BAARK participated in the OCTA Service Dog Training Day. OCTA allows all service dogs to ride the bus to and from the ARTIC/Downtown Disney. It was a warm day so we met early and rode the bus, had breakfast and wandered around Downtown Disney allowing the puppies to experience going in and out of stores, ride the tram, etc. Always a fun event.
Today we met the Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Truck. This is an amazing event – excitement followed by tears too. Some raisers received a new puppy and others put their puppy on the truck for the trip back to Guide Dogs for the Blind for formal training (or what I like to call “College”). This visit to the puppy truck was to say goodbye to Nomad, raised by Michelle.
BAARK GDB Puppy Raisers enjoyed an evening of bowling. Actually was very fun and the puppies didn’t care one bit. They all just hung out guarding the bowling ball racks. We were missing Aiden this time. Rhubarb had an excused absence as she is in breeder evaluation (fingers crossed).
Twice a year, OCTA hosts a training day for service dogs where they allow us all to practice with our dogs so they learn to be comfortable riding buses. The puppies learn about the steps, the ramp and the wheelchair lift. The OCTA bus drops us off at Downtown Disney where we are able to walk through crowds, go in and out of stores and stop for a bite to eat. Thank you to all of the people who were at Downtown Disney as they had to use their best self-restraint not to pet the puppies. It is important that they are able to walk through crowds and past other dogs and remain focused. Successful day for all!