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My dad's just recently retired and he needs something to do, so he's been going round asking us all what we do for hobbies. And because 'I scream about fictional lesbians on the internet with like minded strangers' seemed like the wrong answer I suggested he could maybe get a dog. Dog ownership is very relaxing, I assured him. Unfortunately I said this shortly after telling him a long, elaborate story about the time I took Freya to Skye for the day, and she charged into the sea in pursuit of seals, freaked out when she was hit by a wave, and I had to wade in hip deep to rescue her.

I stand by my larger point that dogs, by and large, are relaxing. I just happen to own the rarer highly stressful, if often hilarious variety.

I think I've said before that Freya's small for a labrador (that pesky spaniel ancestor again) but she is still the size of a springer spaniel. And although I had her neutered ages ago (the thought of a house full of little Freyas made me want to weep) there's obviously something about her that brings all the boy dogs to the yard. Her latest suitor is a teacup chihuahua x pomeranian called Sid, who I am seriously concerned Freya is going to squish if she doesn't realise he's behind her with his nose up her arse and sits down on him. God loves a trier, as my granny always said. And if Freya hadn't had the op I would be tempted to get the wee guy a stepladder and just wait to see what the puppies turned out like.

And tragically not dog related, a fic I have written:

The Princesses in the Tower (Elia Martell & Arianne Martell; ASOIAF)

King's Landing swallows Dornish princesses and chokes on their bones.


Rhaegar wins, Elia lives, and is not a happy bunny.

Date: 2017-08-07 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kith_koby
That is highly amusing, though also what I consider to be par for the course for dogs. I am not a dog person, and have a very low opinion of their intelligence (which is why I dislike them, I'm secretly an elitist snob about intelligence). But they're good fun for all that, and good entertainment, if you're into that. Some of my best friends are dog people.

In all seriousness though, I do think you gave your father good advice, that dogs can be fun, and that those are hilarious stories.

Date: 2017-08-07 11:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adafrog
And because 'I scream about fictional lesbians on the internet with like minded strangers' seemed like the wrong answer

Date: 2017-08-08 09:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tamoline
Our dog, mostly Border Collie, mixed occasional doggy dumbness with equally occasional *terrifying brilliance*. Like, one time she started running down Long Mynd when someone called her, and only realised part way down as she was approaching a bush and couldn't stop in time how much of a bad idea this was. (She managed to leap it, but I think she learned her lesson.)

There were other times, though, like when she literally ran a simple con on one of her doggy friends. She used to go around and visit him of her own volition - we lived in a cul de sac where this was pretty safe to do - just when it was feeding time. So she barked excitedly at the front door - causing her friend to run in that direction - and then she nipped in through the back door and started scarfing his food. His owner was less than impressed at this act of larceny, and had to get out more food for their dog.

She was also queer and very much interested in her female best friend, who didn't seem to mind the attention, though I was a little young (and, let's be fair, asexual) at the time to really get what was going on there.

Honestly, it's at times like this when I realise that my dog was probably more suave than I'll ever be.

Date: 2017-08-08 09:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] batmarg
Dogs are generally relaxing. Puppies can be stressful, but a dog is a great reward. Mom has been told her blood pressure was high and since I'm (a) still in the process of a move & living w/ her and (b) said move will have me on family property by which she'll still have constant access to my pups, I suggested she just needed to spend more time rubbing dog ears. She agrees it's helping.


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