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 theĀ 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.

“Red” Flower

As iPhone photos go, I’m actually pretty happy with this one:

Red flower

The red isn’t quite right1, which is something of an issue with the iPhone camera in my experience. But oddly it is far closer to the actual color2 than I was able to achieve when taking the same photo with my Nikon. It’s the first time I’ve run into this issue since I made the leap to a DSLR. I intend to tinker some and see if I can’t pinpoint how to better capture these pretty flowers in front of my house.

  1. Yes, I can actually tell that despite my colorblindness.
  2. I’m told it’s more a burnt orange.

GSD Logic

I get asked a lot1 about the differences I experience working with a shepherd. One thing I stress, whether your looking at a GSD for a potential guide dog or a family pet, is that shepherds are almost too smart for their own good. By this I mean that dog training is usually presented in a pretty linear fashion: teach a dog a thing. Dogs are eager to please and so this works out well. Shepherds, however, almost analyze a given task to the point that often it’s more accurate to say you teach them why they should do a thing. I, personally, enjoy the challenge that presents, but then I also have a shepherd who routinely stands on her head so, you know, I might be a bit cracked in the head.

Anyway, saw this on my Facebook feed, and it is possibly the best example of this that I have ever seen:

 

EDIT: Right after posting this, I saw a related video of another GSD:

 

My favorite part of this is when the shepherd looks over his shoulder, making sure he’s not being watched, before busting out his little buddy.

  1. I mean a lot.

Pretty Flowers

Flowers

Cookie the Penguin

How have I never shared this before?

Impossibly cute as he is, Cookie actually is not a baby penguin. I believe he was seven when this video was shot. He is a full-sized little or fairy penguin. They’re native to Australia and New Zealand. Cookie, however, resides at the Cincinnati Zoo.