Saturday, February 11, 2017

Piki – the dachshund mix breed!

Woof!

Last weekend I was at my friend's, Sacchan's, home to help out with taking care of the animals while her parents were away on vacation. The animals include two cats and a dog. I mainly helped out with walking the dog now that he's getting really old and can't always hold himself as long as he used to, poor thing. :'( It was a fun weekend and being around animals makes me really calm and happy ~ 

While there I took the chance to photograph Piki, the dog. He's a 13-year-old dachshund mix (dachshund and brittany) who, despite his age, is still really energetic and playful! I'd never have guessed that he's actually so old based on his behavior he's still like a young dog mentally and can walk really far with no problems.
Piki's real name is actually Pasi Pellervo but my friend's dad didn't think that it fit the dog so they just call him Piki instead. I'd assume that the name comes from the fact that the dog is all black and in Finnish when something is pitch-black you say that it's 'pikimusta'.

Photographer & Model: Shiro Samurai
Model: Pasi "Piki" Pellervo



Anyone who has photographed an animal probably knows how hard it can be to get good photos, especially if the model just doesn't want to be still! Piki didn't seem too keen on cooperating and understandably so, it was cold outside and his fur is pretty thin and he's not used to a camera either. I didn't want it to take too long so I just snapped some photos and hoped for at least a few lucky shots.

As mentioned above Piki is of a quite uncommon crossbreed. At least I think so, dachshunds are common but I don't think that I've ever seen a brittany in real life (or at least 100% recognized a dog as one). ^^" His father was a dachshund and the mother brittany.
Piki definitely has the signature long dachshund body with the short legs, although he's notably taller than any purebreed sausage dog dachshund
– wither length approximately 31 cm. Piki still has the webbed feet though, just like ordinary dachshunds do!



In the litter Piki was the only black puppy all his siblings were of a chocolate brown color and he was the last one left. Nobody seemingly wanted him... until the owners called my friend's dad (they were some kind of friends) and asked if he was interested in a dachshund pup. The dad's first answer was "not interested" but then they said that there's a black puppy left and then, suddenly, the answer changed to "we'll come take a look". :'D My friend's family are all metal fans and really awesome, tbh.



The few signs that give away Piki's age is that he has some gray/white fur around his mouth area, almost like a little beard! Sacchan's dad tends to joke and say that Piki is molding, lol. I really hope that this cutie won't be leaving us anytime soon. ;_;
One cute thing that happened during the photoshoot was that whenever I tried to take off the snow around Piki's mouth he would instantly push his nose into some nearby snow and boom – a new snow beard! I'm not sure if Piki wanted to censor his aging signs or what but it was adorable and slightly annoying at the same time because yeah, I would have wanted at least one snow-free pic but oh well. xD





Below are some cute dog stories:

• When Piki was younger the family used to go on snowmobile trips in the forest and, because he doesn't have a thick fur, he used to go inside Sacchan's dad's jacket so that the head would poke out from the front!


• During his puppy days Piki would make himself a nest out of Sacchan's mom's hair. He would mess it up until it turned into a big cozy bed and then go sleep in it. So precious! ;A;

• On forest trips he'd go inside someone's rucksack/bag and hitch a free ride!

• When Sacchan was young (approx. 10 years) Piki once went into her school bag, on the morning before school, and refused to go out.


And here's some not-so-cute dog stories:

Sacchan's family was driving back home from a trip to Lapland (northern Finland) and Piki was in the backseat of the car. At some point he took a sudden ninja dump, on the floor of the backseat
– no warnings, nothing; it just came out of nowhere. Okay, so Piki is a smart dog and thus he came up with the clever idea to try to hide the poop he took a blanket from the backseat and laid it over the pile of shit in an effort to cover it up sneakily so that he wouldn't get scolded for it. xD Too bad for him shit smells and it was noticed. 10/10 for the effort though. Sneaky clever bastard.

• Once Piki puked in the hallway and, again, tried to cover it up – this time with one of Sacchan's hoodies.

