Do you see your dog here?

Robotics are a fascinating thing.  Although these are not specifically meant to be dogs, the similarities of structure become immediately apparent.  Look for upper arm, thigh, legs, elbow, hock, feet, strong back, head, and extension of neck.  Do you see the similarities and the function that is enabled by structure?

After you have watched that, see what an actual dog thinks about his new acquaintance in a dog vs. robot encounter.

New DPCA Video - Live dogs & drawings from the Illustrated Standard

The Doberman Pinscher Club of America has created a YouTube video to assist judges with procedure and important points of the breed.  My drawings from the Illustrated Standard have been incorporated to highlight important areas.  The animated arrows and measures further clarify, and were a nice touch.

This is a good example of additional methods to educate by using materials which can be used in conjunction to present a new approach.

The dog and bitch illustrations included in the video are shown here.  The colored pencil version of the bitch was created after we had completed the pen & ink drawings for the DPCA Illustrated Standard.  It was to be used as the representative for the Doberman Pinscher on the AKC web site.  The moving dog from the illustrated standard is also featured.

Today's Dog in History - Cerberus the Hound of Hell

Dogs have always been an important part in the history of our culture.  Even before domestication, they were the stuff of legend.  From Cerberus, the guardian of the gates to Hell, to Argos the ever faithful friend of Odysseus (also referred to as Argus and Ulysses), the dog's relationship with man has always been noted, both here and beyond.  We will follow up on some of these.

From and  A.Word.A.Day 7/22/15:


Pronunciation: (SUHR-buhr-uhs) 
Meaning: noun: A powerful, hostile guard.
Etymology: From Latin, from Greek Kerberos. Earliest documented use: 1386.


Cerberus (also Kerberos) was the three-headed dog that guarded the entrance to Hades, the infernal region in classical mythology. Ancient Greeks and Romans used to put a slice of cake in the hands of their dead to help pacify Cerberus on the way. This custom gave rise to the idiom “to give a sop to Cerberus” meaning to give a bribe to quiet a troublesome person. 
Cancerbero (from Spanish can: dog) is one of the Spanish terms for a goalkeeper in fútbol (football). Kerberos is the name given to an authentication protocol for computer networks.

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Welcome to my nightmare.

Bernese Mountain Dog Overlay of Bone, Body, Measurement, and Coat.

Bernese Mountain Dog Overlay of Bone, Body, Measurement, and Coat.

This has been a true test of trial and tribulation.  Coming into this new venture of a website, I leave the previous version(s) behind.  Not by choice, just by the necessity to adapt when old and comfortable publishing programs have been abandoned by hosting companies.  That's the bad news.  The good news (and I hope that it is good) is that this new site will take on a more modern look with additional functionality.  That is, after I learn just what it is that I'm doing....  

So for now, send me your ideas on what you would like to see and I'll share my plan with you now.  I hope to have an ongoing study of structure here and to feature smalls bits of information on the anatomy of the dog and the result of a particular structure to the function that it enables.