leendert Saarloos attempted to create a new and improved “german shepherd” that was immune to distemper by crossbreeding german shepherds with Mackenzie Valley Wolves. He ultimately failed in that quest but made a pretty badass-looking pooch in the process.

2. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog - (H: >60cm; W: >20kg) Quick, lively, very active, courageous and very social. Needs a lot of socialization due to strong prey drive and pack mentality. They are frequently used as SAR dogs due to their strong work drive, as well. They can easily get bored, disobedient, and temperamental when forced to do the same tricks repeatedly.

3. American Alsatian (aka Alsatian Shepalute)- (H:24-28in/61-71cm; W:75-120lbs/34-54kg) Bred to look like the now-extinct Dire Wolf. A calm dog with a low working drive that likes being close and affectionate with its owners, although it tends toward aloofness and does not initiate play unless encouraged.

4. Jamthund (aka Swedish Elkhound) - (H:20-26in/52-65cm; W:55-77lbs/25-35kg) Although it is calm and affectionate with family, it has a strong prey drive and tendency towards being dog-aggressive, so it should be well socialized. It is considered a good all-around dog because of its work drive, playfulness, and eagerness to please its master.

5. Native American Indian Dog (NAID) - (H: 23-34in/58-67cm; W: 55-120lbs/25-55kg) Highly intelligent, highly trainable, loyal, protective, and very eager to please their owner. They should be socialized to avoid shyness and anxiety. They have a strong pack mentality so you need to be able to be the “alpha dog” to raise them, but they tend to do well with other animals when you establish this. 

6. Shikoku Inu - (H: 17-21in/43-53cm; W: 30-55lbs) This is a Japanese breed that is considerably difficult to find outside of Japan. It’s medium-sized (falling right in between the Akita and Shiba Inu) and has four official color variations: Sesame, Black, Tan, and Cream. They have a high pack mentality and prey drive (although certain Youtube videos suggest otherwise), as well as a history of health problems, but fans of them seem to be loyalists for a reason. They were also the star animals of a popular manga/anime called ‘Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin (Silver Fang: Shooting Star Silver)’.

7. Tamaskan Dog - (H: 24-33in/61-84cm; W: 55-95lbs/25-43kg) A large, intelligent and athletic sleddog breed. They excel at competitive dog sports, as therapy/assistance dogs, and are another breed that makes a good SAR dog. Despite their potential in the competitive arena, they can be very laidback and friendly when given adequate attention and exercise. They are not fond of being alone, and will destroy everything in sight to remind you of that fact if you leave them too long or too often. They are also cunning escape artists. Some lines have a problem with shyness and high prey-drives.

8. Seppala Siberian Sleddog - (H: 22-23in/56-58cm; W: 40-50lbs/18-23kg) A rare, working dog breed that shares its ancestry with the Siberian Husky. Affectionate, cooperative/highly-trainable, highly-bonded, and primitive in feature. They have a stable and serious temperament, and tend to be very reserved around strangers, though alert and inquisitive when alone or with their human companion. They were not bred for looks and many are a buff white. They share the same history of health problems with most of the Northern breeds.

9. Northern Inuit Dog(H: 23-32in/58-82cm; W: 55-79lbs/25-50kg) Stubborn and quick-witted, but lacking any aggression. They have a strong pack mentality and need to be governed by an ‘alpha dog’. They need dog-experienced owners due to the difficulty of training them and their tendency toward anxiety and self-destructive behavior (as in gnawing at themselves, not binge drinking). They also require a lot of socialization. If you watched Game of Thrones, you should probably recognize this breed as it was used for the Dire Wolf pups.

10. Utonagan(H: 23-30in/58-80cm; W: 55-79lbs/25-50kg) A great family dog due to its playfulness, loyalty, and ease of socializing with other small animals and children. They are also highly intelligent, easy to train, and ‘boisterous at play’. They have a strong pack mentality, so ‘alpha dog’ is needed here, too. It has a thick, double coat that requires a lot of grooming and  looks quite different in winter.

I left out a few. Feel free to add some in comments.

(Images and information courtesy of Google; mostly Wikipedia and Youtube)

oh my lord what is that wolf doing there in the 1st pic.. its definedly no saarloos.. omg…

The Shikoku information is a little incorrect as well.

I think it is a fallacy to think that Shikoku Ken are “pack dogs”. They were traditionally hunted solo or in pairs and can exhibit dog aggression, anxiety, and easily redirect frustration from my experience, in various forms and levels.

They do have a high prey drive - very high - and become overstimulated easily. Individuals can become acclimated to anything. My Shikoku warms up quickly with children, but I would not trust him alone with children. I know both of the Shikoku in the videos and I don’t think their owners would say their dogs are not high-drive, either.

The Shikoku colors are: sesame (traditional “wild” coloring), black sesame (the traditional “wild” coloring with a higher frequency of black hairs), red sesame (the traditional “wild” coloring with a lower frequency of black hairs), black (black with tan points), and white/cream (solid white or light yellow).

