quadruplify: Lin Bei Fong (from the Legend of Korra) looking shocked and/or surprised ([LoK] Lin - surprised)
So today my family -- on a complete whim, and without informing me ahead of time -- got a dog.

Obviously I'm really happy for them (and me, of course!) because we'd all been talking about doing this for I don't know how long now, and the dog -- a female 8-month-old black lab mix named Harper -- is abso-friggin'-lutely adorable.

But I'm also a.) slightly more than a bit peeved that I was out of town when they adopted her and my family didn't include me in the decision-making, and b.) freaking the fuck out because I want to be absolutely sure we're all as responsible as we can be as owners and not massively screw this up.

So for all of you out there who still use LJ and DW who own dogs -- could I have some advice please? Important things that might not cross the mind of a first-time dog owner, things you wish you didn't have to learn the hard way, what to look for in a good trainer (or training program) -- things like that. (We already have food, treats, a crate, at least one toy, and a few other necessities I can't think of right now. She peed on the floor a little while ago, so I don't think she's housebroken. She's whimpering right now, but she hardly barks, she's not terribly stressed, and otherwise has an excellent temperament.)

Thanks in advance for all your help!

(And yes, I know I haven't updated this journal since September. I'll do a proper RL update......eventually. A lot has happened over the past few months, and the more I end up putting it off, the more stuff happens to talk about. It's been on my mind a lot, though, so hopefully I'll get around to it soon.)
quadruplify: Stuart Staples (lead singer of Tindersticks) surrounded by pigeons ([Music] Tindersticks - pigeons)
1. I got myself an Instagram account recently, because a lot of you I follow on Tumblr and Twitter use it and I wanted to try it out. I'm the same username there as here; anyone else got accounts there, or know of accounts I ought to be following? Since I'll be in Vermont this weekend (leaving Friday 10/12, returning Monday 10/15), I'd like to start using it there; I'll try not to spam you guys, but we'll see how it goes. ^_^;

2. Can anyone recommend some good games available on Steam? Are there any well-known/popular games I really ought to be playing, or any indie games or diamonds in the rough I need to know about? I ask because it's something I'd like to get into soon, seeing as how I was one of those boring kids who never played video games while growing up (nope, never even owned a single console). I guess you can say I'm making up for lost time here. XD Anyway, I am limited by money, but I'm willing to take any recs regardless of how expensive they are. Thanks; I'd really appreciate it! :D (BTW, you can friend me on Steam as well if you haven't already; I have the same username there as here.)



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