Call for Posts: 10th Assistance Dog Blog Carnival! #ADBC

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Perfect “10”

I am thrilled to be hosting the TENTH Assistance Dog Blog Carnival (#ADBC)!

We’ve come full-circle. I hosted the first ADBC in October 2010, and between that time and this, eight other bloggers have hosted, coming up with some really terrific topics. And guess how many bloggers have contributed posts? Hint: Some have graced us with their presence once, while many others have a reserved table, having been part of every (or almost every) carnival! (You can find links to all the past hosts, topics, and carnivals at the home page of the ADBC.)

The Theme: Perfect 10

This month’s theme is “Perfect 10.” You can write on “perfect” or you can write on “ten” or you can write on “perfect 10.” Some topic ideas:

  • The myth of the perfect assistance dog can be a burden. Did you expect your first canine assistant to be perfect and have an “Oops” moment? Or do you find that others are shocked when your dog is, well, a dog?
  • Conversely, has your current or a past assistance dog been perfect for you? Was there a perfect day or a perfect moment? A way in which the two of you fit together that you could never have imagined?
  • Is there an arena of your partnership or other doggy life where you are striving for perfection or where you achieved some recognition of perfection?
  • For people who have pet dogs or train pet dogs, are there “nuggets of perfection” you have gleaned from assistance dog trainers or handlers that inspired you to do things differently with your own dog(s)?
  • There are so many things you can do with ten! A top ten list of . . .
  • Things you love about your service dog. Reasons you got a service dog. Best days with your dog. Ten worst moments. Ten funniest moments. Ten things you hate that people do about your assistance dog.
  • Anniversaries. . . Ten years ago. Your first ten months of training. Your dog’s tenth birthday. Your tenth day as partners.
  • Or anything else I’m not thinking of on the theme of Perfect 10!

The Guidelines

These things are required:

  • Anyone can submit a post — as long as it’s pertinent to the theme. You do not have to be an assistance dog partner or puppy raiser or trainer, etc. You just have to write something relating to the theme of “Perfect 10” as it pertains to assistance dogs.
  • The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 28 at 11:59PM (of whatever time zone you’re in). If you are writing or want to write a post and haven’t made the deadline, please contact me. I’d like as many people as possible to join this Carnival #10! I plan to post the Carnival on Thursday, January 31.
  • To submit your post, please comment below with your name (as you’d like it to appear), the name of your blog, the name of your post, and the URL for your post. OR, if you prefer, tweet me the same info at @aftergadget.
  • If you have anything flashing or moving on your blog or post (snow falling, gifs that move, graemlins, etc.), or music that automatically plays when someone enters your blog, we request that you turn off those features until two weeks after the carnival goes live, OR please include a head’s up that you have this feature in your entry below. The reason for this is that moving imagines or music can make text difficult or impossible for some to read and can also trigger migraines (both of which are true for me). A more serious concern for me is that for some readers and contributors to the carnival, these features can cause seizures if they visit your site. By providing me and other readers with this information ahead of time, we can make informed decisions in taking care of our health and safety about whether or not to visit your blog. Thank you for your consideration.

These things are requests (not mandatory, but they make me happy):

The Goodies

I want this Carnival to be special, so I’m doing a raffle and giveaway. Everyone who submits a post for the Carnival will be entered. This is just to CELEBRATE our community of assistance dog partners and our allies — just for FUN! No good cause. No fundraiser. No goals or charity — Just. For. Fun!

The winners will be randomly chosen (using among contributors.** Here’s what’s available for the giveaway so far:

I’m hoping to collect more giveaways by the publication date of the Carnival. If you have an item you’d be willing for me to raffle, please get in touch! I would love to have a variety of goodies — little things that will be fun to receive; they don’t need to have monetary value. I’ll post new items, with links and info to the donor’s site (if relevant), here and on the After Gadget Facebook page and on Twitter as they come in. (So, if you have a business, I’ll happily plug your stuff!) If you have something to offer, please email me or Tweet me or message me on Facebook! The more who get involved, the more fun it will be (I hope!). Update on raffle: See swag post!

So, get those wheels a-turnin’. What do you want to share with the world on the theme of assistance dogs and “Perfect 10”? I look forward to your posts!

Also, if you are willing to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, other social media, and anywhere else, I would so much appreciate it! I love my internet assistance dog community which the ADBC has helped foster. I would love as many people was possible to be part of this celebration!

– Sharon, the muse of Gadget, and Barnum, SD

*Here’s the answer to who and how many bloggers have participated in previous ABDCs…. Forty-eight! Here they are, in the order in which their posts appeared: Ro, Carin, Allison, Torie, Jen, Beverly, L-Squared, Kali, me, TrulyAble, TheTroubleIs, Ashley, Sherlock, Robin, Patti, Linda, Katrin, Cura’s Mom, Trish, Lisa, Brooke, Coreena, Cyndy, Martha, Jess, Static Nonsense, The Pawpower Pack, Michelle, Becky, Kimberly, Beth, Solstice Singer, Karyn,  Kelley, Sam, Artemis, Andrea, Flo, Cait, Hopesclan, Wendy, Lyssa, Patty Aguirre, Lynette, Hera, Katie, FridaWrites, and Kathie! If you comment below, I’ll happily turn your name here into a link. (Too much work to go hunting down 47 links on my own.)


31 Responses to “Call for Posts: 10th Assistance Dog Blog Carnival! #ADBC”

  1. 3 Patty Aguirre January 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Planning to participate!

  2. 4 Cyndy Otty January 15, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Name: Cyndy
    Blog: Gentle Wit
    Title: (Im)perfection

    How about some Bark’n Boots for the raffle? They would have to ship out after the Carnival is posted so I can get info on size/color from the winner.

