Ambulance calls soar by 46 per cent as London swelters in 34.5C heat




As someone who has spent a lot of time in Arizona’s deserts, being in Europe this summer has been more amusing than it should be. “HOW THE FUCK ARE YOU WEARING A SUIT?!” “Practice.”

I should not be as amused by that as I am, but I am totally nodding sagely right now.

Dear friends across the pond: stay cool and stay safe! I know you’re not used to this.

Yah. My first response to this was: Just 34C? Weak sauce.

A couple of posts going into exactly why these kinds of temperatures are a big deal:

Yeah, I also grew up in a climate where that’s not an unusual summer temperature. It is (record breakingly) unusual for Britain. Not only are people not accustomed to coping with heat, in a very humid generally chilly climate? Nothing is set up for hot weather. Nothing.

I hadn’t moved here yet, but I was actually visiting London during the 2003 heatwave which killed up to 2000 people in the UK. (Estimated at over 70,000 across Europe.) Coming straight from a much hotter summer climate maybe a week before that started, it was still almost unbelievable with how poorly things are set up for heat. I almost keeled over several times myself, including one occasion on a train platform. That was fun.

Like I said, that was with way more experience of hot weather than the vast majority of people living here, and after about a week away from it. So much for a little vacation from the summer back home 🙄

This most recent heatwave wasn’t that extreme, thankfully. (The worst also seems to be over now *fingers crossed*) But, there are reasons that more people needed emergency medical care, and some no doubt died from the heat again.

Also prompted by a couple of less respectful comments on this post. Not aimed at anyone here, but if your immediate response to a news story like this is ridicule? That’s just mean. Please show some modicum of decency, and keep it to yourself.

Ambulance calls soar by 46 per cent as London swelters in 34.5C heat

Proposed Regulation of Service Dogs in Canada – Feedback Due 30 June 2017




Here’s my latest concern, and it’s not a law, yet. There is a draft proposal for the voluntary regulation of Service Dogs in Canada. You can request a copy at this email here because
technically I’m not supposed to share it with  you. They don’t want it
shared, because the only feedback they will accept is the feedback from a
specific comments form if you request a copy. That way they can reduce
public input.
The problem is, this could very easily become law, simply
by any level of government making reference to it in their own
legislation. It will also make it very easy to make these training
restrictions on methodology and equipment a standard part of laws and
bylaws that don’t pertain to strictly service dog regulation.

So let me give you the long and the short of this proposal without actually sharing it. It includes:

  • Stringent requirements on the part of the handler in terms of proof of their disability and need for a service dog
  • Onerous requirements about the
    handler’s ability to care for a service dog including a long list of
    first aid knowledge that most pet owners don’t have and many disabled
    handlers may not be able to administer.
  • A requirement for record keeping of all
    grooming, exercise, feeding, veterinary care, training log, problem
    behaviors and humane training methods to deal with those.
  • Mandatory spay and neuter
  • Training methodology to the point of micro management
  • No aversive consequences at all of any
    kind. No negative reinforcement, no positive punishment of any kind. You
    can withdraw rewards (negative punishment), withhold rewards
    (extinction) or train an incompatible behavior, or you can live with a
    bad behavior and manage it.
  • Regulation of where the potential
    service dog is acquired – vague terms here about acceptable breeders and
    rescues vs. unacceptable breeders and rescues.
  • “Unacceptable tools” citronella
    collars, vibrating collars, sound emitting collars, any collar that has
    been previously paired with an aversive stimulus even if the aversive
    stimulus is no longer used, choke collars, prong collars, low voltage e
    collars, significant voltage collars and devices, throw chains,
    mousetraps, shepherd’s crook, whip or crop.

The other thing this draft includes is a list of breeds that shouldn’t be used as service dogs:

American Pit Bull Terrier, American
Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, English Bull Terrier,
American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Bullmastiff,
Portuguese Mastiff, Mastino Neopolitano, Majorca Matiff, Dogue de
Bordeaux, Cane Korso / Dogo Canario, Belgian Malinois, Akita, Tosa Inu,
Alabai, Kangal, Caucasian Shepherd Dog, Tornjak, South-Russian Shepherd,
Black Russian Terrier, Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog, Anatolian Shepherd,
Central Asian Shepherd, Portuguese Sheepdog, Rottweiler, Doberman,
Rhodesian Ridgeback, Boerboel, Bandog, Komondor, Kuvasz, Reisenschauzer,
Wolfdog or Chow Chow.

So please, scroll up, click the email to request a copy, and
fill out the comment form. The public review is only on until June 30,

Angela Gilbert, “We Interrupt Our Regular Program For….”.
Chianti’s Blog (3 May 2017). [Emphasis added by me.]

Please, if you’re Canadian, fill out a comment form.
The breed restrictions are particularly ridiculous, my trainer has a Rottweiler as her service dog and I almost got one too. They’re calm, obedient, steady dogs, so I can only imagine all the dogs on the list were picked for seeming scary.
Disabled people already have to go through so much trouble to get the support they need; this extra regulation poses no benefit and will only reduce the number of people who have access to service dogs.

The documents are available for download on that page, no need to email requesting them.

Please all Canadians take a look at this. Many of these regulations would make owner-training virtually impossible for much of the disabled community. People with invisible, and under-researched, illnesses are especially at risk. Many people may not have access to a knowledgeable doctor to diagnose their illnesses or approve their need of a service dog.

Clear regulations for service dog training would be fantastic, but they should be decided upon with heavy consultation from the disabled community.



The Budgett’s frog [also known as the Paraguay horned frog; usually referring to Lepidobatrachus laevis] is a South American native loved by many in the amphibian hobby for their comical expressions and cutely proportioned bodies. These frogs are aquatic ambush predators, armed with two small projections of the bottom jaw used to stab and restrain prey. 

These specimens are captive bred as pets and belong to The Frog Ranch.

Idk if they did this in the USA too, but in the netherlands they set up a sound system on a Dominos pizza scooter and everytime it drove it would make sounds like mmmmmMMMM Dominos! mmmMMMM tasty tasty (in dutch that’s lekker lekker) mmmmMMMM PIZZA! and if it was waiting with the motor running it’d go dominosdominosdominosdominos all in a human voice




i read this message in the middle of the night and legit thought i was imagining it

i keep thinking about thjs and laughing ao hard my stomach hurts

here’s the link: