Candy and Bagel doing better!

Back in March, Candy and Bagel had a big fight and Candy got hurt badly. This was her 4th time getting hurt by Bagel’s sudden lashing out, and we just didn’t know what else to do.

Bagel is a very calm, submissive dog. He never barks, never pulls on our walks, he gets walked 3 times a day, given plenty of training and games, along with treats. He never jumps on our bed or mess with our stuff. The only things that we have to be careful about is leaving out trash (he loves going through the trash).

But Bagel is very protective of his food. Never from us, we can do whatever we want with his bowl or him when he’s eating and he stays calm. But when another dog approaches him too eagerly, or comes to sniff his food, he snaps. It’s never a long fight; always very brief, and he snaps.

We tried 2 different trainers and both basically said the same thing. It’s his personality, and he is otherwise a very well trained dog. We can try to desensitize him but trying to make him socialize with strange-dogs is like putting an extremely shy kid on a stage in front of a large crowd and tell him to sing.

The good thing is that Candy is never afraid of him. She was a bit scared of him after her first fight with him, but she is a very dominant Chihuahua. She got over it after a few days and she’s ok with him. We’re very thankful that 99% of the time, They are good together.

These were taken throughout 2 days. I would like to think that my hand crochet rug is bringing them closer.

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Don’t make fun of skinny people.

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I occasionally check on Ravelry pages of my own designs to see if it’s being talked about in a forum, and see if I can help with anyone who has questions about my patterns. Then in a forum that was talking about the last Spring issue of Knitscene in which my Lost Garden tee was featured, I came across these hurtful comments.

Nobody in their right mind would openly make fun of obese or fat people on a public forum like Ravelry. Then what makes it more acceptable to make fun of skinny people?

What is “TOO THIN?”

If the model were to see this comment, will she be hurt? OF COURSE.

I didn’t make any comments on that forum, since it’ll not only be off-topic, but also be waste of my time. I can almost see the comback — “but she’s wayyy to skinny; the media promotes skinny people like that when they are actually sick.” or “Real women have curves!” or “she probably has an eating disorder.”

Well you know what?

Real women come in all shapes and sizes; skinny people are included. Some women just don’t have curves.

There’s a higher chance of her NOT having any eating disorder than having one. Just because someone is concerned about how she looks, doesn’t mean she’s mentally ill. I don’t immediately go thinking, “omg, fat people must be lazy,” what makes people feel it’s more acceptable to say that about skinny people?

Knitting magazines hardly represent “the media” the society is concerned about when discussing extremely skinny models. In fact, I see more variety of sizes in knitting magazines than others. I simply cannot understand people who think it’s okay to make fun of people for the way they are–looks, intellect, etc. These people are cyber-bullies, and it makes me sad that while we focus on cyber bullying at school and for kids, not enough people talk about adult bullies and how their behaviors probably cultivates bullying behaviors in children.