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.

P3P

Nothing too interesting has been going on of late. I did get my computer back finally, but I haven’t been on it much. Mostly because I’m very frustrated with job searching and I think I basically associate the phone and computer with this task.

Instead I’ve been reading a lot. And playing video games. Of note, I just got this:

Screenshot from Persona 3 Portable - text reads: "Obtained Platinum Bookmark."

It doesn’t look like much unless you’re familiar with Persona 3 Portable. But it’s the reward of sorts for beating one of the secret bosses. This particular boss can’t even be fought until a New Game Plus and so yes I did beat the game. The fight itself is not so much difficult as it is a lot of work to prepare for and even then is mostly about luck. It took me five tries before RNG worked in my favor. One of those times, however, was a death because I was critically hit,1 which point of fact was the only critical I received in all six runs through this battle.

Usually I don’t care whether I completely 100% a game, but aside from this particular battle I’ve had surprisingly good luck in getting most of the side quests and such accomplished. I don’t know if I’ll actually get everything done, but I am tempted to at least play through again with the alternate female protagonist. In any event, I’ve had just about as much fun with this game as I did with Persona 4 Golden, which also has a secret NG+ boss that I will probably fight sometime, too.

  1. In the Persona games, you can receive a follow up attack if you knock an enemy down by either getting a critical hit or exploiting an enemy’s weakness. In this fight the boss acts twice per turn, so got three successive blows on me with the critical. Even if I’d been at full health I would have only barely survived.

Poor Uschi

I like to think I’m a competent guide dog handler and then things like today happen.

I forgot to feed Uschi this morning.

Okay, no, that’s not entirely true and the reality is even worst in my opinion.

Every morning I have the same routine. It’s been pretty much unchanged since her first day here. Primarily the part where I prepare her breakfast while I make my own. This morning was no different except for whatever reason I just left her bowl of food sitting on the counter.

A fact that didn’t go unnoticed by the shepherd. She didn’t bother me about it, which I find really surprising, but instead just kept going into the kitchen and then coming to lie down near me. After a few trips she gave up and just crashed in her crate.

I discovered my blunder when I went to make lunch. Uschi was definitely confused when she finally got a meal and just kind of stared at me as if to ask whether she were allowed to finally eat even with me urging her on. Hunger finally overtook any confusion she might have had and she gobbled her food down like the famished beast she no doubt was.

So, yeah, I kind of broke her and I feel most awful about it.