With the support of thousands of volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. The Relay For Life and Bark For Life movement offers an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer. And we won’t stop until we finish the fight against cancer!
Easton, Judge, Natasha and Kent were in attendance. BAARK was joined by Diamonds in the Ruff.
Nerves and anxiety strike dogs just as they do humans, and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is offering training to service animals and their handlers to help ease those reactions when riding the bus.
Training will be held on Sat., Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fullerton Park ‘n Ride, 3000 W. Orangethorpe Ave. in Fullerton.
Many animals experience apprehension from vibrations and noise made by the bus and from the opening and closing of the bus doors, making the ride difficult for the animal and handler.
During OCTA’s training, service dogs and their handlers will have an opportunity to ride the bus in a controlled environment. They can board and exit multiple times and ride for an extended period of time to become familiar with the experience. The training has helped more than 500 animals over the past 10 years.
Gail Meinert, a volunteer service dog trainer, has attended OCTA’s program for the past three years. She trains each of her service dogs for approximately 15 months and makes it a priority to teach the dogs how to ride public transportation
“Many people we provide service animals to ride the bus frequently, however trainers may not, so the animals are not taught how to ride,” said Meinert. “This training is an important opportunity for handlers to give the dogs time to experience the bus.”
With his instantly recognizable scores, John Williams has redefined the art of film music. This year, the Maestro welcomes special guest vocalist Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted), salutes dance in the movies, and conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in selections from some of his beloved movie hits, including Jurassic Park, Superman and, of course, Star Wars!
The audience had Lightsabers which came out during the Star Wars music. We took the bus to and from Hollywood Bowl, had our picnic dinner then enjoyed the performance.
BAARK Raisers and Puppies 2 Partners participated in the National Night Out at Target in Buena Park. So many kids came by to pet our puppies and learn more about Guide Dogs for the Blind and Guide Dog Puppies in Training.
The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August.
NATW’s Executive Director, Matt Peskin introduced National Night Out in 1984.The first National Night Out took place on Tuesday, August 7th 1984. That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states.
In 2001, Navy Golf Course PGA head professional and director of golf Joe Grohman attended a United States Blind Golf Association clinic in Los Angeles. He was so moved that he invited the group to a clinic at the Cypress facility where he works.
Grohman has held the clinic there ever since, with the event on June 30, 2014. He said the years have passed quickly because hosting clinics for physically challenged golfers is fun for him.
“When you see how much joy participants get, how could you not [be involved]?,” he said.
“They’re just awesome,” Grohman said of the participants – campers from the Junior Blind of America’s Camp Bloomfield.
Bill Davis, an accomplished Southern California triathelete and world champion golfer who is legally blind, was enthusiastic when Grohman contacted him. Davis is a key part of the group Grohman refers to as “the team,” a network of a dozen Southern California PGA pros and others who call on one another to staff clinics across the region.
Only with the help of management and staff at Navy Golf Course and active community groups, Grohman said, are the clinics possible. Volunteers from the Tiger Woods Learning Center, First Tee of South Los Angeles, Johnson Junior Golf, USBGA, the Navy Golf Course’s Men’s and Ladies’ Clubs, and Guide Dogs for the Blind assisted with the clinic.
Grohman said that hosting the clinics fits with three of his personal commitments — use golf to give back, bring joy and connect with people.
There were Guide Dog Puppies in Training from Guide Dogs for the Blind for the campers to meet and pet. These puppies were from 3 local Guide Dog Puppy clubs along with their puppy raisers. For information about being a Guide Dog Puppy Raiser, contact Guide Dogs for the Blind
Today was the 9th annual Orange County Vision Walk. GDB Puppy Raisers join other vision research supporters to walk around the inside and outside of Angel Stadium. The entire walk is about 3 miles done at a strolling pace as you visit with other raisers. It is fun to share stories and get to know other people who are passionate about GDB Puppy Raising. The topics range from “how many puppies have you raised” to “what did your puppy most recently destroy” to “relieving issues”. You would think we were in a Mommy and Me class 🙂
Guide Dog Puppies in Training came from every direction by train to Union Station for a day of walking, chatting, meeting new raisers and of course, the famous group photo on the steps. After the photo many of us head to Philippe’s for a french dipped sandwich. It’s become a tradition 🙂 The sights and sounds of Union Station and of Olvera Street are a great training opportunity. Working Guide Dogs, Anchorage and Elbert, joined us to show the puppies how it’s done. This is a challenge for the working dogs as they still remember life in a green jacket and the fun they had as puppies. It all comes back.
Enjoy the pictures. If there is one you would like the original of let me now. firstname.lastname@example.org I wish I could name each puppy but a yellow lab looks like all yellow labs. Only way to tell them apart is if you recognize the legs that are also in the picture 🙂