Monday Mischief – Guide Dogs Of America Open House

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Apache here!  Did you guys make it to the Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Open House this past weekend?  While Linus and Stetson had the house all to themselves (no doubt causing mischief of their own) Dad, Ali, and I went to the GDA Open House and hang out with fellow puppy raisers and hundreds of other guide dog puppies in training.

Dad shot video of Dublin at open house last year and posted the video in this years GDA Open House post.

GDA Open House 2012

The theme at open house was GDA Western Day 2012.

GDA Western Day 2012
That's Me! Working on down-stay on the stage!

The Guide Dogs of America Open House is one of our favorite events of the year. Dad took me down to the silent auction and they had tons of awesome doggy toys, but that’s not all…there were auction baskets for everyone from to dog stuff to cat stuff to human stuf…they even had LA Kings stuff (GO KING GO!)

GDA Open House Auction
Hi Guys! Lots of dog toys at the GDA silent auction

Dad entered me into the Puppy Trials where I got to show everyone how well I could do basic obedience and avoid distractions.  Here we are at the sit-stay station.  I got that one down no problem, but when we got to the down-stay station the grass smelled so good I decided to take a giant mouthful (hey I gotta get into some kind of mischief over the weekend).  Daddy said that was a no-no.  Oops!  Oh well!  Dad told me that we need to work more on obedience in the grass because I was being way too sniffy.

Puppy Trials
Sit-Stay? No problem!

There were tons of distractions including walking over different surfaces like foam and bubble packing. I even saw a Llama and chickens. My favorite were the pots filled with kibble and hot dogs on a stick. I was a good boy and didn’t try to eat them one bit.

GDA Open House Hot Dog on a Stick
Dad says "leave it"! No hot dogs for me 🙂

Here we are walking down the hill towards the bus where we worked on boarding and sitting quietly. Dad said he was really proud of me because overall I did well in the puppy trials.

Walking down the hill
Dad said I did a really good heel walking down the hill

The GDA Open House was awesome!  I had a great time seeing all my friends both human and doggy.  I was exhausted at the end of the day and slept the entire car ride home.  When we got home I went straight to my doggy bed to take a nap.

Did you go to the Guide Dogs of America Open House this year or in the past?  If so, what was your favorite part?  Tell us about it in the comment section below.

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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  1. Hey Apache,

    You rock Dude!! I think my Mum would love it if I could do all that stuff too!! I think I could manage the eating grass Mischief!! Tee Hee – see, if you do a little Mischief every now and then your Dad will appreciate just how good you are the rest of the time, right?! 🙂

    Wags to all and I’m so looking forward to meeting your Dad at Blogpaws!!

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    1. Hi Snoopy!

      Yep, every once in a while I go snag a mouthful of grass. Dad says I’m not allowed to eat grass, but it tastes so yummy!

      Dad says he can’t wait to meet your Mum too.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Betty!

      It’s a great event and raises a lot of money for Guide Dogs of America which is great because the school doesn’t get any funding from the government.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. What happens if you eat the pail of kibbles and sausages? Will they reprimand you?

    Don’t worry. Peanuts can sometimes do the same with our sit and down routine. That sounds like an awesome adventure guys. Good share!

    Huggies and Cheese,


    1. Hi Haopee,

      Every once in a while I’ll grab something I’m not supposed to and Dad takes it out of my mouth. He says that it’s really important that I don’t pick up things that people drop or things that I’m not supposed to grab because when I’m matched with my blind partner my partner will not know when I’m picking stuff off the ground.


  3. The GDA Open House was a lot of fun. Apache you were well behaved and did a good job in the Puppy Trials. You were very popular too. Everyone wanted to come see you because you are so handsome. My favorite part was seeing all the cute and well behaved puppies in training. I was very impressed!

    1. Hi Irene,

      I’m glad you made GDA Open House this year. Next year you’ll have to bring home something from the raffle or auction.

      Take care,

    1. Hi Daisy!

      Do you live in Southern California? The Guide Dog Open House is the beginning of June every year. They have tons of cool dog baskets at the silent auction. Dad didn’t win any this year 🙁

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Hey Apache, Hey Linus, Hey Stetson, Jet here. Hi Mr. Colby.

    Wow, Apache, you are most impressive! Maybe your Dad can teach ‘ol Jetty boy some really great manners. Oh, Mom asked me to share that you’re handsome. 🙂 (She’s totally smitten with golden retrievers…)

    Oh, many congrats on your Championship last night, whoo hoo… hope our team can have the same luck this week. (GO HEAT!)

    Thanks to your whole family for all you do to help others.

    1. Hi Jet!

      I’m sure you have great manners. Tell your mom thanks!

      I’m so happy for my Dad. He’s been an LA Kings fan since 1987. Good luck to your team.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Alison!

      Dad says I was a real good boy and did excellent in the puppy trials. Dad says maybe next year I can be the demonstration dog during the Guide Dogs Demo.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. That looks like lots of fun except that leave it command. I don’t like that one! I do better at down stay than sit stay myself. Glad you had such a great time.

    1. Hi Abby!

      I’m usually pretty good at down-stay too, but there were so many yummy smells in the grass I got distracted and forgot my daddy told me to “down” Oh well, we’ll do better next time.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Ali!

      Yeah! I really like seeing the pups, but when I’m with my guide dog puppy like Apache I’m mostly concentrating on his behavior and making sure he’s doing well in such a distracting environment.


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