There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?”
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human.
Therapy animals save lives.
These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury.
Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!
Damn this made me shed a tear. I love dogs..
Neville my new Corgi Puppy, he is almost 9 weeks old. He doesn’t bark much but he does whine hen he can’t see me.
Pop-Science’s Penis Fixation
Earlier today [4/17/14], scientists announced they’d discovered an insect with a new kind of female sex organ. It looks a bit like a penis, and is called a gynosome. But almost every news outlet covered the story by describing the insects as “females with penises.” This isn’t just painfully wrong — it’s bad for science.
From reading the science news today, you’d assume that we’d found female bugs with penises, or organs that penetrate and inseminate their partners during sex. “In this group of insects, females wear the penises!” Discover magazine trumpeted. “In this insect, females have penises and males have vaginas,” National Geographic elaborated. The Verge declared that scientists had found a “female penis,” while Scientific American informed us that this female insect uses her “spiky penis” to “take charge.” Even the original scientific article’s headline included the phrase “female penis, male vagina.”
Except the gynosome isn’t a penis. As Jason Goldman explains in an article about the gynosome, this is a hitherto unknown form of sexual organ in the animal kingdom. When female members of the Brazilian bug species Neotroglamate with males, they insert their gynosomes into the male’s sexual organ. Once inside the male’s body, the gynosome inflates and grows spines, then absorbs both sperm and nutrients from the male for several days.
I’m sorry, but does this sound like a penis to you? When was the last time you found a penis that grew spines, absorbed nutrients, remained erect for 75 hours, or allowed its owner to get pregnant? Pretty much the only thing this organ has in common with a penis is that it’s used to penetrate a partner during sex. (continue reading)
* I highly suggest you all read the entire article I linked above as it is a splendidly executed editorial piece, the like which I have not seen in quite some time. *
I’ve seen a number of posts on this topic going around. All proclaiming the awesomeness of this female penis. The thing is, Neotrogla has a gynosome and not a penis. So why should you care?
- New things don’t always fit into the old boxes, and that’s ok.
The gynosome is new. We’ve never seen anything like this before and that is a BIG FRICKING DEAL! So when we change the language from gynosome to penis, we essentially strip this discovery of its fascinating new-ness. Instead of encouraging readers to learn more about this new type of sex organ, this penis talk allows readers to cling to their preconceived notions regarding sexual selection and sexual behavior.
One penis to one vagina.
Safe. Familiar. Normal.
Science is all about understanding the world around us and sharing that knowledge with others. Science isn’t about encouraging (inadvertently or not) misconceptions because new language / discoveries might make some people a bit uncomfortable.
- Chicks with dicks. How original.
You’re making a dick joke. I get it, but I’m not laughing.
The whole basis of this joke is that it is funny because it is different. I mean, why on earth would a female animal have a protruding genital organ?
It’s not like spotted hyenas have an enlarged clitoris and fused labia to produce what is commonly referred to as a pseudo-penis. Oh wait…
Geoffory’s spider monkeys have enlarged labia which form a pendulous, which is larger than the male’s flaccid penis.
And let’s not forget the seahorse females who use an ovipositor to deposit her eggs into the male’s brood pouch for fertilization and gestation.
The animal kingdom is filled with structures that may look and function differently than our own. If you’re stuck snickering over a penis joke you won’t find out what natural and sexual selection forces lead to this astounding variety.
- Stop trying to qualify animal behavior along human-centric perspectives.
Sexual selection is a weird branch of Ethology. An awesome one, but a weird one, and courtship behaviors/ mating systems/ sex organs you find in the animal world rarely line up with human textbook notions of reproductive sex.
Now this isn’t any surprise to those of us in the scientific community, but what about the average person? Are they going to want to conduct some further research or will they simply take the pop-sci version as fact? These are the same type of people who believe in domineering and aggressive alpha males, in timid females, and in animals that are strictly business when it comes to sex. (HAH! Tell that to the bonobo!).
With so many media sources jumping on this ‘female penis’ train (snicker), why would the average person have any reason to doubt this claim. After all, the internet never lies.
Sexual “roles” (which may also be referred to as gender roles in humans) are incredibly complicated when we’re discussing our own species… So why would we ever try to apply such binary logic to EVERY ANIMAL IN THE WORLD? It just doesn’t make sense. I’m not saying that every article that used the penis terminology is guilty of this, but a lot of them are.
Of course, not everyone agrees with this perspective. Ed Yong of National Geographic wrote a response to the article above defending his use of the term “female penis”. What do you guys think? Is this this just a metaphor used for simple explanation, or a penis game that has gone too far? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I just received word that there was a slight change to the CDFW Wildlife Forensic Specialist Exam. Applicants are now asked to either provide a list of the completed required coursework or provide unofficial transcripts when applying. So if you were interested in applying or already did, the deadline has been extended until May 9, 2014 to accommodate this change.
Thanks and good luck!
far away i’m sure
a bunch of the plein air sketches I was working on during my Utah trip! A week drawing rocks, getting mistaken for a ranger twice- pretty ideal.
SCRUB DUB DUB GOAT IN A TUB
How can you not reblog a soapy baby goat
Goats make me laugh because when they make goat noises their tongue goes out.
Puppies in bow ties are just perfect
Me starting a rebellion at my school
all you did is ruin some janitor’s afternoon because they have to scrub your stupid fandom crap off the walls i swear you people need to control yourselves
The juxtaposition of these two urls makes the comments that much more satisfying