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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Winners


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.


12 comments:

robin andrea said...

Love those bloodhounds! They are so cute. Wonderful contest and outcome.

Tara Crowley said...

This is a great example of how police can work with a community to foster trust and good will. A welcomed counterweight to renegade cops beating people in the streets. I love the names the kids chose.

Tara Crowley said...

This is a great example of how police can work with a community to foster trust and good will. A welcomed counterweight to renegade cops beating people in the streets. I love the names the kids chose.

Arkansas Patti said...

Love the Sniffer-Doodle one best. How clever and such a great way to let kids and cops become trusted friends, not feared opponents.

Mary Lee said...

Delightful story! I do hope the dogs have nicknames.

KB Bear said...

Wow, what creative names! I, too, hope that they have nicknames! They sure are cute.

I agree with your comments about socialization for puppies. I've never had a fearful dog before because we always socialized our puppies like crazy. I think it's terrible that anyone would deprive a sensitive dog (like Shyla) from those puppy experiences.

Ms. A said...

Cool!

Nance said...

So...Echo and Bailey, basically. Good call names. And what gorgeous pups.

That was a brilliant outreach idea for the department. Kids and puppies and a contest with creativity. All the bases got covered, and it brought law enforcement into the classroom in the most nonthreatening way possible. A winner all the way around.

Carolina Linthead said...

Winners all! Great post.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely post ... and yes "The department wisely selected winners for first names as well as middle names, thus allowing for four winners."

Great names too - I think it is very good that these ideas and relationships with schools do happen.

All the best Jan

The Bug said...

Made me smile too :)

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.