Welcome back to Off Leash, Bark’s Wednesday open thread, your chance to catch up with other Bark readers and our editors and contributors during a real-time chat. We’ve been enjoying the free-form exchange of ideas on the open thread, but we’re making one tweak. We’ve decided to invite a special guest to each open thread. Sometimes, we’ll feature a regular Bark contributor, so you can drill down on specific topics, such as training, behavior, rescue, activism, animal law and more. Other times, we’ll invite folks we admire to join the conversation.
This afternoon, regular Bark contributor Beth Finke will be dropping by. An NPR commentator, Beth Finke is an award-winning author, teacher and journalist. She also happens to be blind. Her memoir, Long Time, No See was named one of the ChicagoTribune’s favorite nonfiction books for 2003. Her memoir about her bond with her Seeing Eye Dog, Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound, won an ASPCA/Henry Bergh children’s book award. She writes about her experiences with a Seeing Eye dog and service dogs, in general, as well as issues around the Americans with Disabilities Act for the Bark and on the Safe & Sound blog. She’ll be checking in all afternoon to mingle and answer questions.
Housekeeping: This week we’ll be selecting one participant at random to receive a Dog Is My Co-Pilot bumpersticker, so be sure to include your email when you register to comment, so we can contact you if you win.
For newcomers, the open thread is a little like the dog park: Get out there and run, sniff around and play nice. Obscene, abusive, offensive or commercial comments will be taken down. We close the thread at 4 p.m. PST.