No, I'm not referring to any political winners. These winners are elementary school children and two female bloodhound puppies. Remember the post about the Henderson County bloodhound puppies? (HERE)
The sheriff's office had a contest for naming the two puppies, now being trained to help locate missing persons or fugitives. The department wisely selected winners for first names as well as middle names, thus allowing for four winners.
The bloodhounds recently paid visits to the schools to meet with the winners and to receive a lot of loving from the students. (Photographs from the bloodhounds' Facebook. Yes, they have a Facebook.)
Meet Bailey Lola Sniffer-Doodles and
Echo Charlie Foxtrot
(I have no idea which is which)
The contest winners were presented with certificates (puppy paw-stamped no less), a stuffed bloodhound and a tee shirt. Not to mention the kisses from the dogs.
Proud moments for these fifth-grade winners
The puppies gained from the meetings almost as much as the students did. They are at an age in which socializing is crucial. And puppies can't get much more loving and socializing than from elementary school students.
A win-win for all. The children learned that the sheriff and deputies are approachable people. The puppies loved the attention. And the children loved meeting and petting the puppies. And I got a lot of joy in seeing the happy faces. And that makes me smile.