My Puppy is a Devil

So, it’s been about a month since I got Lyanna. While I love her to death, there are some things that Lyanna and I should work on…

  1. Biting. Well this one is quite obvious but her bites can be DEADLY! People don’t lie when they say Aussies have needle sharp teeth. Not to mention the fact that she loves to herd me. *sigh*
  2. Barking. We knew from the start that Lyanna was a vocal one, but JESUS can her barks be any more deafening and high pitched!! She barks when she wants to get out of her crate or playpen, she barks when she’s herding us, she barks when she wants to play, she barks for her food, ugh she even barks at smaller children when I take her to the park. As you can tell, she likes to speak.
  3. She is pushy! When she doesn’t get her way, much like a 2 year old, she throws a fit. When she wants to go home, she gets over-wired and attacks everything in sight. When she wants me to carry her, she attacks my legs and jumps up on me ferociously! When she wants attention, she howls, barks, and whines until my head hurts.
  4. She is wild. Lyanna loves to go crazy, especially before bedtime. She runs faster than me, so she’s like a little rocket zooming through the house. Boy does it tire me out trying to get her to sleep.

However, even with all of her flaws, I love her to death and would protect her with my life. She is so silly and sweet and I couldn’t ask for a better companion. She’s helped me to see life in a positive way, and she’s helped me to get out more (even if I only do it for her lol.)

Even with all the barks, scratches, bites, headaches, and messes, I love her. And I can’t wait to see her grow.

If you would like to see her grow as well, follow her Instagram!

@lyannatheaussie

https://www.instagram.com/lyannatheaussie/?hl=en

My Life with my new Australian Shepherd

Okay, so I never thought I’d get another puppy, especially from a breeder, but here I am, taking care of my new Australian Shepherd puppy.

Firstly, I must state that she is such a joy to be around. She’s so full of life (and tons and tons of energy), and she never fails to make me smile. I have so much love for her already and I can’t wait to spend the next decade or so with her. Meet Lyanna! (yes we did name her after a Game of Thrones character don’t judge us lol)

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First of all, I’d like to explain why I got her and why I got her from a breeder especially. If you’ve read my previous posts that I made a year or so ago, something like this seems so out of character. I was so passionate about veganism and so sure that I would only rescue an animal from a shelter, but hear me out. I (well my family) only got her because one of my family members struggles with some medical issues and mental health issues, so we needed a puppy to train her to be a service animal. I know that you can rescue a dog and train that dog to be a service animal, but for this specific purpose, it’s highly unlikely. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely still plan to rescue dogs in the future, but for this specific dog, we ended up going the breeder route. We were also set on this breed because we love them SO much, and it was hard to find a younger one to train in the shelter. We made sure she had a pedigree, and that she was perfectly healthy before picking her up.

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Secondly, I’d like to explain why I chose this specific breed. A lot of people don’t actually know about Australian Shepherds, besides the fact that they have beautiful markings, they were breed to herd sheep, and that they are from Australia. Except the fact that they aren’t from Australia at all. These dogs are actually American dogs, bred for herding cattle, not sheep. These dogs are INCREDIBLY smart, and they will do anything to please you. They are also very attached to their owners, and will love you until their very last day. But while these all sound like very positive attributes, there are some negatives as well. You probably already know this, but these dogs are extremely high-energy. I do NOT recommend this breed to novice owners. I would highly recommend you get this breed if you have already had experience with a high energy dog in the herding group. You need to be very motivated, and determined to care for this dog a lot. I’m talking half of your day dedicated to this pupper. It saddens me to see so many of these beautiful, sweet dogs in the shelter because the owners only liked their looks, and weren’t ready for the commitment. It also saddens me to meet people on the street who want to pet Lyanna, and then they say they want this dog “because she’s so cute.” And when I tell them “thank you, but they are a lot of work,” they just brush it aside as if to say, “This girl is so dramatic. How much work can they ACTUALLY be?”

