At the end of last year, Sandy Steinblums took Ace, who is in training to be a guide dog for the blind, to Disneyland for a few hours as a socialization experience.
While he was there, Ace got to meet Disney’s most famous dog, Pluto.
In the video, Ace gets really excited, crouches down, bumps noses with Pluto and wags his tail.
On Facebook Steinblums explains what happened before and after the video:
“For those who made not so positive comments and don’t know this dog’s story….. this puppy is one I raised (as a volunteer) for Guide Dogs of America — he is training to be a guide dog for the blind. We went to Disneyland for a few hours as a socialization experience — what you didn’t see AFTER the 14-15 seconds video where he settled in a DOWN was his DOWN/STAY for a few minutes while Pluto tried to break his stay. Ace entered his “formal” guide dog training at the end of January. My “job” as a volunteer was to socialize and provide him with obedience training. This was a training outing and I was too far back to correct him, but golly-be….he responded anyway. Yep! That is my boy and I am proud of him and love the Disney characters for being so kind and helpful! It will be 6-9 months of extensive training with licensed trainers before Ace has the opportunity to graduate as a guide dog and has the right match in a human partner.”
Steinblum said on her Facebook page that Ace is now headed off to guide dog college.