Slowly But Surely

I’m starting to use Photoshop more and more.  Don’t get me wrong, I still like Lightroom, but even with it’s new cloning/healing tool, it still doesn’t hold a candle to Photoshop’s and I often want to get rid of something in my photos.  Lately it’s been the staining under the puppies’ eyes and Photoshop does a much better job.  It’s a pain to transfer them in there, but worth it in the end.

I’m also finding I need to use it for my 52 Weeks challenges and am slowly learning more and more “tricks” each week.  This week’s challenge was symmetry so I ended up cloning Coulee and flipping her around to create a more symmetrical image.  I chose not to make the background symmetrical as I found it too distracting. I wanted it to look a little more “realistic”… that she’d actually found her doppelgänger and was having a game of tug with her.

I thought her play bowing to herself was also cute.  She’s actually bowing to Marlin who helped me out with the tug.

This was a cool little wall that had this half circle repeating along it, that I photographed as a backup plan, (I didn’t know if I would be able to get the tugging thing to work) but decided I liked the closer view better.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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the East Bay SPCA average spay/neuter cost is half…

the East Bay SPCA average spay/neuter cost is half as much ($ 125 for dogs/$ 60 for cats), and low-income pet owners qualify for an even lower rate of half that with income and residency verification. Pit bulls, which are the dogs in every single one of the photos, are spayed/neutered for free by the East Bay SPCA. You don't have to get your pet from them to have your pet spayed by them – we had our formally feral cat spayed there.

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Flea Market Wares at White Cloud, Kansas, near Troy in the Northeast Corner of the State…09/1974

Check out these Flea images:

Flea Market Wares at White Cloud, Kansas, near Troy in the Northeast Corner of the State…09/1974

Image by The U.S. National Archives
Original Caption: Flea Market Wares at White Cloud, Kansas, near Troy in the Northeast Corner of the State. It Is Sponsored by the Ma Hush Ka (Iowa Indian Language Meaning White Cloud) Historical Society to Raise Money for the Local Museum Housed in the 100-Year-Old Schoolhouse. Area Indians Participate in the Flea Market in Which Native Crafts as Well as Antiques Are Featured 09/1974

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-14677

Photographer: Duncan, Patricia D., 1932-

White Cloud (Doniphan county, Kansas, United States) inhabited place
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Flea Market – February 2011

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Alemany Flea Market, Bernal Heights, San Francisco

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A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher {Book Review}

A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher My rating: 5 of 5 stars Set in two different time frames, but with the common bridge of doubt, pain, finding strength and rediscovering God, “A Promise Kept” by Robin Lee Hatcher was an eloquently written story about two different women in different times, yet facing similar issues…

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Tuesday Top Ten: Most Registered Dog Breeds in the US, 2013 Edition

The American Kennel Club has announced their list of breed registrations from 2013. Although many owners don’t choose to register their dogs, the number of registrations received for each breed is considered an indication of the popularity of the breed. Of course, there are undoubtedly many more mutt-i-grees than purebred dogs in the world, but […] Dog Blog

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PKK 14 Eylül Lice Karakol Eyleminde 25 askerin öldürüldüğü Görüntüleri yayinladi

HPG gerillalarının 14 Eylül’de Diyarbakır’ın Lice ilçesine bağlı Tepe jandarma karakoluna yönelik düzenlediği eylemin görüntüleri Gerilla TV’de yayınlandı. H…
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We Will Remember You: A Pet Loss Memorial Candle Ceremony

There is something vastly powerful about going through grief with friends. It validates, it resonates, it comforts. When it comes to losing a pet, too many of us are forced to endure the pain without that camaraderie of a circle of friends.

To that end, and because I know so many people continue to hurt and feel alone in their grief over the loss of a beloved pet, The Tiniest Tiger and I are hosting a Pet Loss Candle Ceremony next Wednesday, February 5th, at 6 pm PST.


What Will Happen

During this Google Hangout, we will be lighting candles to remember those who have left us, and to comfort those left behind. It’s open to all- kids can participate too!


How To Participate

1. Watch at home: at Google +, YouTube, or here.

The main Google + Event page is here. You do not need to RSVP to watch it, but if you do you will be sent a reminder through your Google account.

You can also watch at light your own candle at home without a Google + account. It will stream live, and also be up later as a recorded event, on YouTube. All you need to do is click on this link at the time of the hangout, or simply come back here and watch it here on this post.

Date: Wednesday, February 5th

Time: 6 pm PST (Click here to convert to your time zone.)

2. Watch and Chat

If you’d like to type in a question or memory during the Hangout, you’ll need a Google + account at

3. Be an Online Candle Lighter

If you would like to be online with us as a candle lighter, we will have a limited number of spaces. You will need a Google + account as well as a webcam- and a candle :) . If you’d like to be a part of that, please contact me here or through my Contact Page and I can give you more information.

