There is a lot more to the life of a K-9 police dog than sniffing out drug stashes and scaring the wits out of bad guys.
The Cedaredge Police Department's K-9 officer, Buddy, has proven his worth in crime fighting and peace keeping time and time again.
But Buddy's professional skills go far beyond normal duty operations with a talent unexcelled in creating positive community relations.
Buddy, and his partner, Sgt. Dan Sanders, staged a presentation on safety and other topics for over a dozen local pre-schoolers and their parents at the Cedaredge Public Library on April 11.
With Buddy's help, the kids stayed entertained and relatively attentive for almost an hour while Sanders explained some basics of safe living: safe swimming; save vehicle travel; and staying safe around unfamiliar dogs that look friendly but which may not be.
The right way to make a new canine acquaintance, after its owner has confirmed the dog isn't a bite threat, is to extend a hand towards the dog's muzzle with the wrist limp and the back of the hand showing towards the dog.
As for Buddy, there's not a friendlier dog around for the youngsters to practice their newly-learned pet-approach skills on. All the youngsters got a chance to get up close and personal with Buddy at the end of the session.
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