April 17, 2014   2 notes

the eternal question

did my cat just poop on the floor?


i don’t know, because if he did luisa just gobbled it up and left before i could find it.

April 17, 2014   4 notes
Behold the “Bullmatian”…
I will have to practice sewing curved hems before I make a “proper” coat, this one was just a silly thing with no lining or anything (and it was made to fit a 60lb Rottie/Retriever mix…).

Behold the “Bullmatian”…

I will have to practice sewing curved hems before I make a “proper” coat, this one was just a silly thing with no lining or anything (and it was made to fit a 60lb Rottie/Retriever mix…).

April 15, 2014   1 note

took a good 45 but i successfully identified and labeled all the plants in my garden post

April 15, 2014   8 notes

yep, definitely spring

April 14, 2014   249 notes
currentsinbiology:

Bacteria Turn Plants and Insects into Zombies 
Parasites can turn plants into zombies and a team of scientists from the John Innes Center in Norwich, UK, has now discovered how they do it.
When plants are infected by parasitic bacteria called phytoplasmas, their flowers turn into leafy shoots, their petals turn green and they develop a mass of shoots called ‘witches’ brooms’. This transformation sterilizes the plant, while attracting the sap-sucking insects that carry the bacteria to new hosts.

“The plant appears alive, but it’s only there for the good of the pathogen,” says plant pathologist Saskia Hogenhout from the John Innes Center in Norwich, UK. “In an evolutionary sense, the plant is dead and will not produce offspring.”
“Many might baulk at the concept of a zombie plant because the idea of plants behaving is strange,” says David Hughes, a parasitologist at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. “But they do, and since they do, why wouldn’t parasites have evolved to take over their behavior, as they do for ants and crickets?”

Flowers of Madagascar rosy periwinkle infected by a bacterium produce leaf-like petals and attract a leafhopper that serves as the pathogen’s next vector.

can the periwinkles surrounding my garden please become infertile zombies? that would be great.

currentsinbiology:

Bacteria Turn Plants and Insects into Zombies

Parasites can turn plants into zombies and a team of scientists from the John Innes Center in Norwich, UK, has now discovered how they do it.

When plants are infected by parasitic bacteria called phytoplasmas, their flowers turn into leafy shoots, their petals turn green and they develop a mass of shoots called ‘witches’ brooms’. This transformation sterilizes the plant, while attracting the sap-sucking insects that carry the bacteria to new hosts.

“The plant appears alive, but it’s only there for the good of the pathogen,” says plant pathologist Saskia Hogenhout from the John Innes Center in Norwich, UK. “In an evolutionary sense, the plant is dead and will not produce offspring.”

“Many might baulk at the concept of a zombie plant because the idea of plants behaving is strange,” says David Hughes, a parasitologist at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. “But they do, and since they do, why wouldn’t parasites have evolved to take over their behavior, as they do for ants and crickets?”

Flowers of Madagascar rosy periwinkle infected by a bacterium produce leaf-like petals and attract a leafhopper that serves as the pathogen’s next vector.

can the periwinkles surrounding my garden please become infertile zombies? that would be great.

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April 13, 2014

i made a dalmatian-spotted jacket for my sister’s dog one halloween…

it didn’t fit her very well, but it works pretty well for luisa!

she now has silly flannel pajamas and can maybe stop hogging my blankets and then trying to kick me out in the middle of the night because it’s too warm for her.

April 13, 2014   4 notes

Anonymous asked: Regarding your post on calico cats, what would you call a calico who was orange and grey rather than orange and black? We fostered one for a while and she was one of the coolest-looking cats I've ever seen.

I call them peanuts, because I knew one named Peanut my entire life, but they’re called dilute or muted tortie/calico. You’ll notice that the orange on such a cat is also softer.

In cat jargon, black becomes blue
Red/orange : cream
Brown/chocolate : lilac

Dilution can interact with any colour combination.

