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meet the mods & staff / Re: [Loc] Kimba the Malamute
« Last post by Loc on Today at 12:34:40 pm »
We hope, with a couple more sessions with the trainer, we will be able to get her in cars and on proper walks. Short ones to start with, but she's already showing massive improvements after one session so we are hopeful we will have her going to the park and on good walks or short car trips in a few more months.

The trainer we have did learn from the Dog Whisperer for a while, and her training school is called "Leader of the Pack". She is big on "you are the leader, your dog should respect you, they are pack animals and they see you as pack". Part of the issue I had is that I have only owned pets which don't have a strict social structure, or any at all (non-social reptiles), and I was treating Kimba too much like them. It's a bit hard to break myself of that, but she is showing improvements and listening to me more. The training is less about forcing a dog to do what you want and more about making the dog realise it can't always do what it wants. She is a well trained dog, for a lot of things, and she is intelligent, a quick learner - we've already taught her the cues for going on a walk and to jump onto a surface, and we're working on the command to go to the bathroom before bed. She is also intelligent enough to know when she can get away with being stubborn, and in the shelter she got away with it all the time - She didn't want to go on a walk? Well, shelter was understaffed, don't have time to train her, take her back to her kennel and leave her be.

She has a large crate to sleep in, covered over with a blanket, and lined with the blanket she had in the shelter. Weisse's parents two malamutes, Suki and Will, were both crate trained as puppies and see their crate as a safe space to hide out in. Kimba refuses to use it. Won't go into it. Her ball went inside it once and she stretched her neck as much as she could to get it without going in. She doesn't seem to really like small spaces. She has options of where to sleep all over the house, and she chooses an open space in the living room (or on a sofa - We showed her she was allowed on sofas early on, as neither of us had any objections to her being on them with us. Getting her onto sofas and the bed also helped with the "jump up" command, which we now use to get her into the boot of the car). I don't know if she was ever crate/kennel trained, or if being in a small space reminds her of unpleasant times, but she doesn't like it. She's sleeping well and through the whole night now, so we're just leaving her to it.
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I like to imagine Trump cowed down to Putin. He's used to running businesses and corporations and thinks he can run the US like it's a business, not realizing that the stakes are much much higher. If a national leader wants something done strong enough they send in the army
If Putin does another invasion like he did in the Ukraine I doubt very much Trump will step up and stop him.
Maybe it's cause they're working together or maybe it's cause Trump has no idea at all what to do when someone actually puts a loaded gun to his head and shouts demands.

The annoying orange thinks he can run the US like a business. He has no idea how real, genuine politics works. He's a businessman, he's not a politician, And I'll go even further to say he's a bad businessman who has tanked a number of things he's tried doing. Remember Trump University? Trump Airlines? Trump Steaks? How about Trump Vodka which he made to compete against Grey Goose Vodka but failed miserably because nobody wanted to drink it.

And those are just a few examples.
Now it's time for the country as a whole to bear the mark of failure as all those projects of his...
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meet the mods & staff / Re: [Loc] Kimba the Malamute
« Last post by Kay Alett on Today at 10:19:13 am »
It's nice to hear that she's improving. Adopting an older dog means a world of issues different from a puppy but it's a wonderful thing to the animal to have a family take them in and care for them.
Good on you. It's too bad you won't be able to take her to all the places you would like as well, perhaps given enough time she might be at ease enough to go there?

Also good that you're stepping in and showing the girls who is boss. People laugh about the concept of a person being "pack leader" cause of the dog whisperer but it's a very true thing. I've owned enough dogs to know that if you don't step up and make some kind of show of dominance they'll stop listening to you.

On another note have you considered getting a little kennel thing for her to sleep in?
Reading back through the posts she seems to like smaller places and while watching a youtube channel gonetothesnowdogs their dog Oakley sleeps in one but it's not closed or anything. I think they removed the door so it's basically a metal box with one opening; with a doggie bed inside and some blankets laid over the top to make it dark.
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President Trump and Russia's Putin met in Helsinki, Finland. According
to the Russian media it lasted 2 hours. The Trump administration hasn't 
told us anything yet. We do know Trump didn't want anyone but Putin
and translators in the room.

Why did Trump want a private meeting with Putin? For all we know
Trump got down on his hands and knees begging for something. Not
likely of course, but without anyone to record the meeting Putin and
or Trump can claim anything. It's likely Trump was afraid others might
find out how he cows down to powerful leaders. Trump has told Russia
US secrets in the past. Could that be why Trump wanted a private
meeting? We know Trump loves to brag, so he might tell Putin something
that could hurt our national security by accident or hoping to trade it
for some kind of win.

Another consideration is since Trump has a history of borrowing hundreds
of millions  from Russian banks. Could it be he was trying to broker a deal
for himself and family? Trump ran for office promising to work for our
country, but so far he has done more for himself and family than American
citizens.   

During the press confer3ence following the meeting Trump admitted he wants
to sell natural gas to Europe. One wonders since only one gas company would
benefit.  How much did they give Trump during his campaign? The question
was asked about Russias interference in the 2016 election. Putin denied
any interference of course. Trump put the blame on the Democrats. Saying
they caused it by not protecting their data, and the whole thing is partisan
and fake news.  It seemed Putin and Trump were working together trying
to deny any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Trump ended
the question with "I ran a brilliant campaign and that's why I won."