Sacchan's godmother had been visiting for a while and one day they headed out to town. Said godmother had her jacket on and started digging in its pocket; s
he felt some sort of dry object in there, wondered what the heck it was and took it out it was dried-up dog poo. Just don't ask me how the heck Piki managed to snipe-shit into a fucking jacket pocket out of all possible things, especially because he's so short and the jackets are on a hangar in the hallway. I just can't even. xD

• Last year Piki became made a legend. You see, during every night there's always one family member taking him into their room because Piki can't be alone in the house over the nights. This fateful night it was Sacchan's little brother, Joni. So yeah, Piki was sleeping in his room, just like usual, and the door was closed over the night. Suddenly Joni woke up because of a horrible smell and yes, it was the smell of shit.
Now you'd expect that from such a small dog there wouldn't be a lot of poop but, let me quote Joni's own words in Finnish, it was a 'ripulivaltameri' – literally a diarrhea ocean. :)) He spent hours cleaning up the mess and, on the morning when I woke up (me and Sacchan were sleeping in the caravan outside, I was visiting) and went into the house for a bathroom visit I saw Joni just standing there, moping the floor; I asked what had happened (because it smelled funny) and he told me the story and said that he could only do three swipes with the mop before he had to change the water – that's how shitty it was, pun intended. He even told me, in this hilarious yet unamused story-teller voice that once he had been washing up the shit he, after a lot of vigorous cleaning, had finally found 'Atlantiksen kadonneen kaupungin', aka the lost city of Atlantis, aka he rediscovered his room which had been buried thoroughly in supernatural amounts of dog poo.
In a way I'm both really happy and disappointed that I didn't get to see it. Ever since then the 'diarrhea ocean' has stayed as an inside joke between us three. #paskahuumori


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So as you can see Piki has done some mischievous things, just like all dogs do. :'D He's still a cute little slightly moldy wiener dog that I can't help but love anyway. He might be half deaf by now (and with weakening vision because of age) but it doesn't slow him down and sometimes I wish I was even half as full of life as this dog is, haha. Precious little-old Piki, I hope you'll live many more years.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Panthers Tear Forge cosplay lecture at school!

Hello people!

Today, on 8th February which also happens to be a Wednesday, we had some quite unusual lecturers arriving to my (former) school. After lunch, local time 12:30, the lecture started a cosplay group called Panthers Tear Forge arrived from Oulu, Finland, to talk about cosplay!

I was super stoked because I had been the one recommending my teacher to invite these guys to our school and it finally happened and so, of course, I had to attend it even though I've recently switched back to my old school again. Luckily this particular lesson, held by Göran on Wednesdays after lunch, is open to the public meaning that anyone interested in lectures about what happens around us and in the world is welcome to join.


I must mention that I woke up later than I was supposed to and thus I was in a hurry to get to school in time (I only had 30 minutes), which also meant that I forgot to take with me my SLR camera. Yes, I'm kicking myself for it because I had to resort to my crummy cellphone camera instead. Bad photos are still better than no photos at all but yeah, I'm sorry about the poor quality.

Lecture time ~
As someone who is a cosplayer I found this lecture really interesting, especially because I've been interested in learning to make armored outfits properly. The lecture was held in Finnish but one of the teachers translated it into Swedish for those students who don't understand Finnish; I'm bilingual so for me it was not a problem but I did notice that the translator (one of the teachers) left out some pieces of information, most likely unintentionally because he had no previous knowledge about this hobby and thus some of the terms were unfamiliar to him; the translator is also blind so I understand that he had a hard time explaining about the different materials used and what was going on in the video clip etc. I honestly can't blame him for that, he did a good job and the important things got across. ♥

Humorously simplified version of how to use foam. :'D
Seeing how me and my brother were likely the only ones with previous knowledge about cosplay I must mention that PTForge did a good job with explaining the basics and making the lecture simple to understand, even for the 'normies'. The lecture also included humor and was generally casual and fun, not heavy at all to take in; I never found myself getting bored during the hour that it lasted. I think they did a good job at conveying what cosplay is and how you can make your own costumes and get into this geeky hobby.

PTForge's contact information and social media channels!
It was really nice to get to see some of the in-progress helmets up close (we had some props circulating the classroom) and see how they're built! It's amazing what you can do with simple sheets of foam, glue and a heat gun.

After the lecture everyone could ask questions and take photos of the PTForge members who were dressed up for the occasion. I snapped some photos of the super cool Halo cosplayer!




I stayed after the lecture to talk with the group members and we talked about conventions, costume making and even secret plans about starting up a new convention in the future. Huehuehue ~

All in all I'm really happy that these guys bothered to come to my school. I just wish that some of my other geeky school friends would have been present but I didn't see them anywhere. :'( They missed something hella cool, man.