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Abyssinians have the coolest blue dilution of all.

April 13, 2014   183 notes
mostlycatsmostly:

Her name is Shadow, pretty sure she’s a Calico! I’ve had her for almost eleven years now. She’s pretty old, but she still acts just like a kitten. She doesn’t like me taking pictures of her and doesn’t look at the camera often- if at all- but her eyes are very pretty!!
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“pretty sure she’s a Calico!”
This cat is torbie with white (probably Irish white, aka tuxedo & socks). A tortoiseshell (tortie) pattern with tabby markings in non-red areas is called torbie. A calico is any tortie/torbie patterned cat with white. So yes, she’s a calico!
Just in case anyone is under the impression that calico is a breed of cat, mongrel cats come in all colours and most breeds come in a wide array of colours.
It would be impossible to establish an all-calico cat breed, because tortoiseshell/calico expression relies on having two X chromosomes (IE female only)  - each X chromosome needs to express a different colour.

mostlycatsmostly:

Her name is Shadow, pretty sure she’s a Calico! I’ve had her for almost eleven years now. She’s pretty old, but she still acts just like a kitten. She doesn’t like me taking pictures of her and doesn’t look at the camera often- if at all- but her eyes are very pretty!!

(submitted by tomasyri)

pretty sure she’s a Calico!”

This cat is torbie with white (probably Irish white, aka tuxedo & socks). A tortoiseshell (tortie) pattern with tabby markings in non-red areas is called torbie. A calico is any tortie/torbie patterned cat with white. So yes, she’s a calico!

Just in case anyone is under the impression that calico is a breed of cat, mongrel cats come in all colours and most breeds come in a wide array of colours.

It would be impossible to establish an all-calico cat breed, because tortoiseshell/calico expression relies on having two X chromosomes (IE female only)  - each X chromosome needs to express a different colour.

April 12, 2014   42 notes
April 11, 2014   2 notes

trailer park girls~

April 11, 2014   1 note

what can i look at that isn’t a camera

April 11, 2014   71,725 notes
Luisa is a Bad Girl. She always goes straight for the cigs.
I blame her upbringing on the mean streets of LA. (And not my shit job teaching her manners.)

Luisa is a Bad Girl. She always goes straight for the cigs.

I blame her upbringing on the mean streets of LA. (And not my shit job teaching her manners.)

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April 11, 2014   51 notes

veterinaryrambles:

Lately I have been the mite whisperer!  I had four cases of Demodex last week and two cases of Sarcoptes!  Sarcoptic mange, caused by the little creature in the first photo, is transmissable to humans and other animals.  It causes a self-limiting infection in people with itching and redness, but in dogs, the infestation can be severe and excruciating.  Demodectic mange is not uncommon in puppies, who are still developing their immune system; Demodex, unlike Sarcoptes, is a normal inhabitant of most mammals, including people.  Demodex mites only become a problem when the immune system is suppressed; if that’s the case, they can infest the whole body and also cause pain and itchiness.  Both types of mange leave the pets open to secondary bacterial invasion.

Sarcoptes can be fairly easily treated with Revolution topically.  Demodex, however, is a huge pain in the butt to treat and requires time-consuming and dangerous dips, or oral ivermectin, which can cause nasty side effects.  I hate Demodex!

Btw, Weez has been on oral Ivermectin for Demodex for about a month with no apparent side-effects. Some of her patches are filling in, time for a check-up!

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April 11, 2014   176 notes
bijoux-et-mineraux:

Rhodonite - Chiurucu Mine, Dos de Mayo Province, Peru,

chewed bubblegum shard

bijoux-et-mineraux:

Rhodonite - Chiurucu Mine, Dos de Mayo Province, Peru,

chewed bubblegum shard

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April 10, 2014   3,198 notes
sisterofthewolves:

By Don Gossett

This is my house.

sisterofthewolves:

By Don Gossett

This is my house.

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