I could honestly talk about this breed all day and how amazing they are, but I can save that for another day. What I will say is that she definitely changed my schedule. Completely. I used to get up at 10:30-11am every morning and go to sleep at 12-1am. Now I get up at 7am and go to sleep at 9:30pm. What a change! I have to say, because of this new schedule, I always wake up well rested, and I feel like I have the whole day ahead of me in the morning! Not once do I feel cranky in the morning, and it’s like a whole new world honestly!

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I spend SO much time with her, and I know this may seem dramatic but, I honestly have a newfound respect for mothers because having a puppy is like having a newborn baby. (well this breed specifically because they need SO much exercise and care). She needs my attention constantly and she’ll bark and whine if I’m not in the room with her for 5 seconds. What a baby.

I also love going out with her. She’s so confident and sweet to strangers, and I’m super proud of her. She also loves dogs now, because we took her to puppy socialization classes! Sadly she can’t say hi to the dogs on the street because she’s not fully vaccinated yet, but that won’t stop her from trying to pull on the leash to say hello! What does annoy me about going out with her, is that every person, EVERY person, has to ask if she’s a “mini” Australian Shepherd. You might have heard of the mini, and I’m not bashing ANYBODY who owns one, but “mini” Aussies are not Australian Shepherds. In fact, they are now recognized as their own separate breed, called the “North American Shepherd,” or “Miniature American Shepherd.”  These dogs were bred to look smaller by mixing Australian Shepherds with other smaller dogs, like Shetland Sheepdogs, Chihuahuas, and Corgis. It saddens me to see that Aussies are turning into accessories, because there are now “Australian Shepherds” of the “mini” and “toy” variety. Australian Shepherds were dogs of the WORKING breed, bred to herd cattle, not be a little purse accessory. I do not support the breeding of minis and it annoys me when people call my PUPPY a mini aussie. Of course she looks small, she’s a puppy! That doesn’t make her a mini! I’m even contemplating putting a vest on her that says, “NO, I am not a mini.” *sigh*

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Aside from that rant, I love seeing Lyanna change and grow. From the time we first got her to now, she has grown SO much! Her attitude also changes every week. She was very shy and timid at first, because she was in her first fearful stage (8-11 weeks old) but now she has blossomed into a very confident and independent dog! (Although at the same time, she still requires me to be by her side lol) I can’t wait to see how she turns out as an adult.

We have been using clicker training and positive reinforcement methods, and we will continue to do so for the rest of her life. I don’t agree with “negative reinforcement” or punishment methods, because studies show it damages the relationship with your dog, and they view you as more of a controller than a friend or a parent. Especially this breed, because they are known for being very sensitive. One NO! and they will be cowering in the corner, saddened that you have hurt their feelings. I totally recommend “KikoPup” on YouTube, because she has amazing trick and obedience videos without punishment or psychological intimidation methods! I have been using all of her tips and tricks and they work AMAZINGLY!

Lyanna already knows:

  • sit (does this reliably and in any situation)
  • stay (does this in the home and out in our backyard, but we are working on multiple destractions)
  • come (does this reliably, except when she finds something interesting in the backyard)
  • twirl to the left (sometimes gets confused because I taught her “twirl to the right” first, but still knows this!)
  • twirl to the right (she’ll do this at random moments too for a treat, what a sneaky one)
  • weave through my legs (only does this when she’s hyper, she’ll never do it when she’s super tired)
  • shake hands (one of her favourite tricks)
  • high five (sometimes places two paws, which I find adorable)
  • place paw on foot (does this super well)
  • cross paws (still not completely reliable with this one, because she’ll place the wrong paw and not cross it over sometimes)
  • rollover (does this super well!)
  • cop cop (your feet on mine) (just started this one today and she almost knows it fully!)
  • back up (does this with a lure, working on no lure)

These tricks are ALL thanks to Kikopup! Her methods work incredibly and are so effective.

