My Pittbull Doesn't Care About You, Or Your Opinion

My Pittbull Doesn't Care About You, Or Your Opinion

They deserve love, just like any other breed.
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We all love dogs don't we? Mans best friend, the little furry guys that are always there to lend a helping hand whenever we need it. Dogs, or animals in general, have been apart of my life since my parents took me home from the hospital after my birth. I always like to think that I raised by my family, and every four-legged friend we've ever had. From my house, to my grandmothers, and both my aunts, every lesson they instilled in my head was always accompanied by that of a companion ready to cuddle or howling to be fed. Now as we all love our animals, ask yourself this: Am I perpetuating breed discrimination?

Now all animal lovers may say that they love every breed of dog or cat, but if you're one of those people that believe Pitbulls, Rottweilers, German Shepards, and Dobermans are vicious breeds, then I also believe you clench your belongings every time you walk into an elevator with a person of color. As stated before, I was practically raised by household pets, and it was those four breeds listed that raised me from the time that I could walk, to the time that I am writing this now. As I know these breeds have been most famed for fighting, war, and police training, it's important to understand that they are no different than any other breed of dog when it comes to mentality and care. Yes, they possess physical prowess and beauty unlike no other, but that is not a reason to fear them.

Would you believe me if I told you I've actually been threatened for walking my dog down my own block? Like no kidding. I've been looked at, told I should hold my dog closer, and actually threatened that someone would shoot my dog for simply walking down my own block. The stigma that people portray behind these animals is honestly more deadly than the animals themselves, and if you let that drive your fear of them, you're part of the problem.

As people have fears for different reasons (dog bites, attacks) it's understandable that you may be fearful if you've had a bad experience. We all have fears and even some traumatic experiences, but keep in mind that fear does not define all animals of that kind, or dogs of that particular breed. Dogs respond to certain situations by how they were raised. I can't preach to you enough how it's about the owner, not the breed. My dog runs every time I drop a fork, and even though he wouldn't hesitate to defend me out in the street, he in no way means harm to any one or thing unless he's defending himself like literally any other animal, or human being, would.

Fact: Pitbulls have the least powerful bite force among the four breeds previously listed. Clocking in at 235 PSI, this is significantly lower than both the Rottweiler and Doberman, and 3 PSI less than the German Shepard. Before you judge based on breed, I urge you to check your facts. A day doesn't go by without somebody moving feet away, or crossing the street whenever I walk my dog down the block. Even though he may not notice, I definitely do. Breed discrimination may not seem like a problem, but when it pushes stereotypes that breeds are deadly, and action is taken based on these stereotypes to kill, or ban certain breeds, it becomes much more than just that.

Every breed deserves a chance, so before you cross the street or hesitate near that dog, walk your regular path and just smile. Our faithful companions come in all shapes and sizes, and deserved to be loved no matter how they were born.

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20 Of The Coolest Animal Species In The World

Animals that almost seem imaginary.
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The world is full of amazing animals. So amazing, that narrowing them down to 20 felt nearly impossible. To determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as, cuteness and how much some of them looked like Pokémon . I know, very official. So here are some of the coolest animals in the world.

1. Pink Fairy Armadillo

The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest and cutest species of armadillo. It is on the list of threatened species and is found in the sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands of Argentina. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal creature that survives mostly on insects and plants.


2. Okapi

The okapi is an animal native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Although the stripes make many people believe okapi are related to zebra, they are actually closer to giraffe. Okapi are solitary creatures and come together to breed. They are herbivores, mostly eating leaves, grass, and other plants.


3. Glaucus Atlanticus or "the Blue Dragon"

These little dragon-like creatures are often only about a few inches long and can be found in the Indian Pacific Oceans. The blue dragon floats upside down in order to blend the blue side of them with the water, and the silver side with the surface of the ocean. This tiny dragon feeds on creatures like the man o' war and can even deliver a sting similar to it.


4. The Maned Wolf

The maned wolf is often found in the grasslands of south, central-west, and southeastern parts of Brazil. It is neither related to wolves nor foxes despite its appearance and name, but is actually closer to dogs. The maned wolf hunts alone and primarily eats both meat and plants (about 50% of its diet).


5. Fossa

The fossa is a carnivorous animal located in Madagascar. Despite having many traits similar to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. The fossa is only found in forest habitats and can hunt in either daytime or night. Over 50 percent of its diet happens to be lemurs.


6. Japanese Spider Crab

As the name suggestions, the Japanese spider crab inhabits the waters surrounding Japan. In many parts of Japan, this crab can be considered a delicacy but can be considerably difficult to catch. The Japanese spider crab can grow to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature-- amongst similar species (aka crustaceans)-- that beats the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American Lobster.


7. Pacu Fish

Look closely at the teeth, do they look familiar? This fish is found in the waters of South America. This fish, while related to the piranha, can actually grow much larger. They can also be found in rivers like the Amazon and is an aid to the fishing industry. Unlike the piranha, pacu mostly only eat seeds and nuts, though can still create nasty injuries to other animals if need be.


8. Slow Loris

The slow loris is a nocturnal creature found in Southeast Asia. While very adorable, the loris's teeth are actually quite venomous. The toxin on their teeth can also be applied to fur through grooming to protect its babies from predators. Often times these creatures forage and spend time alone, although can on occasion be seen with other slow lorises. Apart from their toxic teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism, in which they move nearly completely silently in order to prevent discovery.


