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Sunday, August 26 is National Dog Day, and GCV&M will be celebrating dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds in honor of our new exhibit, Working Like a Dog! For the last 15,000 years, we have valued dogs for their keen senses of smell, sight and hearing that are superior to our own. Along with a strong prey instinct and stamina, these characteristics made dogs ideal for hunting, retrieving, herding, racing and guarding – as well as being endearing and faithful friends. Explore the special relationship between humans and their "best friends" with themed games and crafts, skillful demonstrations by canine professionals, and visits with some famous American dogs.

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Please note that, with the exception of service animals, no pets are permitted anywhere on GCV&M grounds.

The Exhibit: Working Like a Dog

Discover how dogs have adapted to living with us! Using paintings, prints and sculpture along with curious objects from the past, Working Like a Dog sniffs out:

• Working Like a Dog (herding, guarding, ratters, carriage dogs)
• Good Sports (hunting dogs)
• Power Pups (turnspit, cart dogs, treadmill dogs)
• Lifesavers (rescue, military, police, detection dogs)
• Partners (assistance, guide, hearing, therapy dogs)
• Best in Show (development of breeds, adaptations, kennel clubs)
• Best Friends (companion dogs)

Experience three interactive galleries (3,500 square-feet) filled with outstanding art works by major artists from the 17th through the 20th century. Discover objects that reveal a dog’s life of long ago. Watch how canine movie stars, such as Lassie and Marley worked the camera. Learn how dogs work today as rescue, assistance, therapy and guide dogs.

Storytime & Character Meet-and-Greet

Stop in the John L. Wehle Gallery at 11am, 1pm and 2:30pm for live readings of popular children's tales that feature dogs. Afterward, get ready for a visit and photo op with some famous dogs - Marshall, Snoopy and the Big Red Dog. Be sure to prepare for the occasion - make your own doggy headband, or color a picture using shades dogs can see in the Historic Village.

Doggone Hard Workers

Local canine professionals show off their skills throughout the day on the Great Meadow. Times have changed, but dogs still have an important place in our lives. From agricultural herding to law enforcement, meet dogs who are part of our daily workforce. They'll also share what they do to relax with agility demonstrations and, a barn hunt and even comedic stunts. This is also the perfect opportunity to find a gift for the special dog in your life or explore local service providers (recommended by our canine visitors of course!)

Schedule of Activities:
10:00am Sheep Herding & Happy Tails Agility
10:30am DEC K9 Demo
11:30am Sheep Herding
12:00pm Kanadasaga Kennel Club Drafting
12:30pm Happy Tails Agility
12:30pm Kanadasaga & Genesee Valley Kennel Club Barn Hunt
1:00pm Kanadasaga Kennel Club Tricks & Agility
1:30pm Genesee Valley Kennel Club Mini Dog Show
2:30pm Happy Tails Agility
3:00pm Sheep Herding

All-Day Exhibitors and/or Vendors
•Bones, The Dog Bakery
•Delightfully Delicious
•Couch Potato Collection
•Kel Creations
•Paws Bakery and Accessories
•White Dog Ink
•Bright Star German Shepherd Rescue
•Glenn Sickles with Mumford Fire Museum with Sparky the Mechanical Dog (Carriage Barn)
•Phineas the Superdog

Purchase TicketsPurchase Tickets

  • Adult - $22.00

  • Senior Citizen (62+) - $19.00

  • College Student - $19.00

  • Youth (4-17) - $14.00

  • Child (3 and younger) - FREE!

No tickets will be sent through the mail. The email confirmation you receive after placing your order acts as your ticket; please print it out or show it on your phone at Admissions. There are no refunds for reservation-only events. We accept all major credit cards, except American Express.