Off Camera Flash

I went out yesterday fully equipped for the first time to take some pictures using off camera flash.  This is what I learned:

  1. Carrying a lightstand, umbrella and speed-light in one hand and your camera in the other leaves no available hand to pick up poop.
  2. There is a very small pocket of light that your subject needs to be in.  Coulee is fantastic at taking directions but she doesn’t know how to move forward 2 steps or back 1 step… we have to work out a targeting system.
  3. Umbrellas catch the slightest breeze and fall over – a sandbag, or something is definitely needed.  As is another arm to carry that with.
  4. Putting her on something is a great way to get her to be exactly where you need her to be.
  5. An assistant would really make things go smoother/faster.
  6. I have a lot more to learn.

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Poop in the Elevators: Seattle Embraces Tracking Turds via DNA

When we first heard about DNA poop testing, we thought it was more than a little funny. It might catch on here and there, but it’s not like any of our dog-loving meccas such as Seattle would really go in for it. 

Well, Seattle has really gone in for it.

According to the Seattle Times, a company called BioPet Vet Lab, out of Knoxville, Tenn., has its PooPrints testing kits in 26 apartment and condo complexes and homeowner associations in greater Seattle. 

It turns out that Seattleites are not the best at picking up poop. Perhaps it’s the rain. Why else would you let your dog poop in the elevator?

Um, what? The elevator? 

Indeed: “There was poop inside the elevators, in the carpeted hallways, up on the roof,” Erin Atkinson, the property manager at Potala Village Apartments, told the Times. 

“They’re lazy, I guess,” Atkinson said about the dog owners. “I don’t know why.”

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Atkinson's building is among the 26 that has poop testing; she said her complex has about two dozen dogs, and tenants pay a one-time fee of $ 29.95 for DNA testing, which involves rubbing a swab in a dog's inner cheek.  

It's been happening since February 2014, and it's been working: One owner was fined five times in one week, for a total of $ 500, before he changed his ways. 

"Now people clean up after their dogs,” Atkinson said.  

The process by which the poop perpetrators are fingered is sort of gross -- hence the steep fines. It involves collecting the poop in a very particular way. There's even a video tutorial. You see, you need to take a scraping from the "outer crust" of the poop -- “the most cellular-rich area," instructs the narrator of the video. 

Also, a good DNA solution has a “milkshake consistency." 

After collection, suddenly introspective and contemplative building managers bag up the sample and send it to BioPet, who matches it up with the correct dog. 

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The residents of Atkinson's building don't have a problem with the testing, which is not surprising considering the turmoil the complex must have gone through during the elevator-and-hallway poop events of an earlier era. 

Resident Peggy Williams, who owns a dog named Hershey, is embracing the new technology. 

“I thought it was weird, but if that is what it takes.”

Via the Seattle Times

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10 Days in Arizona: Scottsdale, the Grand Canyon, + Beyond

10 Days in Arizona: Scottsdale, the Grand Canyon, + Beyond // Bubby and Bean

Tomorrow night will officially mark one week since we returned from our annual Arizona trip, but truthfully, my mind is still there. There is something so magical about the southwest – it has an energy that really resonates with me. I feel completely invigorated when I’m there. Maybe this is because it’s so different from the midwest. Or maybe it’s because it’s the one area of the country where I’ve never lived – I’ve lived in the Pacific northwest, the west coast, the Rockies region, the midwest, the south, and the east/northeast, but never the southwest – so there’s something mysterious about it. Whatever the reason, just give me abundant sunshine, desert flowers, mountains, red rocks, cacti, endless blue skies, and some authentic southwestern food, and my heart is instantly happy.

This was the fourth year in a row that I’ve gone to Arizona in March, and I think it was my favorite so far. We did so much, especially outside, and I loved every minute of it. (I tend to thrive on lots of activity; although I have absolutely no problem lounging by a swimming pool either.) Essley and I spent Wednesday evening through Friday evening hanging with Robbie’s parents, brother, sister-in-law, their four kids, and their dog. It was a full, wonderfully chaotic house with lots of noise and energy. On Saturday morning, the extended family went back to Austin, and on Sunday morning, after the band’s winter tour came to an end, Robbie joined us at his parents’ house. We then spent Monday and Tuesday up at the Grand Canyon, then visited Sedona (our favorite) for an afternoon, then spent the last couple of days back in Scottsdale. Highlights of the trip included celebrating Robbie’s birthday with cakes from this amazing bakery, visiting the coolest butterfly house, hiking and watching the sun set over the majestic South Rim, devouring the most delicious pizza in Sedona, watching Essley fall in love with the outdoor fountain at my favorite mall, photo shoots among the towering saguaros and vividly blooming springtime flowers in the desert with Robbie, family dinners and ice-cold margaritas and sun-kissed poolside hangs in my in-laws’ backyard, and a phenomenal musical number put on by the nieces/nephew that included a special Essley cameo.