Lyanna is only 11 weeks old and already knows all of these tricks! God, she’s gonna keep me busy when she’s older.

If you made it to the end of this very long post, congratulations and THANK YOU! I hope you look forward to future posts about Lyanna, because I will look forward to making them.

Bye!

So… I guess I’m back

So after several months of being completely inactive, I guess I finally decided to come back. Honestly I had no motivation to run this blog because the posts that I had made in the past don’t really reflect who I am today. Regardless, I wanted to give this blog a new purpose, and make it more about the new love of my love…

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Carpet is dirty now because she won’t stop playing in the dirt *sigh* 

So yeah, I got a puppy. I kind of wanted to make this blog about her, because watching an animal discover the world for the first time and learn new things is just so wonderful, and over the past few months I have been completely obsessed with animals, dogs especially. So, I wanted to change up this blog (yet again) and make it about animals, dog training, and how we treat our pets in our society. If you don’t like these main topics, don’t worry. I will still post about my thoughts, goals, and other topics like current issues and veganism. I’m so glad to be back and I hope you’ll enjoy these new types of posts.

Thanks for reading.

Well, I learned something new today

Today I woke up in a bright and cheerful mood. I wanted to just sit down, drink some coffee, and write my (slowly failing) novel. I ate some pancakes and bacon (vegan of course) and drank my medium sized cup of coffee.

About an hour later, I felt like I had anxiety, my hands were shaking, my stomach hurt, I was nauseous, and I felt like something bad was about to happen. Turns out it was the frickin coffee. Never will I ever drink coffee ever again (Unless it’s decaf…)

I looked it up and it can happen to some people who are very sensitive to caffeine. This sucks so bad because if you know me, you know that I LOVE coffee. (For the flavor.) This discovery is pretty depressing, because I don’t usually drink decaf, and I usually forget to ask for decaf at a coffee shop. I think I’m just going to avoid caffeine altogether for a while. My body doesn’t need it anyways because I’m a high carb low fat vegan.

It’s currently 10 pm where I live right now and I’m WIDE awake. Well, I guess this is a good time to work on that novel!

I hope you had a better day than I did.

P.S. don’t worry, I’ve been drinking tons of water.

Thanks for reading.

Makeup is not the enemy

I made a post last year about why I don’t want to wear makeup anymore, and while I still mostly agree with it, I believe that there are some problems that need to be addressed.

First of all, I thought that “women need to be less insecure, and accept their flaws.” But later I realized that your face is not you. You can’t help being born with a certain face. I saw a comment once on a forum and the girl said that she wore makeup because her makeup suits her personality. Her face is not her.

I know this might sound kind of wrong, but I don’t blame women that are insecure about their faces. They are comparing their natural and bare face to perfectly made up celebrities. We can’t help what we look like naturally, so it’s okay to be insecure on your face…

The important thing is your personality. The only thing that can harm you is being insecure on you as a person, not your face.

It’s shallow and immature to feel insecure on your face when you can’t help it! Those crinkles when you smile? You can’t help that! The dark circles under your eyes? You can’t help that! There is no reason to feel insecure on that! It’s not YOU! You are what comes out of your mouth! You are your happiness, your feelings, your emotions!

Your face is just genetics! It has nothing to do with who you are as a person. It’s 2016. Women need to stop putting so much emphasis on insecurities. Wear two pounds of makeup, or no makeup. I don’t care. At the end of the day, it’s your personality that needs to shine.

I also wanted to say that I am SICK and TIRED of men stating that “Women are lying to them” and that “Women with makeup are fake.” First of all, we don’t wear makeup to impress you. I am shocked that in 2016, some men STILL believe that women are basically meant to live for them. WE DON’T WEAR MAKEUP FOR YOU. If we did things the way you wanted us to, we would be walking around in bikinis. Women are not things that are for you to view for pleasure.

I just wanted to clear that one up. 🙂

Thanks for reading.

