Monday Mischief – Guide Dog Outing And Fireworks

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Apache here reporting on my Guide Dog Adventures over the past week.  Guess what?  Remember a few weeks ago we met up with my mentor, Dublin at Downtown Disney.  Well this week we went back to Downtown Disney with our Orange County Guide Dogs of  America group to grab a bite to eat and visit some of the stores.

Guide Dog Outing To Downtown Disney w/ Fireworks!

There were a few major differences this time at Downtown Disney:

  1. We went with 6 other guide dog puppies in training.  More puppy distractions.
  2. It was summertime!  Lots and lots of people.  Navigating through large crowds was a lot different from our last visit.
  3. We went at night time.  Everything looks a little bit different at night.
  4. Fourth of July is right around the corner which means fireworks!  We stayed for the fireworks and boy were they loud!

So enough jabber! Lets get to some of those pictures:

We were a little extremely late because of some major summer traffic.  Bad Daddy for not planning for traffic!  Yep, that’s me…I’m always smiling for the camera!

Apache Golden Retriever
That’s Me! Apache Golden Retriever

Wait a second…who’s that impostor!  He looks like me, but where’s his treat spot?

Koa Golden Retriever
It’s Koa! Another Golden Retriever Puppy In Training!

We grabbed dinner at the La Brea Bakery lots of humans and doggies!  After grabbing dinner we walked the streets of Downtown Disney and made a stop at the Build-A-Bear store.  That’s Me (Apache), Massimo, Koa, Cici, and Tucker is the one acting silly.

Build A Bear With Guide Dog Pups
That’s the gang hanging at Build A Bear!

It was getting late when I heard these loud booming sounds!  I didn’t know what was going on and I’m not sure I really liked it either.  I looked around, but I couldn’t tell where the noises were coming from.  Dad told me to “sit” then “down” then “stay” and then he repeated the exercise.  I felt like I was back at my obedience training class.  Dad said I was a good boy for following his directions and took me for a little walk so we could work on our loose leash heeling.

Apache and Fireworks
I can hear them, but I can’t see them…well no wonder why I’m looking the wrong direction!

I’m not sure I like the 4th of July and I didn’t like those fireworks too much, but Dad said I did okay considering how loud it was and with all the distractions of Downtown Disney.  He said Dublin didn’t even notice the fireworks when he visited Downtown Disney.  How could he not notice!  They’re so loud!  I guess Dublin isn’t as sensitive as me.

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.

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24 Comments

  1. Great job, Apache. You’re lucky to hear those loud booms while you have your good friend Colby around to help you.

    Honey, my Golden Retriever, hardly notices the fireworks noises. I hope you can learn to relax around them too.

    1. Hi Pamela!

      That’s awesome that Honey is good with fireworks. I did awesome tonight with all the crazy loud noises. Maybe it had to do with my training last week at Downtown Disney.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Apache

  2. I HATE fireworks because they hurt my ears and make me nervous. I’m sure glad my humans don’t make me go to see them! I can hear them plenty from our bedroom when we are trying to sleep.

    1. Hi Abby,

      I’m glad your humans don’t make you go see the fireworks. I got to hear the fireworks again tonight and did really well. I barely noticed them this time.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Apache

  3. Good job, I wish Torrey could get used to loud noises. I think it’s the breed with her though.

    1. Hi Roxy,

      We have the same problem with Linus who is and Aussie mix. He wore his Thundershirt tonight for the 4th of July and did pretty well considering.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Apache

  4. Hey Apache,

    You sure are a brave pup!! Did you get to see Mickey?

    What is the training that they use for Guide Dogs for Fireworks or do they just see if you’re naturally brave and not scared of them?

    Hope you’re having a fun day 🙂

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    1. Hey Snoops,

      Dad says is a good idea for me to see Mickey and other characters at Disneyland, but they weren’t out and about at Downtown Disney. We’re not allowed to go to extreme distractions like fireworks until we’re 6 months or older. Dad did a few different things with me:

      1. He had me do obedience during the loud noises
      2. Gave me praise for doing my obedience
      3. If it gets too loud we just went into the Build-A-Bear store for a little break from the noise

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Apache

    1. Hi Jen,

      I’m with you…Dad is terrible at calculating for traffic. Plus we hate OC/LA traffic 🙁

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Apache

  5. It must be difficult to desensitize to fireworks. Our gun dogs know that bang means bird and they are used to and excited about that sound. But fireworks are a different sound and they still take notice when they hear them.

    1. I was thinking about you and gun dogs when the fireworks were going off. I did fine tonight (4th of July). It was a bit too noise at Downtown Disney.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Apache

    1. Hi Alison,

      Well…I’m about twice as big as Koa and I have the little black dot on my tongue, but other than that we could be twins.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Apache

    1. Hi Jessica,

      My Dad tries to bring us to as many different places as possible. There are tons of distractions at Downtown Disney. The fireworks were a bit crazy, but I handle crowds just fine.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Apache

    1. Hi Bunny!

      It was very loud at Downtown Disney. Tonight (4th of July) it wasn’t nearly as bad and I handled it like a champ!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Apache

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