    [Raffle #1]

  3. 5 Sharon Wachsler January 15, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Wow, a pair of Bark’n Boots would be awesome! Thank you for this generous offer. Yes, everything will be shipped after the carnival goes up. I’m planning on doing a swag post with info and pics, so I’ll add this to it. Thank you!

    And I already posted at your blog about how much I like your post. I think it’s my favorite post I’ve ever read at your blog! And I’m very curious to learn what mistake you’re making in the first picture. I have a guess, but no more than that, that it has to do with where you’re walking on the path. Am I on the right track (no pun intended)?

  4. 6 Cyndy Otty January 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    You’re welcome! I was kind of blanking on something I could offer or I’d have said something sooner, but those are always very popular and I’m very much a fan of the product and the company.

    Nope, the mistake is actually really common because we get lazy as handlers, but I’ll leave it at that for now unless no one else hazards a guess.

  5. 7 Starre January 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    My name: Starre
    Blog’s Name: This Witch’s Familiar
    Post Name: (im)Perfect

    [Raffle #2]

  6. 8 Sharon Wachsler January 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Starre. I’m glad you’re participating! I haven’t had a chance to thoroughly read your post yet, but I was happy to see your submission. 🙂

  7. 9 Flo January 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

    My name: Flo
    Blog name: A Mutt and His Pack
    Post name: ADBC #10- Perfect 10

    [Raffle #3]

  8. 10 Sharon Wachsler January 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Flo. Thanks for submitting a post! I look forward to reading it.

  9. 11 Karyn January 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    You might want to keep in mind/ mention to winners that the Bark’n Boots after their size re-configuration leave a lot of dogs not able to wear them. Thane is one of them unfortunately. I still have Met’s boots from before they changed. BTW They have changes at least twice I believe since Met’s boots

  10. 12 Sharon Wachsler January 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    What’s the difference that makes them not work for Thane?

  11. 13 Karyn January 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Blog: Through a Guide’s Eyes
    Blog Url:
    Post: A Decade of Love
    Post Url:
    Name: Karyn

    [Raffle #4]

  12. 14 Sharon Wachsler January 22, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Yay! Thank you for submitting, Karyn! Have not yet had a chance to read it, but am looking forward to it.

  13. 15 Karyn January 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Length mostly but they are also narrower Mets could be used if my hands would cooperate and he did not have the histio
    Version 2 accommodates the histio The straps were moved claiming they dont interfere with dew claws that way but in our case they actually did interfere with them- caused a sore
    Version 3 is too long and rubs on Thane’s leg
    For most of the larger breeds, I’ve not heard much negative about the newer version- ie goldens, labs, etc Its those who have slender hind feet (two sizes purchased) Wider wrists and ankles do better

  14. 16 L-Squared January 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Name: L-Squared
    Blog: L-Squared.Org
    Title: Not Perfect (by Guide Dog Jack)

    I should have thought of it sooner, but I could crochet a Doggy Bow Tie (size and color of the winner’s choice) for a prize. I can probably only afford postage within the U.S. though.

    [Raffle #5]

  15. 17 Sharon Wachsler January 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    First of all, thank you for submitting that post. I just read it, and it’s hilarious. A wonderful contribution to the carnival!

    And thank you so much also for the offer of the crocheted doggy bow tie! I will add that to the swag post. Wow, we are going to have an awesome raffle!

  16. 18 Brooke, Cessna, Aspen, Canyon & Rogue January 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Here’s my post.

    Name: Brooke, Cessna & Rogue
    Blog: ruled by paws (
    Entry: Impossible Perfection (

    [Raffle #6]

  17. 19 Sharon Wachsler January 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Name: Ro
    Blog: In the Center of the Roof
    Post Title: Carnival Post – Top Ten

    [Raffle #7]

  18. 20 The Pawpower Pack January 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Entry title: Perfect After All
    you can find it

    [Raffle #8]

  19. 21 latinanewschic January 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    My blog is believe in who you are, and my post is a very good down

    [Raffle #9]

  20. 22 Sharon Wachsler January 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you Martha, Brooke, and Ms. Pawpower!

  21. 23 khills Patty Aguirre January 29, 2013 at 12:11 am

    name khills; the name of your blog: Shai Ezer-Helper Beside Me: Training My Service Dog; the name of your post: Ten Terrific Training Months , and the URL for your post:

    [Raffle #10]

  22. 24 patti brehler January 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Name: patti brehler
    Blog: plays with puppies
    Blog URL:
    Title: Ten weeks

    [Raffle #11]

  23. 25 Sharon Wachsler January 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    In case you’re wondering what those notes are that I’ve added to the carnival submission comments — I’ve assigned everyone a number for the drawing, because picks numbers, not names.

    Two Years Later: Was Gadget the Perfect Service Dog?

    [Raffle #12]

  24. 26 Sharon Wachsler January 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Name: Frida Writes
    Blog: Frida Writes
    Title: Perfectionism and Service Dog Training

    [Raffle #13]

  25. 27 Cyndy Otty January 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    At the end of the day, there aren’t going to be a pair of boots that work for every dog any more than every pair of human shoes work for every person. That’s just a fact of life.

    If it does end up being an issue for the winner, I’m happy to work with them. However, since the raffle winner will be choosing the prize they get, I don’t really think it’s a going to be that big deal.

  1. 1 ADBC #10 – Gentle Wit Trackback on January 8, 2013 at 8:59 am
  2. 2 It’s Carnival Time! Trackback on January 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm
  3. 3 (Im)perfection¹ – Gentle Wit Trackback on January 15, 2013 at 8:08 am
  4. 4 L-Squared.Org » Not Perfect (by Guide Dog Jack) Trackback on January 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm
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