9. Angora Rabbit

These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbit of both wild and domestic types. These rabbits originated in Turkey although managed to spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. These rabbits are often bred for their soft wool which can be made into clothing, and often get rid of their own coats every 3-4 months.


10. Axolotl

The axolotl or "Mexican salamander" (who looks like a Pokémon , if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes in various places around Mexico. These little salamanders are amphibious although often spend their adult lives strictly in the water. However, the population of these cute creatures is dwindling due to non-native predators and the continued urbanization of Mexico. The axolotl eats small worms, insects, and fish in order to survive.


11. Liger

The liger, however made up it sounds, is a real (and cute) animal created by a lion and a tiger mating. Ligers only seem to exist in captivity or zoos because the lion and tiger don't share the same habitat in the wild. Unfortunately, these animals don't live very long or are sterile despite being bigger than both the lion and the tiger. While these animals are cool and unique, they are not strictly natural or sustainable.


12. Bearded Vulture

I don't know about you all, but this vulture reminds me of a phoenix which was initially why I looked into the creature. These vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, to Tibet. This vulture, like other vultures, typically eats dead animals, although it has been documented that the bearded vulture will attack live prey more often than other vultures.


13. Goblin Shark


This unusual shark is also known as a "living fossil" because they are the last representative of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago. It is a deep sea shark that can grow between 10-13 feet if not longer. The goblin shark has been caught accidentally in every major ocean. The goblin shark is not a fast swimmer and relies on ambushing its prey.


14. Red Panda

This cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is rather small, only about the same size as most domestic cats. Its eating habits range from bamboo, to eggs, to insects, and several other small mammals. The red panda is primarily sedentary during the day and at night or in the morning does whatever hunting it needs to do.


15. Blobfish

This blobfish is, in a way, so ugly that it is cute (although reminds me of a certain Pokémon ) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The blobfish has a density only sightly above that of water. The fish primarily hunts by just floating along and letting creatures wander into its mouth, rather than expending any energy.


16. Leaf Deer

The leaf deer is usually found in dense forests in the northwest region of Putao. The adult leaf deer only stands at about 20 inches high and the males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. It is called a leaf deer because hunters could wrap the deer in a single large leaf.


17. Tiger

While tigers are a more common animal than many others on this list, it is still one of the coolest animals in the world. Tigers are the largest of all cats and once ranged from Russia, to Turkey, to parts of Asia — almost all over the world. These animals are fierce, powerful creatures, although they are on the endangered species list.


18. Narwhals

Narwhals are a species of whale that live in the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. The narwhal's diet changes depending on the time of year: in the spring the narwhal will eat cod, while in the winter the narwhal will eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and most frequently die of suffocation from being trapped under the ice.


19. Cheetah

Cheetahs, while more commonly heard of then some of the other animals on this list, are still incredibly cool. They often inhabit many parts of Africa and Iran. These amazing cats can reach up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. These amazing cats also have semi-retractable claws which helps with speed. The cheetah, however, doesn't have much besides speed to defend itself.


And finally....


20. Superb Bird of Paradise

This GIF demonstrates the mating dance used by male superb birds of paradise. Typically females reject about 20 mates before selecting one they want to mate with. They are often found in New Guinea although it is unsure just how many of these birds there are. As far as scientists know, the population has remained stable.

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An Open Apology Letter To Mother Nature For Destroying The Earth

You've provided so much for us, and all we've given in return is a big fat middle finger.

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Dear Mother Nature,

Thank you for rolling jade hills and deep sapphire oceans. Thank you for the sun that keeps us warm in the daytime and for the moon that lights our way in the nighttime. For daily sunsets streaked with purple, pink, and orange. For the lush fruits, vegetables, and grains that fuel and nourish our bodies. For blessing us with natural wonders like Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Thank you for trusting us with the land you created…and I'm so sorry we're letting you down.

I'm sorry that you provided a plethora of beautiful, natural phenomena that work in harmony to keep us alive and that in return, we gave you a big fat middle finger. Day by day, minute by minute, we litter the ground and the oceans with garbage and drill into the ground with thousands of chemicals.

We kill other animals for sport to the point of extinction. We uproot the Earth's resources at a rate so alarming, you can barely keep up. We're gradually destroying the ozone layer, which you made to protect us, for the sake of burgers and Lexus.

You've created a wondrous, prosperous planet just for us to come along and tear it apart piece by piece.

You're attempting to give us warning signs: dramatic weather and climate changes, rising water levels, and intense natural disasters. We see them and fully understand our role in the matter, but we haven't done enough thus far to combat our wrongdoings. I know it feels horrible to be ignored, and I'm sorry we're ignoring your pleas for help.

My stomach drops when I think about how future generations won't be able to enjoy the everyday beauties of the world as we do. How people's homes and lives are destroyed yearly, by the thousands, as a result of increasingly devastating natural disasters. How entire species have been wiped out due to our selfishness. As I take in the majesty of what is left of our world, this is my plea for my fellow men and women to treat it better and make you proud.

Sincerely,

Someone Who Cares

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