One thing I do have to say is correct is the health issues—but I will add that my Shikoku, while extremely anxious (and a dog that redirects easily) desperately loves to please me and does well with direction and learning. They are very intelligent dogs that can be great for the right home and with the right stimulation. Active homes required. 

^Thanks for the additions from both of you. (And I believe it may be a Mackenzie Valley wolf hybrid in the first photo, but I cannot seem to find the photo again.)

Films (and Shows) Watched in 2014

Akira: 4/5
All About My Dog:
The Atomic Brain: 1.75/5 (I really want to remake this one with modern special effects but without changing any of the plot)
Coffee Prince: 3.25/5
Drugstore Girl: 2/5
Edge of Tomorrow: 4/5
Fire and Ice: 3/5
47 Ronin: 3.5/5
Fargo (TV series): 3.5/5
Frozen: 3/5
Girl: 2.25/5
Godzilla: 3.5/5
Hatchet: 3/5
Hebi Ichigo: 4/5
Helter Skelter: 4/5 (Beautiful film, cliché Japanese theme, but the cinematography works with it better than any other I’ve seen)
Her: 3.25/5
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug:
Hypnosis: 3.25/5 (Another cheesy one I want to see remade without any plot changes just for the hell of it, no pun intended)
The Last Dragon | A Fantasy Made Real: 1/5 (What am I doing with my life?)
The Lawnmower Man: 3.5/5
The LEGO Movie: 4.25/5
Lift: 1/5
Maleficent: 3.75/5
Midnight Eagle: 2.75/5
Ponyo: 4/5
The Razor’s Edge: 3.5/5
Rabbit on the Moon: 2.5/5
Reply 1997: ~ watching
Rock and Rule: 1.5/5
(Tommy Wiseau’s) The Room: UNRATED. (Don’t want to dissuade anyone from this experience.)
She Gods of Shark Reef: 1.5/5
Le Tableau/The Painting: 4.75/5 (Beautiful film.)
Transcendence: 3.75/5
True Detective (TV Series): 3.5/5
22 Jumpstreet: 2/5
La Vie en Rose: 3.75/5 (Don’t know much about Edith Piaf, so this rating may be subject to change.)
Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women: 2/5
Wizards: 0.5/5 (Simply because it was animated in the 1970s)
The Wyrrd Sisters (Discworld Ep. 1): 2.75/5
Yae no Sakura: ~ (Still watching it…)

[] The Fall 
[] Rurouni Kenshin
[] Silent Hill Revelations 
[] The Fisher King
[] The Uninvited
[] Flight of Dragons
[] Fritz the Cat
[] American Pop
[] Cool World
[] Heavy Metal
[] A Dangerous Method
[] Nezumi, Edo o Hashiru
[] Black Cat, White Cat
[] Swing Girls
[] Blue is the Warmest Color

So, I found the new BT Single PV. I don’t know if someone’s already posted links to it; but there it is, and here’s a very crappy, delirious translation:

You’re a lost child (**I always choke on how to translate ‘da ne~’), Come on now,
Don’t be afraid
Let’s play by stepping with shadows
Becoming invisible
Reach out your hand, Take a look,
Reach out your hand, Gently touch fingertips
Piercing through (possessive pronoun) chest (**bad translation but nothing sounds right), Exploding
Surely beautiful until death(**throw a pronoun in there if you like) 
(I) dreamt, (I) dreamt (**or ‘had a dream, had a dream’, even more fun if you mix and match pronouns — which I feel is the more intended interpretation than keeping this all first person)
(**The chorus translation is a mess 8( )
Let’s play with a blindfold,
Who is behind the boy?
If I let out (poss. pronoun) voice, it feels like a lie
Let out (poss. pronoun) voice one last time
Piercing through (possessive pronoun) chest, Exploding
Surely beautiful until death 
Disappearing, Shattering
Embrace (me) more strongly, strongly
Piercing through (possessive pronoun) chest, Exploding
Surely beautiful until death 
(pronoun) had a dream, (pronoun) had a dream
Reach out your hand, Take a look,
Reach out your hand, Gently touch fingertips

If I let out (poss. pronoun) voice, it feels like a lie
Let out (poss. pronoun) voice one last time
Piercing through (possessive pronoun) chest, Exploding
Surely beautiful until death 
Disappearing, Shattering
Embrace (me) more strongly, strongly
Piercing through (possessive pronoun) chest, Exploding
Surely beautiful until death 
(pronoun) had a dream, (pronoun) had a dream

Excuse me while I try this and break a hip. 

Well, yesterday was a pretty damn good day. Not only did I actually have time to go on tumblr, I also got a free Keurig, went out to dinner with some coworkers at the Cheesecake factory, and then I came home to find some of my new furniture was delivered. Nice. :)

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"The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. If you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em. If it hurts, repeat it. But to praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else. We have almost lost hold; we can no longer describe a happy man, nor make any celebration of joy."

