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Sad Kong

  I tried and failed to update through the end of March before we — Jak and I and Tashi — went road-tripping to a family gathering in Texas at the beginning of April. Jak managed to get sick a week and a half before our departure date and was down for the count, leaving me scrambling. Here is what…

February Catch-Up

I know, it’s almost the end of March! The last month and a half has been increasingly bananas. New Tashi Words Picking up from where I left off: NOISE I added NOISE on January 27, in large part because Tashi was using several words in obviously off-label ways that I didn’t understand, which indicates a concept that he doesn’t have…

Embodiment

I am so, so, so behind on logging button progress, aaaaaa. Life is extremely full and not letting up soon, as we are taking a trip in April (with dog!) that requires a lot of advance planning. And then as soon as I come back, it’s Start Up The Garden Again, this time building raised beds. Lots of work ahead.…

Going Vertical

These blog posts are definitely demonstrating the “I didn’t have time to make it shorter” problem. When I do something formal for Nine Lives, I do a lot more editing, including trying to tighten things up even after I have a complete draft. I don’t do that here, because it would take too long and then I’d not just be…

AIC Problems and (Some) Solutions

(AIC stands for Augmented Interspecies Communication, which is a fancy but quick way of referring to ‘talking pet buttons.’) Even before our Neck Cone Setback, our button project has not always been smooth sailing. In fact, there have been several significant difficulties right from the beginning … and sometimes the solution to one problem just created another. Problem One: Garbled…

Back to Basics

With my last update for context, here are the words added since December 8 and their results: HI / BYE-BYE All the words I chose for the board in late November and early December were coming off a list I’d been keeping of possible vocabulary that I (and sometimes Jak) already said to Tashi often enough that there was a…

Hurt Tail

I think it’s going to take me three posts to catch up on what is now a month of Dog News. <sigh> I would have gotten to this earlier but then the founder of Substack went and publicly advertised that they were happy to keep platforming and making money off actual Nazis, and I spent two weeks — the weeks…

What a Treat

Welp, it’s been a difficult week for dogs and people alike. But before I get to any of that, I need to catch up in recording what’s gone on with Rikki for the past few weeks. Giving Rikki his own tile on the kitchen bar was absolutely the right play; thereafter I just stopped responding to him or modeling for…