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Dogs see only part of the range of colors that humans see and are typically red/green color-blind. Photos of Bella's constructions show the full spectrum of light and color seen by the human eye. What does Bella see when she uses red or green objects as part of her creations? I found a color blindness simulator which helps shed light on this question http://www.colblindor.com/coblis-color-blindness-simulator/. The first photo for this entry shows one of Bella's older constructions, made up of three red objects. The second photo, generated by the simulator, seems to be an example of the dichromatic vision found in dogs. I suspect that Bella found the strong contrast of the ball, leash and heart against the light carpet appealing, which is why she used them to make a sculpt, arranging them in a curve shape, easily recognized by humans. Bella's sense of line and form is more fluid and sophisticated today, the result of a process which seems to be internally motivated. The colors of the rainbow are great, but color isn't everything....
I began this Photo Blog 9 months ago, with a story about my playing with Bella in the mirror and her making a Single Braid Loop Sculpt for me to express her pleasure. Here, the bout of play occurred while I was lying on the floor doing exercises. Bella brought me her Blue & Red Braid, knowing I love the game we play where she jumps over my tummy. I took hold of the Braid and the game was on. When I came back in the room a little later, I was greeted by the Two Braid Loop Sculpt, which was Bella's way of saying, "That was really fun, Mom!" The second photo was taken the following day, after my husband had walked the dogs. The Single Braid Sculpt was placed in the doorway of the hall to our home offices, giving the message, "Hey Mom, I'm back and thanks Dad for the walk, I really enjoyed myself." You can be sure that there'll be more walks and play sessions for this dog!
Bella's website is magnificent. Her constructions are becoming more and more intricate and amazing. Her attention to detail stuns me. As an educator, I think about a lesson for first graders. I would show Bella's sculpts to my kiddos and have them create some using multiple toys. The lesson would focus on looking carefully like Bella does, which way do the black deer's feet face and what is the rule for the other toys? Then moving to writing on paper, which way do your d's face,how about p's? Kids would love it. I find the leash sculptures with their loops to be jaw dropping and just wish that I could watch Bella create one. Of course I love the scent training too.
Thank you for sharing Oscars story. I loved it!! Can't wait for the next chapter.
Lance enjoys his walks with his new friend, Bella. Lance does not do anything as creative as Bella's sculptural constructs. However, Lance is GREAT at De-constructions! We can find evidence of his deconstructs all over the house as he carries everyone's slippers around and sometimes chews off the fuzzy cuffs of the slippers, or takes out the insides of his stuffed toys and scatters the remains around!
- Hugs and Licks to Bella,
- Evie and Lance
Thanks so much for sharing Bella's website with me! I'm familiar with Donnie, the Doberman & think it is so cool that Bella's talents are being showcased online!
- Jessica A
You sure must have your hands full, dealing with two such resourceful and intelligent dogs. But what a wonderful gift they bring.
- Steve D
Wow! ACD's are such intelligent dogs and Bella has demonstrated this in such an exceptional way. What a sweet and beautiful girl. And Kepu too! Good luck to you and your wonderful dogs and what a great website you have!
- Maris F
Bella is a lucky girl to have found someone who "gets" her! Is there a talent to chewing up stuffed toys? If so, my dogs are very talented! Great site! Keep it up.
- Cathy Y
I am amazed at your photos and your insight. You could be intuitive to Bella's and other dog's secondary communication. Thank you for sharing! Charlotte, NC
- Susan B
You were number 4 when I googled canine construction...Bella is famous!
- Susan B
What an interesting subject, and what a great dog! Before I read your blog, I had no idea that dogs created or expressed in this way. I am sharing the information with my friends who have dogs.
Sweet- I've never known a celebrity dog with her own website. How adorable she is.
- Heather Kriensky DVM
Website is so sweet. Pretty good pictures and illustrative of the Artist's work. I like it and wanted more. You present it without presumption. Let the viewer see what they see. Feels like a nice invitation to dialogue if others have a similar experience. Good work.
In Dog Sense author John Bradshaw writes about how dogs love their humans and want to please them. Clearly Bella loves her human and has figured out that her constructions please you. What a lovely relationship.
I was fascinated by Bella’s constructs. Before I opened the site I thought, “this is crazy.” But the photographs document something extraordinary and fascinating.
Maybe the camera,maybe Bella knows your scent and it changes when you are happy, maybe she watches your eyes and face for happiness???? Dogs are so amazing and the science behind their amazingness is starting to catch up to what good dog owners have known all along.