Ursula Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

#i love dark and grim narratives a lot but i’m so sick of how popular they are#nope just because a story shows us the awful side of humanity and existence it doesn’t mean it’s good #nope just because a story shows us the awful sides of humanity and existence itself it doesn’t mean it’s good #especially if the execution is terrible which is where too many of these narratives fall flat (via sokkasass)

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6810. Floating Market in Thailand. Mmmmm. SO much food and fun! Wish my stomach can be big enough to fill with all that fooooood.


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6810. Floating Market in Thailand. Mmmmm. SO much food and fun! Wish my stomach can be big enough to fill with all that fooooood.




I’m laughing harder than when I first saw this in the 6th grade 

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Tags: lol omg


Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not ‘you’. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato.

The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.


— NASA Lunar Science Institute, We Originated in the Belly of a Star (2012)

(Source: thinksquad, via taylormundo)

Movies Watched in 2013:

[4/5] 200 Pound Beauty/ 미녀는 괴로워 (2006) - This almost made me cry, wtf… I blame PMS…
[1.5/5] Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
[1.75/5] Antique Bakery
[1/5] The Big Wedding
[4/5] Castle of Sand / Suna no Utsuwa (1974)
[2.5/5] (Genroku) Chushingura/The 47 Ronin (1941) - It was almost FOUR HOURS long, but impressive for the time period…
[4/5] Chushingura/The 47 Ronin (1958)
[2.5/5] Chushingura/The 47 Ronin (1962)
[0.5/5] Chushingura/Shijushichinin no Shikaku/The 47 Ronin (1994)
[4/5] Child’s Play
[4.5/5] Clue 
[4/5] The Conjuring
[3.5/5] Cracks
[1.25/5] Crow’s Zero
[4/5] Django Unchained
[2.75/5] The Exorcist III
[2/5] A Frozen Flower 
[2/5] Generation Um
[1.5/5] Hua Mulan
[4.75/5] The Hunt/Jagten (should probably rank it higher because it actually did make me tear up and that is a very rare event)
[3/5] Identity Thief
[3/5] The Last Chushingura/The 47 Ronin (2010)
[5/5] Life of Pi 
[3.75/5] Mama 
[4/5] Manhunter
[3/5] Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
[4.5/5] Oblivion
[2/5] OldBoy
[3.75/5] Kenneth Brannagh’s Othello
[3/5] Pacific Rim
[3/5] Parade 
[3.5/5] Rampo Noir
[1.5/5] Rent-a-Neko 
[5/5] The Restless
[4/5] A Royal Affair 
[4/5] Seven Psychopaths
[N/A ~ couldn’t finish it] Spring Breakers
[3/5] Silver Linings Playbook
[2.5/5] Stoker
[4/5] Suspiria - adding this to my list of favorite OSTs of all time.
[1.75/5] Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
[1/5] Taboo 
[4/5] A Tale of Two Sisters
[5/5] There Will Be Blood
[4/5] The Thieves
[2/5] The Three Musketeers (2012?)
[3.5/5] Too Beautiful to Lie/그녀를 믿지 마세요 (2004)
[3.75/5] Unleashed
[3.5/5] Valhalla Rising 
[2.5/5] Warm Bodies
[3/5] The Witch of the West is Dead
[4/5] Wreck-It-Ralph 
[2/5] Yakuza: Like a Dragon
[1.5/5] Yokai 1: Spook Warfare
[1.5/5] Yokai 2: 100 Monsters 
[1.5/5] Yokai 3: Along With Ghosts 

[] The Fall 
[] Ponyo (I can’t believe I still haven’t watched this) 
[] Rurouni Kenshin
[] Silent Hill Revelations 
[] The Fisher King
[] The Uninvited



We know you have treats! 

They have taken the yard… and the second coop. We have tossed the treats, but cannot appease them for long. The ground shakes. Clucks… clucks, in the deep. We cannot get out. The flock moves in the grass…

We cannot get out…

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Any soldier with a dog probably looks forward to his or her own reunion. Sadly, Brandon Harker came home from Afghanistan only to find that his dog, Oakley, who had been entrusted in the care of Harkers friend, had been given away while Harker was deployed.

 Harker says when he returned earlier this month, his “friend” told him he’d gotten rid of Oakley, and doesn’t know who has the dog now. Oakley was either sold or given away in Lakewood, Wash, apparently during May, but it could have happened anytime from February till June, and
numerous people have contacted Harker saying they saw Oakley for sale on craiglist back in Feburary.

Oakley is a 2-year-old yellow Lab, with a distinct coat that features unusual spots. He is described as good with kids and other dogs. He has a unique coat, on his face he has spots of a darker yellow (champagne) he also has spots of the same color going down his sides and legs. He is micro-chipped and registered to Harker.

If anyone has any information on Oakley, contact Harker via his craigstlist ad, or reblog this post to help signal boost.


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shyseishuro said: Hello beautiful person! (✿◠‿◠) Once you get this you must share five random facts about yourself then pass this on to 10 followers. ♥

1) I’m officially settled into my apartment AND connected to the internet. :)
2) I work two part-time jobs and do freelance work.
3) I don’t know what happened to Pants(trovich). :(
4) I have a lot of catching up to do on Tumblr.
5) I just found a fruit tube in my Fruit Loops.