Apache here! Monday’s my day! Well and Linus and Stetson’s day too…Even though dad is feeling better now he still letting me take over the blog…YEAH!!!
So what kind of mischief did we get into over the weekend? Well I won’t really call it mischief, but me and all of my guide dog puppy in training buddies took a trip to our local Fire Station. Dad says it’s important for us to get used to different sights, smells, and sounds and the Fire Station is a perfect place to visit.
Dad said that last year Dublin who’s now working as a guide dog visited the same fire station and said hello to all the firefighters. If you want to see his video check it out at Dublin at the Fire Station.
However, today it’s all about me and my trip!
Fun At The Fire Station
We got to meet up with all my guide dog puppy in training friends. We were all wearing our guide dog jackets which meant we were working…in other words no mischief
Apache and other puppies in training at the fire station
We got to walk around the entire fire station and smell all the smokey equipment, see fire fighting gear and also walk through the lounging areas. Ali got a good shot of Dad and me in front of this awesome sign!
Apache and the Battalion Sign
We went back outside and I got to meet a real live fire fighter in his gas mask! Some of the pups were afraid because he smelled funny, talked weird, and his breathing was like Darth Vader (according to my dad). I didn’t care! I love attention and when I saw he was giving away free pets I put my face right in his lap.
Apache and the fire fighter
Dad said no mischief then he asked me to jump up in the back seat of the fire truck. I started to, but said no and instead went to lick dad in the face.
Apache jumps in truck...not
At the end of the day we all visited the Farmer’s Market then grabbed lunch. All of us puppies in training worked hard at the fire station so we passed out under the table during lunch and took a nap.
I hope everyone had a great weekend! Make sure you say “hi” next time you see a fire fighter. They’re our new favorite!
Linus, Stetson, and Apache write a guest post every Monday called “Monday Mischief“, where they talk about their mischief, antics, and adventures from the past weekend.
We’ve been raising guide dog puppies for the past 5 years and we had always heard about visiting the fire station, but after raising Stetson then Derby and now Dublin we had never visited fire fighters or a fire station until today!
Visiting fire fighters and a fire station is a great outing for our guide dog puppies. You never know when they might run into a firefighter fitted with a full gas mask or perhaps the screaming sounds of the siren. Today we had the opportunity to let our puppies see, hear, and smell everything at our local fire station.
Guide Dogs Pups Visit The Fire Station Transcription
This week we got to visit the Orange County Fire station right in our backyard…Irvine, California! Joining us on today’s outing are Yuki, Archer, Miles, Chloe, Wriley, and of course the star of our show…Dublin. My name is Colby and welcome to Episode 16 of Puppy In Training TV.
Guide Dog Puppy Training Starring DUBLIN
With Linus Aussie Shepherd Rescue
Also Colby The Human
And Stetson Career Changed Guide Dog
We got to the fire station a little bit early so we made sure our pups “got busy” before we walked across the street to the fire station.
As soon as we saw the fire truck return we headed over for an exciting day working on puppy training with fire fighters.
We started off by introducing our puppies to a fire fighter fully suited wearing a gas mask. Can you hear that (pause)…He sounds a like darth vader…I was expecting to hear…Luke I am your father… Our pups all had a different reaction to this unusual looking human…the look, sounds, and smells didn’t bother Miles one bit. Dublin got excited to see the fire fighter like he was his new favorite toy. Chloe was a little bit hesitant of this strange looking thing.
After all the puppies observed, sniffed, and greeted the fire fighter in his gas mask they pulled the fire truck around to the back for more puppy training exercises.
Our entire group did some heeling exercises around the truck. Dublin was a little bit excited and was pulling more than he does on his regular walks.
After heeling around the fire truck we got all the dogs in sit-stays and down-stays and let them hear some of the crazy sounds that come from a fire truck….yay! no howling! all of our dogs did really well…while some became alert to the sirens none of our pups seemed fearful. After popping up to attention they all recovered very well.
By the way, who was in charge of making all that noise…looks like a future fire fighter!
After listening to the sirens Dublin and I posed in front of the big red fire truck for a glamour shot.
We were all hungry after a morning at the fire station so we headed down the street for a bite to eat.
Once we got to the University Town Center the farmers market was going on with a crowd of people.
We made our way through the crowds and stopped in at the Steelhead Brewing Company for some lunch and a break for our puppies.
Many thanks to the firefighters at the Orange County Fire Station in Irvine for working with us and our guide dog puppies. We’ll leave you with the whole crew posing for a picture. Thanks for joining us for this episode of Puppy In Training TV. We’ll see you next time!
Our Final Thoughts On Guide Dogs Pups Visit The Fire Station
Dublin Checking Out The FireFighter
Our Fire Station outing was awesome! Getting the opportunity to visit a fire fighter in a gas mask was great for all our pups. Dublin got excited and thought it was play time when he saw the Fire Fighter in mask. Some pups were worried while others thought the gas mask was the best thing ever (Miles…). Walking around the fire truck and and letting the pups listen to the siren were also a great experience. Overall I was very pleased with Dublin’s reactions on this outing. While he was a bit overly excited he calmed down and did very well. And of course he did just fine lying quietly under the table during lunch.
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Do you have an adorable puppy who’s driving you nuts? Not long ago we brought home our first guide dog puppy and after the initial excitement wore off we soon realized we were in for an extreme test of our patience.
My name is Colby and I’ve been raising and training guide dog puppies for the past 5 years. Follow me and my pups on our journey from puppy to working guide dog.