Guide Dogs of America Open House 2009

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One of our favorite events of the year is coming up next weekend: the Guide Dogs of America Open House 2009.  We’ve attended the last two GDA open houses held in Sylmar, CA.  Two years ago Stetson participated, but didn’t place in the puppy trials.  Last year Stetson was “in for training” and Derby was only a few weeks old (I didn’t even know that I was going to have Derby at that time).  Once again I’m without puppy at this years open house so I’ll be a non-participant at the puppy trials.  However, there are many other fun activities going on at the open house.

GDA Open House 2009

GDA Open HouseWhat: Guide Dogs of America Open House 2009
GDA Campus, 13445 Glenoaks Boulevard Sylmar, CA 91342
Saturday, June 14th, 2008, 10:45am – 4:00pm

Here’s some info from the GDA website:

For more than 60 years Guide Dogs of America has offered blind and visually impaired people independence, confidence, and companionship in the form of a furry best friend- for free.  Once a year, visitors are invited to tour the 7.5 acre GDA facility, see a guide dog demonstration, and observe puppies-in-training as they maneuver through and obstacle course of distractions.

Admission and parking are free!  You might want to bring some extra cash just in case you find something you’d like to bid on at the auction.

Try to get there early especially if you’re coming from Orange County like me.  Last year we caught a ton of traffic and ended up missing the Guide Dog demonstration and later found out that the Guide Dog used during the demo was our pal Dustin.  Also, the main events start to wind down around 2:30pm.

Guide Dog Line UpHere’s a schedule of events:

  • 11:30 – 2pm – Puppy Trials
  • 1pm – Guide Dog Demonstration
  • 2:30pm – Silent Auction Closes
  • Tours (every 30 min), Raffles, Food, Merchandise
  • All proceeds go to GDA.

Tuesday is our Orange County GDA group meeting and we’ll be practing for this weekend puppy trials.  If you’re interested in joining us our meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at:

Peralta Recreation Building
115 Pinney Dr
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807

We plan on heading up to GDA bright in early and hopefully we win one of the baskets at the auction.

Have you been to GDA open house before?  Are you going this year?

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