Call for Entries for 16th Edition of #TheADBC

Laura of Canines in Action is hosting the sixteenth round of the Assistance Dog Blog Carnival. She’s chosen “perceive” as this edition’s theme and, as always, all the details are here at the official Call for Entries. Submissions are open until November 21st, so you have plenty of time to get your post written.

Whether you plan to participate — and I sincerely hope you do — please help us spread the word by sharing the link! and using the hashtag #TheADBC.

Turning Six

Uschi turned six on Friday and in yet another “clearly this shepherd was meant to be my partner” moment she celebrated her birthday much like me: in food. She had rump roast for breakfast, then later we had an ice cream treat at lunch, and for dinner she had a marrow-filled femur bone fresh from the butcher. It was filling and exhausting.

It was also intermittently rainy, so we didn’t get to do the thing I really wanted to do. Instead we had our little birthday party in the backyard on Saturday. The main event, for Uschi at least, were the soap bubbles I was producing with a toy gun I picked up on a whim at CVS.

Uschi lying in the grass with her nose up in the air investigating the many soap bubbles floating around her

There were also balloons and a rather adorable birthday tiara, which you can check out here on the photographer’s blog.

What day is today?

Photo collage of six images of Uschi surrounding the text "Today Uschi is SIX!"

Why, it’s Uschi’s birthday!

EPI Calendars

Each year epi4dogs.com asks members of the community to submit photographs of their dogs1 who have survived EPI. These photographs are then turned into a calendar with all of the proceeds going towards EPI research and awareness. It’s become quite a popular event and a few years ago there were so many photos that two calendars were created.

Well, this year there are NINE! And guess who’s December in #3? Here’s a hint:

Yara sitting in front of the decorated holiday tree at Dad's

Anyway, if you’re looking for some cute and adorable in your 2015 calendar, I highly recommend these. And you can even feel good about yourself for helping sick animals.

  1. And recently added cats, too.

New Home for #TheADBC

Update your links! The Assistance Dog Blog Carnival (#TheADBC) has a new home page! (And shortlink, too.)

Assistance Dog Blog Carnival

Perhaps you caught this announcement in the extraordinarily late 15th edition, but then it’s basically gone unmentioned since then. This is at least partially due to the fact that the ADBC was quite cozy over at its home on After Gadget and physically moving it was an astounding amount of work. It seemed rather pointless to promote all that change until things were finished.

Nevertheless, Brooke and I are incredibly honored to be co-organizing the ADBC! We sincerely thank Sharon not only for letting us adopt the Carnival from her, but for the years of hard work she put into maintaining it before handing it off to us.1

We also have a few additional announcements about the Carnival itself.

First up, we’re introducing our new hashtag: #TheADBC! We want to consolidate the many different hashtags that people may be using to promote the Carnival. We’re hoping this will help with visibility and keep out the spam from searches.

Second, we are going to drop the frequency of editions down to twice per year. This isn’t a decision we came to lightly and we sincerely hope this will help in increasing participation once again. We want to give everyone time to prepare their submissions and not feel stressed by the next edition coming before they are ready.

Last, but not least, we discovered that several past editions of the ADBC are no longer publicly accessible. 2 To alleviate any further broken editions, we will be archiving all past and future editions of the ADBC with full attribution given to the original host.

Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about the ADBC. And be on the lookout for 16th edition, which should be going up soon!

  1. Honestly, we don’t know how she managed to do it when the two of us seem practically buried by the responsibility!
  2. We were able to retrieve all but one edition at the time of this announcement.