Today the Assistance Dog Blog Carnival goes live! And today I realize that probably the week before Christmas isn’t the ideal time. I heard from several people that they wanted to participate, but just hadn’t had time to get a post done and submitted.
But you know what? We’re all about accessibility and doing what you’re able here at the ADBC, and so we aren’t judging. If you get your posts to me later today or even later this week, I’ll just add them as they arrive. (And remember, you don’t have to be a service dog trainer or user to participate! All are welcome to share their thoughts and experiences.)
And this might be a good thing, because it lets me spotlight a very honest and thoughtful post from Jeremy Medlock, who is training his own dog to aid him. Service dog work isn’t all romantic key-fetching or traffic-stopping — sometimes it is doing what dogs do best, being quietly supportive and there for us, a bias-free slate. I encourage you to read this from someone who uses a dog for an “invisible” disability and is brave enough to discuss why.
Next is a post from Sharon Wachsler, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at Clicker Expo. Sharon’s come a long way and she has a fantastic post about reassessing goals and accomplishments and changing standards as her service dog moves into his new role.
Another service dog taking up her new place is Keeper, and her person Flo wrote this post about the difficulties in transition and how we sometimes need to update our own perceptions. It’s easy to stay in the status quo!
You’ve seen my own ADBC post already, but I’ll post it again here. My post is more general, about how service dogs and their people are perceived in society and how we can make sure we aren’t limiting people by our own ignorance (or just plain bad attitudes).
Those of you who’ve said you had posts in progress? This next space is for you!
And those of you who didn’t mention a post to me, but suddenly have the urge? There’s space for you too, don’t worry. Our theme this round is Perceive and we’d love to hear from you.