Friday, 16 May 2014

Off to the theatre

6 puppies turned up at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh at just after 1 pm for an afternoon of sitting in the stalls and having their own personal light and sound show. But before all that it was a photo call.

I hate having my photo taken and so, although happy to have my photo taken as part of the group, when it came to 3 volunteers to step forward, Odi and I took a step back and let the others fight among themselves. The Evening News, the King's Theatre staff and all kinds of promotional photo's were taken and the dogs were all quite restless by the end, so it was nice to eventually get into the theatre.

We all wandered about and then took our seats (anywhere we wanted), the lights were dimmed and the show began.

All kinds of special effects were thrown at the dogs for about 20 minutes. Explosions, light rays, firework-type things were let off and the only thing that the dogs paid the most attention to was when they heard the sound of a dog barking. Behaviour was exemplary. Then we all headed off upstairs to have a cuppa and a chat. The dogs got bowls of water which most of them slopped all over the floor. Luckily I don't think they have a production tonight so at least the carpet will have time to dry!

The theatre staff were wonderful and very interested in how pups become Guide Dogs and we sat and chatted for about an hour and then it was time to head off back to the Borders. We arrived home just after 4 pm, so it was quite a long afternoon and both Odi and I seemed very happy to be back in our house for a bit of peace and quiet.

This Guide Dog puppy training certainly gets us to do some rather strange and surreal things and I do think today's efforts were up there with the best of them.

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