Wow, our local firework show's finale was fantastic.
My mom and I go every year, but they outdid themselves this time. High-five, Anaheim Hills.
This is my unofficial midpoint of the year. I've recorded every novel I've read so far in the intention of writing a proper mini-description of each, but it's time to acknowledge that's not going to happen. I'll just list them, with comments as I feel inclined.( JanuaryCollapse )( FebruaryCollapse )( MarchCollapse )( AprilCollapse )( May and JuneCollapse )July
and 93. Timeless
, by Gail Carriger. I read her first book, Soulless
, some time ago, and was thoroughly annoyed at the ending; unfortunately, I got to the end of the whole quintet and was thoroughly annoyed at its
94. The Coldest War,
and 95. Necessary Evil,
by Ian Tregillis. The sequels to Bitter Seeds
, and equally good. I read them in March and April, and somehow missed both as I was going through my calendar tonight. I am too lazy to go back and change all the numbers to add them into the proper places.
96. Behavioral Adjustment Training: BAT for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs,
by Grisha Stewart. It's all based on teaching replacement behaviors by using functional rewards, which is much more effective than trying to punish away problem behaviors (and also much less stress on the dog)--you're teaching them how to make good behavioral choices and self-soothe rather than react to triggers in default ways like barking, lunging, growling, etc.
There've been other dog-training books over the last few months, but I forgot to write them down. Lots of Jean Donaldson, Patricia McConnell, and so on. Speaking of BAT, I really want to try out the techniques in practice. If you're in the Orange County area and know a reactive dog whose owner wants help, let me know; I'd be willing to volunteer my time to try out desensitization and behavioral techniques with them. (The owner-wanting-help part is important because many of these issues involve feedback loops between owner and dog, or environmental management.)