The news conference lasted for some time. I got the feeling Putin and
Trump had preplaned their answer's. The way Trump acted in this news
conference should get him impeached. Trump acted like Putin's puppet.

Putin all but bragged about how great a president Trump is.How much
more proof do  people need that Trump is working for Russia? Or is
Trump just totally scared to confront Putin?

You can find out more at the following links.
www.msnbc.com

www.investigaterussia.org




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meet the mods & staff / Re: [Loc] Kimba the Malamute
« Last post by Loc on Today at 04:39:56 am »

We are now two weeks in.

Kimba is settled inside the house and garden. She sleeps through the night, and is willing to wait for her morning walk until nearly 8am. She has started actually going on morning walks now - she still refuses her evening walk.

With some help from the behavioural therapist on Friday, we are training her to deal with cars. She will walk onto and across the back seats, sit in the footwell for a short time, and jump into the boot. We haven't started closing doors, securing her into the car, or moving yet. The therapist is back this Friday to start working on lead walking, so we can take her out on proper long walks.

She still has separation anxiety - When Weisse went to work this morning, she cried for half an hour. I went to a barbacue yesterday afternoon and she cried for about the same. This is still an improvement over when we first got her, and she would cry for four hours or more.

She is fine with Suki and William, as long as they are not in her house. Suki especially. The two girls are both very alpha personalities, and have clashed over who should be where in the pecking order. Last time, Suki came into the house off-lead (which I would have objected to had I known in advance) and they two fought. Kimba started it, and cut Suki's ear. Out in the garden, they are fine, but Kimba objects to them in the house. We're training her to see that it isn't her choice or her concern who comes into the house, as she is not in charge - Weisse and I are. In the mean time, they are only socialising outside.

I will confess, I had the Puppy Blues. I wondered if we had done the right thing, if we were ready for a dog, and regretted getting her as my life had massively changed, and her behavioural issues meant I couldn't take her to all the places I had dreamed of taking her. The first week, where she refused to go out, cried all the time, and I was dealing with it largely alone (Weisse was working) was tough - I was sleep deprived as she didn't sleep through the night and I had to get up earlier than I was used to to walk her, and her upset meant I had to doze on the sofa in ten minute bursts. I'm glad to say that has gone. She is a very good, intelligent dog and I'm very glad we have her in our life.

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It is also the six year anniversary of Dany arriving in my house! She's had her issues - She is an ill little thing, but so wonderfully relaxed and friendly. This is the first photo I ever took of her, the first time I held her. She's better than ever these days - eating fairly well, reasonably active, considering her health problems. For Dany and Gelby, I consider the day I adopted them to be their birthday, as the actual date is unknown. So happy birthday Dany! You are probably about 7.
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traditional and digital artwork / Re: Iara's Artwork
« Last post by Jade Sinapu on July 15, 2018, 07:29:36 pm »
Blue and black markings on your panther Riley are great!  Moongaze is looking winsome, of course.  And I love the warm tones throughout the second image.  Your dinosaur is cute, yet dangerous, and im not sure which way to run  ;).  Great work Iara!
Maybe if I get my skills up, I will look into these Copic markers.   Hmm...

(Hey Iara, have you ever thought of doing dinosaur illustrations to teach kids or adults different species?  Since no flesh survives the petrification process, artists are the only ones who can show us what they looked like.  Where I live there are a few good dinosaur track formations, and each exhibit is accompied with an educational display.)
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singing, music, & dance / I'm learning to scream like a death metal horror!
« Last post by cause the rat on July 15, 2018, 02:23:53 pm »
OK, maybe not that extreme. But I am learning how to scream wile I sing. And it's easier than I thought. After learning how to start the technique it was really easy to pick it out from old songs that I listen to. Even heard it wile watching a Harry Potter movie over at my mom's yesterday. It's a technique that is actually very relaxing to the throat. Takes a lot of  practice to get it right. To be able to hit it when you need it. If not it sounds really bad. : ) It all starts with than gravelly moan anyone can do. Think of how you would say "I really don't want to get up" wile still in bed. Then learn to work that smoothly all the way up to your highest falsetto. It's been used in rock for decades now. And it's the same technique thrash and hard core metal singers use to sing.  A good example is Janis Joplin. She owned it. If you jump to 20:10 there's a great example of how this technique sounds. Her voice is not naturally gravelly. She hits the technique and lets it go like a pro.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NuZxUxHN0o&frags=pl%2Cwn

It really adds some depth to what your singing. Now I just need to learn to stay in pitch.  Or just scream my way out of needing to.  :D

This is the vid that got me started,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nNba4V-lXs&frags=pl%2Cwn
Part two is just a commercial for their school.

Going to explore what i can find on line first. If I can't find what i'm looking for there's a book called 'The Zen Of Screaming".

The absolute one book I recommend to anyone wanting to learn REAL techniques for singing is "The Rock and Roll Singer's Survival Manual". Hands down the BEST book out there.

Don't plan on singing hard core. Just want to be able to add an aggression to the music I do.
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furry greetings / Re: Newcomer here!
« Last post by Iara Warriorfeather on July 15, 2018, 01:01:53 pm »
Welcome to Furtopia, Clock! Hope you enjoy the forum!  :D
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traditional and digital artwork / Re: Iara's Artwork
« Last post by Iara Warriorfeather on July 15, 2018, 01:00:02 pm »
Thank you Holt5!  8)

Even more art! Lots of commissions and trades!!






 :)
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