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Chris Day, 2014

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The perfect safety measure doesn’t ex…

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Eins, zwei, polizei!
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 <li>I've always taken care of the Germanic roots of the English language, therefore "ass" is unacceptable for me. I do find your choice of words "ex-cons and refugees" condescending, though. Let the people speak their language. I have chosen to be on the Queen's side, but that does not mean I don't appreciate South Central Los Angeles Ice-T's flow.
After all, we are all African refugees.
<li>I got carried away. My mother tongue has a good three dozen ways to mutilate a noun beyond recognition.
<li>Well, both my grannies were born in 1920s, so the warning came from their experiences. Their message does somehow resonate with your quote. "With the Germans, you knew what to expect. Disobey, bullet. Then the Red Army came".

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First of all, saying that there’s no way is ignorant because there IS a way to fix it, if only people knew about it publicly and breed clubs embraced it.

These are called Retro Mops (website here), and they’re pugs bred specifically to be longer-legged, leaner, with smaller eyes, longer muzzles, and more open nostrils. And while the project is still a work in progress, it’s heading in the right direction. 


This new breed type started in Germany, and developed from the selective breeding of purebred pugs with longer muzzles and a longer legged frame.

From the website: 

“We want to prove that a pug does not have to be short of breath and phlegmatic, but a very sporty and docile family and companion dog”

And there’s also the Old English Bulldog, which is a muscular and athletic bulldog that can actually clean itself, mate, and give birth on its own (something that mainstream Bulldogs cannot do)


This should be the goal of EVERY pug breeder and owner, to have a healthy dog that doesn’t struggle to breathe and walk.

I’m sure you’re a pug or bulldog lover, which is why you’re so eager to defend them, but you’re not helping these dogs out by ignoring the problems in the breed. This is not a “little problem”, it’s a HUGE issue that’s killing dogs, and it’s prefectly preventable if pugs were outcrossed to have longer muzzles and wider nostrils.

Just look at the difference and tell me you’re not horrified:


As long as people stay blind to these issues, nothing will change. Which is why I’m saying this here so at least some people will see that there IS an alternative, and that wheezing pugs and bulldogs are not cute. When the public realizes the difference, the demand for these mutants will stop and more healthy, longer-lived alternatives will replace them.

But it starts with someone talking about them, and not just thinking there’s nothing to be done. Although if there were a time machine at my disposal you bet I’d use to pinch the nostrils of the original Victorian breeders and see how they like it.

Help the pugs yall

Finally a post that summarizes why pugs make me so uneasy…

They really are lovely dogs with great personalities, but these health issues can’t be ignored.

Healthy breeding to restore animal self-viability is something I always support.

If you cross a pug with a beagle or a king Charles Cavalier spaniel, you get a very similar dog to the old school pug. They’re much healthier, they can run very fast and play easily. The breathing issues aren’t completely gone in these mixes, but they seem to be greatly solved.

Fun fact: two pedigree dogs of the same breed share more genes in common than two human siblings. That is entirely too many genes to share in common in anything.

The designer dog craze got a lot of (in many ways) rightful flak for encouraging puppy farms, but all in all it was actually at least a good push in encouraging breeders to breed out their precious lines at least a little bit because GUYS, GUYS, IF YOUR ANIMAL CAN’T BREED NATURALLY ANYMORE, YOU’VE TAKEN IT TOO FAR.

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Tim Walker, Magical Thinking, W Magazine, March 2012

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C'mon, that's Jamiroquai.
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Well, I prefer weeds' flowers. :>
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Grace Kelly, c.1955

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My side effect of having a soup account for a couple of years is that: at first, I started to understand German. (Sure, they tried to teach me at school... Khem, khem. My Gran warned me about you.) Then, I started to understand bad puns. Then this terrible, terrible word comes along. Maulkorb. I will probably never know the gender assigned to this noun (das, den, die, der, des, WTF) - but now, after all this time reading and trying to make sense of German posts on soup I can finally put some rude - if grammatically incorrect - sentence together.

Halt dein Maul, oder ein Maulkorb kommt an.

Language of thinkers and poets. My arse.

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