We are very excited to be doing this event as so many of us have known this sadness recently- or even not so recently. We hope you can join us!

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What Can Mayor Bloomberg Teach You About Dog Training?

Bloomberg-Logo-650x400 (This is not a political blog. Please bear with me for a few paragraphs. It will get to dog training, I promise. Also please note I am drawing parallells not commenting on policy. This is a dog training blog, not a blog about politics, (human) education, or race relations. Save it for Facebook!)

The news in New York City has been dominated the past few weeks with the mayoral race. (Now that the primaries are over, we’ve got a brief respite, but it’s sure to heat up again in October.) It’s been an entertaining season, partially because more than one of the candidates are more sideshow than serious politician and partly because of the spectacle of candidates trying to figure out how to walk the line on Bloomberg policies that seem both effective and morally and/or ethically compromised.

Like all New York City Mayors, Michael Bloomberg has been a polarizing figure. I have found some of the controversies particularly interesting because he comes from the same corporate and technological culture I do, and this often seems to drive his policy decisions.

On Wall Street (as well as technology companies like Google and Apple) data is king. Business decisions are made based on measurable results. This is often an effective strategy, especially when you are in the business of selling data (which is how Bloomberg became a millionaire) or selling widgets. What can be more effective than measuring results and then adjusting tactics based on them?

But this very practice is what has gotten Bloomberg in trouble more than once. The two examples that come immediately to mind are his school testing policies and the New York Police Department’s infamous “stop and frisk” practices, which Bloomberg has staunchly defended.

In the case of school testing Bloomberg is following the national trend of administering copious amount of standardized tests in order to measure school results. From a data-driven perspective this makes perfect sense. However educators and parents insist that is leads to “teaching to the test” and unnecessary stress for the children.

In the case of “stop and frisk” data analysis led to Ray Kelly’s ill-advised statement about how “African-Americans are being under-stopped.” Here again numbers and measurable results, examined in a vacuum, led to Kelly’s assertion. The broader picture however, might lead some to disagree. (The more I read Kelly’s and Bloomberg’s defense of stop and frisk, the more I think of the engineer and the balloon.)

So what does all this have to do with dog training?

In the ABCs I spend a lot of digital ink laying out a formula for problem solving. It’s an approach to solving behavior problems that anyone from Bloomberg’s world would embrace. And we can learn a few things from Bloomberg’s successes and failures that apply to using the ABCs too.

Before you can solve a problem you need to define it. This may seem obvious, but it’s not.

What do you think is the problem with education? Basic skills, dropout rates, or college admissions? Which one you pick will have a tremendous impact on your approach.

What do you think is the underlying cause of crime? Poverty? Recidivism? Illegal weapons? Drug use? Again, how you define the problem will have a tremendous impact on your solutions.

In the animal behavior training world the obstacle to defining the problem is often one of using labels and classifications over behaviors. Is “my dog is jealous” a problem? How about “my dog is dominant” or even “my dog is fearful?” Is your definition of “fearful” the same as mine? Roger Abrantes has written about the issues behind defining what dominance really is and for many, including myself, he highlights a conflict that has made the word at least temporarily useless.

Properly defining problems is critical to the solving it because if you can’t measure it you can’t say you solved it. Can you measure dominance? Or jealousy? Or fear? No, you can’t. You can measure barking, lunging, growling, pulling on leash, and fleeing. These things might be part of a “package” we call jealousy, dominance, or fearfulness, but we need to agree on the actual measurable actions first and chances if we do that well the labels are unnecessary.

With Bloomberg & Co. the case could be made that part of their problem is a lack of agreement on the defining the issues and the desired results. “Better schools” is something everyone can agree on…until it’s time to agree on what a better school actually is and then take steps to achieve it.

Similarly “less crime” wins elections, but if your tactics land you in trouble with the public, press, and even the courts, than there is an obvious disconnect between you and the people. The NYPD and the City Administration are measuring a result that does not seem important enough to others given what (they claim) it took to get that result.

I wrote earlier about defining what you want instead of what you don’t want. A critical part of that definition is making sure that what you want is specific and measurable. I’ll be writing more about this in the next few weeks.

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Nice Flea photos

A few nice Flea images I found:

Flea Market Flutist

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This girl was making good money busking at the flea market.

Flea Market statues

Image by MShades
Some little statues for sale at the Kitano Tenmangu flea market.

Brooklyn Flea

Image by Atomische * Tom Giebel
Brooklyn Flea

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You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado {Book Review}

You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado My rating: 5 of 5 stars I try to imagine the thoughts Joseph must have had when his day went from….perfectly ordinary to finding his world completely turned upside down by the very people he not only grew up with, but…

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