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Links and my anxious/obnoxious perpy derg

Loads happened on the weekend at HDJM, so here are your links! (And please PLEASE like, tweet, G+1 things you read. It helps spread the word, and as we're trying to gain legitimate press cred, it'll help us this week as we're being vetted by the TV Critics Assoc. *nail biting*)

The Vampire Diaries!
Bomb Girls! (Um, femmeslashers on my flist? Y'all need to be watching this show, seriously.)
The Walking Dead! (coming, it's in edits right now)

And I'm putting on the Mod Hat it seems more and more over there. Just know: no bashing. No character hate. Stop posting comments just to promote your own fanfiction. Yes, the writers are fans of the show, or they wouldn't be talking about it. (The hell? I've had three people ask that in comments in one week.) I want that site to be about fannish love and fun, interesting discussion. It's not a place for hate on a character, and if you haven't watched the episode, why not wait until you have before commenting about said episode? <-- that one never fails to boggle my mind.

In Sally Derg news, she's a dork. Wait, that's old news. She has SEVERE anxiety when it comes to thunder storms where she whines (oh my god, it's like a fork on a china plate) and hides in my bathroom, shivering. She used to have a "baby" (it got all chewed and destroyed) that she'd "save" when she could sense thunderstorms on the horizon. (Omg, I saw her make a Sophie's Choice between her two "babies" once and it was the most pathetic thing on the EARTH.)

Anyhoodle, I saw something at PetsMart that I thought I'd give a try, as they promised a full refund. It's a Thundershirt.

#2 and I were looking at them when she figured out what it did: it's like Temple Grandin's "hug machine." (I love my kid.) YES. It's a hug. It's a secure feeling, and they don't get paranoid.

So I was skeptical, but willing to give it a try as we had nothing but storms predicted for almost a week. I put it on her on Friday just to get her used to it, and she seemed to think she looked quite sharp. Ha.

I told her to be sassy and let me take a picture:

Today BIG storms rolled in and I found her wrapped around the toilet in the water closet of my bathroom, positively shuddering with fear. I had to drag her physically out of there to put her shirt on, but she IMMEDIATELY left the bathroom and my bedroom with me. I gave her treats for being such a good girl, and then she WENT OUTSIDE WITH ME to get the paper before it got drenched.

She's now chilling in her usual spot, wearing her tee.


I'm floored. Here she is in her Thunder shirt during a storm:

I AM SOLD. (and zomg, please ignore the hideous eczema tile in my house. I hate it. I have three kids, though, so replacing floors is going to have to wait for them to be out of my house.)


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Mar. 19th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Ohh, darling brave Sally. She looks like she's about to pop out and rescue some skiers and defuse a bomb and foil a terrorist plot, too, and no-one could hide under the loo when they look that cool.


*does not look at eczema tiles lol (is your floor covered in liver??)*
Mar. 19th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
She is being SO SO BRAVE. Aww, poor little scaredy cat derg. <3

UGH, the tiles are just atrocious. One day I will rip them out and have beautiful dark (pecan) wood floors, wide planks and hand scraped. <3 But for now, I have a boy. Who destroys by just existing. (lol)
Mar. 19th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
That is awesome! I should get one for my dog, too. She is also terrified of thunder.
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
it is AMAZING. Totally works. Two thumbs up from me, L.
Mar. 19th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hrmmmm... ::contemplates::

I wonder if they made one cat-sized?

::contemplates further:: ::remembers the size of Loki's claws::

Maybe not so much!
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
They do make ones for cats! Check their website. It wraps around them, you don't have to squeeze them into something. :D
Mar. 19th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oooh that ThunderShirt is such a great idea. I should get one for Sydney (who looks a lot like Sally in the face, actually!). He is the most nervous dog I've ever met. He and Sally could shudder in fear in the bathroom together!
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Sally gets absolutely panic stricken over random things, like balloons, the full moon (no, really) strollers... This thing is AMAZING. All day - no problems.
Mar. 19th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Way to go Sally Derg! She looks torn between being chuffed at not being so scared and yet, still scared.


When will you hear from the Critics Association?
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
She's thinking she SHOULD be scared, and yet... :D

I have no idea - membership closes on April 1.
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Mar. 19th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)

Um, femmeslashers on my flist? Y'all need to be watching this show, seriously.

Would you believe me if I told you that the next episode is even better?
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)

Daaaaaaamn. I have loads of femmeslashers on my flist, too, they need to get on the stick!
Mar. 19th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
I love this picture - so sweet! She does look like she's about to star in her own Mission Impossible series.

I used to dog sit for a friend who had Bernese Mountain dogs, one of which was terrified of thunder and loud noises. And weighed over 130 pounds. My friend forgot to let me in on this little tidbit of information, and that's how I ended up trapped under a giant, shivering dog for an hour.
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
OMG, I love those dogs, but that's a BIG DOG. Sally's about 80 - 85 pounds, and that's enough for me.
Mar. 19th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
B, SHE LOVES HER VEST. It gives her magic powers. Also, she doesn't fart any more. IT IS A MIRACLE!
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Mar. 19th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha! Like magnets bands!

I feel bad for y'all when you get that kind of random comment and nothing something, oh, PERTINENT.
Mar. 19th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
I did not realize they made such a thing for dogs! Do you think it would work for fireworks, too?

Bran dog is scared to death of t-storms and fireworks after being shot by poachers when he was a young dog.
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Check their website - it's good for a host of problems.
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Mar. 19th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Awww, Sally! I love your dwerg. She looks like such a sweetheart. Also, that t-shirt thing is amazing, I didn't think things like that actually worked!

>The Walking Dead! (coming, it's in edits right now)

My edits, or the writer's?
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Hers, no worries! :D

And the "Thundershirt" has worked all damn day. I'm so impressed, really.
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Mar. 19th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahahahaha, I can totally picture that, too.
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Mar. 19th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Anne, it's working like a CHAMP. We have a massive storm system about to move in within the hour, and it's going to plop over us and hang out until tomorrow. THE ULTIMATE TEST!

I'll of course report back.

(And humans do!! Temple Grandin's hug machine is what this works off of! Not to mention swaddling babies. Yay science!)
Mar. 19th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)

That shirt is amazing! It's just the pressure on their bodies that relaxes them? Is it that it creates a feeling of security? Something so simple and yet it works so well.

I just read the "Ringer" review and I liked and +1'd it! Sadly, I do not have cable and therefore do not watch most of the shows you review (or I'm VERY behind), but I do catch Ringer every week so I'm glad that I can take part. I might even comment one of these days! :-)

I hope you get that critics pass and then get to interview celebs. If that happens, you should totally video it. I've seen some interviews on youtube and I have to wonder how these people got that job. I know your interviews would be outstanding, you'd be a total hit.
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yep! It's the pressure on their nervous system - it helps them to not be over stimulated. (You'd think it would be the opposite, but it's the swaddling a baby principle.)

Oh, thank you for that! She's an excellent writer, and I love that you read her, too. <3

Ha! I don't know how great of an interviewer I'd be, but I could at least make them laugh about nonsense? :D
Mar. 19th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
Sally Derg! You have the best, albeit broken, dog! When ever she gets needy just put the shirt on her and say there, that's me hugging you. I wonder if it works on people?

TV Critics Assoc? Awe-to-the-some! Good on you matey!
Mar. 19th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
For a complete wreck of a dog, a waste of flesh, and the Grand Dame of Farts, she's all right for a dog, I guess.

I just hand people stickers of two people hugging awkwardly and tell them to imagine it's us.

We'll see! I've only begun the application process.
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