My Love for Anime and Why You Should Watch It

When I was 14, I discovered the world of anime. I remember that I found this YouTube channel called Noodlerella, and I clicked on her Adventure Time Impressions video. I thought that Connie was adorable and funny so I subscribed. I later found her blog and her anime favorites posts. I was kind of confused on what anime was but of course I had heard of it before. I searched online for some good anime to watch for people who had never watched it before, and so I found Gakuen Alice.

Gakuen Alice is not a very well known anime, but nonetheless it became one of my favorite anime/manga of all time. Gakuen Alice is about a little girl named Mikan and her best friend Hotaru. Hotaru moves away to a new and mysterious private school called Gakuen Alice for an unknown reason. Mikan misses Hotaru so much that she goes out of her way to take buses and trains all the way there. Later she finds out that there are special children who possess powers called Alices. She bumps into a teacher outside the gate and he realizes that Mikan also possesses an Alice and so she enrolls into the school without her grandfather knowing any of this information. Once she enrolls, she finds out that she can never contact the outside world besides sending letters, and they are heavily scanned. The rest of the show is about her life in Gakuen Alice. This show is extremely funny and lighthearted on the surface but these children also later face extreme dilemmas and problems that they must solve.

After watching this show, I was completely in love with anime. Especially shojou (romantic comedy I would say this translates as.)

Here are some reasons I would suggest watching anime:

  1. The possibilities are endless. Sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, drama, horror, comedy, romance, and more. There are so many different types so anime appeals to everyone. There are also options (sometimes) in English, but I almost never watch anime in English because the dubbed version usually sucks, and I prefer watching the show how it was meant to be watched.
  2. It is incredibly funny. A ton of anime fans agree with me on this, but for some reason, I find anime to be much funnier than American TV shows (New Girl is probably the only American show that is actually funny to me.) It’s pretty hard to make me laugh, but anime never fails.
  3. The art is beautiful. Art-City-Buildings.jpg

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I hear that the art of Japanese high schools are very realistic and people that travel to Japan say that the high schools look like they just came out of an anime.

4. You feel as if you are escaping to a whole new world. When I watch an American TV show, I feel like I’m watching a TV show, and since it’s in English, it’s a culture that I know quite well. However, anime shows usually take place in an alternate universe, and if they don’t, you’re still experiencing a whole new culture. I feel like anime is an escape for me. I can’t really explain it, but it’s really great.

 

Overall, whether you’re 13 or 29, you should definitely give anime a shot. I did and I am so glad that I did. You can learn a lot, and of course, have a lot of fun along the way. Here are some anime that I recommend…

Romantic Comedy

  • Kamisama Hajimemashita: review here on my old blog
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    Left: Nanami, Right: Tomoe

 

  • Kaichou wa maid sama (didn’t write a review but this anime is adorable and so funny)
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    Left: Takumi, Right: Misaki

 

  • Gakuen Alice: review here on my blog
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    Left: Natsume, Right: Mikan

Action/Adventure

  • Sword Art Online: review here on this blog
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    Left: Kirito, Right: Asuna

 

  • Fairy Tail (not finished but it’s very good and highly popular)
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    Upper left: Natsu, Upper right: Lucy, Lower left: Gray, Lower right: Erza

 

  • The World God Only Knows
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    Right: Keima Katsuragi

 

  • No Game No Life: (I don’t have a review yet but this anime is AWESOME!!! HIGHLY recommend)
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    Right: Shiro, Left: Sora

Drama/Supernatural

  • Vampire Knight: review here on my old blog
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    Left: Zero, Middle: Yuki, Right: Kaname

 

  • Black Butler: review here on this blog
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    Sebastian 

*Currently I am watching Black Butler: Book of Circus, Death Note, and K, so I will probably write reviews on those shows soon.*

Thanks for reading and if you have any anime recommendations, PLEASE leave them in the comments below. I would love to check them out.