After over a week of great times and positive experiences, the trip ended with a visit to the doctor for Essley (quite the ordeal when you’re an out of state walk-in, let me tell you), who was given a clean bill of health then proceeded to spend about ten hours vomiting. Thankfully, she recovered quickly (and had an amazingly cheerful attitude the entire time she was sick), and we were able to fly home as planned the next day. (Not so thankfully, Robbie and I both spent an entire day in bed/by the toilet when we got home, but we won’t get into that here.) It was an absolutely wonderful trip, and a much-appreciated getaway from the midwest’s dreary weather – stomach flu and all.

As you can see, I took a lot of pictures this time, especially on our Grand Canyon trip. In fact, for the first time ever, I actually wiped out my memory card on my camera and the majority of pictures on my phone in advance so I had plenty of space to snap away. There are even more photos over here, if you’re interested.

It’s always good to come back home after a trip, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already looking forward to next year. You rule, AZ.

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Hybrid origin of the pit bull revealed in new studies

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A recent study of pit bull skulls using 3-D imaging technology has revealed that they have skull measurements that are more similar to the extinct canids in the genus Borophagus. Further analysis involving SNP technology revealed that the average of 24.6 percent ancestry that is from a canid that is neither wolf nor domestic dog.

Abbott Millard, a canid researcher with the Dog Origins Project, has performed the 3-D imaging research, which included 130 pit bull skulls. His a comparison with the measurements of the pit bull skulls with those of several extant and extinct canids.

“Our results show that pit bulls have skull morphology most similar to the extinct dogs of the genus Borophagus. These results were quite shocking because Borophagus has been classified with an extinct group of canids that were thought not be related to modern dogs at all,” said Millard.

However, knowing that canids have a tendency towards convergent evolution in skull morphology, it is quite possible that pit bulls, a breed known for its massive jaw strength, evolved similar jaws to the Borphagus through similar selection pressures.

Which is why the Dog Origins Project decided to do some research on pit bull DNA. The researchers used SNP chip technology, which allows for extensive genome-wide assays. Similar research has been used to disprove East Asian origins for the domestic dog and raised real questions about the taxonomic status of the red wolf.

Otto Klinger, lead geneticist at the Dog Origins Project, compared DNA from 20 pit bulls, 15 boxers, 4 dingoes, 6 wolves from 4 different regions in the Old World, 12 coyotes, and 3 golden jackals. Pit bulls were found to be mostly domestic dog in origin, but a large sample of their genetic material didn’t match any extant canid.

“It is possible that this mystery canid was actually an undocumented wolf subspecies, but the finding that pit bulls have similar skulls to the Borophagus raises intriguing questions. It could mean that the pit bull terrier developed in America was crossed with a relict population of Borophagus,” said Klinger, “There are many mentions of strange wolves in the colonial literature that might be very suggestive of Borophagus, and there are mentions of blocky-headed wolfdogs belonging to the Algonquin peoples of the Northeast. Maybe these dogs and wolves were the relict Borophagus. They certainly would have been great fighting dogs.”

The discovery of the hybrid origin for the pit bull, though, does raise some important questions.

Millard believes that these studies mean that pit bulls deserve their own species status:

“The hybrid origin of the pit bull strongly suggests that we should not be classifying pit bulls as part of the greater dog species. We propose that the scientific name for the new pit bull species be Canis horribilus. Pit bulls are the grizzly bears of the dog world, so we think that we should use the grizzly bear’s name [Ursus arctos horribilus] to define the pit bull.”

With this new definitive DNA research on pit bulls, breed specific legislation will now be much easier to enforce, and the Dog Origin Project plans on donating its findings to law enforcement to develop a definitive pit bull genetic test.

“Our research will now have a positive impact upon society. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am wih the possibilities!” said Klinger.

So we now know why pit bulls are so different from other dogs. They are hybrids with a mystery canid that might be a survivor from the days of the ancient Borophaginae.

 

 

 

 


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