The BAARK Guide Dog Puppies in Training went for our outing to the Pumpkin Patch in Yorba Linda on October 27, 2015. Aiden is the Brindle, Rancher is a black lab sometimes wearing something funny on his head, Brian is the caramel colored lab with a green gentle leader, Rhubarb is our little girl yellow lab with the candy corn scarf and Buckley is our oldest puppy, black lab with the green gentle leader. In attendance were Aiden, Rancher, Brian, Rhubarb and Buckley. Career Change Mobley, Kelton and Natasha tagged along.
We were planning to have our pot-luck at the park the next week and then realized that Natasha and Kent would be off to “college” by then and the new babies would be too young to join us.
So we changed the date and made it a going away party for Natasha and Kent. Natasha is return for breeder evaluation and Kent will go to the Oregon Campus provided he passes all of his medical tests.
Good Luck to both puppies – I know you will make us proud.
What a great day for a walk. Nice group of people, many with their Guide Dogs, Guide Dog Puppies in Training and their pet dogs. Walking down on the Angel Stadium field is a different perspective of where the game is played. By the time we were done, all of the dogs were worn out as were the people. Called for napping for the rest of the day. Join us for the next one in 2016!
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.
Kelton and I were invited to join the LA GDB Alumni chapter GDB Paws of Fame for a tour of Disney Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. Dan and Carol, with their influence at the Music Center, hosted the event by securing a great tour guide who gave us special attention. The Guide Dog Teams that were there were: Joe and Balsam, Melissa and Camry, Rebecca and Duke, Jeremy and Spice and Dan and Elbert (I had the honor and privilege of being Elbert’s puppy raiser). Kelton watched the working dogs very carefully as he is getting very close to heading back to GDB for “College”.
What a great opportunity!
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